So, the guys...what a ride that was. Let's talk about the top 6.
Curran Oi...he looked so nervous I thought he was just going to pee right there on the ice! But once he got going it got better. Nice performance, nice kid. He needs to work on the component side of his skating but he made a respectable senior debut. I look for him to do well at Junior Worlds.
FYI...US Figure Skating has announced World, Junior World, and 4CC teams...check it out here. Some of these confuse me...but more on that in a later post.
Johnny Weir, he just never got his head around that program. I think he just over thought it too much and let it go to his head. He's been solid recently and I think he just let that one get away. Ironically, it was his effort that got the U.S. three spots at this years worlds...and he's not one of the people going...sad. Also, they announced during the exhibition that Johnny was Skating Magazine's winner of the Reader's Choice Award, but he didn't even skate in the exhibition. How much fun is Ryan Bradley! He'd been even higher if he just added a little finesse to his skating, but I think that lack of finesse is what makes him great. Solid effort.
I think the same head games that plagued Weir also worked on Lysacek. I don't know how his program looked on T.V. but it was lifeless in the arena. He had the unfortunate draw of skating after Mroz and before Abbott and got backed into a must-do-quad corner...unfortunately it wasn't successful. He was just kind of hanging on that entire program and was never able to 'sell it.' He does get to go to World's so he'll have a shot at redemption. Speaking of quads, Mroz's was quite successful and it kicked off a brilliant program! He has gotten better with each competition this season and what a sensational National's debut on the senior level.
But the man of the hour is Jeremy Abbott. I don't know what punch he's drinking but it's working! He has systematically sub-planted Weir and Lysacek this season to become the top U.S. guy! His free not as sizzling as what he did at the Grand Prix Final but he was still the clear class of the field and the program, just to watch, is amazing! In my opinion, the judges got this one (men's competition) spot on and it was nice to see.
I have lots more Nationals stuff to talk about...I'll do a series of posts. Stay tuned.