Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
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Grand Prix Final

So, last weekend was the Grand Prix Final, and it was awesome.

Here are the winners:

Ladies' Singles: Alissa Czisny, USA.
Men's Singles: Patrick Chan, Canada.
Ice Dance: Davis/White, USA.
Pairs: Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY, Germany (I have to copy and paste their names because I can never remember how to spell them.

And, although the US didn't qualify any senior men, the guy who won the junior final, Richard Dornbush, is from the US and apparently will be competing in the senior National Championships in January, so that's very exciting. Also, Crone/Poirier of Canada won bronze in ice dance. In short, it was an excellent event for North America in general and the US in particular.

I am, of course, very proud of and happy for Davis and White, but since they were the top qualifiers, their win wasn't much of a surprise. Chan and Czisny were kind of underdogs; they had each won gold in their first Grand Prix event (which, interestingly enough, was Skate Canada for both of them) and third in their second Grand Prix event, and noticeably struggled throughout the series. The way they were each able to rise to the occasion at the final and perform at their best to triumph overall was really beautiful and inspiring to behold.

But all the gold medalists really brought their A-game to the final. The German pairs team were better than I'd seen them all season. Also with regards to pairs, the bronze medalists were Sui Wenjing / Han Cong, who are this very young team from China, they're like 15 and 18 years old, and they finished about two points ahead of this other young team from Russia, whose names I could never hope to remember on my own, but I want to mention them because I think we will be seeing a lot of them in the years to come: Lubov Iliushechkina / Nodari Maisuradze. Anyway, maybe it's just a matter of personal taste, but I liked the Russian team a lot better than the Chinese team.

Apparently the French National Championships are this weekend already, so I'd just like to say "bonne chance" to Florent Amodio, as well as to Péchalat and Bourzat.
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