Just got around to watching the ladies free skate on the ISU channel since it was not up last night. I even managed not to be spoiled before watching, which made it all the more fun. The last five ladies were very good and especially fun to watch.
So happy for Ashley and Gracie rocking the house!!!! Way to go ladies!!! Ashley found her mojo again! I was getting a bit worried because she was skating tight since her fall at the Grand Prix Final through Worlds. She is positively Kwan-like when she loosens up and sells the program. Gracie's jumps are absolutely eye-popping, killer amazing. Her spins are great too. I hope, hope,hope that she hooks up with a choreographer that can do her justice and also works on her edges and getting deeper in her knees. It's all there for her if she does the work and makes the right choices. Both Ashley and Gracie are gorgeous girls on top of all their athletic talents. Gracie looks like Rita Hayworth. Ashley's personality seems so infectious.....loved the bun adjustment moment in the free. She literally and figuratively let her hair down here!
Akiko was lovely. The total package skate. Her positions aren't as lovely as others in my eyes, but there is so much to like in her skating speed, quality and interpretation.
I thought Mao had skated so well, but wondered if there were under-rotations in there. Guess so. However, Japan still loves her the most of all their skaters judging from the ice covered with flowers and gifts.
I still love Sotnikova's skating because she has such lovely line, toe point, use of arms, spin positions, fabulous spiral position, etc. Much prefer her to Tukt.
Zi Jun Li is lovely too and I'm becoming a fan. She skates like a delicate ballerina. Shades of LuLu!