Alissa Czisny is in Greensboro and just took the practice ice for the first time.
An article (with video) about the muscle spasms Ashley Wagner suffered this season and her plans for the future.
Feature on Mirai Nagasu.
Ladies Short Start Order
Pairs Short Start Order
Most reliable practice reports:
Ashley Wagner is apparently suffering from the flu this week. Ashley wore a mask while warming up off-ice. She struggled a bit during her run-through: Triple Flip+Double Toe, Waltz Jump, Double Axel+Triple Toe (hard fall), Stopped for a bit, Triple Loop+Double Toe+Double Loop, Triple Salchow, Triple Loop (Fell out), Triple Flip, stopped again. She managed a Triple Flip+Triple Toe and a Triple Lutz later on.
Agnes Zawadzki's free skate run-through was much better today: Double Axel+Triple Toe, Triple Flip (high swinging free leg), Triple Lutz+Double Toe, Double Lutz, Triple Loop, Triple Salchow, Triple Toe+Double Toe+Double Loop. Agnes really needs to nail her jumps, as her Tom Z skating skills should not earn her the PCS she needs.
Vanessa Lam just landed a Double Axel and Triple Lutz+Double Loop during her short program run-through.
Christina Gao was the first to skate a run-through during her practice today: Triple Flip+Triple Toe (fell out, not enough speed), Triple Salchow, Skated through Triple Lutz and just marked it (not warmed up yet), Triple Loop, Double Axel, Triple Flip, Triple Toe+Double Toe.
Mirai Nagasu looked sharp during her long program run-through, despite two errors: Triple Lutz, Double Axel (Fall, Planned a Double Axel+Triple Toe), Triple Flip+Double Toe, Triple Lutz, Triple Loop (slightly UR), Ina Bauer+Double Axel. Mirai landed a Double Axel+Triple Toe before her run-through.
Alissa Czisny just ran through her short program: Triple Lutz+Double Toe, Triple Flip (a tad shaky), Double Axel. While warming up, she landed: Triple Lutz+Double Toe (twice), Double Axel (twice), Triple Loop, Triple Toe+Double Toe
Ugh. Rachael Flatt managed to land everything yet again in practice. She is going to be tough to keep off of the World Team, which means we'll probably be stuck with her for yet another season:
Double Axel+Triple Toe, Triple Lutz+Double Toe, Triple Flip, Triple Lutz, Triple Flip+Double Toe+Double Loop, Triple Loop, Triple Salchow. Thanks to this vomitorious girl, we only have two spots at Worlds and her ass will probably nab one of them.
According to the fabulous Nancy Armour, Caroline Zhang's flip technique is looking much better. Lutz...not so much. Run-through: Triple Flip+Double Toe, Triple "Lutz" (still has the high kick), Triple Salchow, Stopped, Triple Loop+Double Axel, Stopped, Triple Flip (Fall), Triple Loop (No combo), Double Axel.