Thursday, April 19, 2012
This and That
Meryl put on her party dress and Marlie leads with a sizable lead after the SD. Though Voir earned two level 3s vs Marlie earning one level 3 and one level 4 on their rhumba sequences, one gets a sense that Marina and Igor may make sure the pendulum swings the other way to appease everyone in Canton.
Daisuke Takahashi beat Patrick Chan in the short program at the World Team Trophy after Chiddy went down on a Triple Axel. Jeremy Abbott is third after a clean, but quadless short. Carolina Kostner won the short, Akiko Suzuki finished second, Kanako Murakami was third, Gracie Gold fourth after a step out on a Triple Lutz, Ashley Wagner stumbled to fifth and Adelina Sotnikova is currently sixth.
The Question on everyone's mind in Duluth: Is it finally Florida's time? They finally have the momentum and appear to be peaking at the right time. Can they put it all together?
Does Marissa King have London in her future?
Kat Ding hasn't been quite as sharp on bars after becoming quite the solid all-arounder. Can she win again?
Can Shayla Worley redeem herself from woes of NCAAs past? Or will it be another meet where she nails one rotation and fails in another? Tanella, who averages higher than Worley, was yanked.
Will UCLA be top billing?
Alabama has been consistent. Are they sharp enough to repeat?