1. Ashley Wagner – 187.02
2. Alissa Czisny – 180.00
3. Agnes Zawadzki – 174.10
4. Caroline Zhang – 173.19
5. Christina Gao – 166.36
6. Rachael Flatt – 164.98
7. Mirai Nagasu – 163.99
8. Angela Wang – 158.66
9. Vanessa Lam – 157.62
10. Kiri Baga – 149.38
11. Nina Jiang – 146.62
12. Leah Keiser – 145.55
13. McKinzie Daniels – 140.42
14. Joelle Forte – 139.82
15. Yasmin Siraj – 138.83
16. Haley Dunne – 136.28
17. Sophia Adams – 125.22
18. Morgan Bell – 112.48
19. Aimee Buchanan – 101.89
BACKEND-TRIPLE COMBO COUNT: 6 attempted (Wang lutz-toe, Daniels axel-toe, Keiser lutz-toe, Gao flip-toe, Wagner axel-toe, Zawadzki axel-toe), 5 clean (Daniels, Keiser, Gao, Wagner, Zawadzki)
Agnes Zawadzki – Rhapsody in Blue – double axel-triple toe (nice), triple flip, triple lutz (fall), triple lutz-double toe (just barely hangs on, almost hits the boards), triple salchow (tentative going in, fall), double toe (step out), double axel (hangs on) – TES 50.26, PCS 59.60, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 107.86, TOTAL SCORE 174.10
Alissa Czisny – Valse Triste – triple lutz (hand down), double axel-double toe, triple flip (nice), triple lutz (downgrade, no combo, fall), double axel (barely), triple loop, triple loop-double toe-double loop – TES 56.03, PCS 61.83, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 116.86, TOTAL SCORE 180.00
Ashley Wagner – Black Swan – triple flip-double toe-double toe, double axel-triple toe, triple lutz (solid), spread eagle into triple loop, single salchow, triple loop-double toe, triple flip – wow, too bad about that salchow, but it was a low-valued triple (about four points in base value), but well done! – TES 60.64, PCS 63.32, FS SCORE 123.96, TOTAL SCORE 187.02
Caroline Zhang – triple flip (fall out), triple lutz-double toe, double axel (very little speed), triple loop (solid), triple flip-double toe-double loop, triple loop-double toe, double axel – that’s quite the comeback, there, Caroline Zhang! – TES 56.46, PCS 56.55, FS SCORE 113.01, TOTAL SCORE 173.19
Mirai Nagasu – Spartacus – triple loop-double toe (nice), double axel-double toe (a bit scratchy on the axel), triple lutz-double toe-double loop (fall, downgrade on the loop), triple lutz (fall, at least underrotated), single flip, triple loop – started off so well, she just tried to muscle out that double loop and that’s when it all fell apart, unfortunately – TES 50.74, PCS 56.23, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 104.97, TOTAL SCORE 163.99
Christina Gao – triple flip-triple toe (nice), stumbled on her way to the next jump during a three-turn, double axel (just hangs on), triple lutz (nice), triple flip (smooth), steps into triple loop, double salchow (step out), triple toe-double toe – as strong as she has been all season, great triple-triple at the beginning, it’s nice to see her recover from a bad season – TES 54.83, PCS 56.13, FS SCORE 111.53, TOTAL SCORE 166.36
Final group on the ice for warmup. Skate order: Gao, Nagasu, Zhang, Wagner, Czisny, Zawadzki.
Vanessa Lam – Rhapsodyon a Theme – triple lutz-double loop-double loop, triple flip-double loop, threes into triple loop (overrotated, step out), triple toe, spread eagle into double axel-double axel sequence, triple flip (tough fall), double lutz (at least underrotated, just popped it in midair) – TES 51.37, PCS 52.68, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 103.05, TOTAL SCORE 157.62
Rachael Flatt – Firebird – triple lutz, double flip, triple loop, triple flip-double toe-doouble loop (nice), back spiral into triple salchow, triple loop-double toe, double axel-double toe – best she has skated all season, well done, Cardinal! – TES 56.49, PCS 55.78, FS SCORE 112.27, TOTAL SCORE 164.98
Nina Jiang – Turandot – triple lutz (fall), triple toe, triple salchow (love that entrance from nowhere), single loop, double axel, spread eagle into double axel-double toe, ina bauer into triple toe-single toe-single loop (she completely missed her takeoff and did an extra double-three to re-setup … great composure there) – has all the goods to become a really elegant skater – TES , PCS , FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 92.76, TOTAL SCORE 146.42
Yasmin Siraj – triple flip (leaning outside, fall), triple lutz-double toe, double toe-double axel sequence, salchow attempt (didn’t get off the ice), triple lutz (fall out), triple toe (hand down), single axel (waxel) – really tough to get into that program with all those mistakes, unfortunately – TES 41.92, PCS 45.95, FALLS -1.00, FS SCORE 86.87, TOTAL SCORE 138.83
Leah Keiser – Dr. Zhivago, triple lutz-triple toe (looked clean but could be underrotated), double axel (fall), triple loop (nice), triple flip-double toe, ina bauer into double axel-double toe, triple salchow (fall out), triple lutz (fall, underrotated?) – a bit slow in parts, and long setups for her jumps, but so much potential – TES 49.10, PCS 46.01, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 93.11, TOTAL SCORE 145.55
Third group of skaters on the ice for warmup. Skate order: Keiser, Siraj, Jiang, Flatt, Lam. Fireworks coming up! Angela Wang set a very high standard early on and will definitely be finishing in the top 10, no doubt. A free skate score in the 110s will be strong, but like I said, I don’t see the National champion tonight scoring anything lower than 125 in her free skate.
And the final two groups will start around 9:00 Eastern (6:00 Pacific).
What will it take to win tonight? My bet is on 1) at least five clean triples and 2) a free skate score of at least 125.
Pregame analysis (Technical content): Based on the Grand Prix series alone, Czisny has the highest technical content planned, mostly because she’s got six planned triples in her free skate (even after the revamp). Wagner and Nagasu both have the potential to match Czisny if they pull out the double axel-triple toe, but otherwise, they are both looking at five-triple programs.
Zawadzki’s is the most questionable of all, because her layout at Rostelecom Cup actually made her repeat three different triples (toe, lutz, and sal), so she got her final triple salchow invalidated. But she should have a similar amount of technical content as well. Zhang’s free skate has been the lowest in technical value amongst the five top ladies this season.
Haley Dunne – triple salchow (fall out, hand down), triple lutz (downgrade, fall), triple flip, triple toe-double axel sequence, double lutz-double toe-double loop (possibly underrotated on the loop), triple toe (fall), double axel-double toe – TES 43.46, PCS 43.41, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 84.87, TOTAL SCORE 136.28
Sophia Adams – Titanic – triple salchow (leaning outside, fall), threes into triple loop (nice), triple toe (catches heel, fall), threes into triple loop (fall out, no combo), double axel, single salchow, single axel, another back layback spin from the ladies – TES 32.56, PCS 43.26, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 73.82, TOTAL SCORE 125.22
Kiri Baga – La Strada – triple flip, single lutz, triple salchow, double axel-double Tano toe, triple salchow-double Tano toe, triple toe-double toe-double loop, double axel – TES 51.08, PCS 48.15, FS SCORE 99.23, TOTAL SCORE 149.38
McKinzie Daniels – double axel-triple toe (really airy), triple lutz (possibly underrotated), triple flip (fall, possibly underrotated), triple loop-double toe, triple toe-double toe-double loop, reverse walley into double salchow (foot down), triple loop (hangs on) – she’s got hang time – TES 49.17, PCS 42.29, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 90.46, TOTAL SCORE 140.42
Second group warming up. Skate order: Daniels, Baga, Adams, Dunne.
Aimee Buchanan – triple salchow (fall, possibly underrotated), double axel, triple flip (fall), not so sure about the execution of that back layback, but cool element, triple salchow (fall), double loop-double loop, double Tano lutz-double loop, double flip – TES 31.75, PCS 35.37, FALLS -3.00, FS SCORE 64.12, TOTAL SCORE 101.89
Angela Wang – triple flip-double toe (solid), triple lutz-triple toe (step out), ina bauer into double axel, triple loop, triple salchow, triple lutz, steps into double axel-double toe-single loop – really strong skating from Wang, great to see the up-and-coming ladies setting a high standard for jump content – TES 62.61, PCS 47.07, FS SCORE 109.68, TOTAL SCORE 158.66
Joelle Forte – triple lutz (downgrade, foot down), triple flip, triple salchow (solid), ina bauer into double axel, triple lutz-double toe, triple toe-double axel sequence, triple salchow-double toe – Forte’s landings are always a bit iffy in terms of rotation, it’ll be interesting to see how many of those were clean – TES 49.98, PCS 41.71, FS SCORE 91.69, TOTAL SCORE 139.82
Morgan Bell – Avatar – double axel, triple lutz (two-foot, fall out, possibly underrotated), double lutz-double toe, spread eagle into triple toe (nice), triple salchow (downgrade, splattering fall), double axel-double toe, triple toe-double toe (good fight) – TES 38.46, PCS 36.47, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 73.93, TOTAL SCORE 112.48
First group of ladies on the ice for warmup: Bell, Forte, Wang, Buchanan.
Pregame analysis: After what we saw in the short program, there are definitely high hopes for the free skate being quite a spectacular event. But of course, it’s the ladies’ free skate … seven jumping passes are a whole lot more than three. I’ve said it before, a clean free skate and maximizing the jumping passes can get you places – of course, easier said than done. Note that the final six will skate in reverse order of their standings.
Stay tuned- right here! – for live up-to-the-second play-by-play coverage and commentary of the ladies’ free skate at the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Festivities will be starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern (4:00 p.m. Pacific). Skate order below.
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Ladies’ free skate (skate order)
1. Morgan Bell
2. Joelle Forte
3. Angela Wang
4. Aimee Buchanan
1. McKinzie Daniels
2. Kiri Baga
3. Sophia Adams
4. Haley Dunne
1. Leah Keiser
2. Yasmin Siraj
3. Nina Jiang
4. Rachael Flatt
5. Vanessa Lam
1. Christina Gao
2. Mirai Nagasu
3. Caroline Zhang
4. Ashley Wagner
5. Alissa Czisny
6. Agnes Zawadzki
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