Actually, in "Reflections on Ice" documentary, several of Henie's competitors remarked upon how indomitable she was; she was superlative in everything: figures, free skate, and competitive drive. One skater said she kept hoping that Sonja would have a bad day or get sick or injured as nearly everyone does at times,but she said Sonja was never sick a day in her life when it came to competition. She was evidently made of teflon, and it will be difficult to find another like her.
Sonja Henje was the best skater of her day, and she performed jumps and spins that were considered to be daring for women skaters. I suspect that if Sonja was alive, young, and competing today that she would perform a full arsenal of triple jumps. She was truly a legend of the sport.
Originally Posted by 76olympics
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I highly doubt that will happen. And would you mind saying why you hate Sasha so much?
Originally Posted by SkateFan4Life
I think sasha will finally deliver 2 great programs. I just don't think it will be enough to over take Irina. As long as Irina skates good the gold is hers.
I dont think Sasha will bomb but will retain her position as The Bridesmaid. I doubt she will win Gold. Now Im rooting for Irina.
I think that with Michelle out, Sasha will claim the throne as America's sweetheart with her glamour girl looks and beautiful extension. Sasha always skates well when Michelle isn't around b/c she doesn't have to compete against Michelle's mythical perfection (perfection Michelle herself hasn't achieved in over two years).
So Soogar- up until 2 years ago Michelle was acheiving perfection- in fact, mythical perfection? WOW!!!
Originally Posted by soogar
I won't count on Cohen doing two clean programs...it could happen, but the odds are certainly against it. My bet is still on Slutskaya or one of the Japanese ladies. There certainly hasn't been much talk of the event (in America) outside of Kwan and Kwan's withdrawal.
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SkateFan4Life has started 2 posts directly taking pot shots at Sasha, which were mean and vile. I can’t believe that anyone could be so cowardly, angry, annoyed, irritated or irate at their so called favorite skater to take such cheap shots at another skater. Where is SkateFan4Life now, HIDING???
Originally Posted by #1Kerryfan
I'm so confused by this thread... if Sasha bombs at the games, it will suck for her, her "people," her fans and the USFSA. If she succeeds, then the opposite.
Let's give her a break and see what happens before we judge...
Under normal circumstances, I'd post in this thread all the ways in which Sasha could potentially bomb and the fallout... However, I'm tired of being nasty and evil. This season has been so strange that at this point, I am focusing on the positive and just want to see what happens. Could Sasha bomb? Of course. Will she bomb? I don't think so. Will she win, though... that's the million dollar question... But here's the one answer I do know... will she win or bomb based on the opinions of GSers? Absolutely not.
Here's wishing her all the best.
OK. What are the REAL odds of Cohen winning?
Head or tails?
Rolling a "six" on a die?
Picking the right number in a game of roulette?
Winning the lottery?
I think she has a 33.333% chance of winning gold.
I don't see Sasha bombing. Perhaps she will make mistakes, sure, but I have a hard time imagining a total bomb in either SP or LP from Sasha.
I've seen a lot of posts (here and elsewhere) indicating that Sasha might retire after this season. Has Sasha made any statements about this? I think it would be a shame. Despite the young jumping beans, I think Sasha could continue to be at the top of the sport for several more years, even through the next Olys, if she wanted to. I think Mao may grab the top spot for a year or two, I don't see her staying dominant for 4+ years. I haven't seen enough of Yu-Na Kim to say anything about her chances. There's hype about Gevadishili but I haven't seen her yet. Who else is there who's staying eligible? Kimmie and Katy look poised to be the top echelon of the US team, but I would put Sasha over either of them any day based on PCS and difficulty of spins, position, etc. Basically, I really hope that Sasha does not retire, no matter how she does at the Olys this year.
If she bombs, she bombs. She has to know that she'll be up against two new heavy jumpers next season so she might as well start jumping now because Irina will if she has to. Now we have hardcore skating as it should be. I like Sasha but she needs to recognise the competition for what it is, unlike some skaters who just never got that concept and can now no longer compete. Good luck Sasha.