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2016 Worlds: Long programs
What can I say?
Personally, I'd like to congratulate Evegenia Medvedeva. She did her best, but Evegenia's official victory is nothing but a testament for the ISU's institutional tyranny that has turned to historic fraud.
No matter how you want to side with the judges, you can't help feeling frustrated; all you can see in Evegenia's performance is uncoordinated excess and pitiful shreds.
Imbalanced cacophony, jagged curves and painfully laborious pretensions. Her excessive arm gestures are thrown all over only to make you feel pity for her.
Her jumps are -1,-2,-2,-1,-2,-1 and -1. And her PCS is 6.75.
Evegenia did a wonderful job for her capacity, but I am sorry to say this. She is not the winner.
Way to go, Ashley!
I never liked her jumps in the past, but in today's field, Ashley Wagner is the strongest one. It's too obvious for everybody not to see it. With unbiased judges, Ashley Wagner at her best will beat all competitions, perhaps except Mao Asada.
Her jumps are 0,0, -1,0, -3, 0 and -1. Her PCS is 8.25.
Gracie is not in good shape. You can see through her body language.
Obviously, Gracie is not sure of her moves. All her jumps are low and tight. Since her failure on 3/3, Gracie seems losing her grip on the program. I miss Gracie the fearless.
Her jumps are -3,-1,0,-1,-1 , void and -1. Her PCS is 7.25.
Wow, bravo, Anna!
I like the way she fights here. Though her jump quality is far from being good, Anna manages to stand on her feet. More importantly, this is the best program ever by Anna, as far as I remember.
I like her choice, Scheherazade, and also am particularly pleased that she removed all those arm whirling here.
Her jumps are -1,-1,-2,-2,-1,-1 and -2. Her PCS is 7.0.
The way Mao Asada moves here shows how masterful she is on ice. In terms of power and speed, again, Ashley beats Mao in good measure, but in terms of integration and musical interpretation, Mao beats Ashley in the same measure.
More importantly, you can see what we all miss out these days in Asada's skating, a performing art.
Her jumps are 0,-2, double, +1, +1, 0 and 0. Her PCS is 8.25.
This is the most touching program for me. I said earlier after watching her short program that I couldn't be sure if Elena entered the senior level.
Now I am convinced that Elena Radionova did enter the senior level. Yes! This is the most thrilling moment for me, because I thought it is impossible to see any Russian girls breaking into senior level.
I am so pleased that Elena has made it. One important thing remains to be resolved however. Elena needs to work on her jump details. She will have to fix her ugly posture, because that will give her -GOE by default.
Her jumps are thus -1,-1,-2,-1,-2,-2 and -1. Her PCS is 7.5.
If Elena skates like this after fixing her jumping technique, then she will legitimately( without the ISU judge's political help) be the very top lady among Russian figure skaters. I can't wait to see her blossom.
Good job, Elena!
What a skater! What a performance!
Wow Hongo!. What a solid skating she does! That's a real skating. It's not like what Evegenia does.
Of course, Hongo's skating has a few problems, especially, of her jumping technique. Her preparation for second jump tends to be too big. She will have to show some agility.
Her jumps are -1,0,-1, -1,0, +1, and -1. Her PCS is 7.5. (adjusted after watching a HD version)