Just an update, FYI
Just an update, FYI
Evan Lysacek's bio was also updated. He finally stopped pretending he's 5'11" and admitted to 6'1".
Kimmie's picture is adorable.
Awww, Kimmie is so cute.
I can't wait to see her develop into one of the greatest skaters ever. She can do it!
Well Kimmie isn't at the level Kwan was. Not yet. The jumps, yes.
I think she CAN get there, though. If she does it will be amazing - a Triple Axle and amazing artisty in a woman's program? To die for.
I think lofty expectations like this one are just setting fans up for disppointment. Kwan was one of a kind, it will take a long time to find another skater that can get to the top and stay there for as long as she did.
As far as Kimmie is concerned, she'll do fine just keeping up the enthusiasm she has for skating, and working on actually TRANSLATING that enthusiasm onto the ice (I think of someone like Emily Hughes here) because quite honestly, without the fancy tricks, she's pretty zzzzzzzzzz.
I don't think Kimmie will be "one of the greatest skaters ever". Usually a skater has either Tech or Pres. If you work on one usually you tend to "neglect" (in this case meaning putting less emphasis) the other. Instead It will be a race between her and Mao Asada this year, and maybe later on as both mature they'll stop the risk-taking and start developing the pres and "play it safe". Sound familiar?
I agree with most of this as well. I like the idea of Kimmie learning to translate her enthusiasm, the way Emily does. That sounds more doable to me than the idea of her developing amazing artistry.
You could see the seeds of Sasha's artistry, IMO, when she was very young. It doesn't spring out of nowhere. I don't think Kimmie will develop that.
But there is something very attractive about her off the ice--not just her mental attitude but even her presence--that doesn't yet come across in her skating.
That translation is something I can honestly look forward to in her skating, so thanks for making that distinction, RD.
Kimmie reminds of Nancy Kerrigan every time people talk about artistry. It is true that she is more polished than any other teen US ladies at the moment, and her personality and programs are quite "nice". But I have never felt excited or enchanted by watching her yet, which is a pity cause she seems like a real sweetie pie. Even at the Worlds, what I saw was the thrill of succeeding her jumps, not the ENTHUSIASM that Red Dog has mentioned. OTOH, Bebe is so much fun even when she messes up and I was enthralled by Caroline Zhang with just one layback spin.
I think Kimmie's enthusiasm comes across more when you see her in person. I saw her "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" exhibition on t.v. after Worlds, and didn't think much of it, but when I saw it in person in COI, she was smiling and seemed caught up in the emotion of the song, and I liked it very much.
She was probably feeling the fun side of skating more, with less pressure.
I'm of the school that young skaters can improve when concentrating on what they have to do. Given Kimmie's enthusiasm to be a winner rather than be a glitzy skater, I think she will definitely improve her presentation in time.
I agree that young skaters can improve with time and
experience, but by the time a skater is 15 or 16 they have developed their basic skills. which definitely can be improved upon. I just don't see Kimmie developing an artistic talent that I don't think she possesses. Now this is jmo and I have no idea how she will develop, maybe she will surprise me this season and prove me wrong.
Last edited by demarinis5; 08-27-2006 at 12:06 PM.