Sunday, November 28
Anyone Else Say "Finally!" To Themselves?
I had the rare chance to actually watch skating on American television today, and I got to again enjoy Takahiko Kozuka's amazing Trophee Eric Bompard free skate as well as the final few ladies free skates from the event that I more-or-less missed due to connection problems during the live webcast yesterday.
I was so impressed with Kiira Korpi here. She might have severely under-rotated her triple Lutz and popped a flip, meaning she completed nothing more difficult than a triple loop in part of her three-jump combo (a la Kostner this season), and she did lose some steam towards the end, but I was just blown away by the way she presented Evita with such passion. Now, don't get me wrong. You will notice in one of my Formspring answers from a few weeks ago that I named this free skate as one of my favorite ladies programs so far this year, but this performance took it to a whole new level. I'd be willing to bet that I'm not the only one who thought "Wow, finally, a program that really shows off what a star Kiira can be!"
In all honestly, this is probably my favorite performance of the entire ladies Grand Prix season. In a year when I have been totally bored by 95% of the discipline, this was a much-needed pleasant surprise. Maybe it's just me, but I don't think we see nearly the amount of performances post-6.0 that really just go all out rather than have the skater worry about their running jump and combination count and every other little aspect to bring up the point totals.
at 8:14 PM