Kiira's [beautiful] brand of skating brings tears to my eyes.
Her upper body looks more relaxed now, gone are the days when it looked like she was skating with a neck brace or something. Her grace, costuming, music, choreography, femininity, and natural beauty are the perfect blend that makes someone stand out. She's a wonderful talent and that 69+ score is well deserve.
Lipnitskaya, not bad for her first competition. Right now it's all about getting experience as a senior competitor and feedback for the things she needs to work on in the future. I may be wrong but I think she's going through a growth spurt at this time, so my only concern is that her extreme flexibility might bring her [negative] long lasting effects. This is definitely the time where her coach should advise her to water down her routines. As impressive as her variation of a biellmann spin is (imo her spin is entirely different from a Biellmann so it should be called after her, a Lipnitskaya.) I can't help but think it's going to mess up her back really bad. Her coach is not thinking long term.
Wow Yuzuru put up a clinic out there!!! When he finished he fell to the ice exhausted. Was his leg cramping? It looked painful.
Dornbush took down Fernandez. I was not expecting that! A clear message to USFSA for sure.
Weir needs to absorb all the valuable feedback he got from this comp and put it to good use on the Grand Prix. The US is doing a good job in sending their skaters to all these tier two comps to get them ready for the GP.
Congrats to Ashley Wagner and Daisuke Takahashi for winning the Japan Open with phenomenal performances. Wow. A lot of skating going on this week!
I'm really impress by W/P and P/B progress. Little by little they are inching closer two D/W & V/M territory.
Those are some serious programs imo.
W/P from Ondrej N. Trophy
P/B from French Masters