Watching her in Nationals and again here, I realize how beautiful her arms are, and her upper body positions. Her shoulders are open and graceful, and her back is beautifully straight without being at all stiff. I do hope she manages to fix whatever ails her jumps and remains in skating, because she has a wonderful presence on the ice. This music from the Nutcracker suits her really well: she gives it warmth as well as grace.
One problem with being a skating fan is that one gets to like the skaters and hates to see them go through bad times, either on the ice or off. It was the same thing with Kimmie. I never thought she was a heart-stopping skater, but she's such a nice kid and such a sunny performer that watching her fall down through the rankings was a real distress. Same with Zhang, whom we've watched since she was--what, thirteen? The fact is that all of the skaters work harder than most of us could imagine, and at an age when most of us could barely manage to do our homework. I hate to see such determination and labor go unrewarded. I do hope Caroline pulls herself and her technique together and barrels up the ladder, so that she has a satisfying skating career.
Thanks for the links. Speaking for myself only and as a Caroline fan I am just happy for her that she did well and medaled. Most of Caroline's' fans know what her weaknesses are and one medal at an International competition does not erase the fact that she has poor technicque and something needs to change. Nice to read upbeat posts about Caroline for a change instead of the usual "poor Caroline".
It is SO nice to see her happy again. She seemed happy all through her freeskate, so much more loose and expressive than at Nationals where you could tell she was thinking "don't fall" during the entire skate, and her PCS suffered. Finally seeing her happily surprised with her score instead of frustrated and angry was heartwarming.
During the medal ceremony she looked happier than Mao, who most of the time seemed to be thinking of what she has to do now.
I think the stress of the Oly year might have contributed. Now that she is a far cry from the Olympic or World Team, that burden on her must have been lifted.
Still, if she wants to make her way back up, a major move needs to be made.
It is nice to see her smile but her skating just looks so painful. If she wants to improve she really needs to commit to fixing her technique on her lutz and flip- even if it means falling on every attempt for a year or so. If you pause her entry going into her lutz it is probably the worst position I have seen. I have no idea what her coaches were thinking in allowing this technique to continue for so long!
I missed that smile. It was good to see her happy again.
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The entire 4CC exhibition is here:
You can actually scroll back and forth to wherever, and it loads from there -- much nicer than Icenetwork's setup.
Caroline skates her Lullaby for a Stormy Night program, which I like better than The Climb. She did two 3R's, no 3F as she usually does, the jump must have been bothering her lately. Also no pearl or haircut or biellman. I think her back must be bothering her... But she does some nice spins anyway. And it's lovely to see her skate in exhibitions -- she's much more relaxed and musical, and relates to the audience a lot better.
I hope that her back heals and we'll see a return of her pearl, that's one very special spin!
it seems her back is reli painful when shes doin the ina bauer !
Caroline was magical in that exhibition!
If only she could be as expressive in the competition.
And I wish her quik recovery from her back injury...
Of course we miss her pearl spin and hope it will come back next season, it would be a great shame to lose this magnificient element.
I actually don't mind if I never see that pearl spin again. The first time I saw it, I think I posted about my concern about the damage it could do to young backs. Now it seems Caroline's back is indeed feeling those effects. If not now, it will later.
She's done the spin. It's on video for posterity. Now let her recover and save herself from worse problems in her skating (and post-skating) future.
If she's really good (as in competitive for international podiums), she doesn't need the pearl. If not, it won't help her.