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    I am no dance expert, but I've heard that it's in fact quite difficult. I've also read that the other two CDs for this season are fairly simple.

    Ladies videos, which hadn't been posted in this thread:

    Sotnikova SP
    Sotnikova LP

    Tuktamysheva SP
    Tuktamysheva LP

    both girls are very talented.

    Gerboldt SP
    Gerboldt LP


    Leonova SP
    Leonova LP

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    Thanks, oleada.

    Of the actual senior ladies, I find myself rooting for Leonova. In addition to her programs from Russian Nat's I've seen her two GP events. She smiles; she tries to put life and expression into her performances; she skates fairly clean. Martinova, Gerboldt, and Ievleva's artistry is invariably spoiled by stumbles and falls. Doronina's skating is crude and unpolished. And then there's Nina Petushkova, possibly the most grim, stolid, graceless lady on the ice, executing her programs with all the wow factor of a reasonably efficient cement-mixer...with that being the state of Russian ladies figure skating for the past three years or so, Leonova looks pretty darned good.

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    I agree with your assesment. I find Leonova enjoyable to watch, she always tries to emote and connect with the audience and she does what she's capable of pretty darn well. For the past two seasons, she's the one who's been keeping Russia's two JW spots. I like her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    I am no dance expert, but I've heard that it's in fact quite difficult. I've also read that the other two CDs for this season are fairly simple.

    Ladies videos, which hadn't been posted in this thread:

    Sotnikova SP
    Sotnikova LP

    Tuktamysheva SP
    Tuktamysheva LP

    both girls are very talented.
    Before this competition, I liked Sotnikova more, but after see the videos from this competition, I can't stop myself to fall in love with Tuktamysheva's skating.
    What a talent she is! Good speed, Good jumps, great 3lutz, and the spins are not bad too. And she has good posture and feeling of the music.
    Love her and hope she can get over the growth spurt which has affected the Russian ladies very much, and make a breakthrough at Junior Worlds or even Worlds years later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleada View Post
    ... I find Leonova enjoyable to watch, she always tries to emote and connect with the audience ...
    I think that's what I immediately liked about Leonova. I get the impression that she really wants to connect with the audience and give them a good performance. I think her smiles are genuine; they're spontaneous, not part of the choreography, she's actually happy with what she's doing. It seems like too many ladies go to competitions under such pressure not to disappoint the Russian federation that they end up doing exactly what they're trying to avoid. Consequently, they don't connect with the audience; the nerves kick in, the mistakes start happening, and then they just try to salvage what points they can. So, go Alena! I hope to see more of this girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdongxie View Post
    Before this competition, I liked Sotnikova more, but after see the videos from this competition, I can't stop myself to fall in love with Tuktamysheva's skating.
    What a talent she is! Good speed, Good jumps, great 3lutz, and the spins are not bad too. And she has good posture and feeling of the music.
    Love her and hope she can get over the growth spurt which has affected the Russian ladies very much, and make a breakthrough at Junior Worlds or even Worlds years later...
    I like both of them - their styles are so different, but both are enjoyable. I think Tuktamysheva has better jumps - her 3Lz is really great, and her 3T is really improved. She needs to work on getting higher levels sometimes, but overall she's got the whole package. I'm impressed with her mental strength and ability to come back from behind to win the LP. Her performance was really mature for her age. I liked it a lot. It's hard to believe she only turned 12 last month!
    Last edited by oleada; 01-19-2009 at 04:09 PM.

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    Thanks for the links, too bad about the empty seat in the back ground.

    another 12 y.o. Polin Shelepen, she was 6th
    http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6fR7ouw-s

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    It's very sad and shocking to see how badly skating in Russia has regressed since 2006.

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