First off, sorry about not doing a GPF recap. It was too depressing. It would’ve ended very badly.
Second, I am going to be doing something else instead: a giant mega-recap of all 30 programs from the top 15 ladies on the GP (programs themselves, not specific performances), starting with this, the short program recap.
So, these people:
But wait, there’s more…these will be ranked from worst to best, not by the skater’s placement. And because why not, they will also be given a witty title thing…
15. Mesh and Sound Effects! (Elizaveta Tuktamysheva)
Music: Carmina Burana (Remix)
When I first saw this (now-defunct) short program, I actually liked it. I thought it suited her. But…butbutbut…two things.
- She never skated it clean (I’ve heard this is why she went back to her last SP); and
- She/her team decided to add spooooky! Sound effects (um…why?!?).
Also, this is really shallow, but the dress was entirely inappropriate and that did not help. But on the topic of the actual program, it had potential, but that potential got lost in translation…very lost.
14. The Subject of Tonight’s Lecture is
Rhythm Annoying Repetitive Song Choices (Ashley Wagner)
Music: Hip Hip, Chin Chin by Club de las Belugas
I am not really a fan of samba-type programs, nor am I a fan of spoken voiceovers in programs, or repetitive music in general. So…heh. I really wanted to like this program, but I just don’t. However, I admire Ashley’s commitment to her performance in this program. It is obvious she really connects to it, so I suppose that’s what really matters…
Even if the music selection drives me out of my mind.
13. 50’s Nostalgia…ish? (Yulia Lipnitskaya?)
Music: Medley of songs by Elvis Presley
This was hard for me, I must say. I really love Yulia, but…this program…blergh. Suffice to say it’s not my favorite. And also, I was greatly conflicted on which of her GP performances to use for this: her good skate at TEB, or her marginal skate at Skate America featuring the fabulous cornea-burning rainbow dress of doom. (I picked TEB, to placate any Yulia fans mad that I put her this low.) But back on topic, it just doesn’t seem like she’s feeling this program. As much as I dislike it, this music is not the kind of music you can skate to with an “I will kill someone if I don’t win” face. This program doesn’t work if you’re not having fun with it, and I don’t think she is. Yulia, please get better programs next year! I want to love your skating again!
12. Well, this one was just meh…(Roberta Rodeghiero)
Music: “He Sleeps,” “Pretty Woman”
I really didn’t dislike this program; it was just kind of, well…meh. Also, the music cut could’ve been done a lot better, to say the least. However, this was a very good skate, so there’s that. I just don’t have much to say about this program. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a world-contender-level program.
11. Nope, no feelings beginning… (Courtney Hicks)
Music: “The Feeling Begins”
Again, there was nothing bad about this program, but it kind of bored me, which was disappointing, seeing as Courtney had one of my favorite SPs last season.
10. Copycat Mao (Yuka Nagai)
Music: Madame Butterfly
If you’ve seen Mao Asada’s free skate, it doesn’t take long to figure out how similar the two programs are…except that one of them is markedly better than the other.
9. TBH: kind of sick of Tango de Roxanne (Kanako Murakami)
Music: Tango de Roxanne
I like Kanako, and she really sells this program, but at this point I am very sick of Tango de Roxanne.
8. Just wait for the Free Skate recap… (Rika Hongo)
Music: “Quidam” from Cirque De Soliel
The middle of this recap is the hardest part because I like programs 5-9 but I don’t absolutely love them, so I have to figure out how to order them fairly…and this is the quandary I am facing with Rika. Her skating is really improved this season, and this program is a good fit for her, but there are a lot of programs on this list I like better. I like Rika’s energy and commitment to the performance, but there are other programs I prefer.
7. Mixed Feelings (Satoko Miyahara)
Music: “Firedance” from Riverdance
I like Satoko a lot, and I really admire how artistically proficient she is at such a young age. I’ve loved most of her programs in the past, but I haven’t really warmed up to this one. It’s very understated and that’s not really my thing. However, it is a very sophisticated program and well-suited to her, thus the fairly high ranking.
6. #BalletArmsFTW (Polina Edmunds)
Music: Moonlight Sonata
In my Glacier Falls recap (one of my first posts, actually), I said I “loved this program to death.” I can’t exactly say that anymore, but I still like it a lot. It still amazes me how much more refined Polina is this season than she was last season; the aforementioned “ballet arms” are a reference to that.
5. An Abundance of ‘Tanos (Evgenia Medvedeva)
Evgenia has grown on me a lot over the course of the season. When I saw the videos of her at the Russian test skates, I thought she was boring as tar; now, I can at least say I like her, even if I’m not a huge fan. Her refinement and softness is very refreshing in a country whose current crop of skaters are mostly known for over-the-topness. As annoying as the backloading and constant ‘tanos are, she has a lot of redeeming qualities. Evgenia seems to really feel this music, too, and I cannot stop raving about her dress. I really can’t write anything about her without mentioning it, LOL!
4. J’Taime indeed (Elena Radionova)
Music: “J’taime” by Lara Fabian
It pains me to have to put Elena out of the top three, but it was for good reasons: she’s behind two world-class programs and a sentimental favorite. A lot of people don’t like this program, but I did; it suits Elena better than a lot of people give it credit for, and it’s great that she’s branching out artistically. However, it wasn’t enough to crack the top three.
3. The epic debut (Karen Chen)
Music: Nessun Dorma from Turandot
I got to see this performance in person.
It was about the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced. That spiral into the music? Actual tears. *Sigh* It was so perfect…
2. Please Leeeet Me Explaaain! (Mao Asada)
Music: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
This program shows a side of Mao she hasn’t really shown before: #SassyMao. 🙂 Considering the programs she’s done in the past, I didn’t think this program would be a good fit for her, but it has quickly become one of my favorite of her programs. (The others are Nocturne, Fantaisie-Impromptu and Czardas, so that was a very high bar!) She’s never skated it entirely clean, but if she ever does, I can’t even imagine how awesome it would be. (World record for sure…)
1. *Air quotes* “Didn’t see that coming…” (Gracie Gold)
Music: El Choclo by Angel Villodo
This is it, folks. This is what it looks like when Gracie has a program that actually fits her.
*Whispering dramatically* It’s majestic.
Hopefully I’ll be back with my FS recap before Russian Nationals on Wednesday. Thanks for reading!