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Ladies' Free Skate

Tugba Karademir: Nice to see them still following her, and nice to see her progressing as a skater.

Elene Gedevanishvili: Oh, honey, what a time for an off night. :-/ I've been hoping to see how she's grown up since Torino, and this is obviously not representative. Where's the firecracker who makes Scotty squawk?

For the record, I love both Carmen and PotO in and of themselves. And would be happy to not see anyone skate to either for a good long while.

Rachael Flatt: Skating aside, you gotta love a girl who does homework on the day between programs. Not loving this program as much as I did her short -- the choreography seems unfocussed. But man, the kid can work a crowd! And hey, triple-double-double in the home stretch.

I love when you actually get to see the little rink-rats scrambling out to pick up the flowers. They're going to have some major memories!

Miki Ando: Trying harder than usual with the choreographic elements. Could use a belly dance class or three to get the arm/hand work clearer, but hey, it's something other than pure jumping bean for a change. Credit for that.

Kim Yu-Na: Ye gods, this kid goes so fast, I keep being afraid she's going to run out of ice before she jumps! And there's the port de bras Miki needed, carried through from spine to fingertips. Just exquisite all the way through. And amazing that someone under that much pressure can look that weightless. Damn. And a HUNDRED AND FIFTY POINTS HOLY CRAP. O_o

Mao Asada: Honey, if you do any more triple axels, I think Scotty's head will explode. Gorgeous spiral there. If you're going to do the grab-hold thing, by gumby, do it with that kind of extension. Oh. Oh. What happened to those jumps? Oh. *cringe* These last spins and footwork seem really slow -- come on, kiddo, get the oomph back... Aw, she looks so unhappy. :-( Full credit on the triple axels, she should be proud of that for sure.

Joannie Rochette: I've always liked her, and what she's done the last few days... Wherever you believe Mom to be, she's gotta be proud. If she has to go through that, at least it's on home soil. Oh, two-footed... Spiral sequence not her best, a little wobbly. Damn, she's stacking the jumps in the back half. And na- er, mostly nailing them. And a big fast-tempo burst for the finish. Gutsy, though it seems like she's running out of gas a little. Final spin is NICE, though.

We're hearing a lot of personal bests and season's bests again, but also that they're grading very strictly on jumps. So maybe it really is that everyone is bringing their A-game.

Mirai Nagasu: And another Carmen. *sigh* I will forgive her on account of being sixteen, but *sigh*. Arms a little flaily. Somebody needs to teach most of this kids port de bras. Prettiest layback currently on the circuit, though. And another one with the wild tempo to close. Almost keeping up with it, and hitting that last spin BAM. Bring on the next few years, and keep your eye on this kid! And in case you didn't now she was sixteen, EXTREME cuteness in the kiss 'n' cry.

Well, "Queen" Yu-Na has FLOWN off with this one. I'm floored by how easy she made it all look -- almost too much so to be as exciting as it should be to the untrained eye. Very nice night all around. I really hope Mao Asada lets herself properly enjoy her silver.

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maiac
Feb. 26th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
More Spoilers Here
SOOOOOOO HAPPY that Joannie Rochette won the bronze. I was afraid her bobbles would cost her. I liked Mirai's performance a little better, even if it was Carmen; but technically, Joannie had her beat.

I am unreasonably amused that one of the skaters used the theme music from Rome. That's awfully decadent for the Olympics.

Kim Yu-Na? Brilliance. Words fail me. (I wanted her to win just because she skated to Gershwin.)

Rachael Flatt is endearing. She reminds me of Liz Manley.
wiliqueen
Feb. 26th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: More Spoilers Here
unreasonably amused that one of the skaters used the theme music from Rome. That's awfully decadent for the Olympics.

*chuckle* Worked very well, though.

Kim Yu-Na? Brilliance. Words fail me.

It really was amazing. But sort of sneaky-amazing. We're so used to the head-and-shoulders-above women the last several years being the powerhouses (even Shizuka, as gorgeous as she is), and Yu-Na's so deceptively delicate-seeming.

Rachael Flatt is endearing. She reminds me of Liz Manley.

Yes! That's it! You hit it right on!

Edited at 2010-02-26 03:46 pm (UTC)
maiac
Feb. 26th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: More Spoilers Here
I loved Liz Manley. Her performances lacked the "drama" of some of the other skaters of her cohort (yes, I'm talking about you, Katarina), but by golly she enjoyed herself out there.

Joannie Rochette looks strangely familiar, too, and I'm thinking she reminds me of Rosalyn Sumners.
shadowmaat
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
Just have to say I giggle like a geeky thing every time I see your toepick icon. ;)
wiliqueen
Feb. 26th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Courtesy of the generous-and-clever icepixie. :-D
yeopard
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
K. I'm certainly an untrained eye and I was excited by Yu-Na's performance. I know that anyone who makes anything seem relaxed and easy must be overly awesome.

Okay, now here's a question from an untrained eye. Rachael Flatt, to me, looked like her arms were kind of floppity and her upper body movements were not very crisp and precise, especially after she had a run of jumps. I noticed this because almost all of the other ladies had beautiful, flowing movement with their arms. I kind of wonder if she had to work on the grace elements of her routine because, judging by the way she 'galumphs' on the ice before and after she's done with her routine, I wonder how much natural grace she has and how much she's had to be trained. What do you think?
wiliqueen
Mar. 4th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I pretty much agree, except that I don't necessarily think all the others are that much ahead of her. :-) Miki Ando in particular needs work, though she's more stiff than "floppity."

Rachael's natural movement tendencies just scream TEENAGER. *g*
yeopard
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
btw: I also noticed the fangirl moment with the picture request. That was adorable.
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