2011 JGP Tallinn Cup
Gracie Gold came from seemingly nowhere and ran away with gold at this event. Looking at this girl's jumps, you have to question why in the hell the USFSA only assigned this chick one event. The scores she put up (172.69) are much better than any of the other US girls who competed on the JGP this year...actually better than nearly all of the ladies all season. That 172.69 is second only to Julia Lipnitskaya's 183.05. She's still a bit rough around the edges and not nearly as polished as Julia, but she's got Julia squarely beat in the jumps category. Gracie's jumps get a lot of air, cover a lot of ice and have good speed going in and coming out. It's a real shame she didn't get more exposure on the JGP this year but I think she definitely made her mark. It'll be interesting to see her at nationals this year...
Risa Shoji came in second (157.83) and Samantha Cesario in third (145.96). Check out all the videos at ISU's YouTube channel.
2011-2012 JGP Final Standings
|Top 6 will advance to the JGP Final in December|
Risa Shoji's silver medal at JGP Tallinn gave her a total of 26 points and qualified her for that fourth spot in the final. Samantha Cesario's bronze medal gave her a total of 22 points; however, she lost the tie breaker against Polina Korobeynikova and missed out on that sixth and final spot, so she'll serve as an alternate. So that's it for the junior ladies until December. They have a ridiculously long break between now and the Final so it'll be interesting to see who improves, who regresses, who gets injuries, who has a few mental breakdowns, etc.
An Evening with Champions
|Yu-Na gave the crowd a Fever!|
No, I didn't watch much of it, but being that there were a large number of figure skating stars and has-beens there, I figured I should at least mention it. Yu-Na Kim headlined the event; also included were Maia and Alex Shibutani, Yasmin Siraj, Ross Miner, Christina Gao, Rachael Flatt, The Haydenettes, Stephen Carriere and Oksana Baiul among others. The event was hosted by Paul Wylie and Harvard's own Emily Hughes (thanks for taking her off our hands Harvard!). The event reportedly raised about $100,000.
There are several different fan cam versions of the event floating around on YouTube. SaSherka of FSU posted videos of the whole event but asked that none of the links be re-posted. So if you're interested, you can go here to the post which has all of the links. I'm very happy that all of these skaters came together for a good cause, but I've already expressed how I feel about skating shows so...moving on.
Yu-Na Kim Will Not Compete This Season
|Yu-Na gots too much other chiz to do right now!|
I wish Yu-Na all the best and I love that she is using her celebrity and her influence to do great things in the world and make a difference. All of her fans should be very proud of her.
Evan Lysacek Not Competing in GP
|No EL on the GP. Nationals maybe?|
Okay, so that's it. Skate America takes place this week and I'm really excited. With the NBA season looking more and more likely to be cancelled, I have only figure skating to look forward to right now. I'll definitely post my thoughts after each competition as well.