Friday, February 26, 2010


6 is the number of women in the final group during the Ladies Free Skate Thursday night.

6 is the number of great performances performed in that final group.

Your math is good...that means that every woman in the final group of skaters had a great skate. So many back-to-back great performances is a rarity in figure skating. It's even more of a rarity at the Olympics. Not a single fall in the final group and solid performances all the way around.

Rachael Flatt and Mirai Nagasu continued to exceed expectations for the U.S. Both had clean free skates, Mirai with the better of the two, placing 4th. Miki Ando, while a bit conservative, was leaps better here than she was in Torino, placing 5th.

Joannie Rochette, who I cannot even imagine how, had an amazing free skate with just one little glitch. Joannie, who lost her mother just Sunday, has shown unbelievable strength at these Olympics and I'm sure with her mother watching from above, found herself winning a Bronze Medal. Amazing!

The top two ladies again didn't disappoint. Kim Yu-Na skated first and was unbelievable. She had unimaginable pressure placed upon her by her native South Korea and delivered big time. She had the previous high score ever set for a woman and shattered that total by about 18 points. Mao Asada, with a Gold basically out of reach after Kim's performance, fearlessly attempted and hit two triple axels in her free skate, becoming the first woman to land three triple axels in Olympic competition. With her effort, she took the Silver behind Kim's Gold, the first figure skating medal ever for South Korea.

Tomorrow all these girls get to unwind and have some fun without the pressure of the judges during the exhibition gala.
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