Worlds ended sometime in the middle of the night and the US came home with exactly ZERO medals. I just got done watching the ladies LP on you tube and can’t believe the overscoring that happened but considering what an under-rotating jump fest it was I am not even sure I can argue with the outcome. Though I do have lots of complaints.
We will start with Mao Asada who deserved her win. She had a beautiful SP (not sure it was the best SP of all time but it was very well done) In the LP she under-rotated a bunch of jumps but hit her triple axel and easily deserved the win.
Carolina Kostner was slow, boring and overscored per usual and how any judge can justify 10.00’s for her with that performance is beyond me. Usually I agree she has very good interpretation but she did not in that LP. She was slow and acted like she didn’t even want to be on that ice. Your Choreography and Composition suffer when you fall on your ass. There was only one time I felt like she did that music justice and it lasted about 3 seconds. You can easily see the overscoing for her when she got a level 1 they upped the PCS to make sure she ended up on the podium. This has been going on for years when it comes to Carolina I guess it pays to have the head of the IOC be Italian.
Anna Pogorilaya is a human bulldozer. That is my new nickname for her. Talk about skating around the ice and just jumping. This was the worst performance of the night for me. There was nothing in this attack but her throwing herself around the ice.
Ashley Wagner stayed on her feet but for the first half of this performance I almost shut off the video. She picked it up 2 minutes in and gave her best performance of the year. The judges do not like her and she pretty much only has herself to blame for that. She needs to shut up and skate like this all the time because her quality of work is light years ahead of Gold and she is not getting the PCS to show that quality.
Gracie Gold had a beautiful Triple Lutz to start her LP and that was it. She was in the perfect position to steal a bronze medal and she choked it away. Anyone that says this girl has improved by being with Frank Carroll is crazy. Her music felt like it was back ground to watch her skate around the ice and wave her arms. There is no improvement here and there never was but sadly in NBC says something the American public follows suit and believes this to be true.
Julia Lipnitskaia was her usual self with a fall. Her jumps are the smallest in the competition. She was doing okay til the fall (a few scratchy jumps here and there)
Overall the LP’s were boring as heck and they didn’t even matter in the end because the SP kept the leaders in the lead regardless of what they did in their LP. This competition was a huge let down or I don’t know maybe my opinion is already at an all time low after that joke of an Olympics I am seeing what I am feeling. Disdain for this sport
Larisa Iordache took both Beam and Floor at Doha. She also won Vault. Diana Bulimar finished second on floor not bad for her first competition back after an injury. Lets hope she stays healthy for Worlds at the end of the year.
Epke Zonderland won Gold with his ugly ass release moves that if they were done by an American would be called all sorts of names. Form matters as much as difficulty.
Whitlock and Tunney took the British titles