Please post any practice reports that you can find.
I don't have the time to translate, but briefly:
Dance practice was not open to the public,
Carolina had a good pratice with good 3lutzes and 2a+3t and left the rink last.
Suguri looked very comfortable especially on the step sequence.
Russians looked very nervous probably for the last Piseev press conference about the olympic team.
Flatt was not present.
Overall shape of other ladies is not excting, many falls in the first group where the americans skated.
From that article...
Julia Sebestyen has a new look.
Petushkova did a 2A+3T combo, but otherwise was not impressive.
Ksenia Doronina has serious health problems :(
Alena Leonova has matured a lot and was a joy to watch when she skated fluidly.
Na-Young Kim keeps getting confused with Yu-Na Kim :lol:
From a Russian forum:
Na-Young Kim was introduced as Yu-Na Kim
Kimmie had a lot of falls.
Last edited by oleada; 11-20-2008 at 04:03 PM.
Flatt has arrived, but her skates have not---that's why she wasn't at practice.
Kostner has junked her Swan Lake FS and will use her FS from last season.
Thank you!! I hope Kimmie can shake off the bad practice..I am really pulling for her.
Originally Posted by oleada
Oh, dear, for Meissner (bad practice) and Flatt (skates not arriving). I really feel for the skaters; I'm sure pre-9/11 era skaters carried their skates with them, clutching them for dear life. It would be so hard for me to release control of something so completely critical as my skates, if I were a competitive skater!
I'm afraid Kimmie is truly done. I'm sure that seems a tiny bit premature with the comp not even started yet, but the signs just look so very bad.
What press conference would that be? I must have missed hearing about it.
Originally Posted by eleonora.d
Originally Posted by chuckm
Too bad for Rachael! I really hope her skates arrive in time for the SP tomorrow!
Last edited by dancing_tessa; 11-20-2008 at 06:42 PM.
I think this might be the one:
Originally Posted by ATW27
It is given in English.
ETA: This one might not be new enough--Oct. 29.
Thanks for the update. Poor Rachael arriving in Russia without her skates. I hope they show up pronto. Carolina is dumping Swan Lake, can't say I am to disappointed with that news. As for Kimmie falling a lot in practice if she did not have prior jump issues I would not be concerned but.......lets hope she leaves the falls on the practice ice where they belong.
but how often is "a lot"? 3 times? 5? 10? 50, perhaps? How many did she attempt? IOW, it serves not much use for prediction if it's not quantified.
Originally Posted by demarinis5
Oh geez. It's just a vague practice report. She looked good in the Skate America practices and then messed up in the competition, so I don't put much weight into practice reports. Even if she's totally awful here, it wouldn't mean she's done... It would just mean she would have to work her tail off, make adjustments, and hope for better luck next time at Nationals. Countless skaters have rebounded from less than stellar seasons/performances.
Originally Posted by rallycairn
Poor Rachael not having her skates. Hopefully they get there in time. That must be so frustrating to feel all ready to go, and then not be able to practice because your equipment is missing!
Last edited by gold12345; 11-20-2008 at 08:44 PM.
As I recall, this happened back in February at the Junior World Championship in Bulgaria. Caroline's skates arrived late which messed up her practice. She lost the gold to Rachael by about 1/3 point.
Originally Posted by gold12345
Any news on Brian or the Zaretskis?