Hello, readers! The second event of the Challenger Series, Nebelhorn Trophy, finished yesterday, and I’m going to be recapping the ladies event.
Let’s start with the winner (duh :p):
1. Kaetlyn Osmond, Canada-179.41
This was Kaetlyn Osmond’s first competition since the 2014 World Championships, as she sat out last season due to injury. I have to say, I was very pleased with this! In the SP, her opening combo fell apart, but the other jumps were GORGEOUS and HUGE…the total opposite of the winner of the last CS event, LOL. I like this program, even though this recording of “La Vie en Rose” is awful. I also love her costume. 🙂
I actually doesn’t watch this program, but the score was good, so good for her.
2. Alena Leonova, Russia-165.61
Alena kept this program from last year, and, while I used to rather hate it, it’s grown on me a lot. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that she’s selling the heck out of this. However, this costume must burn.
No video was available of Alena’s FS, which is fine because I did not watch it…hehe. *Awkward silence*
3. Courtney Hicks, USA-162.85
Courtney finished pretty much how I expected her to. There were a few small mistakes, but the programs are miles above her programs from last year. This program was pretty strong technically, and it fits her, so yay. Good job, Courtney.
Confession: I am shamelessly obsessed with this program. It is awesome. Next.
4. Alaine Chartrand, Canada-161.35
This was an excellent showing for Alaine, and I LOOOOOVE this program! ❤ It’s so sassy and fun-it’s the “where have you been all my life?” program that forces you t0 take notice of a skater. Alaine underrotated her 3lz-3T, but otherwise, this was a perfect skate. I can’t say enough good things about this program and I can’t wait to see it again!
This was a shaky program and unfortunately took her off the podium, but I like this program as well. And yes, I like this “Gone With the Wind” program better than the other one we’ve seen. 🙂
5. Mirai Nagasu, USA-159.67
Mirai, ever the heartbreaker, started her season with this.
Oh, Mirai, this program is so beautiful-stop ruining it with 3A attempts! She started the program with a downgraded triple axel that threw off the rest of the program. She popped her triple loop and fell on a combination. I just wish she could take out the 3A and get it together because this is a beautiful program.
In the FS, Mirai rebounded very well (her only mistake was a UR on something), and, while I’m not a huge fan of the erratic music cuts, the program has potential. (Also, her dress is amazing.) Good for you, Mirai, but you need to take out the 3A. It’s throwing off the performance and you aren’t going to make teams with SPs like that.
This concludes the recap. 🙂
Thoughts? Questions? Leave a comment-I’d love to hear them!