Ashley Wagner. Again. We might of thought she had a fair chance of winning the title, but did anyone think she’d be near-perfect and put out a score close to 150? I suppose it’s questionable whether the tech panel gave her passes an international tech panel might not, but even taking that into consideration, this is a statement win, and perhaps the sweetest moment her fans have enjoyed in a long time. Now we just have to hope she can actually do it again in Shanghai, as least well enough to medal if the chips fall in the right way. And there was a podium selfie also, because of course there was.
Maia & Alex Shibutani, Madison Hubbell & Zacharay Donohue, and Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker. I hate that there’s no room for the last to go to Worlds. Although Chock & Bates might have impressed me too, but sorry, their making the musical choice they did is still too classless for that. I also hate that they won their first title with it, and will probably win their first World medal with it too.
Haven Denney & Brandon Frazier, and Tarah Kayne & Danny O’Shea. The second the most. And okay, Scimeca & Knierim’s quad twist was cool too, but they were a wee bit overscored.
Jeremys Ten and Abbott. Haven’t seen anything skates from Canadian Nationals yet, but really happy to see the former in position to make it back to Worlds. Although I’m more worried about the latter. His short programs were well enough in 2011 and 2013 too, after all, and I would be a lot happier if he’d built up a real margin for error. Still find it a little strange they he didn’t break 90, honestly, though as I accidentally slept through the kids’ shorts I can’t judge whether they deserve to be ahead of him or not.
Adam Rippon. Though again, we’ll have to see if he holds it up in the long.
Ashley Wagner. I’m not entirely sure she deserved the 72, but I ain’t complaining, and her short was good to watch for more than one reason.
Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker, for their skating this time.
The US tennis ladies. Four into the Round of 16! Watched Madison Keys win this morning, and she did lose quite a few service games, but she certainly did a better job serving it out than Ferrer across the way!
The Intermediate Ladies, especially the top two, who would’ve won the men’s competition too!
Any junior dance team who managed to fashion a short dance this year without falling back on Shakira!
Emily Chan, and Caitlin Fields & Ernie Utah Stevens. Fields especially has taken a big step up. And Caroline and Gordon Green, though I’ve only seen their pattern dances.
Kaitlin Hawayek & Jean-Luc Baker. Finally gave in and watched them lip sync to the Black-Eyed Peas, and that was something. Kind of still amazed the USFSA actually uploaded that.(I still really want both the Shibs and Hubbell & Donohue to make Worlds, though, so guess I can’t cheer for them this year).
Tim Smyczek. I really, really wish he’d won that match.
Thanasi Kokkinakis. Though maybe it’s more I’m grateful to him for getting rid of Gulbis.
I’m amazed I finished with this one. Starting Friday because Saturday I did pretty much nothing but watch skating, getting depressed enough about the men’s results I didn’t want to report about it, and briefing freaking out when the computer wouldn’t recognize I had the microphone plugged in until I had pulled it in and out several times. But finished in time to enjoy a little Johnny Weir on Food Network: January 21-27, 2013