- Nov 13, 2012
Chiming in late with some favorites.
Mishina/Galliamov both programs, but especially Bohemian Rhapsody, which I will never tire of. M/G progressed leaps and bounds in these months, Moskvina forever!
Boikova/Kozlovskii, SP. Loved seeing how they have gone a new direction, more lyrical and mature. Disappointed to see them do Bond again, understandable though.
Anna S. - as talented as ever, and she's not hurried, I feel. Not going to let anyone make her doubt.
Sasha T. - I liked the SP, but in the long I didn't feel anything; seemed she was concentrating just on quads. Understandable, but there you go.
Ice Dancers Skoptsova/Aleshin - I just love how tall and blond she is, how red-haired he is, and how dramatic she is. Very fun to watch.
Kolyada - Gorgeous skating. I think sinusitis must have interfered with his balance and jumps. Divine skating posture.
Zhenya - So tough to be there without the support of her coach! Her skating will get better, but what I love is her unquenchable spirit. She will always come through with artistry.
(but I don't get the cartwheel ... it seems too risky, with gloves or bare hands.)
Kostornaya - When I watched her SP on Saturday, I was completely underwhelmed and disappointed that the program seemed like it didn't bring out what she's so good at doing. Then, I watched it again today, and I had a completely different impression. It seemed like there are plenty of places where more choreo and nuances will be, and I could see glimpses of the beauty she showed us all last year, and before. I think she needs to re-think the big kick after the axel; it just looks automatic and like it doesn't relate to anything at all. I feel confident that Shae-Lynne will choreograph so that we see interesting and dazzling things from Aliona. Working with Sergei R., chances are good she'll get the 3A back.
It's funny, but my experience with Alena's program is very similar to yours. When I saw it at first, I didn't quite know what to make of it. Especially since this isn't really "my" kind of music. But then, I just found myself going back to watch it again. And again. And liked it better each time I saw it. It is still obviously very new, but I think it has promise.