Yuna Kim: I wasn’t worried about her until the warm-up reports started saying that she was tense and nervous. But thank God, she landed her jumps so beautifully and skated so poignantly and set the standard for the rest of the night, even though her step sequence got downgraded. I was happy that the judges didn’t hold her down despite the fact that she skated early — good thing they learned that lesson from 2013 Worlds. Her lead is a little too slim for comfort, but if she brings it in the free skate (which she probably will), send in the crowns. No doubt about it, she IS still the best in the world.
Adelina Sotnikova: After all of the Lipnitskaya hype, I couldn’t be happier for my favorite Russian teenager, who threw it down and then some with a perfect SP. I’m not even upset that home-ice advantage gave her a higher score than she deserved, because I think she desperately needed that skate as a confidence booster headed into tomorrow’s FS. (The dress, though…honey, this is an ice rink, not a Victoria’s Secret showroom.) What’s really worrying me now is the fact that the FS is a huge weakness for her (2013 GPF, anyone?) … she can’t afford to pop and UR like she usually does.
Carolina Kostner: Sweet Jesus. Words can hardly describe how free I felt after watching her. She was so sublime and graceful and ethereal, and she absolutely deserved to have HER moment in her last Olympics. Even the judges did their job and marked her higher than Yuna in PCS. And I’ll admit that I was wrong to brush her medal chances aside — she’s well within striking territory of gold. However, like Adelina, she tends to unravel in the FS … and skating after Yulia tomorrow, she might crumble under the pressure. But I hope that she’ll find a way to amaze us again.
Gracie Gold: After today, no one can ever say that Gracie isn’t a fighter. A few months ago, her SP would have turned into a splatfest after that triple Lutz, but she gritted her way through those landings like a veteran and earned her spot in the final FS flight. Concerning what he’s done for Gracie’s head space, Frank Carroll truly has the Midas touch. Gracie will need some help from the top 3 to get on the podium tomorrow, and I just hope she doesn’t become 2010 Mirai. I couldn’t be prouder of her.
Yulia Lipnitskaya: Well, I did not see that coming. I did NOT see that coming. I felt bad for her after she fell on the flip, but at the same time, her score was still so inflated that my sympathy was limited. Like Tanith said, Yulia’s too young to really comprehend the meaning of pressure, so I expect her to come back like a freight train in the FS. The judges kept her in the medal hunt by giving her huge PCS to compensate for the fall, and I think she’s going to take full advantage of it. She’ll be out for blood after this.
Ashley Wagner: She two-footed the triple-triple again. Who cares? Her SP was a huge middle-finger to everyone who railed on her for “taking Mirai’s spot.” I’m not entirely certain how the judges justify her being placed behind someone who wiped the ice with her face, and judging from Ashley’s face in the K&C, she doesn’t get it either. But at least she’s in the final group. At the end of the day, I don’t think she’s in this thing for a medal, but if figure skating has taught me anything, it’s to never say never. And on the plus side, we get to see Delilah/Juliet again.
Mao Asada: As soon as her score flashed up, my heart shattered into no less than thirty incomprehensible pieces. How did this even happen? I still can’t make sense of how she’s currently in 16th place. SIXTEENTH. And all because the goddamn triple Axel destroyed her confidence in the first 10 seconds of her program. People thought she was in this thing for the gold medal, but now, I don’t see her winning a medal of any color. She should leapfrog into at least the top 10 tomorrow, if that’s any consolation (it isn’t for me). Mao is a great champion, but she isn’t the same skater she was in Vancouver. She sacrificed too much for the 3A.
There is too much adorable in this picture.
I want to stay home and watch the ladies’ SP live tomorrow but I can’t because I don’t get NBC Sports and I also have an AP Government exam.
Cry me a river.
Rosie DiManno on Ice DancingTessa Virtue and Scott Moir have been paired together for Ice Dancing for seventeen years, when…
Isn’t this the same dumbass journalist who wrote an entire body-shaming article about how Yulia Lipnitskaya, a 15 year old, is too skinny to figure skate?
The hypocrisy and irony are astounding.