Thursday, January 24, 2013

Live Blog: The Ladies Short



The pairs were merely a warm up. Let the competition begin. The opening ceremonies start at 8:00, so I will be live blogging starting at 8:30. Until then, I will be conditioning like a good figure skater. I do not understand the opening ceremonies, as I can see little girls fall on the ice for $13 an hour any day of the week.

Now the mayor is speaking...

I'm bored of the short program just listening to the elements being described. Imagine if they had to describe the figures!





Time for warm ups!

Did anyone else live for the Mirai mini documentary with her coaches kicking her ass into gear and forcing her to do a ton of off ice training? I found it oddly cathartic after watching her for many years.


Samantha Cesario- Carmen Muzak Fantasy- Music suits her presentation style. Triple Flip+D Toe, Double Axel, Feisty Skater, Lovely Fratianne sit position, A bit slow, Triple Loop (possibly < check, but looked pretty good), She is always a skater who looks so confident in the summer and burns out by Nationals or is injured. Looks steady and strong, but is missing some of the spark that really sets her apart in person. Love her packaging, as always. She has been held back in her progress by her injuries that past two seasons. Such a lovely skater, but needs to really stand out a bit more at this level and break out from the middle of the pack.


Serious Face.

Mirai Nagasu- Frankless this season. Looking better?  Mirai has more attitude and fight this year. Not nice and smiley.  Telegraphing majorly into 3Toe+3Toe, High, complete 3 Loop, Double Axel. She may beat Ashley tonight if this is marked accurately. More speed and attack. Strong spins.  Good GOE all around. Not my favorite program from her. Could really earn more points by putting her Triple Loop in the second half, but she might risk getting the rotation all the way around. The top 4-5 girls could be quite close this year. It may come down to details. 

I don't buy her PR statement of wanting to skate well. She wants to be back in it. She needs the funding and is a much better skater than last year's result. That program meant business.  Much different reaction from her coaches than last year. I live for her discussing the pressure of forgetting to say hi to people in the Kiss and Cry,


Angela Wang- Always stereotypical Asian-themed music, which I live for.  Improved speed. Triple Lutz- Fall. Triple Flip+Double Toe, I think she did a double axel, but I got a bit bored and asked my friend why every one of her program selections must have Dragon in the title. We get it, you're Asian. Show us some consistent flutzes.  She looks ready for some angry tears. Coaches look annoyed. I don't think 'patience' will fix her lutz.

Hannah Miller-I swear Agnes wore this dress two years ago.  Double Axel. Triple Flip (< ?), Triple Loop (<)+Double Loop. How many different versions of the same tango theme must we hear this weekend?  Flip looks decent actually on replay.


Haley Dunne-Lovely lovely skater, Triple Flip+Double Toe, Belongs in the Peggy Fleming era, Single Lutz, such a shame, as she has had a greats eason. Killer layback. Serious skating skills. Could have more speed. They would give her big marks with more speed and landed jumps. Stepped out of Double Axel. This program is getting away from her. The short is usually her event. Sadly, she may be buried tonight and is a much better skater than that.

My internet just froze.

Next warm up group is on the ice.


I need more Jef Billings dresses in my life. The other dresses simply don't compare. I wonder if a skater could even afford all of that hand beading.


I love when a coach spends more time on his hair than his ladies competitor.

Yasmin Siraj- 3Toe+3Toe, Shaky Triple Lutz, Double Axel. Solid, but nothing was truly special. Yasmin has talent, but something needs to change in order for her to break out of the penultimate group at Nationals.


Courtney Hicks-Clunky free foot, Triple Flip+Triple Toe (Good GOE), Huge Triple Lutz, Tripped on a back crossover. Double Axel. Blah program. The injury has held back her development. Just isn't quite where she should be artistically. Great spinner. Fabulous speed on her spins. I cannot keep track of all of her coaching changes. It is a tad ridiculous.


Amanda Hoffman- Stairway to Heaven, Inventive choreography that she really owns. She won't be rewarded for it. Triple Loop+Double Toe, Triple Flip (<), Basically a 1.5 Axel-total waxel. Of course it all went downhill after the cool opening choreography. It was truly the best part of the program. 

Scored a 42...couldn't get a good shot because she kept leaning down.  In 8th.


Becky Bereswill- So regal. Blowing this. Prettiest Hitchcock blonde since Jenny Kirk, skating to my favorite song ever. Jason and Yuka run a triage. They need a sports psychologist at the boards at all times. This is a disaster. Triple Lutz (<<), Triple Salchow+Double Toe Attempt (Just no), Double Axel (had to seriously fight for the landing). Yuka and Jason should be like lawyers who don't get paid unless you win your case. 

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They are now showing Peggy Fleming's 1967 winning free skate, which was actually a better performance than anything we've seen thus far.


Would you coach with someone you're in the process of divorcing? I'd be throwing their clothes on the front lawn.

I always love the the USFSA tries to hire skaters they have screwed over for years, who are utterly dependent upon them, to do the commentary for Ice Network in order to avoid any controversy or honesty in their coverage. It is disturbing in a true battered wife fashion.

I miss the days when I had hope for Caroline Zhang.

How many times will we hear Kiri Baga is competing in singles AND pairs?  In the words of Miki Yamashita, 'First thing's first. Do one well."

Gracie Gold has been working with a sports psychologist and looks like the spoiler this year in practice.

"Yes, Tonia, we know you were an alternate! #EternalPewterMedalist"-WestPalmBitch

I love when she smiles, skates to light music and pretends to be nice.

Caroline Zhang-3 Loop+3Loop, 3 Flip, 2 Axel   "That 2A was still slow as hell."-WestPalmBitch.   Tonia admires her 'changing' her jumps because her lutz never changed. Ever.  Caroline is becoming a Nicole Bobek who bombs the entire Grand Prix and then shows up ready to go two weeks before Nationals.  2nd Triple Loop (<)  Still a lovely spinner.  Boos for her marks (downgrades.)


Joelle Forte- Still skating.  Triple Lutz (Still <)+Double Toe, Nice skater, but really does not present much to the audience because she is so focused out there. One of these years, she will learn. Triple Salchow. Double Axel. Music is trite. Nothing truly special. Nothing truly awful. I like her as a skater, but I feel she would be better in a different venue, as she is not improving and hasn't been for several years.


A PSA from AP's Nancy Armour, "If you aren't going to use your music, it will be taken away from you."

Kiri Baga- Fall on a Triple Flip.  Skating to the Mission.  3 Loop(<)+2 Toe. This should be her only time doing both disciplines. With two events in the same day, she is doomed in the long. Double Axel. Lovely skater, but we need to face that her singles career is not going to happen. It was cursed the second she won Novice and it has only gone downhill. Gorgeous layback into Bielman. Without really strong jumps, I do think she is better suited for pairs. It isn't an insult, it is just a reality.



Gracie Gold- Triple Flip+Triple Toe (<) (fall), You just lost Nationals. Triple Lutz, Single Axel. Nationals is over for her. Is going public with having a sports psychologist a curse? Is she ready for Yuka and Jason?



Bart Conner just threw some shade on skating." Is it a sport if what you wear has a discernible impact on your results? "
Aunt Joyce: What about gymnastics when wearing a USA leotard makes the judges overlook your Aly Raisman form breaks?


Laney Diggs- 3 Sal (<)/ fall, 3Toe (<)/fall, Waxel,



All eyes on the new Jill Trenary.
You know it is skating when you tell a former skater that Ashley Wagner had food poisoning and they reply, "oh ,good for her, she'll be so skinny this week!"


Christina Gao- Close without touching...the Asian first date theme.  Triple Toe+Triple Toe, Karen Kwan with jumps. Double Axel. Jumps are small but consistent and controlled. Fall on a flying spin. Triple Loop (blade was possibly a bit sideways on the landing, but jump looked rotated.) Lovely combo spin.

Thank you for holding me up.
Gurrrrl.

Ashley Cain- Another Jenny Kirk, 3 Loop+2 Toe, 3 Salchow. Lovely Katarina Witt-inspired dress.  Spins quite slow. 2 Axel. Nice program, but it lacked content. Nice job, could have more speed and difficult jumps to break into the top group in the future. She is definitely 'on the cusp.'

She didn't need the gloves and the judges agreed.



Anna Karenina is already out on DVD. I'm clearly the only queen who saw that long long long boring film.

Sophia Adams- Wonky Triple Salchow (Fall), Wonky Triple Loop (fall-wipeout), So over Bond tangos, Double Axel. We need to start deducting for some of these sexless tangos. Okay spins.


Hi, I'll never be on camera again!!!


Morgan Bell- Floor Music.  2.75 Lutz (Fall, <<), I am just giving up. This is bad. No, this isn't bad, it's a disastrous mess. It is good that there are a plethora of Puffs tissue boxes around. She may need them.



Ashley Wagner is an abstract interpretation of the violin. Ugh, don't tell us these things. Slow, steady and controlled. Sturdy Triple Flip+Double Toe.  Held that landing. Hit the Double Axel+Split. Triple Loop.  Tough performance. Isn't singing, but she is fighting for everything and doing it. She has the desire to win of Jill Trenary and fights that same inner self doubt. Jill had her pitched-forward landings. Ashley has her two foot landings. Triple Loop was a bit shaky, but they should give it to her. Everything was a bit slow and safe, but she was NOT going to mess up a short.



One unfortunate dress.

Agnes Zawadzki- HUGE Triple Lutz. BIG Triple Toe+Triple Toe, Slow and steady, I mean SLOW and steady. Double Axel (fall). Mirai may very well return to Worlds. Agnes had it and she just caught and edge and blew it. The judges shouldn't murder her. She will still be in the hunt. Agnes has really lost a lot of weight and gotten back into fighting form to do these triples. She actually works at an organic foods store.

Only in skating!
Another hilarious night with the USFSA. God Bless!

55 comments:

  1. Yesss so happy you're live blogging the ladies short! So excited!!

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  2. OMG Mirai looks great. She is being coached by fat amy?? really wow! she looks great!

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  3. there are a lot of dull skaters out there honestly.

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  4. thankfully my feed froze during that last one!

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  5. with certain skaters, I am amazed how long a short program truly is!

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  6. Does anyone have a link to the live scoring?

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  7. Haley Dunn will not win the short program, but she wins an award for having the hottest coach!

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  8. with these fine performances the usa will own the podium ! It will happen ! {if the other countries don't show up!}

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  9. I have never seen so many straight men at a skating event. I swear all of these coaches are straight. They try to act gay for sterotype purposes.

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  10. Good lord, this girl needs to train more , poor thing!

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  11. what skater did Jason cheat on Yuka with?

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  12. Who is doing commentary for IN? Can't watch. :(

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  13. i missed something. Did caroline take a shit on the ice? It looked good to me.

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    1. Two URs and a downgrade, apparently.

      Maybe USFSA just doesnt want her anywhere near the podium.

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    2. Yet they want Mirai? She will win short, tank long like usual

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  14. I love gracie and I thought she would win but those scores are horse shit!

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  15. Aly's form is no worse then Mustafina's and she gets just as ridiculous scores. Her leotard isn't red, white and blue either

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    1. Mustafina's form is 10x better than Raisman. Yes, she twists with a third leg but you can't even begin to compare their form on BB or UB, or even VT. Even some floor tumbles Mustafina's form bests Raisman's. Raisman's form is atrocious. Zamo-level.

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    2. The point is that your leotard matters...for both. #MissingThePoint

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    3. You need to watch Mustafina's form on vault again. Her DTY is a mess, her Amanar is tragic and worse then Aly's. Her beam is as bad.

      Leotards matter but Russia gets their gifts as much as the US team.

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  16. Gold's score seems a bit high, but I'll have to see the video before I make final judgment.

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    1. She just threw away a national championship.

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  17. Are Yuka and Jason getting divorced??

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    1. would you stay in a marriage with Jason after he had an affair with Alissa Czisny?

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    2. If she was not spreading her legs, she would not have hurt her hip. Jason has wide shoulders, so when they were doing the pile driver, they probably dislocated her hip

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    3. I think these comments are rude. We are here to talking about skating, not to dish crude gossip. Have some respect for these people's personal lives. Are you all morally perfect?

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    4. Especially since it's all idle gossip. Who is going to give credence to an anonymous post on the web?

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    5. I'll respect Alissa and Jason when they have enough respect for Yuka to not make out and hump each other literally right in front of her (2010 GPF, 2011 Nationals, 2011 Worlds). You know the marriage has gone downhill when you have a mistress and don't even bother making it discreet or private.

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    6. I find it irksome the nannies at the skating discussion boards seem to be censoring out any mention of a (likely) Yuka/Jason/Alissa triangle.

      Assuming this is going on, it has an impact on Alissa and the drama would likely impact Yuka/Jason's coaching and impact the other skaters they train.

      One has to wonder if Alissa has possibly kept skating when that wasn't the best thing for her health because if NOT skating she'd lose the pretext to be with Jason - or if training is part of their relationship. It sure would SEEM to be the case.

      To get all huffy and say speculation is 'rude' need to grow up. These people live in the public eye and are human beings - not little plastic figurines in jewelry boxes. If they behave in ways that may dramatically effect their careers as skaters, it's delusional not to talk about it.

      Personally, whatever the case may be, I love Alissa's skating and wish her a speedy recovery. I've always loved Yuka too, and wish her well. Jason, eh.

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    7. But then there are the nannies who want to keep people who don't accept their unsubstantiated gossip as true from expressing their opinions....

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    8. I have some trouble believing it, if only for the fact that Yuka is still coaching her. That seems impossible. I'd have beat down her bony butt and thrown her out of my rink if she did that to my husband.

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    9. Anon, why beat down Alissa and not include Jason in your statement? He is the one who is married. Where is the proof this even happened? Remember not ALL contact has to be sexual people!! I luv juicy gossip tho so step forward and post if you know a truth otherwise leave Alissa's name out of it.

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    10. Yuka doesn't own the rink, so there's not much she can do if Alissa also wants to use the facilities to train. However, she and Jason have started to coach separately. Yuka coaches Jeremy and Jason handles Alissa.

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    11. I guessed at this myself just from watching the kiss-and-cry. They definitely had that vibe. I admire Yuka for keeping her mouth shut and head high through it all. It sucks how they screwed her over. Alissa had to switch from one codependent relationship (her mother) to another.

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    12. @Anonymous @10:28 PM After reading all of the above posts the comment 'Jason handles Alissa' took on a whole new meaning! YIKES!

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    13. If this is true then karma may have already made an entrance…but I hope that it’s not true.

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  18. Interesting that Laney Diggs who skated the worst today seemed to be the most fun to watch and the happiest skater in the competition.

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  19. icenetwork should pay me to watch that bell one! Dont know how she scored as well as she did.

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  20. What is most upsetting is that Ashley will likely win this year. She would have won in the early 80s. She would not have won in the mid 80's the nineties etc. She is just not that great. Usa skaters blow.

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  21. "Floor music"

    Sorry, but I somehow find that ridiculously hilarious to read. I'm trying to visualize...

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  22. john nicks looks like he is dying.

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  23. agnes looks and skates like a lesbian

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  24. i love courtney hicks' face. "ew, no please, don't touch me."

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  25. Angela Wang's program has the most musicality. In her footwork, every movement of her arms hit right on the beat. Samatha skated well, but she didn't have the "it" factor, she didn't connect with the audience well. Feel sorry for Caroline, she tried so hard,she deserved a score higher than this. Jolle
    should retire. Gracia Gold has improved a lot artistically. May be that's why she made those mistakes in jump becuase she had to think through the whole program rather than just concentrate on jumps. A competitive skater once told me,it's much easy to nail down all the jumps and finish the program "clean" if she ignores all the little nuances. Ashley is a fighter, happy to see her win. Glad to see Miria gets back to the game, she truly has the whole package.

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  26. Does anyone have a link for the Mirai documentary? Please please please?

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  27. PLEASE WELCOME YOUR NEXT OLYPIC CHAMPION: GRACIE GOLD! Anyone see her slay everyone in the freeskate! Super clean 3lutz-3toe!

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    1. Gracie Gold is wonderful!!! She's got the best 3Lz-3T among current ladies. I think she trumps even Yuna Kim and Elizaveta T. in the jump department. If she can skate as artisctically as Carolina does, there is no doubt she will be the queen in Sochi.

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    2. But can Gracie do a 3T-3R like Tuk? And Elizaveta and Yuna both have her trumped in the artistic department for the moment. She will need to make huge strides in that department before Sochi rolls around.

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    3. Yu Na's jumps are better than Gracie's and her artistry is better, too. If she skates a short program like she did at Nationals, she'll be fighting for 4th place at Sochi.

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  28. Good night Gracie, literally!

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  29. It's time to bring on the hype! Gracie is what skating in USA needs. A NEW STAR! She can bring skating back to the mainstream. Wagner is a boring bitch who does more harm to the sport's popularity. She is perfect in the role of evil step sister to Gracie's Cinderella.
    I hope she steadily improves her artistic/presentation score. That should put her over overrated Yuna.
    Anyone else noticed the speed of Gracie's skating? Incredible!

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    1. Speed: Carolina > Gracie = Adelina > Liza = Kim
      Jump difficulty: Gracie = Liza > Adelina > Carolina = Yuna
      Skating Skills: Carolina > Adelina = Gracie > Kim = Liza
      Quality of programs: Carolina > Gracie > Adelina > Liza > Yuna

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  30. Been listening to the podcast and reading your blog at the same time. I lost it when you wrote that Close Without Touching should be the Asian first date theme. So hilarious.

    Keep up the great work.

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