A few closing thoughts from Cup of China before we move on to Rostelecom Cup this weekend:
- What is the deal with the flesh-colored gloves for the ladies? They look so strange. I totally understand that most skaters are used to wearing gloves in training, so it can feel odd to compete without them. I would always try to practice without gloves for a few days before my competitions to get acclimated, so I know the feeling. I’m just not sure I like this look—but is an aesthetic reason a good enough reason to dislike it?
Here’s Julia Lipnitskaia wearing the gloves during her Cup of China short program—almost unnoticeable unless you look closely, but not everyone has them in a shade so close to their skin tone.
- Speaking of Lipnitskaia, word on the street is that she skipped the medal ceremony after a rough free skate and was fined by the ISU. She apologized and said it was a misunderstanding about the time of the ceremony—it will be interesting to see if that was just an honest mistake or a sign of a sportsmanship issue. Time will tell.
- Everyone was talking about the collision between Olympic champ Yuzuru Hanyu and Han Yan (watch the video at your own risk—it is quite the hit and blood is involved): whether they should have competed or withdrawn, how Hanyu got so many points despite five falls, and so on. I like this take on the situation from the State of the Skate blog, especially number 5. I was astounded when I saw over 70 points pop up for Hanyu’s technical score, despite the five falls and blogger Kelli Lawrence makes some great points about the issues with the IJS rewarding falls on quads over clean triples.
- American Richard Dornbush skated lights out for the first half of his long program but ran in to some trouble at the end. I was so bummed he couldn’t hang on, but loved the overall choreography of his Coldplay program. His style reminds me a bit of Evan Lysacek—it has the musicality factor but is also very strong. Check it out: