Is Katy Taylor ready for prime time?
Katy was knocking on the door last year, with a fourth place finish at U.S. Nationals and the gold medal at Four Continents, beating Yukari Nakano and Beatrisa Liang. Her point total at 4Cs was 164.05, missing only her triple loop in the LP (for comparison, Kimmie Maissner's score at the Olympics was 165.7) She didn't do a triple/triple, but had all level 3 and 4 spins.
This year she's first out of the box in the Grand Prix, with Skate America and Skate Canada (like Alissa Czisny last year). If she can medal in both she will be sitting pretty.
But it won't be easy. She faces Mao Asada, Kimmie and Miki Ando at Skate America, and Fumie Suguri, Yu-na Kim and Joannie Rochette in Skate Canada.
I like her chances. Her LP music this year is Forrest Gump. (?!) Now there's an interpretive challenge!
Does anyone know if she is working on a triple/triple?
Peggy said Katy Taylor was going to go for a 3Lz+3T at the Nationals, but it seems she opted to play it safe and switched to a 3Lz+2T. I actually thought she had a better presentation than either Kimmie Meissner or Emily Hughes, but I guess the judges are seeing something I'm missing through my TV monitor.
"Forrest Gump" was last year's LP. Katy's programs for the coming season are "Happy Feet" (SP) and "Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio" (LP). If performed well, I believe she has a chance to medal at both SA and SC. But considering all the luck she has had in the JGPs, she would probably end up being a runner-up for the Grand Prix Finals at best.
It should be noted that Taylor placed 2nd in the FS to Nakano. Her strong SP (2nd to Liang) helped elevate her final placement.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Taylor's new SP is "Happy Feet" from the film, Shall We Dance, according to this July 2nd Houston Chronicle article: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/4018724.html
Originally Posted by inloveagain
Her new FS is to Tchaikovsky's "Theme and Variations" according to her official site (her journal was updated on July 2):
From what I know of Taylor, she's a really hard worker who approaches her skating with a positive attitude and is very aware of the areas she needs to improve on. She always seems to relish new challenges, too, and competing on the Senior Grand Prix this fall should be a valuable learning experience for her.
What program/type of music did she skate to in the Dallas show?
Originally Posted by riverflows
Last edited by Sylvia; 07-09-2006 at 01:00 AM.
I'm not sure what the title was, but it was a country song sung by a woman with the line "don't worry" over and over again. It was very cute and very fitting.
Matt Savoie~Soul Skater
I liked her "perfect Day" exhibition. She might be "the next so and so" if she sticks around.
Tschaikowski's Theme and Variations is just that - many variations in tempo. Ballanchine created a popular neoclassic ballet to it. It runs about 20 minutes. There is an adagio section which at its conclusion bursts into a Polonaise.
I hope Katy and camp make a good 4 minute cut of this theme and variations. I think it will be a challenge and put Carmen to rest.
Originally Posted by Mathman
that was her LP last year too... I love the music and I LOVE her program, so I'm okay with her keeping it as we didn't get to see her as much as the others...
I think, if she doesn't get hounded with media pressure, she'll be fine... then again she could even do well with the media... who knows... she has that pink hummer to buy, so she's got some incentive to win the big money prize
I just saw her today at the COI in Dallas, and I must say, she's a good skater, but her jumps just aren't as solid. Now that she's going up against the jumping machines, she's really going to have to work hard. I wish her the best of luck, but in my opinion, it would be a surprise if she made the GPF.