In a recent interview with a Korean news paper, Orser said that his favorite lady skater was Katarina. Maybe, he has a dream to make YuNa Katarina-like (style or status).
Neither. Katarina had personality and sex appeal and Yu Na is just plain boring and sexless (at least to me.) I don't see any Michelle in her either because Yu Na has some really sloppy movements on the ice (esp in her spiral) and while Michelle was not a very exciting skater (IMO), Michelle was always neat and polished in her presentation.
I always felt something undefinable and special when I watched Michelle skate. I felt it when she was 14 and I will always feel it.
Maybe Yu-na has a kind of a Witt-like approach in that she tends to show her backgound music's characters although you could also find her unique personality in every program.
We will see come October what Yuna, Mao and the other skaters are bringing us next season.
As for Yu-na, we could wish her a little bit more extension during her spiral, but she has different aspects of strength on her spirals: speed, ice coverage and edge control. (Kurt mentioned about that at 2009 4CC) That's the reason I like her spiral.
And her spiral extension's got better compared to last seasons.
Besides, I think Yu-na's expressive upper body delivers a very rare quality movements. I consider one of David Wilson's strategies for Yu-na is how to maximize effects of her expressive upper body movements.
Last edited by szidon; 06-10-2009 at 04:48 AM.
I had to at the comparison of Mao to Irina. While Mao has beautiful extension and lines, a balletic quality and a lightness in her movement and stroking, Irina had none of that. Neither are they similar in build - Mao is long-limbed and lanky while Irina is shorter and stubbier. I have no idea how Mao could remind anyone of Irina.
And I definitely don't agree that Mao is any less musical than Yuna. She might not have the dramatic facial expression but IMO she's one of the most musical skaters, even more so than Yuna, who is more of an actress.
Last edited by shine; 06-09-2009 at 10:09 PM.
[QUOTE=janetfan;399572]Interesting comments - but better prepare yourself for some major "bot" attacks I think Yuna is a pretty girl and will be an even lovelier young woman..[/QUTE]
I can deal with attacks. It seems that some fans have transferred the crazy from Michelle onto Yu Na. Yu Na is a pretty girl but I don't feel her skating warrants the excessive praise that is heaped onto it. When I compare her to Sasha or Michelle, I just don't see that finished quality to her skating. I don't think you can even put the blame on COP as Sasha and Shizuka (!) were outstanding COP skaters and had lovely programs with finished movements. Even Joannie exhibits more polish and puts more thought into her performance than Yu Na.
Last edited by szidon; 06-10-2009 at 04:28 AM.