We usually find a handful of skating's next big stars at these JPGs, and then bitch and debate about which ones will come out on the other side of the puberty assembly line. The rest of the ladies field had their moments. Titushkina is pleasant with nice line. Even with a triple/triple it is rather startling to see that she scored 10 points less than her teammate with the same content. I would deduct at least 2 points just for that awful muzak she is playing. Girl got no respect for proper violin playin'!
3rd place went to "Egyptian hands" Rika Hongo of Japan. She is very Yukari Nakano without the leg wrap. Girl is tall and boring. Unfortunately this will probably defeat Mao Asada at Japanese Nationals this season.
Uh-puuuuhhleeeze girl. This is just too much drama. The bloody shirt, the sirens, the cheated jumps…it's just all a bit much. I'm beginning to think this girl is full of blood because she fell on too many cheated triple flip attempts. That seems more likely. Or possibly this is a not so subtle advertisement for battered women.
Ashley Cain is tall and gorgeous. She really looks like a barbie and is very Nicole Bobek material. However the girl is destined to be the Amber Corwin of U.S. Nationals. She may become irrelevant in the big scheme of things. Where's the tiara?
On the men's side, we see all the usual suspects.
An obscure European male skater portraying a marionette.
The adorable Asian.
And our Mini Plushenko.
Harrison Choate's short program is an ode to the gay 90s. My, my…it's 1996 again with Shepherd Clark. I swear this kid is Damon Allen's surrogate son. The choreography comes straight out of the Mary Scotvold school of robotic dance moves. He is on his way, but Nancy's hip circles are done with a tad bit more tenacity.
In terms of the top men, China's Boyang Jin took the lead after his short program. It is only a matter of time before male figure skating will be fully infested with tiny Asian wunderkids. It will be like the Indians competing at the national spelling bee.
Rohene Ward's influence on Jason Brown is obvious in his new short program. He skates with a conviction and strength of movement that is unparalleled with the other men in the field. This sophisticated look for Jason could be a breakthrough as he continually adapts to new styles each season. Yet without a reliable triple axel Jason is in trouble. The judges are giving him no favors by calling edge deductions on his triple flip. A botched combination spin is also an uncanny mistake for the usually reliable Brown.