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    She nailed it in the LP!

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    Whee! Exquisite in the LP!! Too bad the NBC camera angle wasn't as good as for the SP...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarotx
    Sasha is the one that did a traditional Spiral and she was rewarded for it. All of her changes were distinct. Shizuka brings her leg up to her head with her hands. Although it's wonderful it can't be comapred to when a ballerina rises her leg. A dancer usually does it with out assist and she's on toe.
    And since this is figure skating and not ballet the greatest importance ni all of these moves is the smooth running edge of the blade and spped and flow across the ice. Cohen did distinctly change edges - it was one of the obvious "wipes" i've described above, Shizuka's was a slow beauitufl easy transition from one edge to the next, and she not only let go and held her leg up that high unsupported she also did the fan sprial which ends in a traditional back sprial position, What she maybe gave away to cohen in amplitutde she more than made up for in speed and depth of edge.

    Quote Originally Posted by tarotx
    Also at lest during the short program Sasha had a more stable edge, more musicality and personality as she did her spiral sequence. Shizuka had deeper edges although not really more speed. And even though Sasha had a shallow edge she had nice flow and energy.
    Really? I would be inclined to disagree about speed - i wasn't watching live but on TV Shizuka looked faster and smoother during teh sprial sequence and ou commentators noted her speed compared to there being no comment on Sasha's speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julietvalcouer
    I honestly think she does her spiral a bit better than Sasha does hers. There's just a bit more finish to it, that little extra something in the presentation.

    Joe--when will see the equivalent of Odile's 32 fuette (sp? You know what I mean) turns in skating, though? I wish I were a good enough spinner to figure out if whipping the leg in and out is at all feasible...
    Maybe a twizzle sequence could be done to imitate this? I think it would kill a spin dead because bringing the leg in quickly would speed you up very quickly and then pulling the leg out again would upset the way the spin works, but with twizzles since you're travelling across the ice it might be more feasible?

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    Shizuka's speed is deceiving. Like Yuka Sato, her stroking is so silent that one doesn't think of speed as one does with say, Kat Witt, who made an issue of speed during her programs.

    Shizuka covers the ice with incredible stroking and speed,and it is all with the music.

    And that no hands Y spiral is special. There will be lots in juniors next year, I bet.

    Joe

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