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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly
    I would say that Eldredge and especially Wylie had excellent *extension* in the sense of straight free leg with pointed toes, and open chest. Their *flexibility*, on the other hand, was nothing remarkable.
    Totally agree. flexibility does not mean Sasha only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    People used to criticize Sasha for "front-loading" her programs. Maybe that is a good stategy for her after all. Do all the jumps first with your muscles tight and bunched, then stretch out and do all the extension and flexibility moves.

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    She splatted with front-loading, splatted with mix-up and splatted with the R&J exhibition, 2005. Flexibility or muscle tightness has nothing to do with her jump landings.

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    IMO, Sasha's jumps are her weakest elements. Unfortunately, for her, jumps are Irina's best elements. Whereas Irina does not have the balletic line that Sasha has Irina shows flexibility in her Bielman positions-lots of them and they accumulate lots of points. Neither skater grabs me on style. One seems heavy in style; the other weak in style.

    However, having said this, I believe both skaters are the best of the lot going into the Olympics at this point in time. If Sasha has been working as well as I think she has, I expect her to overtake Irina this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    IMO, Sasha's jumps are her weakest elements. Unfortunately, for her, jumps are Irina's best elements. Whereas Irina does not have the balletic line that Sasha has Irina shows flexibility in her Bielman positions-lots of them and they accumulate lots of points. Neither skater grabs me on style. One seems heavy in style; the other weak in style.

    However, having said this, I believe both skaters are the best of the lot going into the Olympics at this point in time. If Sasha has been working as well as I think she has, I expect her to overtake Irina this season.

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    I respect your opinion, always, but must disagree with your conclusion. Irina, appears to be in her best athletic form, SC says her practices are good and we know nothing about Michelle. Carolina still poses her hands as if in a mitten, ala Tara. Fumie is down and what about Shiz?

    Practices are practices and we know SC has a history of leaving it there. MK practices well and explodes on the performance ice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchid
    JoeS,

    I respect your opinion, always, but must disagree with your conclusion. Irina, appears to be in her best athletic form, SC says her practices are good and we know nothing about Michelle. Carolina still poses her hands as if in a mitten, ala Tara. Fumie is down and what about Shiz?

    Practices are practices and we know SC has a history of leaving it there. MK practices well and explodes on the performance ice.
    orchid - I didn't predict a winner (much too early for that sort of thing). I just think Sasha can overtake Irina this season at some point.

    After seeing Shiz's recent invitational, I think she's back in business. We now have a top 5 not a top 4. that's not ruling out a dark horse. so NO Predictions at this time

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