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2015 NHK Trophy: Free programs

Updated on December 1, 2015

It is an interesting event, because no one has skated to her best.

First, Satoko. Perhaps she did well to her capacity this time. But as some of you already know, I have repeatedly mentioned, and I again reiterate here that Satoko's skating is still in junior level.

Satoko, despite her diminutive statue, is a skater whose expression is remarkably mature for her age. But she comes short of senior standards. Her skating lacks of power and scale. Due to her tiny stature, all her elements are seriously compromised, especially in the area of height, strength, accentuation and accuracy.

Her skating is in essence a mimetic performance. Her skating is not qualified for 7.0 PCS in average.

Her jumps are -2,0,+1, 0,0, -1, and -1. Her PCS is 6.75.

In this performance, Asada shows why she is the best figure skater today.

Her jumps are not in best conditions but her general execution is good enough to top the field. Especially it's as mature as can be.

I think one of two jumps of hers might be a bit tight, but I don't think it is deemed deficient to call on penalty, considering the field. Her jumps are -3,0,-1,0, 0,-3 and 0. Her PCS is 8.0.

Ashley seems a bit clunking here.

A few of her jumps might be underrotated and two of them might get two-footed. Two footed or step-out on jump should penalize with -3 unless one of jumps is exceptionally good - I mean good enough to earn +2 if done independently. That's very unlikely considering the current ladies field.

Her jumps are 0,-2, 0(no combo), -1,-3,-3 and -3. Her PCS is 7.5.

Hicks is impressive in power and height.

But the quality of her skating is quite limited to a certain level. Her skills are far from being adequate enough to earn GOE, but her power, speed and jump height are good.

Her jumps are -2,-3,-1,-3,0, 0 and -1. Her PCS is 7.0.

Goodness, Anna!

My dear Anna looks like a headless chicken frantically shooting up and down.

It's just crazy. Her performance is messy and chaotic without any direction or completeness.

Her jumps are -3,-2,-2,-2,-1,0 and -3. Her PCS is 6.5.

Her jumps are -1,+1, double,-3,-1,-3 and 0. Her PCS is 7.25.

I like her power, speed and jump height. But her jump quality is always marred with either torque or lack of accuracy.

She also needs to raise the degree of polishing to balance her skating.

I am pleased to see Mirai's comeback.

Her skating is perhaps the least flawed among the peers. Good job, Mirai!

I am glad to see these skaters coming back. It means that people will be given chances to see the reality of the current figure skating and what we all miss out.

Her jumps are 0,-3,+1,-1,-3,-1 and 0. Her PCS is 7.5.

Who do you think is the real winner of free programs?

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