Cup of China Ladies Free Skate

The event begins at 4:15am EST.
The 1st warmup group is on the ice.

Group 1

Qiuying Zhu, CHN: 35.16 TES + 38.13 PCS = 73.29 Total: 108.57

  • Two footed her opening triple lutz
  • Hand down on the triple toe
  • Good triple salchow
  • Decent speed in her combination spin but her positions are pretty basic
  • Triple toe + double toe combination
  • Double axel + double toe combination
  • Nice spiral with her leg up high to the side
  • Double axel
  • Triple toe + double toe + double loop
  • There isn’t a lot of choreography in this program in between the jumps and she doesn’t have a lot of speed going into her elements
  • I’d like to see her spins a little faster and more in time with the music
  • This is a tango but there is no passion and fire in her step sequence
  • Her layback spin could use some work and is very slow

Ksenia Makarova, RUS: 46.01 TES + 52.56 PCS -1.00 = 97.57 Total: 143.47 and into 1st place

  • Fall on her opening triple
  • Triple toe + double toe combination
  • Possible two footed landing on her triple loop
  • Scorpion spiral with the finger bite in character with her Marilyn Monroe themed program
  • Possible two footing again on the triple loop+double toe + double loop combo
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • Nice double axel
  • Good double axel
  • Good speed on the sit spin
  • Nice one foot section to start her step sequence
  • Nice speed and position in her camel spin into the upright spin and finished just a tad after the music

Christina Gao, USA: 53.89 TES + 47.60 PCS -1.00 = 100.49 Total: 152.48 and into 1st place

  • What a grown up costume for Christina!
  • Easy triple flip + triple toe
  • Her legs are so long and she went through a big growth spurt–She just needs to learn to use them to her advantage
  • Nice double axel
  • Fall on the triple lutz
  • Nice speed in her spin
  • Good layback position but she needs to relax her hands and I’d like to see her maintain speed through the Biellman
  • Really tight landing on that triple but she hangs on to it
  • Triple loop tight on the landing
  • Good triple salchow + double toe
  • Nice scorpion spiral
  • Triple toe
  • It seems like she’s skating through this music and not to it and she isn’t showing the passion and aggression needed for a tango
  • Nice low sit spin position

Valentina Marchei, ITA: 32.76 TES + 49.68 PCS -1.00 = 81.55 Total: 133.86 and into 3rd place

  • I wish she would have picked a different feel for her free skate as it’s very similar to her SP
  • Triple flip–a little bit of a lean on the landing but she held on
  • Two footed the landing on her triple
  • Singled a salchow and then singled the next jump–Not sure if she was trying for a combo or just attempting the jump again
  • Nice haircutter position in her spin
  • Very nice extension through her spiral position
  • Singled her flip
  • Fall on her triple toe
  • Singled her axel
  • Triple salchow + double toe combination
  • I love that even though her jumps didn’t go well she’s still performing this step sequence and trying to sell her program
  • Nice twisted sit variation

Bingwa Geng, CHN: 45.38 TES + 45.10 PCS -1.00 = 89.48 Total: 142.09 and into 3rd place

  • Looked like her opening lutz was underrotated and two footed
  • Double axel + double toe + double loop combo nicely done
  • Two footed the first jump in her triple toe + double toe combo
  • Nice camel position into a nice upright spin and a good low sit position but she finishes her spins ahead of her music and has to wait for a moment
  • Nice Scorpion spiral position
  • The landing on her triple was fine but she walked away from attempting the combo
  • Triple salchow
  • Beautiful donut position in her spin
  • Fall on her triple toe
  • Nice double axel right on the music
  • I like this step sequence and think that she could push through it more and make it a real wow moment at the end of her program
  • Beautiful layback spin into a straight Biellman with maintained speed
Group 2

Kexin Zhang, CHN: 54.14 TES + 46.33 PCS = 100.47 Total: 153.32 and into 1st place

  • Nice springy triple toe + triple toe
  • Forward on the landing of her triple but she tacks on the double toe
  • Triple–camera angle was from the top so the landing was obscured
  • Nice donut position in the camel spin
  • Nice stretched out scorpion spiral
  • Triple lutz
  • Good triple loop right in front of the judges
  • Beautiful layback position with a nice Biellman and maintained speed
  • Tripe + double toe
  • Double axel
  • She has all the jumps and I’d like to see her really work on the choreography and transitions between the movements
  • The step sequence is nice but I want to see her put more behind it
  • Good one armed overhead position in her upright spin and a nice low sit spin

Kanako Murakami, JPN: 44.10 TES + 54.01 PCS -1.00 = 97.11 Total: 150.20 and into 3rd place

  • I really like this light blue dress on her.  So elegant and not at all tacky like her free skate last season.
  • Nice opening triple lutz
  • Good triple loop
  • Decent layback spin into a haircutter with a good Biellman
  • Fall on the triple flip
  • Great low sit position but she needs to stretch through her free leg
  • Good spiral position but she’s sickling her foot in the extension to the side
  • Triple loop
  • Double axel was solid
  • Doubled her toe jump
  • Very difficult step sequence but I’d like to see her even lighter in her performance to match the music
  • Triple salchow + double loop + double loop–first jump was two footed
  • Good speed in her final combination spin

Adelina Sotnikova, RUS: 51.69 TES + 54.52 PCS = 106.21 Total: 159.95 and into 1st place

  • I really like this dress on her with the shades of purple and the flower work but her illusion mesh is way too dark for her skin tone
  • Triple lutz + triple loop combination was effortless
  • Her arabesque line is gorgeous
  • Nice triple flip
  • Good triple salchow
  • Popped open her lutz–looks like she might have gotten too deep on the edge on takeoff
  • Beautiful spiral with a 180 degree position in her lift to the side
  • Nice extension through the catchfoot in her camel spin
  • Two footed and hand (maybe knee) down on double axel)
  • Triple loop
  • Step out on her next double axel
  • Interesting sit spin variation but it’s unclear whether her leg is supposed to be straight or bent
  • I like the power and ice coverage behind her step sequence and she really fills up the music
  • She actually does a decent illusion spin

Mirai Nagasu, USA: 55.64 TES + 56.62 PCS = 112.26 Total: 173.22 and into 1st place

  • I don’t think either of her dresses flatter her this year
  • Triple loop + double toe combo
  • Double axel + double toe
  • Beautiful arabesque spiral
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop was a little tight
  • Good donut position in her camel spin with good speed
  • Triple lutz
  • Triple toe solid
  • Nice height on the triple loop
  • Double axel with a nice ride out
  • Great speed in her camel spin and she increased it in the catchfoot variation
  • Nice layback spin but she has no speed in the Biellman and it isn’t as stretched out as you normally see it from her
  • I miss the enjoyment she used to show on the ice and it seems like she’s just going through the elements; no smile at all during that skate

Carolina Kostner, ITA: 56.95 TES + 63.31 PCS = 120.26 Total: 182.14 and into 1st place

  • Solid opening triple loop with a beautiful arabesque landing
  • Nice triple toe but a little back on the landing
  • Good double axel right into her camel spin
  • Good double axel + double toe
  • Triple toe + double toe combination
  • Another good triple
  • Triple salchow (turnout)+double toe (turnout) + loop
  • I really like this step sequence on her
  • Good camel spin into a sit spin and an awkward flying change to a layback position
  • Final spin has some illusions into a broken leg sit spin
 Pl. Name Nation TSS
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PCS
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StN.
1 Carolina KOSTNER ITA 120.26 56.95 63.31 8.04 7.61 7.89 8.07 7.96 0.00 #10
2 Mirai NAGASU USA 112.26 55.64 56.62 7.14 6.93 7.00 7.14 7.18 0.00 #9
3 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 106.21 51.69 54.52 7.00 6.61 6.75 6.96 6.75 0.00 #8
4 Christina GAO USA 100.49 53.89 47.60 6.18 5.75 5.89 6.07 5.86 1.00 #3
5 Kexin ZHANG CHN 100.47 54.14 46.33 6.25 5.50 5.75 5.82 5.64 0.00 #6
6 Ksenia MAKAROVA RUS 97.57 46.01 52.56 6.71 6.25 6.57 6.64 6.68 1.00 #2
7 Kanako MURAKAMI JPN 97.11 44.10 54.01 6.96 6.61 6.61 6.82 6.75 1.00 #7
8 Bingwa GENG CHN 89.48 45.38 45.10 5.93 5.29 5.68 5.75 5.54 1.00 #5
9 Valentina MARCHEI ITA 81.44 32.76 49.68 6.43 5.86 6.04 6.29 6.43 1.00 #4
10 Qiuying ZHU CHN 73.29 35.16 38.13 5.04 4.36 4.82 4.86 4.75 0.00 #1
Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Carolina KOSTNER
ITA
182.14 1 1
2 Mirai NAGASU
USA
173.22 2 2
3 Adelina SOTNIKOVA
RUS
159.95 3 3
4 Kexin ZHANG
CHN
153.32 5 5
5 Christina GAO
USA
152.48 8 4
6 Kanako MURAKAMI
JPN
150.20 4 7
7 Ksenia MAKAROVA
RUS
143.47 9 6
8 Bingwa GENG
CHN
142.09 6 8
9 Valentina MARCHEI
ITA
133.86 7 9
10 Qiuying ZHU
CHN
108.57 10 10