Well, this competition was rough one for me in terms of fantasy points. I got 6/12 picks correct. I usually excel in the singles categories, but this time around I did much better in the team events, with 3/3 dance picks correct and ⅔ pairs picks correct. Steven Carriere’s last minute WD from competition hurt my score, but I successfully picked the winners in the mens, pairs and ice dance event.
Ladies: I don’t even care that my A pick was incorrect, because Ashley Wagner was incredible and I’ll pick her victory over mine : ) I wish I would’ve picked Karen Chen for the B pick, though, because of the bonus points I could’ve earned with her third place finish. My C pick finished dead last, which I can only laugh about because I don’t follow the young skaters very well.
Men: I was right- Jason Brown really had a moment at Nationals. After struggling in the Grand Prix with the jumps, he was perfectly clean as he won his first National title- and the audience. Adam Rippon and Josh Farris definitely gave Brown a run for his money (I almost feel like Rippon should’ve won) and I can honestly say I was blown away with the artistry of the top men at this competition.
Pairs:My A pick was spot on with Scimeca and Knierem winning their first national title. In the short program, they were technically stronger than they had been all year (or in the past) and they hit their quad twist in the free skate, which was a huge moment. Personally, I like Denney and Fraiser’s style and artistry much better, but S/K ‘s quad twist- and the momentum that came with it- was too much to beat.
Ice Dance: Ah, US Figure skating’s OTHER rivalry. The Shibs may have lost out here, but I have to say their short program was my favorite of the two and Maia and Alex have the most insane set of Twizzles I have ever seen. I was very impressed by Alex’s performance- he really connects to the music and the audience. Both teams skated incredibly well here, but Chock and Bates are collectively a more dynamic team on the ice. I can’t take my eyes of Madison when she skates!
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