Here’s an amateur (but devoted fan) review of the first segment of the free skate portion of the 2010 ladies figure skating nationals. At stake are two positions on the U.S. Olympic Team and the chance to skate for gold in Vancouver.
What a simply heartbreaking performance. She opened with a fall and then walked out of a triple lutz on two feet. Her spirals and spins were very smooth, but you couldn’t help but notice the heartbreak on her face. Half-way through the program, she seemed to catch her spirit with a good triple-double and a perfect triple axle. Her final triple toe-double loop was excellent. She did have some beautiful elongated spiral sequences. Ended with an incredible layback. Remember, Caroline is only 16, so we may see her again in 4 years.
She’s wearing a beautiful blue dress. Starts out with some jazzy movements. Nails a great triple lutz-double toe to start the program. Very smooth transitions. Follows it immediately with another triple-triple. A bobble on a jump about a minute in the program will probably cost her a spot on the podium even though she’s skating very well. She’s always been very athletic but her artistry this year is better than ever. Lands a solid triple flip late in the program. Spirals very solid and relaxed. Singled out of a triple lutz very late in the program. Came back with a double axle double toe, I think, as one of her final moves. She made two big mistakes. I don’t think she’ll be going to Vancouver unless the others fall…a lot!
Poor Alissa…she flopped on her opening triple lutz. She is simply beautiful on ice. Her second jump, a triple flip, was very well. She’s smiling and maintaining her composure despite a miss on her third spin. Her spirals are beautiful. Her next combination is low and then she suddenly seems to be all over the ice. Her elongated spirals are beautiful still. In her second half, she’s trying to make up but I don’t think she can. Her footwork is nice and her layback spin is beautiful. Perhaps she will be able to come back in four years. I don’t think she’d make the podium even if the others didn’t skate. Simply heartbreaking.
(No pressure…big sister watching in the stands) Looks much more mature this year. Opens with a beautiful axle followed by a triple flip, double toe combination. So far her jumps are great. Beautiful aerial camel. Oh…bam. entered a jump and fell flat. Gets up with a beautiful triple lutz. Very artistic. Then, another fall on a jump. Despite a great footwork sequence, it would be a miracle if she made the Olympic team. She does have a beautiful spin and a layback. First aerial split of the night. Ends with a great spin combination.