Meissner vs Asada...
Here's a question that looks to the future. Namely, what does Meissner need to add to her SP and LP to be able to beat Asada at a Grand Prix competition next year?
I think Meissner herself wants to be competitive against Asada, but her program right now just doesn't give her the chance to beat Mao's clean skates or even skates with a few mistakes.
Hopefully you won't say that she needs the triple axel to do it. Hopefully what she can do is do more complicated spins to score some points as well as add a combination of three jumps (a triple-triple-double)
Kimmie is a solid skater, the best of all current American girls. But unfortunately, there's no way she can catch up with Mao.
Technically, it's a non-starter, plus Mao really has that 'IT' factor that Kimmie will never have.
Don't get me wrong, Kimmie can still beat Mao, but I just don't believe they are at the same level.
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
you have a point. Asada seems to just naturally "flow" across the ice... her spirals and spins are much harder. Her flexiblity allows her to achive better positions in spins and spirals.. belliman etc. that kimmie can not, or i doubt ever will achive. True, kimmie's spiral is much better thi season, and her layback is rather pretty(she dosen't hold it l ong enough though) but usually girls lose their extension with age.. and if she was natuarlly flexible, she would be using the belliman fan spiral etc long ago.
Originally Posted by iloveaxel
kimmie can beat asada, not she is not reallt the same type of sakter. not in that class. CArloine Zhang however.... that is an Asada threat if i ever saw one. I hope she skates as a senior next year and show the world what us american are made of!:chorus:
Kimmie needs a consistent 3Axle to beat Asada and she needs to put it in her Short Program.
Then Asada would be forced to do the 3Axle in her Short Program and that would be really cool, because her base technical score for the Short Program would be higher than that of any Men's Short Program which didn't include a Quad!
It's NOT just a 3A. Asada really has the charisma. She floats across the ice and everything seems so easy to her, especially her jumps. Kimmie is better than Emily, but still there's sth lacking in her skating. That sort of overall quality is more important than comparision of element-by-element breakdown. it's that intangible thing that she'll never have.
Originally Posted by Zuranthium
I do believe Mao is a very very rare talent.
Too early to predict Caroline Zhang, she has that intangible 'IT'. But her technical deficiency especially jumps is also very obvious. We'll see how she's going to address those things in the future.
At this point in Kimmie's career her best bet is to skate clean. Mao hasn't been all that consistent this season. Anything could happen.
I agree with you, I'm simply stating what Kimmie needs. Mao with a couple mistakes will beat Kimmie without a 3Axle. Mao with a couple mistakes will NOT beat Kimmie with a 3Axle.
Originally Posted by iloveaxel
I agree. Mao has something that Kimmie will never have. Natural born star quality. Can't be taught. Can't be learned. Mao is certainly not unbeatable and I expect that Kimmie will beat her more than once during the coming years.
IMHO, Mao will have to mess up for Kimmie to beat her.
Presentation-wise, Caroline could possibly beat Mao (she can attend the Sr GP next season, yes?). Technically, she'll need a 3-3 or a 3A. We already saw Mao go head to head with a skater like Caroline (Sasha), and in the SP where they were both technically perfect, Mao had the edge and in the LP, even though Mao caught an edge on the spin, she still won by a pretty sizable margin.
I think you need to be 15 to enter the gand prix. So, Caroline would be too young. But Flatt can have a shot at it.
Too soon to tell about Zhang. Folks are building her up again when we don't even know what's in store for her.
As for Mao vs. Kimmie, I agree I'd give Asada the edge. But it depends on how the two skate on any given night...and I think at SA (their only face-to-face international comp...?) KM placed 2nd and Asada 3rd.
However there's no reason to think she's completely untouchable...she's slipped up in two out of four comps and thus failed to win those. I hope someone else wins worlds but I'd not think I'd get upset if she won anyway.
14-year-old skaters can compete in Senior Grand Prix events (*IF* they meet the selection criteria to be invited), so Caroline Zhang, Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt would all be old enough in the 2007-08 season, but it's more likely that they will compete in the Junior Grand Prix this fall. Zhang has stated in a recent article that she's planning to compete in the JGP this fall, but we'll have to wait and see what happens at Jr. Worlds and beyond. Nagasu and Flatt both have yet to compete in a JGP (Flatt withdrew from the Mexico JGP last fall due to injury).
Originally Posted by flying camel
Mao Asada turned 15 in the fall of 2005 (she was still 14 as of the ISU's age deadline of July 1, 2005) when she made her Senior Grand Prix debut and won the Sr. GP Final, but was too young for the 2006 Olympics and Worlds, remember?
Last edited by Sylvia; 02-22-2007 at 12:10 AM.
Eh, I find Asada very overrated in the presentation department, and while a pleasant enough young skater, not at all as out of Meissner's league as some seem to believe. Her present jump layout does seem to give her an edge over a lot of skaters, however, we have seen this season that she is not invulnerable. I must say I hope to see something a little less wind-up-ballerina from her soon.
Meissner needs to throw both her triple/triple combos in there and continue to develop her artistry as she now is.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Mao may be a wind-up ballerina (give her time ) but I'm not sure what Kimmie is. She hasn't found her own style yet - she always seems to be gluing on some gesture to give her an ethnic or "youth" look, whether it's Egyptian hands or switching her hips. I find it phony and irritating. I think she'd do well in a unitard and a more athletic style. Mira Leung did Catwoman, didn't she? maybe Kimmie can do Batwoman or Wonder Woman or Maria Sharapova. As long as she moves well, I don't think Presentation has to = Ballet Style.
It doesn't make any sense to add a 3/3/2 if you already plan two 3/3s and a 2/2/2. COP doesn't recognise the difficulty in putting that double on the end of a more difficult 3/3 compared to the easier 2/2. In fact Kimmie's 2/2/2 combination is perfectly placed at the end where she receives the bonus for having it ni the second half of her program.
Originally Posted by krenseby
Jump-wise the only thing she can add to up the ante is the triple axel.
As for spins and footwork - i think its been shown time and again that the negligable increase from managaing spins of higher level aren't even worth one of the easier double jumps let alone a double axel or triple jump.