I'm sorry if it looks like I've fallen off of the face of this Earth. I had computer virus problems, then health problems, then finals, and then that whole moving-back-home-oh-crap-it's-the-holidays-and-I-haven't-bought-gifts-because-of-my-stupid-anthropology-final thing.
Anyways, I desist. I know that I missed the end of the Grand Prix (as did most of the ISU, thanks to the bazillion withdrawals), so here are my thoughts on it in a few bullet pointy-things:
ICE DANCE: This competition would have been infinitely more interesting if there had been more competitors. But there weren't. Here's hoping that all sick/injured parties feel better soon! Also [I can't help it] MERYL AND CHARLIE GOT BRONZE (in the most watered-down competition of the year, but who's counting?? NOT ME)!!!!!! Yay!
PAIRS: Savchenko and Szolkowy didn't win, which was surprising...but it looks like the Chinese pairs are back on top for now. Good for them!
LADIES: Yu-Na didn't win...so here's hoping that she'll get the World title in March. Mao Asada, however, pulled off two triple axels in her program--stunning now, but I haven't a feeling that she's going to need a hip replacement by age 25. Carolina Kostner's skating still doesn't do anything for me, but she got bronze. Joannie Rochette rallied to fourth place with a third-place freeskate that was really great.
MEN: Did anyone expect this whole new field of suddenly great men's skaters so close to the Olympics? I didn't. Jeremy Abbott won with a seriously amazing long program...Evan (who didn't qualify) and Johnny (who won bronze) should be watching their backs. US Nationals is going to be very interesting.
That's it. Again, I'm sorry for abandoning ship for awhile. However, it's almost January...and that means NATIONALS!!!!....so I can basically guarantee that I'm going to be here quite a bit :-)
Have a wonderful and happy New Year!!!!!