I should also add that Gold's PCS *did* go up to a personal best of 32.08 from 30.92. She could have cleared 70 if her lutz was more solid and her 2A was cleaner.
Looking forward to watching the short program tonight (except it will be hard to watch Mao) and the free skate tomorrow! These ladies are all amazing; wonderful achievement to make it to the Olympics! I feel for those who did not make the cut; I wish they could all skate tomorrow!
My heart hurts for Mao - not having seen this, I was even wondering if she slightly hurt herself in the 3A fall? I know though from experience that competing nerves can make your knees turn into lead :-( I've loved this short program and wished she could show it off for the world, hoping she has a wonderful free skate!
My secret wish now is that Carolina has the skate of her life for the gold :-) Well, how about everyone having the skate of her life? :-) Wouldn't that be great!
I just want to say that if Gracie is on the podium tomorrow night, Frank Carroll deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
If there's anyone who can skate last under that kind of pressure, it's Yuna!!! Good luck to all the women...may the best one win! (just hope it's Yuna, but not going to complain if Adelina or Carolina win with the skate of their life).
Ehh...Gracie was kind of propped up by the judges. I think Ashley deserved to be in front of her.
Kim - robotically perfect as usual. nerves of steel. beautiful girl, but little emotions.
Kostner - happy for her. hope she can skate with joy tomorrow and make a dream come true.
Sotnikova - amazing energy, super talented skater. will be the top lady after the older skaters retire. she could make it and become champion tomorrow already.
Gold - overscored. shaky jumps, unemotional performance, nothing interesting about her skating. and her hair...yuk.
Lipnitskaia - nice flexitibility, but still very immature artistically. not very gifted with the phisique (too petite), definitely russian n.2 behind sotnikova
Wagner - nice energy, nice fight, but she's not in medal contention. never had a real 3-3.
At this point, I predict Sotnikova to win tomorrow, Kostner in second, Kim in third.
I really miss the Gershwin SP (am probably alone in that club ). Carroll trying to mould Gold into Kwan 2 is making me very sad. Why not try to play to her strengths instead?