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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 1:37 pm
by Maleeva
Wow Ashley was great! Other than her under rotatated combo.

Kayne and O'Shea? Oh my!


PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:03 pm
by Jonas
My thoughts on the ladies:

Ashley Wagner -- Good win here; not stellar, but good. Her short was particularly entertaining, if not somewhat cheesy, even with the underrotation call. She's really blossomed into a great performer who can command the ice and engage the audience, BUT she needs to really pay attention to the technical side. Didn't check the protocols yet, but I easily saw three underrotations in the free plus the omission of the 7th triple (3Salchow). Lots of technical points left on the table here. I hate to even suggest that she purposely held back, but it kinda appeared to me that way and that's the last thing she needs to start doing. She needs to go after it each time, every time.

Gracie Gold -- Honestly, I thought Gold was going to replay what happened at Skate America last year: flub on the solo 3flip in the SP, but then attack in the FS. As I said Wagner was far from stellar technically, so Gold had the perfect opportunity to "steal" this win and regain some much needed self confidence with a solid performance. Even though it's on the Pwetty-Pwetty Pwincess Route again, I do like her FS and I do think it actually suits her and can be a winner. Flashes of technical brilliance, but for the most part unfortunately, just listless performances this week.

Four years ago, Christina Gao surprised w/a silver medal; this year it's Mariah Bell. Well deserved win for Bell in the FS and equally well deserved score! She's now the only current US lady other than Wagner and Gold to score 130+ internationally in the FS. With only one Grand Prix invite, Bell certainly made the most of this event.

Other notes:
I suspect Mao is going to get surpassed this year for the World Team. Technically, she just looks to be running out of gas and there are at least a handful of equally capable young Japanese ladies ready to emerge.

I really liked Gabby Daleman's reprise of Michelle Kwan's '96-'97 SP. I especially loved the nuanced variations into her solo triple and 2Axel. More mileage and I think this could be a KILLER SP!!

Your thoughts...


PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:21 pm
by Maleeva
Nice surprise win here for Julianne and Charlie. I thought the Russians T&M would win here. Good to see haven and Brandon make a nice come back from her injury.


PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:06 am
by can-skate
Some comments from Skate America

Men - The men's short programs were a little bit of a disaster with the exception of maybe 2. I was a little surprised to see Jason Brown 3 after the short and with such high marks!!! but hey, I am not one to rant and rave about Chan and then judge when another skater is being given credit for the same thing. I really like Maxim Kovtun and if he can put in two good programs, I think he can be a contender. Sergei Voronov's program was the same story, end to end skating, not really impressive in my opinion. Nice to see Nam Nguyen put in two strong programs however he needs to work on the speed of his spins and his overall power. I noticed that he takes very tiny steps and really doesn't use hardly any energy but yet still looks very tired at the end. Of course Shoma was great but for me there is a wow factor that is missing in his skating. He is very polished and he definitely commands your attention.

Women - I have never been a fan of Ashley Wagner until now. She is such a performer and I loved both of her programs this year. I think I will be cheering for her and Kaetlyn this year! Like Jason I was surprised to see Gracie in third after the short. I just don't see that she is enjoying skating. Was her taking 2 months off a way to try and find the joy in skating again??? I was secretly really hoping to see Gabrielle on the podium. Loved the hand over the head on the triple lutz!! Mariah Bell was a treat to watch.

Pairs - I really do think Tarasova and Morozov have the it factor but I do not think they should be trying the quad twist. They have always been a hit or miss team and we are still waiting for them to have to solid skates. I think they should work on that before putting in the quad twist. Seguin and Bilodeau are consistent and I think their consistency will take then a long way. This is what Tarasova and Morozov need to find.

Next Skate Canada :D


PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:25 pm
by Winnipeg
Absolutely loved Jason Brown's LP. I did not see the Gold medal LP but Jason's was absolutely gorgeous IMHO. Love his skating :D

In pairs, the young Canadian team was fantastic!! What a future. :D :D

Thought Daleman did well in the ladies as did the medal winners.

Missed the dance.


PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:26 pm
by Jonas
Even with the spill on the second 3Axel, Shoma Uno was TERRIFIC!! It's worth searching for on YouTube!

Jason Brown was indeed gorgeous -- and great for him to finally land that quad in competition!! Blah to the technical specialist who called it underrotated!! Regardless of the call, however, is the notion that Brown can land it. It's just now a matter of getting more mileage on it in future competitions.

Adam Rippon was great too and even more commendable is the fact that his new FS was merely two weeks old. He's playing the quality strategy and it seems to be working.

Your thoughts...


PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:46 pm
by Maleeva
The Shibutanis were fantastic here. I loved thier programs. They are oozing with such confidence. Very deserving win here over some quality teams, including the top Russian team BobSolo.