Seems some folks, like skaters, enjoy changing their tunes.
On the question, do other skaters know about competitors' music choices before the general public does -- in my experience, many skaters pay less attention to the activities (especially off-season) of their competitors than hardcore fans do. Sometimes skaters are a bit oblivious about things like their competitors' coaching changes, music choices, etc. until said choices are presented in competition. The exception would be skaters training in the same rink or general area, and of course some ice dancers.
In the case of Patrick or Yukari, both of whom have already announced their music I woudn't be that surprised if their music selections were quietly floating around the skating community before a formal public announcement was made.
What about Plushy? He announced his music - but I think seniorita said he kept it quiet while he was still considering his comeback.
In the case of Mao, Tat said Mao's music selections would be kept secret until the start of the season. Now Brian has just said the same thing about Yuna's music. It sounds to me like they are serious and this is anything but "nothing" to them. Indeed, if it was nothing then why in the world would they bother to keep it secret. Why would they make an announcement about "nothing." It is obviously "something" in their own minds and a part of their strategic thinking. Whatever it is, whatever their reasons it seems important enough for them to want to keep it secret. Does that sound like nothing? I don't think so. Not to me anyway.
I think it is part gamesmanship - a pysche job - trying to get any advantage possible over rivals. I can't think of any other worthwhile reason to keep music selections secret until the start of a new season.
Like nylynnr said, some of this stuff - coaching changes and music may be more important to many of the fans than it is to skaters. Somwhere in a rink Rachael may be skating right now and she is not aware that Caro K has just left her coach. She may not hear for a few days or even a week depending on her schedule, and how busy she is right now.
yes i was thinking the same, maybe I cannot know yuna's music, is it realistic that coaches etc dont have their spies or it is not known in the circles of fs?I dont know what 's the use though of knowing your competitors music, for example what's the use if mao learnt that yuna has carmen(i hope not) other than maybe having to chose also powerful and well known music?I like if skaters were preparing for their maximum and shoot with their own best guns and not with what might beat their competitors.I hope i make sense.
I for one think it's a great strategy.
Keep your opponents trembling in their boots, thinking, "Ooh, what if Yu-na comes up with such an exquisite piece of music, such a drop--dead costume, such a marvelous Ina Bauer entrance into a triple loop that I won't have a chance!"
Yes, no one has really talked about the "trembling in their boots" strategy.
There is also the old Harding "smash their knee cap" strategy which can be used when the "trembling in your boots" strategy does not appear to be working But like "secret music" strategy, the Harding "knee cap" strategy leads to suspicion. It is not always so easy to keep it secret either
Last edited by janetfan; 06-04-2009 at 04:11 PM.
yes she can but dont tell anyone. rumors also that she does another bauer on the exit of loop.
her costume will be purple with orange sequins and a tale à la tatiana navka in torino.
Yu-Na's been having issues with the loop for a while... In competition, she can barely land it clean from a regular entrance. I doubt she could do one from an ina bauer. BUT an ina bauer exit from any jump would be quite pretty, I think.
Thanks mm. And also thanks for using Shizuka as she brings new life to my tired old eyes