Saturday, February 19

Four Continents - The Ladies Short Program

Here are my quick thoughts from the ladies short program. All other events to follow in time ;-)



1 Miki Ando - All three jump elements flowed well, particularly the Lutz/loop. The individual loop had some really nice footwork directly leading into it, probably the highlight of the program for me. The footwork sequence has some nice and difficult content, but it goes on forever and loses me by the time it is 3/4 done. On that note-- this program, while it works 5000 times better than her prior short program, seems to be a practice session where she is told to go from one element to the next with very little going on in-between. She received the highest transition mark (well, all five components actually), but she didn't even have transitions in all honesty. The program didn't fill the ice well at all, and her speed was at the "meh" level the whole way. The music might ask for slower skating than usual, but not that slow. Even though I'm sounding really harsh about her, I *do* like this program and I guess at this point in her career, designing a program that makes her confident in herself is a great idea. Clean skates in the ladies short program are so rare these days!

2 Mao Asada - Last year, I think she had a bit of Miki's above problem going on-- lots of focus on the triple Axel, crawling around the ice preparing just for one or two major moves, etc. This year she has changed that and made the 'announcement' of the triple Axel attempt much more subtle. Almost there this time, just a bit short but the rotation looked tight and at least she actually went for it. What is my problem, though? This is a tango with really dynamic and sharp music. The way Mao performed today, it seemed to be very 'another day at the office' to me with no real passion behind her movements. If she can take the intensity that she had last year and put it into this short program, I think it could be very effective. Anyways, you better believe I'm happy that she's seeming to get it together more and more as the season progresses.

3 Rachael Flatt - Well, what a surprise. I liked this program at Nationals, but I LOVED it here. I think everyone can agree that we were sick of seeing the typical jazzy, stop and do silly arm/hand choreography during the footwork that we were so accustomed to with Rachael, and this program surprisingly really works. Put the Michelle Kwan comparisons aside.. I doubt anyone will ever top her performance to this music at the 1998 World Pros. This is still a great effort. The jumps flowed more than usual, there were some quality transitional movements, and the speed and ice coverage were great as well. I'm a definite fan, and it was my favorite of the day. Who knew?!

4 Mirai Nagasu - Not much to say here. I'm not blown away by this short program, but I've warmed up to it much more since the Grand Prix. Lutz looked off and there was no flow out of it, and then her flip was done right up against the boards. The highlight of the program for me was the first half of the circular step that she seemed to do with such ease on one foot. I don't think it has sunk in for many people that she was the *winner* of the short program at Worlds last year, and she didn't even qualify this year. Talk about an inconsistent discipline all the way around.

5 Alissa Czisny - Back to the old problems with the Lutz. I adore this program but I wish she'd go about it with more attack and speed. The music is slow, but she can still go faster (a la Ando). Anyways, her musical sense and overall interpretation were definitely the strongest of this top five for me. The judges thought she interpreted the music fourth-best. Hmph.

By the way, Amelie Lacoste of Canada received credit for a triple loop/triple loop combination with the < (under-rotated) mark. She has received full credit for the combination in the past (all the way back to the 2005 Junior Grand Prix!)

72 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought Alissa was shafted in PCS too. Other than the fall, the program was quite good. I'm a huge Mao fan, but I have to admit the judges gave her high marks for a rather weak tango. Miki was, well, Miki. Rachel impressed me as well (and I don't even like her skating!). PCS-wise, I would have scored Alissa the highest, with Mao, Miki and Rachel about even.

Anonymous said...

Amelie got the 3lo-3lo combo?? I definitely thought the second loop would be downgraded, but loops jumps are too jerky for me to judge properly. That's pretty awesome, good for her.

I hated Rachael's EoE at Nationals, but I actually really liked it here. She definitely made an effort to tone down the flail-y footwork, which improves the whole program sooooo much. It fits the music much more and gives her a chance to practice expression without looking silly. Rachael's skating isn't really my thing, but she's working hard to improve her presentation, so I'm glad she was able to do well here.

Alissa's PCS make no sense to me. She and Rachael were tied in the second mark... what?? Likewise, as much as I love Mao, I think her scores are pretty generous. I would have downgraded that 3A. I'm also surprised she was given positive GoE on her flip-loop combo.

Anonymous said...

GMAB Miki looks great going from element to elment-that is so important. you don't want someone looking like crap going from element to element and that costume is HOT!

Miranda said...

I thought Asada was incredibly overscored.
And Ando's outfit was hideous!!! It looked like a cheap goth cosplay thing...

Anonymous said...

I'm pleased the judges in 4CC of ladies SP finally scored right and make sense to me. They scored PCS followed with TES. Rachael's PCS were too low when she skated clean and got high TES. If figure skate is as sport, it is great for competitors.

Anonymous said...

I loved Rachael's SP here too, although I'm not her big fan. This time she skated to the music and her performance was pretty touching. I should say though, in spite of her nice INA, she needs to work on LSpin and overall flexibility to avoid disadvantages in GOE and PCS.
I personally hate Miki's choice of costume every single time. Seemed she's skating to a bridal song in that attire. I wonder whether she even watched "The Mission."
If I'd been one of those imperfect judges, I would have scored -
1. Rachael 2. Miki 3. Nagasu (Sorry she's left off the world team.)

Anonymous said...

it does not have to express the movie, the theme comes much from the lyrics which Sarah Brightman added to the music;Nella Fantasia.

Anonymous said...

where are the other reviews?

Anonymous said...

Being selfish again, considering your busy 'off-skateblogging' life, but I hate it when you leave in limbo like this (sigh...)

Anonymous said...

Looks like we won't be seing the other reviews after all....

Anonymous said...

Wow i'm just so hopeless at this point

Anonymous said...

Where are you? There is so much going on with Skating right now!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he knows. Kinda hard to miss.
I can't help but log in once in awhile to check up on any updates...

Anonymous said...

I check daily to see if there's a new post. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

Me too....

Anonymous said...

Is there any personal friend of his out here who can update us on Tony's circumstances?

Anonymous said...

You know, it's so lame when you do this. I appreciate that you have a life outside of blogging, but it really doesn't take 2 mins to post saying that you can't update or you're quitting this blog rather than leaving us hanging.

Anonymous said...

Well, maybe circumstances are that he can't even do THAT.
I hope he returns for Worlds, though. Knowing how much he loves the sport, if he doesn't come back for THAT, then I actually might assume the worst.
Please prove me wrong, Tony !

Anonymous said...

Given that he has been active on facebook since his last post here, I see no reason why he can't just do a quick message to let us know the deal.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I have to say, your blog needs to be one of the best written blogs that I have learn in a protracted time.What I wouldn't give as a way to put up posts which might be as interesting| as yours. I guess I will have to continue studying yours and pray that someday I will write on a subject with as a lot wisdom as you have! Bravo!!R&B Instrumentals

cityville said...

I really like the fresh perpective you did on the issue. Really was not expecting that when I started off studying. Your concepts were easy to understand that I wondered why I never looked at it before. Glad to know that there's an individual out there that definitely understands what he's discussing. Great job

Anonymous said...

I certainly enjoyed the way you explore your experience and knowledge of the subject! Keep up on it. Thanks for sharing the infoWedding shoes Toronto

yritysrekisteri said...

I am impressed by the way you covered this topic. It is not often I come across a blog with captivating articles like yours. I will note your feed to keep up to date with your approaching updates.Just striking and do uphold up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Happy to see your blog as it is just what I’ve looking for and excited to read all the posts. I am looking forward to another great article from you. glo minerals makeup

laser hair growth treatment said...

hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post

Anonymous said...

I am very enjoyed for this side. Its a nice topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. I think it may be help all of you. Thanks,pure fiji lotion

sell house quickly said...

Many thanks for making the sincere effort to explain this. I feel fairly strong about it and would like to read more. If it's OK, as you find out more in depth knowledge, would you mind writing more posts similar to this one with more information?

Anonymous said...

honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only very few posses and honestly you got it. The combining of demonstrative and upper-class content is by all odds super rare with the astronomic amount of blogs on the cyberspace.Web Design Dubai

alishass said...

I am impressed by the way you covered this topic. It is not often I come across a blog with captivating articles like yours. I will note your feed to keep up to date with your approaching updates.Just striking and do uphold up the good work. Tattoo Supplies

alishass said...

I really like the fresh perpective you did on the issue. Really was not expecting that when I started off studying. Your concepts were easy to understand that I wondered why I never looked at it before. Glad to know that there's an individual out there that definitely understands what he's discussing. Great job sunnen usate

alishass said...

I certainly enjoyed the way you explore your experience and knowledge of the subject! Keep up on it. Thanks for sharing the info kids clothing

Hi said...

I am impressed by the way you covered this topic. It is not often I come across a blog with captivating articles like yours. I will note your feed to keep up to date with your approaching updates.Just striking and do uphold up the good work.

Hi said...

I am impressed by the way you covered this topic. It is not often I come across a blog with captivating articles wholesale replica sunglasses
like yours.

jhon said...

Happy to see your blog as it is just what I’ve looking for and excited to read all the posts. I am looking forward to another great article from you.

wholesale fashion jewelry

jhon said...

I am impressed by the way you covered this topic. It is not often I come across a blog with captivating articles like yours. I will note your feed to keep up to date with your approaching updates.Just striking and do uphold up the good work.

birthday gifts for sister

Hi said...

I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only very few posses and honestly you got it.

wholesale hats

Hi said...

Happy to see your blog as it is just what I’ve looking for and excited to read all the posts. I am looking forward to another great article from you. rhonda allison products

Hi said...

hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. jan marini eyelash

Hi said...

I am very enjoyed for this side. Its a nice topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. I think it may be help all of you. Thanks, epicuren products

Hi said...

Many thanks for making the sincere effort to explain this. I feel fairly strong about it and would like to read more. If it's OK, as you find out more in depth knowledge, would you mind writing more posts similar to this one with more information?

dermaquest zinclear

Hi said...

All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. clayton shagal products

alishass said...

Found your weblog by accident for the second time these days so I considered I would have a nearer appear. I've just started producing my own blog site and modeling it right after what you have done. I hope mine is going to be as profitable as yours. gm collins products

Hi said...

hey buddy,this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post Environ Reviews

alishass said...

natural skin care products All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information. Keep updating, looking forward for more posts. Thanks.

Dallas Home Security said...

The postings are very unique and also out standing performance with the new creativity and excellency with the new different ideas and concepts.Really I am waiting for some more new posts from you.Keep up your excellency and efficiency in this same levels.

Hi said...

Many thanks for making the sincere effort to explain this. I feel fairly strong about it and would like to read more. If it's OK, as you find out more in depth knowledge, would you mind writing more posts similar to this one with more information?
Beauty coupon code

Hi said...

All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information. Keep updating, looking forward for more posts. Thanks. tips for skincare

Hi said...

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. osmosis products

Hi said...

The beauty of these blogging engines and CMS platforms is the lack of limitations and ease of manipulation that allows developers to implement rich content and skin the site in such a way that with very little effort one would never notice what it is making the site tick all without limiting content and effectiveness.
eminence organics where to buy

Registry Cleaner Freeware said...

I’m impressed, you know what you’re talking about..

thank for your post

Registry Cleaner Freeware

Hi said...

Hmm that was weird, my comment obtained eaten. Anyway I desired to say that great to understand that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding precisely the same info elsewhere. This was the very first place that told me the answer. Thanks ilike organic skin care reviews

Hi said...

Hey, its possible that could be to off industry even so as well, we shopping around as much as website as well as turns out very honestly professional. I happen to be constructing a beginner blog page plus having difficulties finances bode well, once which i put your hands on all sorts of things document screw it up. Ask yourself how really have been this item to put together the sites? Perhaps human being much like me and no practical experience accomplish this, and as well as gain bloodline modernize documents while not wrecking it each time?
Oxygen Botanicals

Hi said...

Great blog you have here. Lots of websites like this cover subjects that arent found in magazines. I dont know how we got on 15 years ago with just magazines and newspapers. Youngblood

Hi said...

Great site here. So many blogs like yours cover subjects that arent found in magazines. I dont know how we got by 12 years ago with just print media.
PIC16F877

alishass said...

Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. Its very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker. orange county bar | orange county beer | orange county sports bar | best bar in orange county | orange county beer festival | orange county beer fest | the bruery

alishass said...

Regularly, when we deliver thing lookups they start to center on function paying in doing my locale maybe tasks in doing my geographic area. Nothing is absolutely incorrect on this. Still, over harder industrial financial times folks has small amount more aggressive who have a contract research. The moment ponder over it, the proper reason that the majority travelers desire a construction to their neighborhood ideal for comfortableness. Its easy to have a job almost close to residence as it reduction the hassles, tenseness, furthermore expenses of transfer. One more reason which are looking for opportunities hiring at my arena is because it is perfect to be close by household for fear that virtually any pressing local thing arises. May be they are required not a single thing on your practicality moving while you have young children. funny jokes | really funny pictures | stupid people | funny looking people

Hi said...

At final a internet site I concur with. It feels like Ive read some useless things recently, so its nice to study some thing good.

russian girls

jhon said...

I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else!

russian girls

Hi said...

Quite insightful post. Never believed that it was this simple after all. I had spent a great deal of my time looking for someone to explain this topic clearly and you're the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up natural skin care tips

Hi said...

First of all, allow my family recognize a persons command during this matter. Even though this is certainly brand new , nevertheless soon after registering your site, this intellect has exploded extensively. Allow all of us to take hold of ones rss to help keep in touch with at all probable messages Sincere understand but will pass it on to help admirers and my particular are living members ilike organic skin care reviews

nomi king said...

Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Appreciate it!

gemology cosmetics

Jacob Jacob said...

I am absolutely amazed at how terrific the stuff is on this site. I have saved this webpage and I truly intend on visiting the site in the upcoming days. Keep up the excellent work!
flower delivery to Russia

nomi king said...

Please tell me that youre heading to keep this up! Its so superior and so important. I cant wait to read additional from you. I just really feel like you know so very much and know how to make people listen to what you might have to say. This blog is just as well cool to be missed. Great things, seriously. Please, PLEASE keep it up! tokyo milk reviews

nomi king said...

Im happy I found this blog, I couldnt discover any info on this subject matter prior to. I also run a site and if you want to ever serious in a little bit of guest writing for me if achievable feel free to let me know, im always appear for people to verify out my site. Please stop by and leave a comment sometime! rhonda allison reviews

nomi king said...

Ive been meaning to read this and just never obtained a chance. Its an issue that Im very interested in, I just started reading and Im glad I did. Youre a fantastic blogger, one of the ideal that Ive seen. This blog definitely has some info on subject that I just wasnt aware of. Thanks for bringing this things to light. repechage hydra dew

nomi king said...

I would wish to thank you for that efforts you have created in writing this article. Im hoping the exact same ideal perform from you in the long term also. In reality your inventive writing skills has inspired me to start my very own BlogEngine blog now.
epicuren cleansern

nomi king said...

Fairly insightful publish. Never believed that it was this simple after all. I had spent a great deal of my time looking for someone to explain this topic clearly and you're the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up bioelements pumice peel

nomi king said...

You can take great credit for publishing about this.Theres a heap of important info on the internet.Youve got a lot of that info here on your site.Im impressed I try to keep a couple blogs fairly up-to-date,but it can be difficult every now and then.You have done a fantastic job with this one.How do you do it? Glo minerals

Anup said...

Great blog.

Digital Bunch

hassaan naeem said...

Excellent posting. Undoubtedly you are an expert when it comes to this writing. IT Support

Copyright Enforcement Group said...

All Data in your Article is complete and Informative. It includes so many interesting facts. I am realy impressed with your Grt job Keep it up, I am waiting for your next Updation  

new line smile network said...

Such a very informatics post, as I have browsed the majority of your posts. But I found this post is almost certainly where I got the most useful information for my research. It is really very interesting to read this particular post. I just would like to say thanks for your great efforts.