Many were wondering why Brian Orser wasn't in Korea this weekend. Well, Orser's students were all over the globe this past weekend. Yu-Na in Seoul, Adam in Japan and Christina in Detroit.
Adopted daughter Christina Gao continues to improve by leaps and bounds under Brian Orser, David Wilson and Tracy Wilson.
Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto is one of my favorite pieces of music and Christina does it justice. She looks so much more mature and looks more comfortable with her body than she did a year ago. Much of the limby gangliness is gone. She is totally channeling a darker version of Nikodinov with the costume and I approve.
Christina is being paced brilliantly. She already scored a 51+ with a Triple Flip+Double Toe (slightly shaky) and a Triple Loop (with a foot down). Ms. Gao is competing on the JGP circuit this year and she is expected to win. Competing as the favorite on the JGP will likely do more for her confidence and mental game than being buried on the Senior Grand Prix.
The new generation of American Ladies should return to the medal podium. The previous generation maxed out around 5th place, but in order to move past them, more quality is required. Someone like Gao will be pushed to be at the level of a World Medalist.
And her F.O.N. long program: