Now that she’s not concussed anymore, the time out has done nothing: Gabriella Papadakis & Giullaume Cizeron remains our new French ice dance overlords whom everyone must bow down to and worship. Where everybody else in the top seven at Worlds(which the Russians shouldn’t have much trouble making after all) will finish is anyone’s guess.
If she skates clean, the only skater with a prayer of beating Evgenia Medvedeva is Mao Asada, and she’d probably have to be perfect. If she makes a single major mistake, on the other hand, things start to get more complicated; if Gracie put it together or Ashley rotated enough jumps, they would be capable of beating her in that scenario too. And meanwhile, Radionova is actually quite vulnerable; that she skated clean and got the scores she did here indicates Asada, the Americans, and probably Miyahara are all capable of beating her if they put it together. She’s favored for a medal only because they so often don’t.
Sport is cruel sometimes. Florent Amodio had a dignified goodbye, but it’s got to hurt that he missed out on a medal by a mere point and a quarter. Also, there is something seriously wrong the Brezinas, given how both brother and sister did in their frees.
Until Savchenko & Massot get themselves a bit more consistent(great skating and then too many mistakes; they truly are S&S redux!), we still desperately need that Volosozhar & Trankov/Stolbova & Klimov faceoff. If the scores they got here are any indication, there’s no other team that’s going to beat them for a while, if indeed even Stolbova & Klimov can.
And moving over to the other side of the pond for a moment, NBC has no taste or sensitivity when it comes to their skating broadcasts. Seriously, playing Nathan Chen’s season-ending injury as a matter of suspense like that when the show’s a week old and he’s already been announced as needing surgery and thus out? Just leaves a bad taste in the mouth.