Kim Yu Na shot her competition away.
Not that surprising, considering someone of her caliber. Her skate was really amazing in the sense that it was a true performance. Her transitions were smooth and her jumps were high and fast. Actually, everything in her performance was fast. There was nothing missing from her skate – no mistakes, and everything was clean. Her limbs looked so long – perhaps because she kept them loose and relaxed, making her whole performance graceful.
I had to watch it a second time to see her do the I-spin, that spin that Sasha Cohen does so well, because I missed it the first time. That spin is my favorite out of all the elements, and so seeing her do it made me feel happy (because when Mirai Nagasu did it, I was squealing in my seat.)
She completely deserved that gold.
Now for the scores…
I am pretty bummed that Mao Asada was behind by 23.06 points. I don’t think she deserved that low of a score, although perhaps it was due to her mistakes (which were very slight compared to Rochette’s). Also, I think Mirai Nagasu did an AMAZING job and should have been counted higher than Joannie Rochette. Her skate was clean, was charismatic – was almost everything Yu Na offered except experience. I am so excited for Mirai because I know she is going to be a huge contender in Sochi 2014. But I’m no judge on technicality, only on overall showmanship.
Now, it’s on to the short track speedskating! Ooh..I am defintely going to be rooting for my boys Ohno and Celski against South Korea – sorry but my national pride comes first!!
photo credit: english chosun ilbo