Thanks SG - Curran really has it all, skating talent and brains. After following the results in JGP, I really expected more from him at the Nats. He was good and showed potential but I really expected a medal, but he was not the only one disappointing me. Mroz was also so so but he got a silver. Also Razzano was so-so for me.
Kanallakan despite his outburst, was super and got a bronze. I still like Adam Rippon who did quite well against the GP group. I also noticed a Jonathan Cassar who I thought would be special in the future.
Halverson, Mroz and OI all skated evenly at Nationals, while Kanallakan blew the SP and had to come back from 6th to win.
I like Kanallakan and Rippon also.Kanallakan despite his outburst, was super and got a bronze. I still like Adam Rippon who did quite well against the GP group. I also noticed a Jonathan Cassar who I thought would be special in the future.
Jonathan Cassar is not in a good situation. He just turned 20, and is not eligible for international Junior events. If he is unable to medal against the US Juniors, I doubt he would be competitive against Seniors. His best result as a Junior was 8th, last year. He slipped back one place this year.
Last edited by chuckm; 02-04-2007 at 11:12 PM.
I really, really enjoy Cassar's skating -- he's got one of the best, DEEP inside edge spreadeagles I've ever seen (it's a stunning highlight move in his "Concierto de Aranjuez" FS), and he has shown versatility in interpreting and performing to different kinds of music. I thought he reached a new level of choreography by going to David Wilson for his two programs this season.
Thanks for posting the article on Curran Oi (his family name is Japanese, I recently learned). He is young and still developing a "style" -- hopefully he will continue to progress in this area in the year ahead.
ETA: I thought Junior men *ROCKED* in Spokane, in spite of the fact that not every guy skated as well as he had hoped.
Last edited by Sylvia; 02-04-2007 at 04:04 PM.
I couldn't find my last years notes so I must have forgotten about Cassar. This year, I did find him as special regardless of his age. As you are probably aware I look at potential juniors for Flow, Basics (including edges) and Presentation. I try to ignore the flubs. Even as he moves on to Seniors, I think Cassar will be special.
I think there is a special breed of Junior Men coming up with Oi, Mroz, Halverson and especially Kanalakan at least tht's what I felt in Spokane. What happened in the K&C after the SP skate? He went in and stormed out. Temperment?
I have not given up on Rippon who has all those qualities I look for in a young skater.
Movin on to Seniors: I am not overwhelmed with Carriere, but I do appreciate his consistency and hi level jumping. Unfortunately, Steenberg is not showing his potentional to being competitive. For me, he still is one of the best at basics and presentation but one can not avoid those unnecessary falls. I hope his falls are not consistent.