Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 ISU Grand Prix Final: Ladies Short Program

1) Rachael Flatt (USA)
   Music: Summertime by Gershwin & Happy Feet Blues by Wynton Marsalis
  • Rachael looks cool as a cucumber as usual
  • Her face on those opening notes just completely sets the mood
  • The double jump out of her opening combo looked very wonky, that may be the leg injury
  • Come on Rachael, get it together
  • Triple flip looked doubled, and an awkward fall out
  • She is not going to be happy with this program
  • Double axel is clean, but doesn't get much height
  • I'm not used to seeing Rachael make these mistakes, but I really think it may be the leg injury
  • She still seems committed to the choreography and performance
  • For some reason she seemed very unsettled today, something just seemed "off"
  • Well we know she can come from behind to medal, as per Skate America, and that may indeed still happen here
  • SP Score: 19.88 (TES) + 25.31 (PCS) = 45.19 
 2) Akiko Suzuki (Japan)
   Music: Tango Jalousie by Jacob Gade
  • I am loving Akiko this season, work it out girl! 
  • A strong opening triple flip-double toe to set the tone
  • Triple lutz is rock solid
  • She attacks these musical nuances with such fire, even down to the arms in her camel spin
  • Double axel looks as easy as pie
  • I love Rachael to death, but this program is going to put her to shame
  • She is so committed to this performance
  • SP Score: 30.06 (TES) + 28.20 (PCS) = 58.26
 3) Kanako Murakami (Japan)
   Music: Jumpin Jack
  • Alright here comes the little firecracker!
  • Triple toe-triple toe is stellar and she makes it look like nothing
  • This program suits her so well
  • Triple flip is just so easy
  • I would like to see some improvement on her layback position and a cleaner exit
  • She makes those jumps look like nothing
  • She totally has this crowd in the palm of her hand
  • She couldn't have asked for a better short program here at her first senior Grand Prix Final!
  • I just have to smile watching her
  • Her idol Mao Asada would be proud, or maybe a little threatened?
  • SP Score: 33.04 (TES) + 28.43 (PCS) = 61.47
4) Carolina Kostner (Italy)
   Music: Galicia Flamenco
  • This program does nothing for me and I have no clue why it has been getting big scores all season
  • She has such long limbs, but in my opinion she doesn't know what to do with them, she never finishes any positions
  • The choreography is also bland and uninteresting
  • She is executing well as she has all season, but I will never understand those high PCS marks she gets 
  • SP Score: 31.53 (TES) + 30.60 (PCS) = 62.13
5) Alissa Czisny (USA)
   Music: Romance from Violin Concerto in D, op. 35 by Korngold
  • Alissa looks calm out there
  • I love that when expresses emotion, it is real, and she isn't just pulling her face
  • Triple lutz-double toe is great
  • Triple flip & double axel are clean as well
  • That spiral is so gorgeous
  • You landed all of your jumps! Good girl Alissa!
  • I don't think I was breathing during any of her jumps, but now I can just watch Alissa be her gorgeous self in her spins and footwork
  • A clean short for Alissa is so huge!
  • If it were up to me, nobody would be allowed to do the heel stretch spin other than Alissa, because nobody else does it justice
  • Wow she has to be so happy with herself and her coaches must be breathing a sign of relief
  • SP Score: 33.62 (TES) + 30.14 (PCS) = 63.76
6) Miki Ando (Japan)
   Music: Gabriel's Oboe/The Falls from The Mission soundtrack by Morricone
  •  Wide free leg swinging out of that opening 3lutz-3loop combination, probably a downgrade
  • Oh holy wow Miki Ando just fell on a triple flip
  • Double axel is solid
  • There is absolutely no life to this program and she has no idea how to interpret this gorgeous music
  • I feel bad for her, I wonder who made the decision to go with a new short program for the Final?
  • Wow that is tough for Miki, but as we've seen earlier this season, she can come from 4th or 5th in the short to win overall
  • SP Score: 22.67 (TES) + 28.78 (PCS) -1.00 (DED)= 50.45
Current Leaderboard:
1) Alissa Czisny                     63.76
2) Carolina Kostner               62.13
3) Kanako Murakami             61.47
4) Akiko Suzuki                     58.26
5) Miki Ando                          50.45
6) Rachael Flatt                     45.19

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