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    I am not ruling anyone out this year. This is after all and Olympic Season!!! Good luck to her!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sillylionlove View Post
    I am not ruling anyone out this year. This is after all and Olympic Season!!! Good luck to her!!
    Exactly! Her sister was the bronze medalist at Nationals and we all remember what she went on to do after that.

    Imagine--if Nikodinov had skated well at Nationals that year...

    At any rate, best of luck to Emily. Hopefully, she has her "Olympic" skate somewhere, whether it's at the Olympics, nationals, regionals, worlds, or even a cheesefest, I hope she gets that magic skate that she will remember for the rest of her life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue dog View Post
    Exactly! Her sister was the bronze medalist at Nationals and we all remember what she went on to do after that.
    The main difference this year being that the bronze medal at nationals will not give you a ticket to the Olympics though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue dog View Post
    Hopefully, she has her "Olympic" skate somewhere, whether it's at the Olympics, nationals, regionals, worlds, or even a cheesefest, I hope she gets that magic skate that she will remember for the rest of her life.
    'nuf said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinymavy15 View Post
    She looks very slim and fit...funny, usually when skaters gain weight they lose their jumps.

    ...I gotta say, Evan did Billie Jean better.
    It's possible that Emily lost muscle mass, which would explain why she's slimmer and is having problems with her jumps. When Midori Ito re-instated for another Olympics after 1992, she had slimmed down greatly and could not jump with the same power.

    For me, I don't feel the music when Emly skates. I do feel she's enjoying herself, but don't feel that she's experiencing or feeling the music from within.

    Anyway, as I mentioned, those routines were recorded more than 6 weeks ago and she should have improved.

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    Hughes is not the inward type of skater (like Kwan, for instance). I find her style more "outward" and I really prefer that type of skating. She looks happy, looks like she's having fun and it translates to the audience (well, on TV anyway- I have not seen her live).

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    Quote Originally Posted by isk82 View Post
    And why so many comments on her weight right off the bat? So much negativity. :-(
    If anything, people are complimenting her current appearance. I don't think anyone has ever mentioned that she looked fat before or now.

    I know that there were a lot of comments about Sara's weight when she took a year off of school to headline SOI. In 'defense, Sara was out of condition when I saw her on SOI since she was not able to perform to the standards of the show. Also, Sara had really poor posture in her shoulders which is not attractive in pictures and can detract from a person's general appearance (I constatnly have to remind myself to straighten up and pull back my shoulders, especially after a long day/week of work.)

    I do agree that there is a lot of negativity with regards to her chances of making a comeback.

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    Hughes is not the inward type of skater (like Kwan, for instance). I find her style more "outward" and I really prefer that type of skating. She looks happy, looks like she's having fun and it translates to the audience (well, on TV anyway- I have not seen her live).
    I feel both are outward since they reach the audience. As s omeone else put it, Emily is more 'ta-da' as she completes each major element.

    For me, Sasha has been more inward. Sometimes you feel as though there's a veil between her and the audience. That its' about 'acting' vs 'emoting'. JMHO.
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    Just had to LMAO at the idea that Kwan is an 'inward' type of skater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyang View Post
    I feel both are outward since they reach the audience. As s omeone else put it, Emily is more 'ta-da' as she completes each major element.

    For me, Sasha has been more inward. Sometimes you feel as though there's a veil between her and the audience. That its' about 'acting' vs 'emoting'. JMHO.
    Cohen is extremely reserved- the complete opposite of someone like Hughes. That's why I never really enjoyed her much.

    I like skaters that exude good feelings. MK was always more of a "float with me" type of skater IMO, I think that's the difference I see.

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    What I like about Emily's skating is that her style is more classical. By that I mean, not so cluttered with crazy arms and a zillion steps between crossovers. I know that's what gets points now, but it's not necessarily what I enjoy watching. I wish her the best in her comeback attempt. As was said above, I hope she has that skate that she's looking for. That's what really matters.

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    I'm not sure Emily's skating has improved since those videos. It's been reported since then that she has had an ankle injury (again!) and is practicing with her ankle all taped up. She's already passed on two summer competitions for which she'd signed up (Lake Placid Championship and US Collegiates); she's on the entry list for this weekend's Cranberry Open and next week's Moran Memorial, but let's see if she shows up for one of those.

    Her main problem over the past two years is that she's been consistently underrotating her jumps. Last season, she pretty much limited her jump repertoire to salchows, toe loops and double axels, but still got gigged for URs. Unless she's completely overhauled her skating technique, I don't see that she has any chance of making the Olympic team. Realistically, even making Nationals is in doubt. She should be able to get through North Atlantic Regionals, but Eastern Sectionals could put an abrupt end to her season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    I'm not sure Emily's skating has improved since those videos. It's been reported since then that she has had an ankle injury (again!) and is practicing with her ankle all taped up. She's already passed on two summer competitions for which she'd signed up (Lake Placid Championship and US Collegiates); she's on the entry list for this weekend's Cranberry Open and next week's Moran Memorial, but let's see if she shows up for one of those.
    Argh, but that's too bad.

    (OT: oh, that's what Wagner was referring to...I wasn't sure what "Moran" was)


    [Emily's] main problem over the past two years is that she's been consistently underrotating her jumps. Last season, she pretty much limited her jump repertoire to salchows, toe loops and double axels, but still got gigged for URs. Unless she's completely overhauled her skating technique, I don't see that she has any chance of making the Olympic team. Realistically, even making Nationals is in doubt. She should be able to get through North Atlantic Regionals, but Eastern Sectionals could put an abrupt end to her season.
    I agree about the Olympic team. Still, I think it's admirable that she is trying. I think many in her position would have retired long ago.

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    A bunch of my friends will be at the Cranberry Open this week. If Emily competes I will be interested to hear their account of how she skates.

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    Emily's Attempt

    To my mind, anyone who's brave enough and hardworking enough to try for the podium deserves the opportunity. If he or she can't qualify, it'll be evident soon enough in the judging. And there's always the chance of a surprise. Remember Paul Wylie? (Who also took time off from college to compete, and he eventually finished both Harvard and grad school.) He had never won anything in Seniors--until he got the silver at Albertville.

    I've always had a soft spot for the Hughes ladies. They skate as part of a full life that includes getting a good education. They both seem to be good sports, gracious in victory and defeat alike. They're nice people to have around in skating. While Emily's style doesn't move me to tears, she's an appealing skater. What an interesting year it's going to be for U.S. ladies' skating!

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    Paul Wylie won his Olympic silver the year AFTER he graduated from Harvard, and he didn't attend graduate school until after he had completed his pro career as a figure skater.

    If he didn't have success earlier in his eligible career, it was because he was trying to attend college and skate competitively at the same time.

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