Oh, dear. This doesn't look good for Johnny Weir for the season. Oh, my. How sad.
It will be interesting to watch the network broadcast of Nat'ls this year--finally, they have a story and a princess! They can milk this to pieces on the commercials for the broadcast, and hopefully draw in a whole new generation of fans and their parents. Gracie is just what the sport needed, and i hope, hope, HOPE that she doesn't get injured. Go, Gracie Gold! And Go, Carly Gold! Sisters--that's TWO princesses! Woo, hoo--I can see those January Learn To skate classes filling up now! Ca=CHING!
Thank you for the reminder of their names. I agree that the Russians are among the top pairs in the world. My point is why are the second marks so high when a performance is flawed in its content? Maxim and Tatiana's technical marks were full of negative GOEs. Along with two falls they still managed to obtain artistic marks in the 9s from several of the judges. If each performance should stand on its own merit then both set of marks should be based on what was seen not how highly regarded the pair may be. They still may have won but mark them as they perform that day.
I disagree that B/L are one of the top 2 teams in the world. I would have S/S ranked #1a and V/T ranked #1b. Then a big drop off to #3. Maybe P/T since T/T are out right now, but other teams just don't have the same impact as S/S and V/T. :)
As to whoever suggested USFS "give" Gracie another GP, #1: it's not USFS's to give and # 2: you can't skate more than 2 GP events per season. USFS only gives bids for Skate America. Let's give her some time to clean up the couple of mistakes she made her for Nationals (which I am sure she will!!). Proud of her for figuring out how to handle the pressure of a GP event and really proud of how she handled the pressure of skating last after SP. :) Yes, a couple mistakes, but still!!
Not sold on Carmen yet.