After a disappointing ladies' LP in Sochi, Mao Asada delivered a very good performance of her Swan Lake program to win the GPF by nearly 15 points. While this program is not technically as strong as some of her past ones, it is a step in the right direction and will hopefully boost her confidence. It was especially nice to see her skate so well after being forced to withdraw last season, when her mother passed away. Job well done!
Just over two hours later in Dortmund, Yuna Kim showed that she is indeed in top form. Kim bucked the trend of doing a 3T-3T combination in the SP, and went with her trademark 3Lz-3T. Combined with a 3F and strong skating all around, she scored 72.27 - not a personal best for her, but a very, very good score by any standard. Hopefully some of the other top ladies will up their game in order to remain competitive.
With some of the other disciplines having become rather too predictable, a bit of excitement in the ladies' event is more than welcome!