World Championships 2018 review
*Censored*……Worlds…Ouch. Having watched 5 b-events, grand-prix, final, Europeans, couple of nationals, Four Continents, Olympics…watching Worlds feels like going to work with a hangover. I just can’t watch skating anymore… No, don’t make watch it please….But every true skating fan is a bit masochistic…..So on Wednesday 21st I found a stream and really hoped that I’ll get a got a second wind.
Watching pairs I had two main thoughts.
Thought No.1: I think we need to increase the number of teams who get into free program. Dark ages when first warm-ups of the short program was too scary to watch has passed. There are a lot of good pairs, who shows pretty solid skating and I think possibility to compete in a free program also will give them an additional motivation.
Julianne Seguin – Charlie Bilodeau, sorry but not in your case. That was the rare case when I was happy that a team didn’t get into the free program. Julianne is so out of shape and free program has too many elements where she can hurt herself or her partner.
Even with Moore-Towers – Marinaro on the six place the situation in Canadian pairs doesn’t look promising. Well maybe one day Kirsten will make Michael a good pair skater and I won’t close my eyes from fear every time his back and legs tremble during lifts. But they still need a second pair…..
Maybe they could find someone for Luba Iliushechkina? Maybe this handsome guy Nicolas Nadeau will consider switching to pairs. He’s too tall for quads, but I’m sure with him Luba could easily fly into a quad twist.
The Knierims are very beautiful, very touching and Alexa will certainly get her portion of compliments for dresses (in my annual fashion review), but alas in Milan everything went completely wrong.
Very nice North Koreans and Czechs. These are the two pairs who I hope will have a great progress in the next four years. Anna Dushkova even burned her crazy stripes and tried to find some gloss. I approve.
Thought No.2: Guys, please don’t retire!
Who will give us so many positive emotions? Who will show us real Italian passions? Senora Valentina, Senhor Ondrej, do not go! It’s a pity that your best performances of the season didn’t happen at home Worlds, but maybe you won’t agree with me because Olympics are more important for athletes.
Someone will say that Della Monica – Guarise is a bit boring pair… I won’t agree. But Matteo’s amazing body in this tight costumes outshines for me the whole action on the ice))
It’s too early to retire! Take an example from Hao Zhang! Now he will have another portion of virgins’ blood and will aim at Beijing-2022. I hope, at least with the same partner.
I have wanted a medal for Vanessa and Morgan for so long and that’s finally happened! Guys don’t quit! You just found your style, you just become a top-pair! After all whose photo I’ll hang on my fridge as a motivation?!
Congratulations to Zhenya and Vova on silver, let this medal become a confident starting of a new Olympic cycle for them. I wanted to write that cheers we will not have to watch this awful program in this tasteless costumes … . But I think I say this every season and nothing changes. Is it really that difficult to find someone with taste who can do nice programs for this pair? Come on, they have such an impressive elements, don’t waste their talent on this tastless mess.
And the great diva of figure skating Aliona Savchenko. She and Bruno are the only Olympic champions who not only come to Milan but repeated their success by winning worlds gold. Sixth for Alena (Madre Mia!) and the first for Bruno.
What can I say? It was very beautiful, an absolute victory worthy of such prima as Aliona Savchenko. And if she decides to retire, I really hope that Aliona will become a coach. The way she managed to improve Bruno …. the guy for whom four years ago it was a victory to get to the free program (I’m afraid to imagine how much and how hard he worked) ….No, the world of figure skating can not lose such a pedagogical talent.
38 ladies came to Worlds in Milan. At the end of such a difficult season 38 is too much … .. Fortunately, only 23 competed in the free program. I hope the rest at least had a great shopping.
Let’s start with the sad. For the Russian team, where one girl is better than another, 19th place, even for the third number, is a big failure. I’m afraid the next time their federation won’t rely on Stanislava.….if this “next time” will happen at all.
The Americans lost their three spots and I don’t feel sad for them. Because I’m still mad that we didn’t see Ashley at the Olympics. I really missed her mature skating there, because it’s such a rarity now!
Mariah Bell probably was already at the beach when she got her ticket to Milan. Triple axel didn’t appear in Mirai Nagasu‘s programs, but empty circle of entry didn’t disappear. And my favorite choreography innovator – Bradie Tennell. Cindeella? Oh no, she needs something revolutionary. Let’s go to the barricades!
I don’t know why but I naively believed In Gabby Daleman. I believed that she could take revenge for the Olympics. Alas, Gabby did not want to take revenge( And I hope that if she plans to quit something it’s gonna be experiments with photoshop which really scares me.
Masha Sotskova‘s programs traditionally brings me a yawn. I do not know why but during her FP I have time to have tea, have sandwiches, check what’s new on Twitter and many other things. But, Masha, I must give her a credit, saved Russian spots. If she had placed a bit lower, we would have had an unexpected fiasco of Russian women’s skating. It’s hard to comment something on Alina’s performance. The child is tired. It’s also pointless to guess something for the future. Autumn will show, as they say.
Whom I really liked it’s Loena Hendrickx. Well done! She surprised me at the European where I saw her skating live for the first time. But she impressed me even more at Worlds where she had two clean programs! I really liked her sensual, thoughtful and mature skating.
Of course, I wanted a medal for my beloved Carolina. I wanted her to win a medal at home. But, after the free program, I was surprised to find out that I was not upset about the result. Well, didn’t turn out. It no longer matters. But she gave me an absolutely magical short program that captures you from the first seconds. Carolina is a whole epoch in figure skating. Beautiful epoch and, so sad to say this, already gone.
And our quite unexpected podium.
It’s always a pleasure to watch Satoko‘s skating. She has sophisticated programs, her every gesture is elegant and musical. Alas, in this strange sport you still have to jump.
Back in autumn Wakaba impressed me with her speed and energy. I’m happy that she got a medal, let it be some compensation from carma for missing the Olympics. But why did she dress in Russian flag in the short program? Perhaps she wanted to channel the power of Russian baby jumpers? Well, it’s almost turned out) I think we need to note this method)
Kaetlyn Osmond really surprised me. It was such a relief when she managed to skate a clean free program at the Olympics, but I didn’t expect her to repeat that. Turns out she can have more than one clean skate in the season. Kaetlyn, please remember that. Well done, what can I say? She not only repeated, but also improved her last year’s achievement! Such a well deserved gold.
Guys, what was that?
Yap that was shock.
I don’t know why, but we really believed last season that it’s possible to have good, clean programs with all those quads. Now the reality is back. Painful reality.
Moris Kvitelashvili and Nam Nguyen can open a social club “Guess what? We didn’t get into the free program!”
At least we had a chance to see both programs of cool guy from Mexico. Damn, someone please help the guy with jumps! He’s a future star, public loves him! What if he’s our new Mexican Fernandez?
Quads are quads, programs are programs, but we still need someone just to be pleasing to the eye. In this niche I have Australian and Frenchman. Brendan did cool hairdo, wore nice shirt, Romain had s light unshaven and appeared in elegant costume. They even jumped something…
Somewhere near them placed Matteo Rizzo, an honorary hero of labor, a guy who I guess competed at every possible competition this season. So by the home Worlds he has been already tired, but still well done! He even tried quad. Matteo, me and the whole of Italy have big hopes for you.
Vincent Zhou – when there’re no jumps, there’s no program. So that was hard to watch.
Well done Max, you saved three spots for American men. Max, do not go! I promise I won’t laugh at your programs, I won’t laugh at your tights anymore…..Well, no this’s too much I can’t promise that) But still don’t go, who else’s choreo will give us so many positive emotions?!
Gray sweater, Phantom of the opera … Oh, my heart ached. It’s hard without love in figure skating. So I thought that probably I should take a closer look at the young generation of skater and to find someone else….if not to love then just to like.
Only I decided this, and thought that maybe I should take a closer look at Boyang Jin. He improved, he looks more mature now….But Boyang decided that he has already been at the pedestal several times, nothing new, so it’s better to have a scientific experiment “Maybe the board can move?” No Boyang, boards won’t move….so many great skaters have already checked that before you)
If there is a more masochistic record in my CV of figure skating fan than a love for a Canadian single skater, it’s a love for Czech skaters… ..How many nerves….. And what do I see? Michal with almost clean fp! There are still wonders in life. Michal, maybe this is it? Second wind?)
Inspired by the status of the first number of the Canadian national team, Keegan Messing burst high in a short program. Alas, then he was ruthlessly crushed by the pressure of the last warm-up. But he’s is cool, funny …. Loves wind-surfing:
Now the niche for princes charming. Here I have two “D”: Dmitri and Deniss. I like a lot of things in Dmitri Aliev‘s skating, so please don’t kill the guy by all those quads. I like Deniss Vasiljevs since juniors and of course I love his coach. So I’m happy for their 6 place at Worlds. But it’s a bit weird that a guy with no quads places that high….
Kazuki Tomono was the main discovery of the men’s event for me! What a guy! He really wanted to show his best, the audience already loves him. Yep, the star is growing.
Lesha Bychenko lacked only one step to get a medal. It’s a pity of course, but still it was not very real. Anyway, great result for this guy! What a season for him!
*Salute, fanfare, champagne* Historical moment! For the first time since 2011 the Russian men won medal at the World Championship! Also the return of three spots as a bonus. Misha‘s team finally realized that if the element is unstable, then probably it’s better not to put it into the short program. That even with one quad (toeloop!) you can get 100 points.
Shoma, why did you decide to kill yourself on Milan ice? You’re not a model on the podium, who after a fall will be famous. Why did you frighten me so much? ( Believe me Boyang’s performance was more than enough. Maybe it would have been better not to risk to worsen an injury and do an easier content? On the other hand you got silver medal)
Now I know what this moment in Nathan Chen‘s FP symbolizes:
It was an exorcism of evil spirits from Milan ice. Thank you, good guy, exorcism helped not only on your performances, but also helped ice dancers. Big thank you! Because you know, how dangerous these dances are….like a minefield.
The number of quad, madre mia! Stravinsky instead of the program. Last year it was Borodin, next season you should probably call Tchaikovsky. But I really love his short program. The best men’s short program of the season for my taste. The curls are back …. I also hoped for the return of a simple black shirt, but, alas, the advertising of liquor Sheridan continued. I noticed Nathan long time ago, back in juniors and not because of his jumping abilities … then I noticed him for myself as “mini-Patrick” … .. So it was a sign, heart can not be fooled) The moment when I would see Chen’s skating in a different light should have come. And it came in the short program of this season. Oh, boy, why am I not 17 anymore?)
Oh the last appearance of latina. I critiсized it so much, but now I think that I’m going to miss it) What do we have for the next season? Tango? Well, there’s a chance) Chance that it won’t be boring)
The dances were beautiful, but not too exciting. The main buzz will begin now – the traditional off-seasonal migration of dancers between groups. I wonder who will settle where?
I don’t think it’s a good idea to go to Shpilband. His duos break-up, regress, Chock Bates didn’t get neither team event at the Olympics nor medal at Worlds.
Marina sounds like a wise idea. The Shibs haven’t announced anything yet, but I think the place of second pair in the group is vacant.
Lauzons? Well if you want to be 18th, 19th or 20th pair then good luck.
Anjelika Krylova decided to return to the historical homeland. To rescue the Russian ice dances. Oh …well good luck)
Jean-Luc Baker is the best thing that happened in latina this season. I hope his lady will stop falling.
Honestly, I didn’t see that Stepanova – Bukin is better than Zahorski – Guerreiro. Ok, I said that. Bestemianova is already looking for my address) The expression of Stepanova’s face in k&c eloquently said that in the status of the first pair they expected at least 114. Again enemies are all around.
For the whole dance event, only two dances gave me goosebumps. And one of them is Gilles-Poirier‘s free dance. I underestimated this dance last time and did not expect that they would be able to capture me that much. Piper looks gorgeous, like the diva of old Hollywood. And … since I heard from Tarasova the comparison of their skating with the drops of fresh blood, I can not get rid of this thought. So If I were a movie director and I needed an actress for the main role in a saga about vampires, I’d definitely call Piper) I really hope they will continue. First, there are so few creative pairs, and secondly, I’ve already excited about their tango.
In the battle for bronze, my heart couldn’t choose between the Italians and the Canadians. It’s difficult when you love both and there is only one medal. On the one hand, for Anna and Luke this a farewell, last Worlds, Worlds at home and I really wanted them a medal as a thank you for all the joy they were giving us. On the other hand, they are world champions… ..Kaitlyn and Andrew then lacked some hundredths of a point to get the gold. So, probably, in Milan everything turned out the best way. Yes, when Andrew defeated twizzles, the whole arena breathed out loudly and crossed itself.
My second goosebumps happened during Madison and Zach‘s free dance. I guess I decided on my favorites for the next cycle. Turns out I never learn. Why couldn’t I choose more consistet duo? There are so many elements in the free dance and Zach Donohue can fail them all.
Gabby and Guillaume skated freely, inspired and relaxed. Again in their own league. So I am very curious where this pair will go further. In what direction. Relax, it’s not a criticism. Four years ago, they came with their style, style which changed ice dances. Four years they have been developing this style and their FD to Moonlight Sonata I consider a beautiful result of this development. Now they need to move somewhere further. The only question is where? I’m really curious….
This season is finally over…Cheers!