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What to expect from Caroline?
Okay, now that we know for sure that she is skating in the senior grand prix.... where will she place. does she have a realistic chance to make up the final? I think so. i think that not only will she make the final, but that she will beat kimmie if they go head to head!
Kimmie doesn't really have the reliable 3/3s, it's going to be pretty close between these two. Caroline has better spins and spirals but Kimmie has better skating skills and footworks. I wasn't impressed with Caroline's speed so she really needs to work on that this season.
I think with a consistent 3/3, Caroline will almost certainly beat Kimmie, and possibly Miki, given her superior spins, spirals, and presentation. Without a 3/3, she will probably lose to Miki, but still beat a Kimmie that frequently under-rotates the 3/3. Regarding Caroline's speed, I think maybe she sometimes looks slow on TV because she's so smooth. Eye-witness acounts of Caroline have often praised her for ice coverage and floating across the ice with quiet power. All second-hand heresay, though. I'd love to see her in person!
Assuming all skating at their best, I think only Mao & Yu-na have a reliable chance of beating Caroline, Mao with her amazing basic skating skills and of course 3-axel, Yu-na with her beautiful jumps and passionate program interpretations (though what's this rumor about her possibly using Phantom of the Opera next year, Bleh!). But neither were as consistent last year as Caroline, who skated 8 perfect programs (and fell in 2 where she still came in a close 2nd to Mirai), and a ton of perfect exhibitions containing 3lutz-2toe and 3flip (Nationals, Marshalls, JW, 2 COI shows).
Besides the 3/3, jump techniques, I hope Caroline puts together better footwork sequences for next year -- mellow and pretty don't get you high levels or GOE's on step seq's!
I am so excited to see another american girl that can skate well under pressure besides Kimmie. Last year there was Kimmie and only Kimmie. She did not even skate her best. But she was all we had. So, I just hope Caroline skates well & is competitive. I think she can medal in al her events even without the 3/3.
Moving up the testing structure
I think this comes from an article a little while back, showing she wanted to get ideas for choreography], so she went to see the musical, I think. Nowhere was it mentionned she was actually going to skate to the music from the phantom of the opera.
Originally Posted by feraina
Link to the article: http://www.savefile.com/files/797796
As for Caroline... I'm not sure that she's a sure medal bet (wow, weird sentence, but whatever). Of course she's great and all, but she might lose points for flutzing with the new rules. However, she seems to be able to perform well under pressure, except for Nationals, where she was beaten by a virtual unknown. I'm not sure she can medal without a 3/3, because it depends mainly on the level of her other elements, and it seems her step sequences need work. Anyways, I don't know her much other than for the fact she was practically unbeatable this season, and I can't wait to see how she'll fare this season. I'd hate to see her end her season at Nationals (or 4 Continents - does it have the same age limits as worlds?), but her going back to Junior Worlds is just strange.
Last edited by Kypma; 06-10-2007 at 01:06 PM.
Reason: to add a link to the article and insert my opinion on Caroline
Junior Worlds in not only not strange, it is a necessity. She is too young for senior worlds, so she can only go to junior worlds.
Originally Posted by Kypma
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I think she will establish herself as the new star of US skating and the top American lady this year... although next year Mirai and hopefully Sasha will put that to the test.
I have great confidence in this young lady. It will be exciting to see how she competes and develops in competition with Miki, Mao, and Yu Na.
I don't know. I'm a little bit skeptical about her. Her PC scores were overinflated IMO. Her SP and LP weren't artistically superior comparing to Miki and Kimmie. So I won't say she beats those two in that department. Sure, she is much younger than those two, but as for now she is still artistically inferior. The problem is that she probably used music (SP,LP) that she didn't like!
Kimmie's and Miki's jumps are sooo much better than her's, we can't even compare. Kimmie has all the triples, maybe even the 3A. Miki lips, but apart for that her jumps are amazing, especially her 3Z,3L. Caroline spins and spirals are better? Well, if you like skating as a contorsionist competition!
The only programs I like were her exhibition. Here she skated with emotion to a music that she enjoyed.
Last edited by gio; 06-10-2007 at 03:13 PM.
Honestly, I do not think she will make the GP final. She is a lovely skater and delightful to watch but she does have some technique issues - the high kick, the flagrant flutz. Her footwork isn't the best, and if they're following the new rules regarding wrong takeoff edges, she will lose points on those. Mao and Yu-Na made (and won) the final on their first year, but they were more technically gifted than Caroline, with both having triple-triples, and they were a bit older. Also, the dreaded puberty monster could rear its ugly head. I could see her winning bronze, maybe, in Skate America, but definitely not beating Kimmie and Miki.
Besides, she is only 13. She has all the time in the world.
edit to add: Kimmie's spiral is underrated, in my opinion. She has nice edge control and good positions. It is very competent.
Last edited by oleada; 06-10-2007 at 03:15 PM.
I agree with the posters who are not ready to put Kimmie out to pasture just yet. She's the 2005 World champion, she has shown she is capable of a 190 point competition, and she hasn't yet hit her peak.
Last year her jump consistency suffered slightly as she grew a little and also concentrated more on artistry. Let's give her a chance in 2007-08 before we start looking for greener grass on the other side of the hill.
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Caroline probably will not have a 3/3 in compotion for this up coming season. as far as i know she is not working on one, but may start to do so. However, it is doubtful that she will try one in comotion this season.
Originally Posted by flying camel
I like Caroline's skating but, in my opinion, she still skates a little young and some of her jumping techniques should really be improved.
Kimmie improved a lot this season artistically and also seems determined to keep improving. I still think she's a medal contender.
Moving up the testing structure
I know it's a necessity, it's just that she's already won it. Usually, people move up completely to seniors or, in some cases, compete in the SGP and Jr Worlds one season then go to Senior Worlds, like Mao .Caroline still has Jr Worlds 08... oh, that's it. Sorry, I thought she had two more to go, but I guess it's only one. My bad!
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
It would be neat if she could do what Mao did, win the GPF in her first try, but then Mao was upset by Yu-Na at Jr Worlds last year. Ah well, time will tell, but I do agree that Caroline has some work to become a serious title contender in seniors.
Go Caroline! <3
I think she has what it takes to medal at the senior level. She is a very hard worker and practically spends all of her time on the ice. Her goals have been to improve her jumping technique and to deepen the outside edge on her lutz, and I think with her determination we will see progression in her jumps. Also, she has been working on those triple-triples (3Lz-3T and 3F-3T) and has already made consistent some sequences (3L-3L and 3Lz-3T). I really hope she does the 3L-toe tap-3L not only because 3L-3L is rarely seen, but also because she usually gets +GOEs for her 3L. I don't know about you, but I really liked her skating to "Olga." It is a very lyrical piece and she is a lyrical skater, but I do hope she doesn't skate to two lyrical pieces this year; she needs to portray her ability to skate to different genres of music (like we saw at the jw exhibition).
I hope we get to see a back charlotte from her as well!