Kaori Sakamoto shared her impressions of her performance in the short program at the Grand Prix Final. Sakamoto took the lead with 77.35 points.
“Today I feel very satisfied because I think I was able to show my best result. I had confidence in training, but I decided to keep it for the performance itself. I’m glad that I was able to do that. I strive to live up to the expectations of others, as well as my own. I had a successful exit at the previous Grand Prix Final and I know that the real competition starts now. It is important for me to overcome myself, so I am focusing on doing my best,” said the Japanese figure skater.
Luna Hendricks of Belgium shared her experience of preparing for the Grand Prix Final, placing second in the short program with 73.25 points.
“I really enjoyed my performance today and I think you can see it in my smile. Although I was not able to perform the program without mistakes, I am still struggling with the effects of the illness that started after the competition in China. I lost weight and had to regain muscle mass. I also got a nasty shoulder injury while practicing at home doing lutz. Now I have to use tapes and get massages from a physiotherapist three times a day. I know I could have performed better, but overall I am happy with the performance. Why did I choose to get close to the board where the judges are sitting? I like being so close to them, it gives an element of showmanship and I enjoy it. I did different shows over the summer and I think that helped my performance. I like to skate and the judges can see that from up close,” Hendricks shared.
Isabeau Levito of the United States commented on her performance in the Grand Prix Final, placing sixth after the short program with 56.53 points.
“Something went wrong today and I don’t know what happened. Physically I’m fine, I’m not injured, but I caught a little virus. But that’s no excuse. Of course the result disappointed me, but I have one more day. I have to pull myself together and focus on tomorrow’s performance. It’s hard for me now, but I believe that tomorrow will be a new day. The support of the fans plays a big role for me. It gives me hope and confidence. All the toys that are thrown on the ice, I pick up and then distribute to the kids at my rink. They are always so happy,” Levito shared.