Watching Caroline Zhang has inspired me to start a new thread after not posting in ages - hello everyone!
She definitely fits into what I'm looking to designate as the new class of artists, up and comers who grab us with their style, flow from move to move, and musicality, much as Sasha and Michelle have done for a generation or more. I see Caroline Zhang as the continuation of the Michelle and Sasha tradition, so to speak, and it makes total sense to watch her channel these great American figure skating artists in her JGP 06 program, as she was raised a US skater with these iconic ladies for role models. I find it touching and uncanny how she's channeling Michelle with so many of her moves in that SP. Are any Michelle fans similarly moved by Caroline's reverent evocation of her fellow Chinese-American skater's grace and emotion, coming at a time where we're missing Michelle? I really enjoyed her skating, found it so influenced by Michelle, but not in a way that it seems like she's aping her - the girl clearly has grace and talent of her own, which puts me at ease - with the advent of CoP and what it's done to the average program (not that of people who can flow from move to move and make programs great, whatever the scoring system and requirements, on the level of a Sasha), I was about to despair for moving, program-driven, musical skaters. I guess I started this post to put myself at ease :smile:
Anyway, back to my main topic (all about the new artists):
From the reports on Campbell's, Mai Asada is another one to watch, and I'm going to check her out on Youtube asap. Also, Yukina Ota has been AWOL for some time now, which worries me; I loved her skating from the first time I saw her. However, there is a video of her doing a horribly cheesy exhibition or skating show in Japan, with awful makeup. I hope she returns to eligible skating someday...
Yay, artistic skaters!!!!
Who else should I be swooning over, folks?:-D