2018 Olympics Ladies Free Skate

Dabin Choi, KOR: 68.74 TES + 62.75 PCS = 131.49 and into 1st place

  • Triple lutz looked a little flat on the takeoff edge and not enough height to go for a combo
  • Triple flip also looked a little flat on takeoff
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • There aren’t a lot of transitions between these jumps just skating from one to the other
  • A nice donut position in the camel
  • A bit stiff through the shoulders and upper body and very slow through the footwork; doesn’t quite go with the music and she doesn’t use her upper body much to change the balance points and get all the way through the movement
  • Good triple loop
  • Triple lutz + triple toe + double toe jumps were tight but landed
  • Triple saclhow + double toe
  • Double axel
  • Her biggest issues with the jumps are height and getting a stronger landing position

Mirai Nagasu, USA: 57.56 TES 66.93 PCS = 119.61 Total: 186.54 and into 4th place

  • Popped the axel–earned 0 points for the element.  Base value of 3A is 8.5 and a double axel is 3.3
  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Nice triple salchow
  • Good positions in the camel spin, especially love the attitude without a catch foot; nice to show the strength and control
  • Double axel + triple toe + double toe
  • Gorgeous spiral
  • Popped her lutz
  • Triple flip very close to the wall
  • Slow into her step sequence
  • I wish she would put more effort into performing this program so that when the axel doesn’t go her way she has something more to fall back on as her program components aren’t doing her a lot of favors
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Ending with a nice layback spin
  • Level 4 on her camel spin and layback spin

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: 75.20 tES 71.24 PCS = 146.44 Total: 222.38 and into 1st place

  • Triple loop
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Triple flip
  • The jumps don’t get a lot of height and her landing position is very low–all of this factors into the GOEs
  • Nice speed in the camel spin
  • Nice speed through the step sequence but she could stretch through her free legs more
  • Triple lutz + double toe + double loop
  • Double axel + triple toe–probably her biggest jump
  • Triple salchow
  • Double axel
  • Gorgeous Biellman
  • Level 4 on everything

Carolina Kostner, ITA: 63.64 TES + 75.65 PCS = 139.29 Total: 212.44 and into 2nd place

  • Triple lutz
  • Triple flip step out and then put her hands on the ice–might be counted as a fall
  • Triple loop
  • Stunning camel spin position
  • Every arm movement in the spins is carefully thought out to accent the music and not just the same in every spin she does
  • Triple toe really hangs on to it
  • Double axel + half loop + triple salchow two footed and really muscled through it
  • Double axel
  • The jumps are work today and it is definitely effecting the total picture this program is trying to create
  • Triple salchow + double toe
  • Just too many jump errors considering her content is much lower to begin with; it will extremely difficult for her to medal
  • Level 4 on flying camel spin, final combination spin and steps

Kaori Sakamoto, JPN: 68.42 TES + 68.11 PCS = 136.53 Total: 209.71 and into 3rd place

  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple salchow
  • There is a tremendous amount of freedom through her movement in the step sequence; the maturity and artistry isn’t there yet but she has all the quality of movement to develop that
  • Triple lutz edge call
  • Her big areas to work on would be a better landing position and more interesting transitions out of jumps
  • Triple flip + double toe
  • Nice flexibility through the upright spin
  • Double axel + triple toe + double toe (one arm up)
  • There is so much to like about her skating and so much promise
  • Triple loop flip out
  • Double axel
  • Her camel spin position is a bit low and needs to get to 90 degrees
  • Nice Biellman
  • Level 4 on everything

Alina Zagitova, RUS: 81.62 TES + 75.03 PCS = 156.65 Total: 239.57 and into 1st place

  • The stretch in her lines and the finishing of the movements is so much better in this program
  • Her choreographic sequence still seems to be just a tad too fast for the music
  • Flying camel with an illusion out
  • Her leg lines could be straighter in the step sequence, especially if you’re portraying a ballet
  • She has a lovely twizzle into an overhead leg catch and into an illusion but it all happens so fast that you don’t get to appreciate any of the steps
  • Triple lutz muscles out
  • Double axel + triple toe
  • Triple flip + double toe + double loop with arms up on all jumps
  • Triple lutz + triple loop
  • This is what she does so well…she thinks on her feet, doesn’t let a mistake rattle her and finds a place to gain all the points back.  Excellent training as well.
  • Triple saclhow
  • Triple flip
  • Double axel
  • Smart program and will be tough to beat

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: 76.50 TES 75.65 PCS = 152.15 Total: 231.02 and into 2nd place

  • Huge triple flip + triple toe
  • Solid double axel + triple toe with a great landing position
  • Triple lutz puts her foot down on the step out
  • Sophisticated choreography and great transitions between elements, really mimicing the feel of a ballet
  • Triple loop
  • Triple flip
  • Nice triple salchow + double toe + double loop then just steps back on the landing
  • Great double axel
  • Great passion and energy in the step sequence with great use of her whole body to keep the story and the choreography moving throughout
  • She definitely gave some points away on the GOE with a few of those landings but this is going to far and away be her best technical score of the season
  • Level 4 on everything

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: 79.18 TES + 77.47 PCS = 156.65 Total: 238.26 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple lutz
  • The placement of her combination jump seems a bit odd and doesn’t seem to fit the music
  • I love the waltz start to the step sequence
  • She truly has a gift with movement and creates great pictures on the ice and tells a complete story
  • Triple flip
  • Triple loop
  • Double axel + double toe + double toe very slow throughout
  • Triple saclhow + triple toe
  • Double axel
  • Interesting entry into her combination spin but her first camel position was not very attractive
  • I’d like to see her use her spins to complete the story as well
  • She truly gave that program everything she could
  • It looks like she’ll be slightly above her personal best technical score for the season
Pl. Name Nation TSS
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1 MEDVEDEVA Evgenia OAR 156.65 79.18 77.47 9.57 9.43 9.82 9.71 9.89 0.00 #24
2 ZAGITOVA Alina OAR 156.65 81.62 75.03 9.32 9.21 9.61 9.29 9.46 0.00 #22
3 OSMOND Kaetlyn CAN 152.15 76.50 75.65 9.50 9.21 9.57 9.39 9.61 0.00 #23
4 MIYAHARA Satoko JPN 146.44 75.20 71.24 8.93 8.64 9.07 8.89 9.00 0.00 #19
5 KOSTNER Carolina ITA 139.29 63.64 75.65 9.46 9.25 9.43 9.57 9.57 0.00 #20
6 SAKAMOTO Kaori JPN 136.53 68.42 68.11 8.57 8.36 8.50 8.57 8.57 0.00 #21
7 SOTSKOVA Maria OAR 134.24 66.94 67.30 8.39 8.14 8.54 8.43 8.57 0.00 #13
8 CHOI Dabin KOR 131.49 68.74 62.75 7.86 7.57 8.04 7.86 7.89 0.00 #17
9 TENNELL Bradie USA 128.34 65.41 62.93 7.93 7.68 7.79 7.93 8.00 0.00 #15
10 KIM Hanul KOR 121.38 67.03 54.35 6.96 6.46 7.00 6.68 6.86 0.00 #4
11 CHEN Karen USA 119.75 56.65 64.10 8.18 7.64 7.96 8.07 8.21 1.00 #14
12 NAGASU Mirai USA 119.61 57.56 62.05 8.14 7.50 7.71 7.75 7.68 0.00 #18
13 TURSYNBAEVA Elizabet KAZ 118.30 60.50 58.80 7.39 7.11 7.39 7.43 7.43 1.00 #7
14 HENDRICKX Loena BEL 116.72 60.73 55.99 7.07 6.71 7.11 6.96 7.14 0.00 #2
15 RAJICOVA Nicole SVK 114.60 57.80 56.80 7.11 6.89 7.25 7.04 7.21 0.00 #11
16 CRAINE Kailani AUS 111.84 57.89 53.95 6.68 6.54 7.00 6.64 6.86 0.00 #9
17 SCHOTT Nicole GER 109.26 52.68 56.58 7.04 6.82 7.04 7.18 7.29 0.00 #10
18 MEITE Mae Berenice FRA 106.25 55.13 52.12 6.50 6.29 6.61 6.54 6.64 1.00 #3
19 DALEMAN Gabrielle CAN 103.56 45.81 61.75 8.00 7.64 7.39 7.93 7.64 4.00 #16
20 LI Xiangning CHN 101.97 50.56 51.41 6.57 6.21 6.46 6.39 6.50 0.00 #5
21 PELTONEN Emmi FIN 101.86 46.41 56.45 7.14 6.79 7.00 7.07 7.29 1.00 #8
22 PAGANINI Alexia SUI 101.00 50.94 50.06 6.43 6.00 6.29 6.32 6.25 0.00 #1
23 TOTH Ivett HUN 97.21 49.82 50.39 6.32 6.29 6.21 6.39 6.29 3.00 #6
24 WILLIAMS Isadora BRA 88.44 38.39 51.05 6.43 6.18 6.36 6.43 6.50 1.00 #12

 

Total

Pl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 ZAGITOVA Alina
OAR
239.57 1 2
2 MEDVEDEVA Evgenia
OAR
238.26 2 1
3 OSMOND Kaetlyn
CAN
231.02 3 3
4 MIYAHARA Satoko
JPN
222.38 4 4
5 KOSTNER Carolina
ITA
212.44 6 5
6 SAKAMOTO Kaori
JPN
209.71 5 6
7 CHOI Dabin
KOR
199.26 8 8
8 SOTSKOVA Maria
OAR
198.10 12 7
9 TENNELL Bradie
USA
192.35 11 9
10 NAGASU Mirai
USA
186.54 9 12
11 CHEN Karen
USA
185.65 10 11
12 TURSYNBAEVA Elizabet
KAZ
177.12 15 13
13 KIM Hanul
KOR
175.71 21 10
14 RAJICOVA Nicole
SVK
175.19 13 15
15 DALEMAN Gabrielle
CAN
172.46 7 19
16 HENDRICKX Loena
BEL
171.88 20 14
17 CRAINE Kailani
AUS
168.61 16 16
18 SCHOTT Nicole
GER
168.46 14 17
19 MEITE Mae Berenice
FRA
159.92 22 18
20 PELTONEN Emmi
FIN
157.14 18 21
21 PAGANINI Alexia
SUI
156.26 19 22
22 LI Xiangning
CHN
154.43 24 20
23 TOTH Ivett
HUN
150.43 23 23
24 WILLIAMS Isadora
BRA
144.18 17 24

2018 Olympic Games Ladies Short Program

Karen Chen, USA: 33.53 TES + 32.37 PCS = 65.90 and into 4th place

  • Triple lutz hand down and step out
  • Really nice spins
  • This is such a quiet program with so much nuance and detail but it really demands perfection
  • Great expression and extension through the step sequence
  • Triple loop + double toe
  • Nice spirals in her transition into the double axel
  • Shame about the opening jump as the rest of the program was really nice
  • Great layback spin

Elizabet Tursynbaeva, KAZ: 28.27 TES + 29.68 PCS = 57.95 and into 8th place

  • Popped her opening loop into a double and two footed the landing; she’ll receive no credit for that jump
  • Triple salchow + triple toe
  • Good double axel
  • Good step sequence to end the program

Dabin Choi, KOR: 37.54 TES + 30.23 PCS = 67.77 and into 3rd place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Nice position in the upright spin with good flexibility
  • Triple flip
  • Good double axel
  • Really nice layback spin

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: 43.19 TES + 38.42 PCS = 81.61 and into 1st place (WORLD RECORD)

  • There is a great use of different qualities of movement in this opening sequence
  • Good camel spin
  • A little bouncy in places in the step sequence but lots of intricate turns and use of the full body throughout; stretching through all of her lines
  • Triple flip (one arm up) +triple toe
  • Good triple loop with difficult one foot transition out
  • Double axel (one arm up)
  • Her spins are so nicely timed with the music
  • Nice arm positions in her layback
  • Such a beautiful program
  • Level 4 on everything
  • This will be her best technical score of the season

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: 40.25 TES + 35.69 PCS = 75.94 and into 2nd place

  • Great opening to this program with one foot choreography, get use of the hands, and nice timing with the music
  • Triple lutz + triple toe
  • Really nice catch foot twisted camel spin position
  • Her basic camel position could be a little higher as she doesn’t quite reach 90 degrees
  • Good triple loop
  • I really love the attitude positions with the flexed hands she’s hit throughout her program as sort of a theme she’s carrying through–it’s a gorgeous position on her and not one you see in other programs
  • Great double axel
  • Stunning layback position with both arms stretched overhead into a great Biellman
  • Level 4 on everything
  • Looks like this will be her highest technical score of the season

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: 41.83 TES + 37.04 PCS = 78.87 and into 2nd place

  • She was born to skate to Edith Piaf and just inhabits this character so well
  • Really solid triple flip + triple toe
  • Triple lutz looked a bit crooked in the air but she pulls it out
  • The one big area she could work on is getting a stronger toe point, especially in her transitional moves
  • Nice double axel
  • Great layback into a Biellman
  • Nice to see her let loose on the step sequence
  • Great timing with the music on her final combination spin
  • Solid, solid skate for her today
  • Level 4 on everything
  • She’ll get a personal best technical score

Alina Zagitova, RUS: 45.30 TES + 37.62 PCE = 82.92 and into 1st place (WORLD RECORD)

  • Great flexibility in her opening camel spin
  • She has a lot of power through this step sequence but it missing a bit of the subtlety in the music and is a bit hunched over trying to keep up, which doesn’t quite work when you’re trying to portray a ballet
  • Everything feels a bit rushed in the step sequence and I’d like to see her play with different qualities and draw out some of her lines
  • Huge triple lutz + triple loop
  • Great one foot entry with turns into a triple flip with both arms overhead
  • Double axel
  • Nice layback into Biellman
  • Not a terrible illusion in her combination spin, but not fully stretched through her knees either
  • Level 4 on everything
  • Triple lutz + triple loop earned 13.71 points
  • She’s going to beat her best technical score for the season by almost a point and a half

Carolina Kostner, ITA: 35.06 TES+ 38.09 PCS = 73.15 and into 6th place

  • Such gorgeous skating and choreography to start the program
  • Triple flip + double toe with hesitation between
  • Triple loop hand down
  • She needs every jump to be perfect as her technical content is so far below the other top two ladies; she’s going to have some work to do in the free skate
  • Great double axel
  • Artistically she is in a league of her own and no one can compete with her
  • Every element is made to complete the story, from the use of the arms in her spins to the transitions in and out; it truly is a complete package and not just moving from one required step to the other
  • This is probably my favorite program of hers
  • Great arm positions in the final combination spin
  • Level 4 on everything

Maria Sotskova, RUS: 31.47 TES + 33.39 PCS -1.00 = 63.86 and into 12th place

  • Triple lutz with one arm up and fall; just not enough speed going into it
  • Triple flip (one arm up) + triple toe (one arm up) definitely two footed and under-rotated
  • Double axel (one arm up)
  • Slow through the spins with not as much flexibility in some of the positions
  • She’s skating way too slow for this music and it really seems to be overpowering her and overwhelming her
  • Only a Level 2 on her camel spin and Level 3 on her step sequence and combination spin
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1 Q ZAGITOVA Alina OAR 82.92 45.30 37.62 9.36 9.18 9.64 9.43 9.43 0.00 #28
2 Q MEDVEDEVA Evgenia OAR 81.61 43.19 38.42 9.54 9.39 9.71 9.68 9.71 0.00 #25
3 Q OSMOND Kaetlyn CAN 78.87 41.83 37.04 9.32 9.00 9.36 9.29 9.32 0.00 #27
4 Q MIYAHARA Satoko JPN 75.94 40.25 35.69 8.96 8.75 9.00 8.86 9.04 0.00 #26
5 Q SAKAMOTO Kaori JPN 73.18 40.36 32.82 8.43 7.96 8.29 8.18 8.18 0.00 #19
6 Q KOSTNER Carolina ITA 73.15 35.06 38.09 9.46 9.32 9.54 9.61 9.68 0.00 #29
7 Q DALEMAN Gabrielle CAN 68.90 35.90 33.00 8.32 8.04 8.18 8.25 8.46 0.00 #21
8 Q CHOI Dabin KOR 67.77 37.54 30.23 7.75 7.29 7.68 7.50 7.57 0.00 #24
9 Q NAGASU Mirai USA 66.93 37.24 30.69 8.04 7.36 7.61 7.68 7.68 1.00 #20
10 Q CHEN Karen USA 65.90 33.53 32.37 8.07 7.89 8.14 8.11 8.25 0.00 #22
11 Q TENNELL Bradie USA 64.01 35.50 29.51 7.57 7.25 7.25 7.43 7.39 1.00 #1
12 Q SOTSKOVA Maria OAR 63.86 31.47 33.39 8.46 8.21 8.21 8.46 8.39 1.00 #30
13 Q RAJICOVA Nicole SVK 60.59 32.36 28.23 7.18 6.82 7.21 7.00 7.07 0.00 #18
14 Q SCHOTT Nicole GER 59.20 31.62 27.58 6.96 6.61 7.07 6.86 6.96 0.00 #17
15 Q TURSYNBAEVA Elizabet KAZ 57.95 28.27 29.68 7.46 7.18 7.50 7.43 7.54 0.00 #23
16 Q CRAINE Kailani AUS 56.77 30.36 26.41 6.61 6.32 6.71 6.57 6.79 0.00 #13
17 Q WILLIAMS Isadora BRA 55.74 29.83 25.91 6.54 6.29 6.64 6.46 6.46 0.00 #2
18 Q PELTONEN Emmi FIN 55.28 28.48 27.80 7.00 6.64 6.96 7.07 7.07 1.00 #10
19 Q PAGANINI Alexia SUI 55.26 29.99 25.27 6.39 6.14 6.39 6.39 6.29 0.00 #8
20 Q HENDRICKX Loena BEL 55.16 27.79 27.37 7.04 6.64 6.82 6.82 6.89 0.00 #16
21 Q KIM Hanul KOR 54.33 29.41 24.92 6.36 6.00 6.32 6.29 6.18 0.00 #5
22 Q MEITE Mae Berenice FRA 53.67 28.24 25.43 6.57 6.14 6.46 6.29 6.32 0.00 #12
23 Q TOTH Ivett HUN 53.22 27.60 25.62 6.54 6.18 6.43 6.39 6.50 0.00 #14
24 Q LI Xiangning CHN 52.46 27.27 26.19 6.64 6.29 6.54 6.64 6.64 1.00 #7
25 AUSTMAN Larkyn CAN 51.42 25.93 26.49 6.71 6.32 6.61 6.71 6.75 1.00 #11
26 NIKITINA Diana LAT 51.12 26.35 24.77 6.29 5.93 6.18 6.32 6.25 0.00 #4
27 RUSSO Giada ITA 50.88 25.90 25.98 6.57 6.25 6.50 6.54 6.61 1.00 #15
28 OESTLUND Anita SWE 49.14 25.35 23.79 6.14 5.82 5.93 5.93 5.93 0.00 #6
29 KHNYCHENKOVA Anna UKR 47.59 26.66 22.93 5.86 5.54 5.61 5.82 5.82 2.00 #3
30 MAMBEKOVA Aiza KAZ 44.40 21.29 23.11 5.71 5.46 5.82 5.89 6.00 0.00 #9

2018 Olympic Winter Games Ladies Preview

The keys to this event are going to be triple + triple combinations, maximizing the 10 percent bonus, and high GOEs and program component scores.  This is likely to be both an extremely technical and an extremely artistic event.  It is almost certain that a Russian will stand on top of the podium, and there will likely be a Russian on the 2nd spot of the podium as well.  Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova will be fighting it out for gold while several other ladies are left looking for the bronze.

Medvedeva broke her own World Record in the team event, scoring 81.06 points in the short program.  To score in the top 10, these ladies will want to score above 70 points in this segment.

Zagitova set the best free skate score of the season in the team event, scoring 158.08 points.  Top ten scores will be in the 140+ range.

Zagitova currently holds the top total score of the season with 238.24 points with the top 10 all scoring above 210.

There are several top ladies not competing in this event, including Wakaba Higuchi (3rd best total score), Mai Mihara (9th best total score), and Polina Tsurskaya (10th best total score) due to depth of the Russian and Japanese teams.

Evgenia Medvedeva is competing in her first Olympics.  In 2014, she finished just 3rd at the World Junior Championships and wouldn’t even win her World junior title until the following season.  She was undefeated from the Grand Prix Final in 2015 all the way until the European Championships in 2018, when she lost to her country mate Alina Zagitova after returning to competition after suffering an ankle injury.

She came into this season as the only clear favorite for an Olympic gold medal, and was virtually a shoe in after winning every competition and never making mistakes at any of her events.  However, she started to show some cracks in the armor with jump errors which could be attributed to the ankle injury that took her out of the Grand Prix Final.  She had managed for three years to stave off up and coming Russian ladies, but in her absence Alina Zagitova came into her own and became a clear rival for the gold.

Her short program includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple loop, and double axel.  Her combination is far and away her best element, with her worst score this season being a 11.86 (the jump has a base value of 9.6).  Her triple loop has also been very consistent, always scoring in the 7s.  She had an error on her double axel at Europeans, earning just 2.63 points for the element.  Her short program is backloaded with all three jumps in the bonus, maximizing her points.  She has consistently high program components, receiving between one and three 10.00 marks at each event she has competed.

An error on her opening triple flip combination in her free skate at NHK Trophy seems to have led to a change in her jump order and a permanent move of her triple flip + triple toe combination to the second half of the program where it gains a 10 percent bonus.  She has the best short program, 2nd best free skate, and 2nd best total scores.

Alina Zagitova is competing in her first Olympics.  She was not even competing internationally in 2014 as she was only 11 years old.  She has only competed one season internationally as a junior and this is her first senior season.  She only has one loss in her entire international career, and that was a 3rd place finish at a JGP event in 2016.

She has the most demanding technical programs with both of her programs completed back-loaded and with difficult jumps.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple loop, triple flip, and double axel.  She has hit the combo 3/4 times this season earning between 10 and 13 points for the jump.  Her only miss was at Internationaux de France, where she instead landed a triple flip + triple loop (although under-rotated) after the opening lutz went awry.  She has earned one 10.00 mark on this program at Europeans.

Her free skate maximizes the 10 percent bonus, with every single jump after the halfway point.  Many have criticized this layout and said her program components, especially for transitions and composition should be lower.  These do tend to be her lower marks comparatively, but I do find that the program does still contain a significant amount of transitions and not just skating from jump to jump.  I also don’t think it is much different from programs which pack the jumps in right after the bonus and spend the last minute of the program executing two step sequences and two spins with no jumps.  It’s virtually the same program, but in reverse order.

Her free skate has a triple lutz + triple loop, double axel + triple toe, and a triple flip + double toe + double loop combo.  Her lutz combo is remarkably consistent, earning between 13.31 and 13.61 points across events.  Her only slight miss on the double axel combo was at the Grand Prix Final where she earned nearly 8 points instead of her usual 9+.  Her final combination has also been spot on all season, earning at least 10 points.  Her solo triple lutz with a base value of 6.60 points is so well done, she has earned as many as 8.60 points on it.  Her biggest improvement this season has been on her program components, going from the 8s to earning three 10.00 marks at Europeans and in the Team Event.  She has the 2nd best short program, best free skate, and best total scores.

Kaetlyn Osmond is competing in her 2nd Olympics after finishing 13th in Sochi.  She did win a silver medal in the team event at that Olympics.  She missed the entire following season due to injury, and a 3rd place finish at 2016 Canadian nationals kept her off the Worlds team.  However, she had her best finish at Worlds last season, winning the silver medal.

Her short program includes a triple flip + triple toe, triple lutz, and double axel.  The combination has been a bit troublesome for her, as she doubled the second jump at Internationaux de France under-rotated it in the Team Event.  Her triple lutz has been a bit all over the map this season, with a low of 5.40 points (out of a base value of 6.0) at Internationaux de France, to a high of 7.70 points at Skate Canada.

Her free skate includes a triple flip + triple toe, double axel + triple toe, and a triple salchow + double toe + double loop.  She has landed the flip combo successfully twice in her free skate, while the axel combo was also clean twice.  She has yet to skate a clean program this season, popping or doubling at least one jump in her free skate at each of her events and under-rotating other jumps in her programs.  She has the 4th best short program, 6th best free skate, and 4th best total scores.

Carolina Kostner is competing in her 4th Olympics after placing 9th in 2006, 16th in 2010, and winning the bronze medal four years ago in Sochi.  She is the 2012 World Champion, and her most recent finish was 6th in 2017.

She is in a class of her own in terms of skating, but doesn’t have the technical ability to keep up with the Russian ladies.  She’ll need to land everything she has, and do it cleanly and then rely on her program components to keep up.

Her short program had a triple toe + triple toe at the start of the season, but she switched to a triple flip + triple toe at Europeans to try and gain more points.  The gamble could pay off as she was 2/3 on the toe + toe combination with a high of 9.70 points and a low of 6.00 points.  For the flip combo was 1/2 with a high of 10.30 points and a low of 7.50 points.  Her solo triple loop has been very consistent all season, earning between 5.90 and 6.60 points.  She has received as many as eight 10.00 marks from four different judges for this program, and has received at least one 10.00 in three of her five events.

Her free skate has been plagued with under-rotation issues, and her biggest problem is that she doesn’t think well on her feet.  Twice she’s had a jump invalidated as she doubled her solo triple toe and then went for a third double toe later in the program.  She could have gone for a triple there or done a loop instead to gain more points, but instead the jump was worth nothing.  She also has botched her axel combination and didn’t attempt to go for the combination later during her solo axel.  She needs every point she can get, and these careless mistakes add up.  She has been attempting to put the triple lutz in her free skate, and landed it successfully in the Team event.  She has no triple + triple combinations in this program.  She has received as many as two 10.00 marks and received at least one at two of her five events.  She has the 3rd best short program, 8th best free skate, and 6th best total scores.

Satoko Miyahara is competing in her first Olympics.  In 2014, she was an alternate for the Olympic team, and also finished 4th at Junior Worlds and won silver at Four Continents.  She went on to have her best finished in 2015, winning silver at the World Championships.  She missed much of last season due to injury and hadn’t returned to top form at her first event this season.

After her competition at NHK Trophy, I personally felt she wasn’t going to be healthy enough to really contend for anything this season.  But she shook off the nerves, pulled herself together, and had a much better outing at Skate America.  It was good enough to place her as the first alternate for the Grand Prix Final, and when Medvedeva had to withdraw, she got an extra chance to compete.  Her biggest issues is under-rotations and she can lose a lot of technical points as those rack up during her program.  They’ve been creeping in more and more as the season has progressed.

Her short program has been her better program overall this season with a triple lutz + triple toe, triple loop, and double axel.  She has had huge under-rotation issues with the combination this season and also doubled it at NHK Trophy.  She’s only hit it cleanly at the Grand Prix Final, where she scored 11 points.  Her triple loop has been a much more reliable jump, with her only miss coming at the Grand Prix Final.

Her free skate has a triple lutz + triple toe, triple lutz + double toe + double loop, and a double axel + triple toe.  She’s been having issues getting both the lutz combinations called fully rotated.  Her only successful attempt has been at Skate America for the opening combo, while she’s done better on the three jump combo, hitting it 3/4 times.  Her double axel + triple toe has also been fairly solid with only one major error at NHK Trophy.  Her solo triple salchow is not a good jump for her as it’s been about 50/50, scoring as low as .97 points.  Her solo triple flip in the first half of the program is also a bit iffy, scoring as low as 1.90 points.  She has the 5th best short program, 4th best free skate, and 8th best total scores.

Also looking for spots in the top ten are Maria Sotskova (7th best short program, 7th best free skate, 5th best total scores), Kaori Nakamoto (8th best short program, 5th best free skate, 7th best total scores) and Gabrielle Daleman (9th best short program score).

While many have hailed Mirai Nagasu as a medal favorite after her performance in the team event, including a triple axel, a top 10 finish is more likely.  She skated a clean program with 8 triples, and the high value triple axel and still did not place in the top 10 free skate scores for the season.  Her biggest issue comes on her grades of execution.  The Russian ladies are earning lots of +2 and +3 on their GOEs, giving them more overall points on everything in their programs.  Nagasu’s program components are closer to the +1 range, resulting in a lower technical score despite the axel.  She was a whopping 10 points behind Zagitova in the free skate technical score in the team event.  Her program components are also in the major issue with scores down to the 7s, and again she was 10 points behind Zagitova in this segment.  She’ll need to skate absolutely clean and will likely also need a little help if she wants to get near the podium.

For the short program, Zagitova has the top technical score of 43.99 points.  Medvedeva has the second highest at 42.83.  With both ladies having all of their jumps in the bonus, they fall very close to each other and are distanced from the pack (Osmond has the next highest at 40.64).

For the program components, Kostner has the top score of 38.37 out of a maximum of 40.  Medvedeva falls next with 38.28 points.  Medvedeva is the most consistent with all of her program component scores falling in the 38 range.  Zagitova and Osmond both squeak into the top 10 with their best score at 36.28.  While Kostner is an incredible artist, she doesn’t have that much ground over Medvedeva who has a much more technically difficult and consistent program.

If both Russians skate clean, it could be a razor thin margin between them, but Zagitova’s program components have not been as strong here, giving Medvedeva the edge and the win in this segment.  Zagitova has also had issues skating a clean short program this season and had to come from behind with a strong free skate.

In the free skate, the top technical score belongs to Zagitova with 83.06 points.  In fact, she has three technical scores over 80 points this season.  The next best is Medvedeva with 77.15 points.  With lots of arm variations and backloading, these two Russian ladies have a huge edge when it comes to technical score.  The next best after them is Satoko Miyahara, and her very best score this season is only 72.23.

On the program components Medvedeva holds the top mark with 77.14 points with Kostner holding the next best score at 75.71 points (out of a maximum of 80).  With Kostner not able to get anywhere close on the technical side and also losing out on the program components it would be almost impossible for her to pull ahead.  Zagitova has seen the most growth in her program components this season.  As a first year senior skater, she has had to learn how to grow as a performer and truly become a senior lady.  That work is paying off as her top program component score is 75.30.  If these top scores hold true, Zagitova’s technical lead combined with her improved program components will be almost impossible to hold off.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Alina Zagitova

Silver: Evgenia Medvedeva

Bronze: Carolina Kostner

 

Bios of the competitors: 

Kailani Craine, AUS: She finished 24th at Worlds last season and 16th at Four Continents.  She finished 10th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 167.45.  She is 19 years old.

Loena Hendrickx, BEL: She placed 15th at Worlds last season and 5th at Europeans.  She finished 9th at JGP Austria.  Her personal best is 176.91.  She is 18 years old.

Isadora Williams, BRA: She finished 30th at Worlds last season.  Her personal best is 154.21.  She is 22 years old.

Larkyn Austman, CAN: She placed 12th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 136.82.  She is 19 years old.

Gabrielle Daleman, CAN: She is the reigning World Bronze Medalist.  She placed 6th at Cup of China and 6th at Skate America.  She is the 2017 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 214.15.  She is 20 years old.

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: She is the reigning World Silver Medalist.  She won gold at Skate Canada and bronze at Internationaux de France to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won bronze.  Her personal best is 218.13.  She is 22 years old.

Xiangning Li, CHN: She placed 14th at Worlds and 11th at Junior Worlds last season.  She finished 10th at Four Continents.  She finished 8th at Cup of China and 10th at Skate America.  Her personal best is 179.42.  She is 17 years old.

Emmi Peltonen, FIN: She placed 29th at Worlds last season and 9th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 160.57.  She is 18 years old.

Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: She finished 8th at Europeans.  She placed 11th at Rostelecom Cup and 8th at Internationaux de France.  Her personal best is 174.53.  She is 23 years old.

Nicole Schott, GER: She placed 19th at Worlds last season and 10th at Europeans.  She finished 10th at Rostelecom Cup and 7th at Internationaux de France.  Her personal best is 172.39.  She is 21 years old.

Ivett Toth, HUN: She finished 20th at Worlds last season and 13th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 172.65.  She is 19 years old.

Carolina Kostner, ITA: She finished 6th at Worlds last season and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at Rostelecom Cup and silver at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 4th.  She is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2012 World Champion; 2008 and 2013 World Silver Medalist; 2005, 2011, and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013 European Champion; 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalist; 2006, 2014, and 2017 European Bronze Medalist; and 2003 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.73.  She is 31 years old.

Giada Russo, ITA: She placed 19th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 143.40.  She is 20 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She finished 5th at NHK Trophy and won gold at Skate America to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she finished 5th.  She is the 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2016 Four Continents Champion, and 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 218.33.  She is 19 years old.

Kaori Sakamoto, JPN: She is the reigning Four Continents Champion and reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup and won silver at Skate America.  Her personal best is 214.21.  She is 17 years old.

Aiza Mambekova, KAZ: She placed 31st at Junior Worlds last season and 20th at Four Continents.  Her personal best is 124.15.  She is 18 years old.

Elizabet Tursynbaeva, KAZ: She finished 9th at Worlds last season and 12th at Four Continents.  She placed 8th at Rostelecom Cup and 5th at Internationaux de France.  Her personal best is 200.98.  She is 17 years old.

Dabin Choi, KOR: She placed 10th at Worlds last season and 4th at Four Continents.  She finished 9th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 191.11.  She is 18 years old.

Hanul Kim, KOR: She finished 6th at Four Continents.  Her personal best is 173.10.  She is 15 years old.

Diana Nikitina, LAT: She placed 30th at Junior Worlds last season and 36th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 165.60.  She is 17 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Champion and reigning European Silver Medalist.  She won gold at Rostelecom Cup and gold at NHK Trophy to qualify for the Grand Prix Final but she had to withdraw.  She is the 2016 World Champion, 2016 and 2017 European Champion, 2015 World Junior Champion, and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 241.31.  She is 17 years old.

Maria Sotskova, RUS: She placed 8th at Worlds last season and 4th at Europeans.  She won silver at Skate Canada and silver at Internationaux de France to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won silver.  She is the 2016 World Junior Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.28.  She is 18 years old.

Alina Zagitova, RUS: She is the reigning European Champion and reigning World Junior Champion.  She won gold at Cup of China and gold at Internationaux de France to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won gold.  Her personal best is 223.30.  She is 15 years old.

Alexia Paganini, SUI: She placed 7th at Europeans.  Her personal best is 161.62.  She is 16 years old.

Nicole Rajicova, SVK: She finished 17th at Worlds last season and 6th at Europeans.  She placed 10th at NHK Trophy and 9th at Skate America.  Her personal best is 179.70.  She is 22 years old.

Anita Oestlund, SWE: She placed 13th at Junior Worlds last season and 17th at Europeans.  She finished 7th at JGP Austria and 9th at JGP Italy.  Her personal best is 150.31.  She is 17 years old.

Anna Khnychenkova, UKR: She finished 35th at Worlds last season and 23rd at Europeans.  Her personal best is 157.09.  She is 23 years old.

Karen Chen, USA: She finished 4th at Worlds last season.  She placed 7th at Skate Canada and 8th at Skate America.  Her personal best is 199.29.  She is 18 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She placed 9th at Rostelecom Cup and 4th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalist, 2011 and 2017 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist, and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 194.95.  She is 24 years old.

Bradie Tennell, USA: She placed 7th at Junior Worlds last season.  She won bronze at Skate America.  Her personal best is 204.10.  She is 20 years old.

2018 Olympic Games Team Event Ladies Short Program

Aimee Buchanan, ISR: 25.07 TES + 21.23 PCS = 46.30

  • She started with a Level 4 camel spin
  • She could use a bit more speed to really power the step sequence across the ice and she needs a fe2 more transitions into her jumps
  • Triple toe + double toe a little forward on the landing of the first jump but in the bonus
  • Double axel
  • Triple salchow two footed the landing and under-rotated
  • She has a really nice layback spin
  • Overall a really nice and solid program from her with a lot of nice moments.

Xiangning Li, CHN: 32.65 TES + 25.97 PCS = 58.62 and into 1st place

  • Triple flip + double toe; nice height on the first jump and good flow out
  • Nice position in the camel portion of her combination speed with nice speed and good extension into the upright spin
  • Triple lutz in the bonus two footed the landing
  • Nice spiral into the double axel
  • Very nice closing layback spin
  • She earned Level 4 for her final two spins

Bradie Tennell, USA: 38.94 TES + PCS 30.00 = 68.94 and into 1st place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe a bit tight but she completes it
  • Nice position in the camel spin but she could straighten her bottom leg more through the position change
  • Nice layback into a Biellman
  • Triple loop in the bonus
  • This program is really a much better fit for her artistically and she gets good speed and power to really fit the music
  • Nice spread eagle into a double axel
  • Ending with a nice upright overhead spin
  • Another clean, consistent program for her

Mae Berenice Meite, FRA: 22.79 TES + 24.83 PCS = 46.62 and into 3rd place

  • Triple flip hand down + triple toe hand down
  • Triple lutz with a tough fall and downgraded
  • Double axel
  • This is a very interesting mix of music with a very acoustic version of Halo mixed with Run the World
  • She’s very stiff through the step sequence and needs to get into her knees more to really get across the ice and pick up some speed
  • Ending with a layback spin a bit on the slow side

Nicole Schott, GER: 29.35 TES + 26.97 PCS -1.00 = 55.32 and into 3rd place

  • Triple flip two footed the landing and then fall
  • Triple toe + triple toe
  • Good positions in the camel spin
  • In her combination spin she could use more stretch through her working leg in the upright spin
  • Nice use of the upper body through the step sequence
  • Really strong double axel with a nice landing position

 

Dabin Choi, KOR:  37.16 TES + 28.57 PCS = 65.73 and into 2nd place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe not a lot of height in the jumps and lacking some speed and flow but that will just be reflected in the GOE
  • Her spins are a bit on the slow side
  • Triple flip
  • Double axel
  • This is such an emotional piece of music (Papa Can You Hear Me) so I would love to see her really find some connection and bring her skating to life more
  • Slow though the step sequence and not pushing into her edges as much as she could
  • Nice Biellman to end the program
  • She earned Level 4 for everything

Carolina Kostner, ITA: 36.96 TES + 38.14 PCS = 75.10 and into 1st place

  • Triple flip + triple toe forward on the landing but hangs on to it
  • Nice triple loop
  • Good camel spin catch foot position
  • There are so many details in this program and she really is the model for how to use every part of your body to tell the story while you’re skating
  • Nice double axel
  • Very cool arm position in the layback spin
  • Love the passion and attack in this step sequence coupled with pauses and long movements to add depth and variety
  • A bit off on the final position of her last spin but what a great program from her
  • Level 4 on her final two spins and the step sequence

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: 34.33 TES + 34.62 PCS = 68.95 and into 2nd place

  • Triple lutz + triple toe under-rotated
  • Really nice donut position pulling up into a nice catchfoot
  • Good upright catch foot position in her second spin
  • Triple loop a bit tight but nice ride out of it
  • Nice movement throughout the step sequence and full use of her body throughout
  • Good double axel
  • Nice layback into a really stretched out Biellman
  • Very solid throughout
  • All Level 4s

Kaetlyn Osmond, CAN: 35.10 TES + 36.28 PCS = 71.48 and into 2nd place

  • Triple flip turn on one foot + triple toe turnout under-rotated
  • Triple lutz really off in the air but hangs on
  • Double axel
  • Nice Biellman
  • This Sous le ciel de Paris program is such a nice fit for her
  • There was a moment in her step sequence that looks like she got too far forward and might have touched a hand down
  • Great music change building for the final spin
  • Level 4 on all of the spins

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: 42.83 TES + 38.23 PCS = 81.06 and into 1st place

  • Really losing her centering on her opening spin but that will only effect GOE
  • An uncharacteristic bobble from her in the step sequence but she doesn’t go down
  • Triple flip one arm + triple toe two arms
  • Triple loop
  • Double axel with one arm
  • Great positions in her combination spin
  • Level 4 on everything
  • Looked like a bit of a tentative performance from her
Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 MEDVEDEVA Evgenia OAR 81.06 42.83 38.23 9.54 9.43 9.57 9.57 9.68 0.00 #10
2 KOSTNER Carolina ITA 75.10 36.96 38.14 9.54 9.32 9.50 9.68 9.64 0.00 #7
3 OSMOND Kaetlyn CAN 71.38 35.10 36.28 9.11 8.89 8.96 9.18 9.21 0.00 #9
4 MIYAHARA Satoko JPN 68.95 34.33 34.62 8.71 8.39 8.71 8.68 8.79 0.00 #8
5 TENNELL Bradie USA 68.94 38.94 30.00 7.54 7.29 7.68 7.54 7.46 0.00 #3
6 CHOI Dabin KOR 65.73 37.16 28.57 7.29 6.79 7.29 7.18 7.18 0.00 #6
7 LI Xiangning CHN 58.62 32.65 25.97 6.61 6.14 6.64 6.46 6.61 0.00 #2
8 SCHOTT Nicole GER 55.32 29.35 26.97 6.89 6.50 6.64 6.86 6.82 1.00 #5
9 MEITE Mae Berenice FRA 46.62 22.79 24.83 6.29 6.00 6.04 6.32 6.39 1.00 #4
10 BUCHANAN Aimee ISR 46.30 25.07 21.23 5.32 4.96 5.36 5.39 5.50 0.00 #1

2018 Four Continents Ladies Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 71.74 37.34 34.40 8.54 8.39 8.61 8.68 8.79 0.00 #22
2 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 71.34 39.72 31.62 8.00 7.68 7.93 8.04 7.89 0.00 #19
3 Mai MIHARA JPN 69.84 37.92 31.92 8.04 7.79 8.00 8.04 8.04 0.00 #18
4 Mariah BELL USA 62.90 34.90 29.00 7.14 7.00 7.25 7.36 7.50 1.00 #20
5 Dabin CHOI KOR 62.30 34.30 28.00 7.07 6.71 7.00 7.21 7.00 0.00 #23
6 Hanul KIM KOR 61.15 35.66 25.49 6.54 6.07 6.46 6.46 6.32 0.00 #7
7 Starr ANDREWS USA 60.61 35.10 25.51 6.46 6.14 6.50 6.43 6.36 0.00 #3
8 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 59.86 31.28 28.58 7.11 6.82 7.21 7.32 7.25 0.00 #17
9 Angela WANG USA 58.97 31.22 27.75 7.04 6.61 6.93 7.07 7.04 0.00 #13
10 Xiangning LI CHN 57.01 31.15 25.86 6.61 6.21 6.46 6.54 6.50 0.00 #14
11 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 56.52 27.17 29.35 7.39 7.11 7.29 7.54 7.36 0.00 #21
12 Soyoun PARK KOR 53.05 26.68 26.37 6.64 6.32 6.64 6.75 6.61 0.00 #15
13 Brooklee HAN AUS 52.29 26.14 26.15 6.54 6.25 6.57 6.61 6.71 0.00 #16
14 Alicia PINEAULT CAN 51.53 27.47 25.06 6.29 6.04 6.25 6.36 6.39 1.00 #9
15 Amy LIN TPE 51.14 28.13 23.01 5.82 5.46 5.79 5.86 5.82 0.00 #5
16 Kailani CRAINE AUS 50.79 26.13 25.66 6.39 6.11 6.54 6.43 6.61 1.00 #12
17 Michelle LONG CAN 49.77 24.29 25.48 6.39 6.07 6.43 6.43 6.54 0.00 #6
18 Ziquan ZHAO CHN 48.78 26.79 22.99 5.89 5.57 5.64 5.89 5.75 1.00 #4
19 Chloe ING SGP 45.30 21.50 23.80 5.86 5.68 5.96 6.04 6.21 0.00 #10
20 Aiza MAMBEKOVA KAZ 36.47 16.54 20.93 5.25 5.07 5.11 5.36 5.36 1.00 #11
21 Joanna SO HKG 35.51 16.16 20.35 5.11 4.86 5.21 5.04 5.21 1.00 #1
22 Natalie SANGKAGALO THA 33.50 18.30 16.20 4.32 3.86 3.89 4.18 4.00 1.00 #2
23 Thita LAMSAM THA 28.26 12.88 16.38 4.18 3.82 4.11 4.25 4.11 1.00 #8

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 142.87 74.78 68.09 8.46 8.25 8.64 8.64 8.57 0.00 #21
2 Mai MIHARA JPN 140.73 72.60 68.13 8.50 8.29 8.61 8.68 8.50 0.00 #22
3 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 135.28 66.52 69.76 8.64 8.43 8.68 8.89 8.96 1.00 #23
4 Dabin CHOI KOR 127.93 68.79 59.14 7.46 7.11 7.54 7.46 7.39 0.00 #20
5 Mariah BELL USA 122.94 63.16 59.78 7.46 7.14 7.54 7.61 7.61 0.00 #18
6 Alaine CHARTRAND CAN 112.55 55.88 57.67 7.29 6.82 7.21 7.36 7.36 1.00 #17
7 Starr ANDREWS USA 112.04 58.83 54.21 6.79 6.64 6.75 6.89 6.82 1.00 #15
8 Hanul KIM KOR 111.95 56.81 55.14 7.00 6.64 6.96 7.00 6.86 0.00 #19
9 Soyoun PARK KOR 106.43 51.90 54.53 6.93 6.54 6.82 6.93 6.86 0.00 #14
10 Xiangning LI CHN 103.39 52.09 51.30 6.68 6.07 6.39 6.54 6.39 0.00 #13
11 Angela WANG USA 102.07 46.91 56.16 7.18 6.75 6.89 7.21 7.07 1.00 #16
12 Alicia PINEAULT CAN 101.28 49.63 51.65 6.50 6.21 6.50 6.57 6.50 0.00 #7
13 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA KAZ 99.67 44.12 55.55 6.93 6.79 6.82 7.18 7.00 0.00 #12
14 Brooklee HAN AUS 98.36 48.11 51.25 6.43 6.14 6.39 6.46 6.61 1.00 #6
15 Michelle LONG CAN 97.73 45.06 52.67 6.57 6.21 6.64 6.71 6.79 0.00 #11
16 Kailani CRAINE AUS 90.25 39.84 50.41 6.36 5.93 6.43 6.32 6.46 0.00 #10
17 Ziquan ZHAO CHN 90.23 43.14 47.09 5.93 5.61 5.93 6.07 5.89 0.00 #8
18 Amy LIN TPE 86.26 40.81 46.45 5.96 5.54 5.68 5.96 5.89 1.00 #9
19 Aiza MAMBEKOVA KAZ 84.53 41.67 42.86 5.36 5.00 5.50 5.39 5.54 0.00 #1
20 Chloe ING SGP 84.40 38.69 45.71 5.75 5.46 5.79 5.68 5.89 0.00 #2
21 Joanna SO HKG 72.18 33.13 40.05 5.21 4.75 5.00 5.00 5.07 1.00 #5
22 Natalie SANGKAGALO THA 60.11 28.60 32.51 4.39 3.86 4.00 4.14 3.93 1.00 #3
23 Thita LAMSAM THA 51.07 19.50 32.57 4.21 3.86 4.00 4.21 4.07 1.00 #4

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Kaori SAKAMOTO
JPN
214.21 2 1
2 Mai MIHARA
JPN
210.57 3 2
3 Satoko MIYAHARA
JPN
207.02 1 3
4 Dabin CHOI
KOR
190.23 5 4
5 Mariah BELL
USA
185.84 4 5
6 Hanul KIM
KOR
173.10 6 8
7 Starr ANDREWS
USA
172.65 7 7
8 Alaine CHARTRAND
CAN
172.41 8 6
9 Angela WANG
USA
161.04 9 11
10 Xiangning LI
CHN
160.40 10 10
11 Soyoun PARK
KOR
159.48 12 9
12 Elizabet TURSYNBAEVA
KAZ
156.19 11 13
13 Alicia PINEAULT
CAN
152.81 14 12
14 Brooklee HAN
AUS
150.65 13 14
15 Michelle LONG
CAN
147.50 17 15
16 Kailani CRAINE
AUS
141.04 16 16
17 Ziquan ZHAO
CHN
139.01 18 17
18 Amy LIN
TPE
137.40 15 18
19 Chloe ING
SGP
129.70 19 20
20 Aiza MAMBEKOVA
KAZ
121.00 20 19
21 Joanna SO
HKG
107.69 21 21
22 Natalie SANGKAGALO
THA
93.61 22 22
23 Thita LAMSAM
THA
79.33 23 23

2017 Grand Prix Final Ladies Results

Short Program

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Kaetlyn OSMOND  CAN 77.04 40.64 36.40 9.00 8.82 9.32 9.14 9.21 0.00 #5
2 Alina ZAGITOVA  RUS 76.27 41.21 35.06 8.71 8.71 8.79 8.82 8.79 0.00 #6
3 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 74.61 39.39 35.22 8.71 8.64 8.89 8.86 8.93 0.00 #1
4 Maria SOTSKOVA  RUS 74.00 40.11 33.89 8.57 8.25 8.54 8.46 8.54 0.00 #3
5 Wakaba HIGUCHI  JPN 73.26 39.08 34.18 8.57 8.29 8.71 8.54 8.61 0.00 #2
6 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 72.82 35.36 37.46 9.25 9.21 9.29 9.54 9.54 0.00 #4

Free Skate

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Alina ZAGITOVA  RUS 147.03 76.61 70.42 8.79 8.61 8.96 8.79 8.86 0.00 #5
2 Maria SOTSKOVA  RUS 142.28 73.59 68.69 8.57 8.36 8.75 8.57 8.68 0.00 #2
3 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 141.83 66.87 74.96 9.46 9.11 9.39 9.39 9.50 0.00 #1
4 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 138.88 67.00 71.88 9.00 8.79 8.93 9.07 9.14 0.00 #6
5 Kaetlyn OSMOND  CAN 138.12 66.50 72.62 9.14 8.79 9.07 9.18 9.21 1.00 #4
6 Wakaba HIGUCHI  JPN 128.85 62.67 66.18 8.50 8.00 8.18 8.36 8.32 0.00 #3

Total

PL Name Nation SP FS Points
1. Alina ZAGITOVA  RUS 2 1 223.30
2. Maria SOTSKOVA  RUS 4 2 216.28
3. Kaetlyn OSMOND  CAN 1 5 215.16
4. Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 6 3 214.65
5. Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 3 4 213.49
6. Wakaba HIGUCHI  JPN 5 6 202.11

2017 Skate America Ladies Results

Short Program

 Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 70.72 36.77 33.95 8.46 8.32 8.46 8.57 8.61 0.00 #11
2 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 69.40 38.26 31.14 7.96 7.54 7.75 7.89 7.79 0.00 #6
3 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 68.08 35.10 32.98 8.36 7.96 8.18 8.36 8.36 0.00 #10
4 Bradie TENNELL USA 67.01 37.63 29.38 7.29 7.11 7.61 7.39 7.32 0.00 #2
5 Serafima SAKHANOVICH RUS 66.28 36.51 29.77 7.43 7.18 7.61 7.43 7.57 0.00 #5
6 Ashley WAGNER USA 64.12 30.44 33.68 8.18 8.14 8.61 8.50 8.68 0.00 #9
7 Alena LEONOVA RUS 63.91 34.53 29.38 7.36 7.04 7.50 7.32 7.50 0.00 #4
8 Polina TSURSKAYA RUS 63.20 33.31 30.89 7.82 7.50 7.64 7.86 7.79 1.00 #3
9 Karen CHEN USA 59.53 29.60 30.93 7.71 7.50 7.64 7.89 7.93 1.00 #8
10 Nicole RAJICOVA SVK 55.43 27.77 27.66 6.86 6.68 7.04 7.04 6.96 0.00 #7
11 Xiangning LI CHN 55.24 28.50 26.74 6.75 6.43 6.75 6.79 6.71 0.00 #1

Free Skate

Pl. Name Nation TSS
=
TES
+
PCS
+
SS TR PE CO IN Ded.
StN.
1 Satoko MIYAHARA JPN 143.31 72.23 71.08 8.79 8.57 9.04 8.96 9.07 0.00 #11
2 Kaori SAKAMOTO JPN 141.19 73.71 67.48 8.39 8.14 8.50 8.54 8.61 0.00 #9
3 Bradie TENNELL USA 137.09 72.68 64.41 7.86 7.71 8.36 8.07 8.25 0.00 #6
4 Polina TSURSKAYA RUS 132.36 69.20 63.16 8.07 7.61 8.00 7.86 7.93 0.00 #4
5 Serafima SAKHANOVICH RUS 123.47 64.56 58.91 7.57 7.11 7.43 7.32 7.39 0.00 #8
6 Karen CHEN USA 123.27 61.38 61.89 7.68 7.50 7.75 7.86 7.89 0.00 #5
7 Alena LEONOVA RUS 122.02 62.90 59.12 7.39 7.14 7.57 7.32 7.54 0.00 #3
8 Gabrielle DALEMAN CAN 121.06 55.93 65.13 8.32 7.82 8.07 8.25 8.25 0.00 #10
9 Nicole RAJICOVA SVK 112.18 57.32 54.86 6.89 6.57 7.04 6.93 6.86 0.00 #1
10 Xiangning LI CHN 109.08 56.91 52.17 6.75 6.25 6.54 6.50 6.57 0.00 #2
WD Ashley WAGNER USA #7

Total

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Satoko MIYAHARA
JPN
214.03 1 1
2 Kaori SAKAMOTO
JPN
210.59 2 2
3 Bradie TENNELL
USA
204.10 4 3
4 Polina TSURSKAYA
RUS
195.56 8 4
5 Serafima SAKHANOVICH
RUS
189.75 5 5
6 Gabrielle DALEMAN
CAN
189.14 3 8
7 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
185.93 7 7
8 Karen CHEN
USA
182.80 9 6
9 Nicole RAJICOVA
SVK
167.61 10 9
10 Xiangning LI
CHN
164.32 11 10
WD Ashley WAGNER
USA
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2017 Skate America Ladies Preview

We’ve reached the final Grand Prix event of the season and five of the spots in the Grand Prix Final have been secured.  Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova have each qualified with 30 points, while Kaetlyn Osmond, Carolina Kostner, and Maria Sotskova each have 26 points.  Wakaba Higuchi currently sits in the final spot with 24 points.

This is the most clear cut event in terms of qualification scenarios.  If either Ashley Wagner or Polina Tsurskaya win, they qualify for the Final.  If another lady besides these two wins the event, Wagner can qualify with a silver medal if she scores at least 235.76 points (which would be in World Record score territory).  Tsurskaya would only need 209.51 points to qualify with a silver medal, just a hair less than she scored at NHK Trophy.  If none of these conditions are met, Higuchi will hang on to the last spot.

While the qualification scenarios are clear, the field is not.  While Wagner won a bronze medal this season, it was a bit of a gift as she didn’t place in the top 3 in either segment of the event.  Gabrielle Daleman is a reigning World medalist and has been putting out great short programs but has been really struggling through her free skates.  Satoko Miyahara is still coming back from injury and isn’t back to the form that qualified her for the Final last season.  And Bradie Tennell could be a spoiler in her Grand Prix debut, especially if she earns higher program components than she received at Lombardia Trophy.  If any one of these ladies can put together two clean skates, the podium picture might look very different.

Polina Tsurskaya won bronze at NHK Trophy in her Grand Prix debut with personal best scores across the board.  She even broke 200 points for the first time in ISU competition.  Her short program includes a triple lutz + triple toe and a triple loop.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and had all positive GOEs worth 6 points.  Her program components were in the mid to high 7s.  Her free skate was very strong with a triple lutz + triple toe and a double axel + triple toe + double toe in the bonus.  She has five jumps in the bonus and earned all positive GOEs worth 11 points.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and the step sequence and had program components in the low to mid 8s.  She has the 8th best short program, 7th best free skate, and 6th best total scores.

Ashley Wagner won a bronze medal at Skate Canada.  Her short program ranked her 7th at that event after she under-rotated her triple flip + triple toe combo and her solo triple loop.  She also only earned Level 3 on two of her spins.  She didn’t do herself any favors on GOEs and only earned a slight bonus.  Her program components were decent in the low to mid 8s.  Her short program was also riddled with errors and she was only 4th in that segment.  She under-rotated her triple flip + triple toe, triple loop, triple loop + double toe, and had an edge call on her triple lutz.  In fact she only had one clean triple in the entire program.  Her program components were in the low to high 8s.

Gabrielle Daleman placed 6th at Cup of China after winning the short program.  She landed a triple toe + triple toe with almost all +3 GOEs, earning 10.60 points overall.  She also had a triple lutz in the bonus.  Her program components were in the low to mid 8s.  She has competed at two events this season, Cup of China and Finlandia Trophy, and at both events, her free skate did not even rank in the top 6 for the event.  She has the 6th best short program score.

Satoko Miyahara finished a disappointing 5th at NHK Trophy after qualifying for the Grand Prix Final last season.  Her short program had a triple lutz + double toe which was under-rotated and a triple loop.  She earned all Level 4 on her spins and only had a slightly negative GOE on the opening combo.  Her program components were in the low to mid 8s.  Her free skate had an under-rotated triple lutz + triple toe and an under-rotated double axel.  She earned Level 4 on two of her spins and the step sequence.  Her program components were a bit all over the board with some judges giving her marks in the 7s while others were in the 9s, but she averaged mid 8s.

Bradie Tennell is making her Grand Prix debut at this event after placing 4th at Lombardia Trophy earlier this season.  Despite only competing in one Challenger Series event early in the season, she had top ten scores until last week.  She has the highest international score by a US lady this season and could pull off a big upset by placing above Karen Chen and Ashley Wagner at this event.  Her short program has a triple lutz + triple toe and a solo triple loop.  She earned Level 4 on all of her spins and had all positive GOEs.  While her technical elements were all very solid, her program components kept her overall placement down with arks in the mid to high 6s.  Her free skate included a triple lutz + triple toe and she earned Level 4 on two of her spins and the step sequence.  She did earned one slight negative GOE on her solo triple loop and netted 9 points overall.  Her program components were still on the lower side in the mid 7s.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Polina Tsurskaya

Silver: Satoko Miyahara

Bronze: Ashley Wagner

 

Bios of the competitors:

Gabrielle Daleman, CAN: She is the reigning World Bronze Medalist and reigning Four Continents Silver Medalist.  She placed 6th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 214.15.  She is 19 years old.

Xiangning Li, CHN: She placed 14th at Worlds, 13th at Four Continents, and 11th at Junior Worlds.  She finished 8th at Cup of China.  Her personal best is 179.42.  She is 17 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She finished 5th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2016 Four Continents Champion, and 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 218.33.  She is 19 years old.

Kaori Sakamoto, JPN: She is the reigning World Junior Bronze Medalist.  She finished 5th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 195.54.  She is 17 years old.

Alena Leonova, RUS: She finished 6th at NHK Trophy.  She is the 2012 World Silver Medalist and 2009 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 191.39.  She is 27 years old.

Anna Pogorilaya, RUS: She finished 13th at Worlds and is the reigning European Silver Medalist.  She placed 9th at Skate Canada.  She is the 2016 World Bronze Medalist, 2015 and 2016 European Bronze Medalist, and 2013 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.47.  She is 19 years old.

Polina Tsurskaya, RUS: She placed 10th at Junior Worlds.  She won bronze at NHK Trophy.  Her personal best is 210.19.  She is 16 years old.

Nicole Rajicova, SVK: She finished 17th at Worlds and 6th at Europeans.  She placed 10th at NHK Trophy.  Her personal best is 179.70.  She is 22 years old.

Karen Chen, USA: She finished 4th at Worlds and 12th at Four Continents.  She placed 7th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 199.29.  She is 18 years old.

Bradie Tennell, USA: She placed 7th at Junior Worlds.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 196.70.  She is 19 years old.

Ashley Wagner, USA: She placed 7th at Worlds.  She won bronze at Skate Canada.  She is the 2016 World Silver Medalist, 2012 Four Continents Champion, and 2007 and 2009 World Junior Bronze Medalist. Her personal best is 215.39.  She is 26 years old.

2017 NHK Trophy Ladies Results

Short Program

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 79.99 41.71 38.28 9.43 9.57 9.64 9.54 9.68 0.00 #12
2 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 74.57 37.25 37.32 9.21 9.18 9.36 9.36 9.54 0.00 #8
3 Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 70.04 38.78 31.26 7.82 7.57 7.96 7.79 7.93 0.00 #2
4 Rika HONGO  JPN 65.83 34.00 31.83 7.96 7.79 8.11 7.89 8.04 0.00 #10
5 Mirai NAGASU  USA 65.17 34.45 30.72 7.82 7.29 7.82 7.68 7.79 0.00 #9
6 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 65.05 31.02 34.03 8.50 8.29 8.54 8.50 8.71 0.00 #11
7 Alena LEONOVA  RUS 63.61 34.13 29.48 7.39 7.04 7.50 7.39 7.54 0.00 #1
8 Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 57.34 28.86 28.48 7.46 6.89 7.04 7.07 7.14 0.00 #5
9 Mariah BELL  USA 57.25 26.94 30.31 7.54 7.29 7.64 7.68 7.75 0.00 #7
10 Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 53.36 27.33 27.03 6.82 6.57 6.64 6.86 6.89 1.00 #6
11 Soyoun PARK  KOR 51.54 24.24 27.30 7.00 6.61 6.79 6.86 6.86 0.00 #4
12 Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 49.60 23.06 27.54 6.89 6.79 6.71 7.11 6.93 1.00 #3

Free Skate

PL. Name Nation TSS TES PCS SS TR PE CO IN Deduction StN.
1 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 144.40 70.60 74.80 9.36 9.39 9.18 9.43 9.39 1.00 #10
2 Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 140.15 74.38 65.77 8.36 8.00 8.32 8.21 8.21 0.00 #11
3 Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 137.67 62.96 75.71 9.39 9.39 9.36 9.50 9.68 1.00 #12
4 Mirai NAGASU  USA 129.29 66.20 63.09 8.07 7.57 8.11 7.82 7.86 0.00 #8
5 Alena LEONOVA  RUS 127.34 65.22 62.12 7.61 7.50 8.04 7.71 7.96 0.00 #4
6 Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 126.75 58.23 68.52 8.68 8.43 8.46 8.57 8.68 0.00 #9
7 Rika HONGO  JPN 122.00 58.55 64.45 7.96 7.79 8.25 8.07 8.21 1.00 #7
8 Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 114.60 55.29 59.31 7.61 7.14 7.57 7.39 7.36 0.00 #5
9 Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 109.76 55.03 55.73 7.07 6.75 6.86 7.11 7.04 1.00 #1
10 Mariah BELL  USA 108.79 52.84 57.95 7.36 7.18 7.07 7.32 7.29 2.00 #6
11 Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 106.42 51.27 55.15 7.04 6.68 6.93 6.89 6.93 0.00 #2
12 Soyoun PARK  KOR 84.25 35.19 50.06 6.50 6.21 6.11 6.25 6.21 1.00 #3

Total

PL Name Nation SP FS Points
1. Evgenia MEDVEDEVA  RUS 1 1 224.39
2. Carolina KOSTNER  ITA 2 3 212.24
3. Polina TSURSKAYA  RUS 3 2 210.19
4. Mirai NAGASU  USA 5 4 194.46
5. Satoko MIYAHARA  JPN 6 6 191.80
6. Alena LEONOVA  RUS 7 5 190.95
7. Rika HONGO  JPN 4 7 187.83
8. Yuna SHIRAIWA  JPN 8 8 171.94
9. Mariah BELL  USA 9 10 166.04
10. Nicole RAJICOVA  SVK 10 11 159.78
11. Alaine CHARTRAND  CAN 12 9 159.36
12. Soyoun PARK  KOR 11 12 135.79

2017 NHK Trophy Ladies Preview

Of those, finished competing on the Grand Prix this season, Wakaba Higuchi stands at 24 points, while Elena Radionova has 20.  They will both need some help from other competitors to have a chance at making the Final, so the event is wide open at this point, but a few spots could be filled this weekend.

This is a bit of a rematch of Rostelecom Cup, as Medvedeva, Kostner, Nagasu, and Bell are all competing again here.  Medvedeva and Kostner took the top two spots in Russia, while Bell got the best of Nagasu on the US side.  This will actually be the third time this season that Bell and Nagasu have competed against each other, and both have come out on top once.

Medvedeva has won gold at Skate America, Skate Canada, Trophee de France, Rostelecom Cup, and the Grand Prix Final.  If she wins gold here this weekend, she’ll only need to win gold at Cup of China to have won every single event on the circuit, despite this being just her third season competing.

Both Yuna Shiraiwa and Polina Tsurskaya are making their Grand Prix debuts.  Shiraiwa is the youngest at 15, while Carolina Kostner is the oldest at 30.  Eight of these ladies have scored over 190 points, while three have scored over 200 in their careers.  Medvedeva currently holds World record scores in every category.

Evgenia Medvedeva won the gold medal at Rostelecom Cup.  All of her short program jumps are in the bonus, including her triple flip +triple toe and her triple loop.  She has earned all Level 4s at both of her events this season (including the earlier Ondrej Nepela Trophy) and had positive GOEs on all of her elements.  In Russia, she netted 9 points from GOEs alone.  Her program components were in the mid 9s and she earned three 10.00 marks.  She reworked her free skate layout after Nepela, moving one of the jumping passes out of the bonus.  She still has a triple flip + triple toe and a triple salchow + triple toe.  She earned all Level 4s and all positive GOEs, except for her final double axel which she fell on, extremely unusual for her.  Even with the fall, she still earned 13 points from GOEs and had program components in the mid 9s, including three 10.00 marks, although they were all from the same judge.  She needs a gold or silver medal to guarantee her spot in the Final, while a bronze would keep her in the running.  She has the best short program, best free skate, and best total scores.

Carolina Kostner won the silver medal at Rostelecom Cup, behind Medvedeva.  She hit her triple toe + triple toe combination for the first time this season in her short program and also landed a triple loop.  She earned all Level 4s and had all positive GOEs worth 7 points.  Her program components were in the high 8s to mid 9s, not her best for the season.  Out of three events, she has not landed a triple + triple combination in her free skate, although Rostelecom Cup was her cleanest performance to date with no popped jumps or falls and she did add a double axel + half loop + triple salchow combination.  She received all Level 4s and positive GOEs totaling 11 points.  Her program components were in the high 8s to mid 9s.  She needs a gold medal to guarantee her spot in the Final, while a silver would keep her in contention.  She has the 3rd best short program, 5th best free skate, and 5th best total scores.

Rika Hongo placed 6th at Skate Canada.  Her short program had an under-rotated triple flip + triple toe and a triple lutz.  Her program components were in the low to mid 7s.  Her free skate was riddled with jump problems, including four under-rotation calls, but she does have a triple flip + triple toe and a double axel + triple toe + double toe planned.  Her program components were slightly better in the mid to high 7s.

Mirai Nagasu placed a disappointing 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  In her short program, she has stood up on triple axel at both of her events this season, earning a negative GOE at the US Figure Skating Classic and under-rotating it in Russia.  At Rostelecom Cup, her triple + triple combination was also downgraded and she fell, and she fell on an under-rotated triple lutz, giving her no clean jumping passes in the short program.  Despite that, her program components were still fairly good in the mid to high 7s.  She landed a quality triple axel in the free skate at the US International Figure Skating Classic, and while she stood up on it in Russia, it was under-rotated.  She also under-rotated two other jumps, which was better than the four jumps she had under-rotated at the US Classic.

Mariah Bell finished 6th at Rostelecom Cup and won’t be able to qualify for the Final, but could still compete for a medal here.  She hasn’t hit her triple lutz + triple toe cleanly in the short program this season but twice she has received all positive GOEs on everything else in the program and her program components were much better in Russia, scoring in the mid 7s.  She has hit her triple lutz + triple toe combination in her free skate twice with positive GOEs, and she fully rotated all of her jumps, much better than at the US Figure Skating Classic.  Her program components were what really held her back, scoring in the mid 7s, although this was better than she received earlier in the season.

Satoko Miyahara is competing in her first event of the season.  She won the silver medal right behind Medvedeva at the Grand Prix Final last year, but then had to miss the rest of the season.  It has been 11 months since she has competed, so this will be the first real test if she’ll be competitive for an Olympic medal in a few short months.  If she medals here, she’ll have a chance to qualify for the Final at Skate America.

Polina Tsurskaya is a bit of a wild card at this event.  She won two gold medals on the Junior Grand Prix last season with some of the highest junior marks recorded.  She had to have surgery and missed the Junior Grand Prix Final.  She placed 3rd at Russian nationals as a junior and a disappointing 10th at Junior Worlds, but that likely was not her at her best.  The surgery was on her knee and this will be a better indicator of how well it has healed and whether she can land all of the jumps without an issue.

 

My podium predictions:

Gold: Evgenia Medvedeva

Silver: Carolina Kostner

Bronze: Satoko Miyahara

 

Bios of the competitors:

Alaine Chartrand, CAN: She placed 11th at Four Continents.  She finished 11th at Skate Canada.  Her personal best is 186.11.  She is 21 years old.

Carolina Kostner, ITA: She finished 6th at Worlds and is the reigning European Bronze Medalist.  She won silver at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2012 World Champion; 2008 and 2013 World Silver Medalist; 2005, 2011, and 2014 World Bronze Medalist; 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2013 European Champion; 2009 and 2011 European Silver Medalist; 2006 and 2014 European Bronze Medalist; and 2003 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 216.73.  She is 30 years old.

Rika Hongo, JPN: She placed 16th at Worlds and 10th at Four Continents.  She finished 6th at Skate Canada.  She is the 2015 and 2016 Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 199.15.  She is 21 years old.

Satoko Miyahara, JPN: She won bronze at Skate Canada and silver at NHK Trophy last season to qualify for the Grand Prix Final where she won silver.  She is the 2015 World Silver Medalist, 2016 Four Continents Champion, and 2014 and 2015 Four Continents Silver Medalist.  Her personal best is 218.33.  She is 19 years old.

Yuna Shiraiwa, JPN: She finished 5th at Junior Worlds.  She placed 4th at JGP Russia and won silver at JGP Germany last season.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 186.80.  She is 15 years old.

Soyoun Park, KOR: She placed 8th at Skate America and 5th at Trophee de France last season.  Her personal best is 185.19.  She is 20 years old.

Alena Leonova, RUS: She finished 12th at Trophee de France last season.  She is the 2012 World Silver Medalist and 2009 World Junior Champion.  Her personal best is 191.39.  She is 26 years old.

Evgenia Medvedeva, RUS: She is the reigning World Champion and reigning European Champion.  She won gold at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2016 World Champion, 2016 European Champion, 2015 World Junior Champion, and 2014 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 241.31.  She is 17 years old.

Polina Tsurskaya, RUS: She placed 10th at Junior Worlds.  She won gold at JGP Russia and gold at JGP Estonia last season to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final, but had to withdraw due to injury.  This is her Grand Prix debut.  Her personal best is 195.28.  She is 16 years old.

Nicole Rajicova, SVK: She finished 17th at Worlds and 6th at Europeans.  She placed 7th at Rostelecom Cup and 11th at NHK Trophy last season.  Her personal best is 179.70.  She is 22 years old.

Mariah Bell, USA: She placed 12th at Worlds and 6th at Four Continents.  She finished 6th at Rostelecom Cup.  Her personal best is 191.59.  She is 21 years old.

Mirai Nagasu, USA: She is the reigning Four Continents Bronze Medalist.  She placed 9th at Rostelecom Cup.  She is the 2016 Four Continents Silver Medalist, 2011 Four Continents Bronze Medalist, 2007 World Junior Silver Medalist, and 2008 World Junior Bronze Medalist.  Her personal best is 194.95.  She is 24 years old.