Some of my impressions about Ladies:
After watching Rika live for the first time in person I have to say I liked her skating a lot. There's a lot of multidirectional skating, good edge work, upper body movements, plenty of transitions, great speed too. What she lacks is projection of her performance but she can work on that, otherwise she is a good PCS skater. I felt her 68 PCS was low in the FS. Only 3 points higher than Trusova, the same PCS for Zagitova whose skating was much more heavier, covered less ice, she was slowish etc.
The music cuts in her free skate wasn't that disturbing than I thought it would be, it flows together better I think. Her jumps look good to me, the 4S will need more time for be consistent, and I hope 3Lz will come back soon. But her health comes first and I hope she can take a bit of a rest after Nationals. The costumes look nice on pictures but the light green FS costume doesn't look that good on the ice.
I loved Kostornaia and was very happy to see her getting the gold medal here. She may be the shortest out of the three Eteri girls but she has the biggest presence on the ice - by far. When she's on the ice, it's hard to take the eyes off her, she has 'it'. She's already very good at skating skills, and she covers so much ice with her skating, so easily, it is very nice to watch. And how she performs and interprets her programs at her age is also good. I liked the spring in her jumps and rhythm of them, for example that big 3F-3T that has good rhythm and are right on the music is so nice (in that 3F-eu-3S though, her euler is not really good). Her 3A is really consistent even though it is not always quite clear. It's nice.
I just wish her choreographies were better, she could skate to any piece of music and any choreography. But she sells these music as much as she can that is a testimony how good she is. I preferred her angel SP here I think, the FS was also very good but she concentrated on the jumps more here than at IdF, for example.
Overall I was happy that with three 3As she could win against those who have multiple quads because it shows quads are not everything if someone is very good in everything else as well.
Anna is a quite a musical skater, but her SS is not very good yet and she looks so fragile that I am worried that all those jumps might hurt her. I liked her spins, though which has good positions, are fast and centered. The costume change wasn't that impressive here (was it elsewhere?)
I preferred the FS here than her SP, which she still can't sell well enough, maybe I say this because I liked last season's SP a lot and her skating still looks juniorish in this season's SP. She won the FS here and if she can land the 4F consistently she will have very high chances for the shiniest medals though.
Trusova..I don't like her skating and there's almost zero choreo in her programs, but she just goes out and doesn't matter if she pops a quad, or falls, she continues as if nothing happened - her mental strength is good. She landed that 4F even though I saw her attempting it only once in practice. She popped/fell from 3A often too during practice, I just think the 3A in the SP was risky if the jump is so inconsistent yet. I wish they'd work on her SS more instead of adding new hard jumps every second competition.
Bradie may be less stiff than last season or before it but her skating is not very interesting to me, especially the FS with the music choice/choreo/white costume, the whole packacing of her is not very good. I think I last her previous programs more than these. She still also have UR problems.
Alina....... I felt sorry for her, really. Her SP was better, she matured more and interpreted the program OK, her presence on the is also much better than say, Bradie or Trusova, but even in that program, her posture is not good and choreo is meh and she doesn't cover lot of ice (she is not the fastest skater either).
The FS sad to watch She's been struggling with the jumps lately, already the 3Lz-3Lo was bad before her fall from 2A that seems to have injured her.
She's going through a lot...sigh.
The FS was late in the evening on Saturday. Because we went to the arena before 6 AM for men's practice we spent around 15 hours in the venue. By the time of ladies ceremony my eyes got too tired (from wearing glasses all day) and got some sort of (allergy?) attack during ladies ceremony. My tears were falling down on my cheek and I couldn't help it lol people thought I was crying for Kostornaia (I wasn't! But I loved her skate)