It was a clean and consistent Javier Fernandez who won yet another Rostelecom Cup title this weekend. While everyone else is going quad loco (you see what I did there?), Javier is sticking to what he knows he can do successfully, and it paid off for him here. I'm glad he kept Malaguena and I'm glad he changed the costume, though I'm not sure I get the costume *for* the program. But he's so attractive, does it really matter? Great start to his season; he has to skate back-to-back at Trophee de France next week. He should easily win there and head off to the Grand Prix Final as one of the favorites for gold.
I love everything about Shoma Uno. He secured his place at the Grand Prix Final with silver here and I can't wait to see what he can do at that event and the rest of this season. I think his music choices this year really show off that he is the full package. He improved his score from Skate America here and he's set himself up well for a second GPF medal. The bronze was up for grabs and congrats to Alexi Bychenko for seizing the opportunity for the medal. He's a wildcard, but he got it done here. It was a disspointing that Mikhail Kolyada couldn't hold onto the bronze at home, and Max Aaron had an inconsistent event and disappointing finish as well. Aaron skates next at Cup of China; Kolyada and Bychenko at NHK.
I was very excited for Savchenko/Massot to make their Grand Prix debut, and they made it a good one, winning the event and shocking everyone with an unannounced quad throw attempt. WHATTTT? Their triple twist is the best in the world, and they are the team I have my eye on to challenge the Canadians for the world title. They had unexpected falls in the short, but they've taken huge strides with their program choices this year. The music is more conventional and appealing to the audience and it's going to pay dividends in their scores. I really like this team, and their potential is as huge as their triple twist. They also skate back-to-back events; we'll see them this week in France. I hope they solidify a spot at the Final.
Also skating in France, Zabiiako/Enbert definitely deserved their silver medial here. However, I wasn't all that taken by their skating, especially in the short. We'll see how they can fare next week. Oh, Russia. You couldn't be happy with one home team on the podium, could you? You had to give Astakhova/Rogonov the PCS to get them on the podium for bronze. EYE ROLL. Personally, this team simply doesn't hold my attention. It was hard to see Seguin/Bilodeau struggle in Moscow. Their consistency was what made them so successful, but now that they've added more technical difficulty, the consistency isn't there yet. They likely missed out on the Final after winning Skate America and that's a tough opportunity to miss.
I'll be back with part 2 from Rostelecom before getting ready for all the action from Paris this week.
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