Christina Gao shows growth at Skate America
By Vladislav Luchianov
Despite the fact that by the results of ladies short programs American Christina Gao finished third (56.63 points), her performance can be regarded as the most clean, beautiful and interesting of this event.
The current leader of ladies competition Ashley Wagner, made a mistake being a touchdown of free foot in her solo triple loop but got from judges high marks for the components and a leadership with 60.61 points. Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova produced a solid triple toe – triple toe combination but made a mistake on her triple flip. She is behind the leader by two points, gaining a total of 58.93.
For a long time many people criticized Gao for instability of her performances. Although all experts unanimously agree that this girl has a great talent. Perhaps the main problem was in psychology or perhaps it was something else but yesterday she showed that in the new season we will see another Christina.
Her short program was not only beautiful, clean and elegant, but also highlighted with the complex technical elements, including the excellent performance of triple toe – triple toe cascade. It was the only clean program of the evening. Also, it should be noted that many people were confused by low points judging panel got her for the components.
In addition we can conclude that Gao, in case she will keep the stability, definitely can join the company of U.S. leaders in ladies skating.
Skate America 2012 – Christina Gao, SP
Photo: Lucy Huntzinger