Congrats to Anna Pogorilaya for continuing to pleasantly surprise this season, with another consistent set of skates in Japan. I am seriously amazed at the transformation she's made to her career in such a short time. The turnaround has been so quick that her skating feels entirely new and fresh to me, and I think her program choices have been a huge asset this year. If I'm being totally honest, I hope she challenges Medvedeva at the Final for the gold.
When I saw the short program results and found out Satoko Miyahara fell, I thought I was in the twilight zone. That's not really like her, but she rallied for the rest of the program. Her jumps looked weaker in the free than we've seen from her in quite sometime, which could present problems for her internationally as the season continues. I do love her skating and her long program this year, and typically her consistency incredible. Honestly, I hope she can spoil a potential Russian sweep in France.
Maria Sotskova must be channeling the first year Baby Russian good luck, as she picked up her second GP medal. I partially think she benefited from weaker fields in France, but either way she's headed to her first Grand Prix Final. Her ability to stand up jumps has kept her in the top of her fields, but I can't say I'm a fan of her skating at this point. The Final will be good experience for her as she preps for the tough field at Russian nationals to qualify for the World team.
Though she can be technically inconsistent, I am a huge fan of Wakaba Higuchi's overally skating. She has a chance to run at the third Japanese Worlds spot this season and I would love to see her make it. It was great to see Mirai Nagasu pick herself up after Skate Canada and get some more solid skates under her belt before Nationals. I think for Nagasu, the mission in Japan was to just gain confidence and I hope that mission was accomplished in her mind before Kansas City.
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