I just got back from spring break... while I was home I watched the vast
array of skating tapes that my loving little sister made for me so that I
could watch what I missed at school... just thought I'd make a few
comments/ask questions about some past events that everyone has probably
already seen and discussed many many times, so bear with me, or skip the
rest of this if you like :)
First: Landover/Blandover: I only saw the artistic programs. A big
"whoops" for Kovarikova & Novotny. I'm glad they pulled themselves
together for the second try. As for the ladies: I actually quite
prefered Kerrigan's routine to Sato's. Aside from her bobble on the
final spin, her routine was lively, good speed/flow, very clean (although
conservative) jumps.... definitely not deserving of Bezic's "definitely
sloppy" remark, imho. Oh well. Yamaguchi's program was so cute, and she
too had fun performing it. Sato looked a bit stiff. I guess her tech.
program was much better. What happened to Denise Bielmann?
Tape #2: Champion series finals (second day). I agree with whoever
thinks Alexei deserved his win. Elvis was good but he slipped a couple
of times towards the end. I also really liked Eric Millot's western
program. I hope he does well at World's (and hits at least one of his
triple axels). I didn't see the ladies event (except for Kwan's long)...
how did Slutskaya, et al, skate? I do recall reading that Chen Lu
self-destructed in the free skate.
Finally, Tape #3: The Stars on Ice Grinkov Tribute. Oh my. It was
great. I watched it three times, although I only started crying the
third time! (I don't know why it took that long...) Dasha is so cute
and I'm impressed at how happy she seems... I guess Katya and her family
are taking wonderful care of her. Katya skated great, it must have taken
a lot of strength to pull off such an emotional program without falling
Well now I'm *kind of* caught up with current skating events, but I'm
back at school so I will likely miss most of Worlds again. Which means
I'll be checking the ng often over the next several days! I hope my
sister doesn't get tired of taping stuff for me!
University of Illinois