at the end of the day Alina is so talented and has so much potential tho. i was really impressed with how she kept it together, being 15, the leader after the short, and having to do that technical content. honestly, i think backloading is more taxing mentally and physically than the 3-4(?) point advantage it gives, although clearly every point was necessary here.
she made do with the shitty choreography she had i guess, that she was always struggling to catch up with bc it was just SO. DAMN. PACKED. i guess we'll never know if she can ever become a more musical or entertaining skater, but i think she has a lot to be proud of. she got the job done.
so did zhenya. she was saying after her score that she did everything she could. she did. she should be proud.