*When I watch live skating from Japan I learn how much I love coffee!
Zhang and Zhang (China) - Fosse program still lacks pizazz but it was a little better. Dan has to figure out how to emote...she looks like a limp log out there...the music is Fosse...cut loose!
Kavaguti and Smirnov (Russia) - Lovely program with little awkward moments sprinkled in. Iffy toe loop landing for Yuko, slight collison on split twist, bad landing on throw, slight stumble at the end...not their best.
Savchenko and Szolkowy (Germany) - Beautiful choreography. Robin put his hand down on toe loop...that might be the difference between them and Shen and Zhao...will have to wait and see.
Mukhortova and Trankov (Russia) - Lovely! This team seems to be getting it together at just the right time.
Pang and Tong (China) - They breezed through their program like it was easy. Conservative scores from the judges...puzzling.
Shen and Zhao (China) - Again outclassed the field but a little roughness on a lift exit kept them from running away with it.
Crone and Poirier (Canada) - Good attack. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain so I say go for it 200%!
Kerr and Kerr (Great Britain) - Rushed a bit. John had some weird unfinished edges that made the program look sloppy at times. Good energy though.
Cappellini and Lanotte (Italy) - Charming program. Clean as a whistle but not that difficult.
Pechalat and Bourzat (France) - Solid. Similar to the Kerr's but a touch cleaner. Very close...very close.
Virtue and Moir (Canada) - Sizzlin'! That Flamenco has to be the best I've ever seen put on ice. Epic battle heating up here!
Davis and White (USA) - Looked nervous prior to beginning program but turned it up once they got going. Meryl Davis is so in tune with the character of this dance it's scary. Basically amazing, a season's best score, and the lead!
Akiko Suzuki (Japan) - Not sure if the Grand Prix Final is where you should be watering down the content. Took the lutz out of the program. Slightly under-rotated loop. Good attack though.
Ashley Wagner (USA) - Great performance but technical issues on the jumps...lots of two feet, under-rotations, and edge calls. She had great energy though.
Alena Leonova (Russia) - Whimsical. She manages to get the funky chicken in her program. Struggled on the lutz but lots of personality. Surprisingly solid score.
Joannie Rochette (Canada) - Seemed lifeless. Fell out of the back end of her combination and had to hang on to the flip. Still hasn't found her groove this season. BEHIND Leonova...wow.
Miki Ando (Japan) - Solid jumps but little else. Something weird happened during her layback (forgot a position/transition...not sure) and she had to redo a little choreography. Seemed to get a decent number from the judges.
Kim Yu-Na (S. Korea) - Seemed on her way until she singled her triple flip. Despite amazing choreography only made it to second place. Thinking she may have got downgraded on the triple toe as well. It's like "Stop the Press...Kim doesn't lead a short program!"
Tomas Verner (Czech Republic) - Opened with a gorgeous quad/triple combo and then singled his axel and lutz. Who does that?
Johnny Weir (USA) - Came out with gusto! Beautiful jumps and a big ole score in the mid 80s! Wowza!
Daisuke Takahashi (Japan) - Double wowza! Huge jumps, amazing footwork! He so close to catching the highest SP score of all time!
Jeremy Abbott (USA) - Great combo but iffy axel and a fall on the lutz. Still had strong components though.
Evan Lysacek (USA) - OMG! Amazing triple jumps and he sold that footwork like no other! Right behind behind Takahashi...I'm talking less than a point! Both are in the 89's!
Nobunari Oda (Japan) - The hits keep coming! Beautiful! His knee flexibility is enviable. Huge ovation. Into third just ahead of Weir.
*Weir, Oda, Lysacek, and Takahashi put on a short program for sure! The four of them are close! Who needs, Plushenko, Joubert, Chan, and Lambiel!?!?