1. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – 176.45
2. Akiko Suzuki JPN – 175.16
3. Kanako Murakami JPN – 168.04
4. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva RUS – 168.00
5. Elene Gedevanishvili GEO – 160.52
6. Ksenia Makarova RUS – 154.11
7. Gracie Gold USA – 151.57
8. Amelie Lacoste CAN – 151.44
9. Caroline Zhang USA – 149.87
10. Polina Shelepen RUS – 124.29
VIDEOS: Ladies’ free skate
BACKEND-TRIPLE COMBO COUNT: 7 attempted (Shelepen lutz-loop, sal-toe, Gold lutz-toe, Tuktamisheva axel-toe, Suzuki axel-toe, Osmond axel-toe, Gedevanishvili axel-toe), 6 clean (Shelepen sal-toe, Gold, Tuktamisheva, Suzuki, Osmond, Gedevanishvili)
Elene Gedevanishvili GEO – triple lutz (underrotated, fall), double axel-triple toe, triple salchow (at least underrotated, two-foot, turn out), single lutz, triple salchow-double toe-double toe, triple toe, double axel – TES 42.83, PCS 57.89, FS SCORE 99.72, TOTAL SCORE 160.52
Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – triple flip-double toe, triple lutz (fall), double axel-triple toe, triple salchow, triple flip, triple toe (fall out), double axel-double toe-double toe – TES 57.28, PCS 59.61, FS SCORE 115.89, TOTAL SCORE 175.16
Ksenia Makarova RUS – triple loop, triple lutz (underrotated, step out), triple toe, double axel (slipped off the edge again, underrotated, fall), triple salchow (possibly underrotated, hand down, foot down), double salchow-double toe-double loop, triple toe (underrotated)-double toe – TES 40.43, PCS 55.12, FS SCORE 95.55, TOTAL SCORE 154.11
Kanako Murakami JPN – triple lutz, triple loop, triple flip, triple loop (possibly underrotated)-double loop, triple flip-single axel sequence, triple salchow-double toe-double loop, triple toe (possibly underrotated) – as usual with Murakami, a few questionable landings in terms of rotation – TES 53.49, PCS 58.34, FS SCORE 111.83, TOTAL SCORE 168.04
Akiko Suzuki JPN – triple lutz-double toe-double loop, double axel-triple toe, triple flip-single loop, triple flip, triple loop, triple salchow (hangs on), double axel – TES 60.22, PCS 59.82, FS SCORE 120.04, TOTAL SCORE 175.16
Elizaveta Tuktamisheva RUS – triple lutz-double toe-single loop, triple lutz (hard fall), triple flip (squeaks it out), double axel-triple toe, triple salchow-double toe, triple loop, double axel – not the confidence we saw last year, but nice skate given the injury issues – TES 58.14, PCS 55.76, FALL -1.00, FS SCORE 112.90, TOTAL SCORE 168.00
Amelie Lacoste CAN – triple lutz (fall out, possibly underrotated), triple flip-double loop, triple loop, single axel, triple salchow (hand down, possibly underrotated), triple loop-double loop, double salchow-double loop (downgrade, step out) – TES 45.05, PCS 52.58, FS SCORE 97.63, TOTAL SCORE 151.44
Caroline Zhang USA – triple flip-double toe, triple lutz-double toe, double axel, step sequence looked a little disinterested, triple loop-double toe-double loop, single flip, double axel (squeaked it out), triple loop – not quite the fire yet from last season, though she does seem like she’s thinking through the program a bit (probably as a result of the wardrobe malfunction) – TES 46.96, PCS 49.94, FS SCORE 96.90, TOTAL SCORE 149.87
Gracie Gold USA – triple lutz-triple toe (nice!), double flip, double axel, double loop, ina bauer into triple flip-double toe, single lutz, double axel(hangs on)-double toe – moments of brilliance but way too many pops for her to really figure into the medals – TES 48.02, PCS 51.36, FS SCORE 99.38, TOTAL SCORE 151.57
Polina Shelepen RUS – triple lutz-triple loop (downgrade), triple salchow-triple toe, triple loop, double axel (slipped off the edge, downgrade, fall), double salchow (underrotated), triple flip (turnout), triple lutz (downgrade, fall), really really rough skate – TES 36.37, PCS 43.74, FALLS -2.00, FS SCORE 78.11, TOTAL SCORE 124.29
We are on!
Pregame analysis: Only 8.61 between first and ninth, so you’ve got to think that there will be lots of movement in the ladies’ free skate today. Gedevanishvili (1), Makarova (3), and Murakami (4) are known more for their short program efforts than their free skate efforts, but then again, I wouldn’t say most ladies are known for their free skate efforts, especially during the Grand Prix.
I’ll go out on the limb and say that at least two of the ladies in the first group of skaters will end up in the top five. As with last week’s ladies’ free at Skate America, a clean program will go a long way.
Stay tuned – RIGHT HERE! – for live up-to-the-second play-by-play coverage and commentary of the ladies’ free skate at the 2012 Skate Canada International. The ladies will kick off the second day of competition beginning at 10:45 a.m. Eastern / 7:45 a.m. Pacific / 6:45 p.m. Moscow / 11:45 p.m. Tokyo. Below is the skate order. Check back in a bit for some pregame analysis.
Note that I will only be covering the first group of ladies live. I will fill in the rest of the play-by-play during the afternoon before the men’s free skate, which will be covered live in its entirety!
Ladies’ short: PLAY-BY-PLAY | RECAP | VIDEOS
1. Polina Shelepen RUS – 46.18
2. Gracie Gold USA – 52.19
3. Caroline Zhang USA – 52.97
4. Amelie Lacoste CAN – 53.81
5. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva RUS – 55.10
6. Akiko Suzuki JPN – 55.12
7. Kanako Murakami JPN – 56.21
8. Ksenia Makarova RUS – 58.56
9. Kaetlyn Osmond CAN – 60.56
10. Elene Gedevanishvili GEO – 60.80
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