Sasha went into the FS at Nationals AND at Worlds in the driver's seat (1st place). What is different between her cheesefest performance and her FSs at Nationals and Worlds was freedom, lightness and joy .

It seems when a championship is in the balance, as it was in both FSs, Sasha freezes up and is so tight and inhibited that she doesn't skate well. When the pressure is off, she can skate beautifully.