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30 January 2012 @ 12:12 am
US Figure Skating Championships!  
Yay, Figure Skating! Thoughts behind the cut ...

Still not a White/Davis fan, but I loved the Shibutani Siblings last year -- where they finished Silver -- and they did the same this year. Yay.

I love me some Mirau Nagasu, but she was just so not on her game this time around. Ah well. At least Ashley Wagner FINALLY broke through. I've been rooting this girl for FIVE YEARS NOW, and she finally got the top spot. Hopefully, she will be able to keep that momentum going and land on the podium at the Worlds. She remains such an artistic skater with beautiful fluidity and musicality. Other than Agnes Zawadzki's short program, I wasn't really impressed with anyone else's programs ... even Mirai. (Girl was SO not on.) Ah well.

Quick non-spoiler comment -- JOHNNY WEIR IS BRINGING SEXY BACK TO FIGURE SKATING! OH YEAH!

Oh lordy, I love Jeremy Abbot sooooooo much. His short was wonderful, jazzy, fun (co-choreographed by Benji Schwimmer, who continues with his love of suspenders), oh my, but that long program ... I'm not gonna lie, it nearly had me in tears. That was so incredibly beautiful. And if he can clean skate that boy at the Worlds, he may well win. Gah, I love him so much! And even though the rest of the Men kinda blew (except for Adam Rippon's short), Jeremy was STILL amazing, and he didn't win by default (as he was almost 30 POINTS ahead of Silver Medalist, Rippon). He won because he kicked ASS!

Interesting that it looks like his main competition is Patrick Chan, a skater I REALLY liked from the Worlds/Olympics in 2010. We'll see what happens! (Of course, is Takahashi shows up and skates like I know he can, then all bets are off!)

And this is OFFICIALLY the first time in any figure skating event where the male/female skaters I wanted to win, actually won. WOOHOO!
 
 
 
lacrimadraconis: TVD Puppy in a tutulacrimadraconis on January 30th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
I haven't watched any figure skating in ages, though I loved it when I was younger. But the performance of Jeremy Abbott I did watch and wow, was he amazing or what? He so deserved to win the nationals, and I'm glad he did.
Arabian: Dancing Cucumberarabian on January 30th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
It was a really beautiful routine, and he choreographed it himself. So impressive! :)
N.E. Starn_e_star on January 30th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm going throw out the dissenting opinion here and say I didn't think the long program was that good.

Now, compared to the other skaters JA was clearly the best and completely deserved to win, but figure skating in general took a huge hit when they got rid of school figures and the new scoring system only made things worse.
Arabian: Mirai Nagasu01arabian on January 30th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Aww, yeah, we do disagree because I was really moved by it.

As for the new scoring system, sigh, I'm used to it now, I guess -- but yeah, I don't think I'll ever like it. I mean the fact that this scoring system allowed the lumberer that is Rachel Flatt win a US Championship is the epitome of what is wrong with this scoring system. (Yeah, I'm still not over that, and probably never will be.)