- Dec 9, 2017
That's exactly how I feel about Anna. Sure, she landed all her quads and other jumps but they'd be nothing without her performance ability. Even her programs themselves aren't the most interesting, and for all negativity that Kamila's Bolero has gotten, it's more interesting than Anna's FS. But despite Anna's more generic programs, she's able to elevate them above the ones with more interesting choreography and music because of how much she puts into her artistry. It's never difficult to watch her even when the tech is falling apart. So many skaters look nervous and scared in competition but Anna loves performing and it's a joy to watch someone who loves what they're doing and puts their whole heart into it.Anna's free skate was dazzling on so many levels. Her two quads and all her jumps earned all those sky-high GOEs. For me, it's her artistry, delicacy, steel-flower strength and the radiance of her face and feeling as she skates that carry her above the rest. Just so well done.
After she skated, Ted said something like, I wonder if she'll place first ... and I don't care. That's how I felt. It's the experience of living that skate with Anna that I found thrilling. I'll re-watch this one and will probably seek out more of her past ones too.