Here is a summary of Skate America Day 2.
In the ladies, Ashley Wagner has improved quite
a bit over the past year. Might she make her
first ever appearance in the Series Final this
season. She has never appeared in either a
Grand Prix or Masters Final.
While she still has a lot of work to do, Rachael
Flatt at least does not have the kind of splatfest
she once had.
Lurking on FSU and Goldenskate, I do not
like some of the comments saying she is
overweight. Rachael has developed more
of than athletic build. She is NOT
overweight, though some people on
GoldenSkate say she is.
This is very much like when commentary
in the Usenet groups, in the late 80s and
early 90s, called Tonya Harding "a little
porkball". And yet Tonya won Skate
America twice, as well as winning two
Australian and one US title (later revoked),
and the 1991 world silver.
Given Rachael's score after the short, I
do believe that the Skating Establisment
is trying to push Rachael out, because her
more athletic build does not project the
kind of image that they want. I do believe
that is the one common thing between
Tonya and Rachael.
Cristina Gao has quite improved her
skating, being third after the short
In the short dance, I very much liked the
program by the Cuban couple of Kriegenraut
and Shmidt. I like their number to Chris
Issak's cover of Ring Of Fire.
In Pairs, America gets is FIRST EVER
medal in either a Masters or Grand Prix
event and Denney and Coughlin get the
bronze medal. Could they be the first
Americans to medal in Pairs since
1950? If they were to win a medal
at Worlds, they would be the FIRST
Americans to win a pairs medal
in 63 YEARS, since Peter and Carol
Kennedy did it in 1950.
While Takahiko Kozuka broke the
record for the short program score
on Friday, his overall total of 251.44
is still way short of the world record on
that one. The curent mens world record
was achieved at the 2009 senior level
CIS championships when Evgeni
Plushenko scored 271.59.