10-18-2009, 08:47 AM
the flower wasn't packed fully.. the top.. NOT AT ALL...
so they should give it to Mao directly....through her pp or someone...
10-18-2009, 08:56 AM
Thanks for your warm welcome.
Originally Posted by Mathman
10-18-2009, 09:25 AM
Dreaming and dancing
Just watched caro. I love the music. Some unfortunate mistakes. But her entry to flip seemed shorter than before. I liked her costumes from past seasons better. The LP costume was not very fashionable. I basically like the SP costume, but they need to adjust it to fit her body.
The steps in both programs were fab. she does bring the audience in her lively steps in both programs. I wish she did not have a strange combination of Chopin and Tchikovsky (spelling?) in her SP though.
10-18-2009, 09:43 AM
10-18-2009, 09:48 AM
Hello everyone! This is the first time I post a comment here even I have been reading this Forum for 2 years.
At TEB, Yuna was so great and her jumps were very solid and she seemed to have full of confidence and very determined.
Team Yuna is very strong, Yuna, Brian and David packed together is almost invincible!!
I am a Mao's fan so I feel so bad for her because she was too nervous before she started skating.
I am not sure about Tatiana but to me the problem is Mao who seems to be very stressed and so weak psychologically.
I hope she and Tatiana will solve many problems they have and they made at TEB.
I like this forum because none of them posts any comments which hurt others and I am learning a lot by your comments.
As I live in a country where nobody is interested in Figure Skate, I need to watch Youtube that is the only way to watch this sport, but I am very tired and sad about vulgar and nasty comments there.
Thank you all here for your elegance and respects
10-18-2009, 09:52 AM
There wasn't just one bunch of flowers on the ice but several. I remember a guy sitting two rows below me threw it like a discus thrower to the ice. It wasn't sunflowers, i think, but it was thrown near the spot where yuna later attempted her flip jump. I am not saying yuna missed the jump because of this but i felt uncomfortable by the items thrown unpacked.
Originally Posted by seniorita
10-18-2009, 10:29 AM
A few pages back, someone compared Michelle Kwan's impact to the acclaim of the current Big Two, Asada and Kim. Though I will always admire Michelle greatly, I have to agree with those who point out that from a world perspective Kwan is more than matched by our current stars in terms of popularity. And that's completely fitting. Each era gets to have its stars, and that doesn't diminish the people who came before. I have an unusual perspective. Where I live there's a sizable Korean community. The local Korean newspaper often devotes a whole page to Kim, even for a Grand Prix event. (An acquaintance showed me the page from his current paper. The picture was a gigantic close-up worthy of a Hollywood A-lister.) She's one of the most famous people in Korea. And I remember hearing that Asada came to California to train a few years ago because she was so popular in Japan that it was like living in a fishbowl. So I think these two ladies are (deservedly) hugely famous, and that can only be good for skating. I certainly feel comfortable rooting for both of them. At this moment, they're the class of the field, along with Rochette and Ando.
10-18-2009, 11:08 AM
Originally Posted by harmy18
I think people MUSTN'T throw things to the ice ... Gala shows--- it will be okay..
and I'm very happy that u hav Aussie friend who is interested in figure skating... actually .. u didn't say that clearly so I don't know wether ur friend's interested in skating but I wanna assume that lol.. u no .. in Aus.. I can dare say that .. No one is interested in figure skating ... really ... no one...
Last edited by daniel1406; 10-18-2009 at 11:49 AM.
10-18-2009, 11:28 AM
Is the Gala Exhibition being telecast live anywhere?. I checked Icenetwork but did not see it listed.
10-18-2009, 11:30 AM
My thoughts exactly. You said it much better than I could. It's very sad about Mao. Imagine how she must feel struggling and scoring as she does now, with all that natural talent.
Originally Posted by Olympia
10-18-2009, 11:40 AM
I think you are exactly right. There are many examples of kids fathers coaching them from books. Don't we always do better when we don't know and try to learn than when we think we know only to find out we didn't.
Originally Posted by bmelanie
10-18-2009, 11:56 AM
Well thought out and insightful post. I agree, I wish Mao would forget about Yu Na and skate for Mao. Her gala programs are the best.
Originally Posted by daniel1406
10-18-2009, 01:04 PM
10-18-2009, 01:21 PM
I feel silly: I listed the Japanese world champions from memory in an earlier post, and didn't I forget Shizuka! And she's the one who's won the Olympic gold medal as well. Whoops!
Edit: I just went to watch Asada's free skate. What oppressive music. Can you imagine rehearsing to that thing day after day? It's like a dirge. I'd be despondent skating to that even if I could do a quintuple jump. If Tarasova felt she had to choose Russian music, there's so much else that would suit Asada's personality: parts of Le Coq D'Or by Rimsky Korsakov, for instance, or heaps of other Rachmaninov, or an extract from Tchaikovsky's Suite Number 3, for instance. (Like that waltz section, or the final theme and variations.) Oh, golly! I am distressed.
Last edited by Olympia; 10-18-2009 at 01:30 PM.
10-18-2009, 01:46 PM
O.k. for those of you that lack historical perspective and don't see the difference in the sport since Michelle skated, I can only assume that you didn't watch figure skating then or you were visually challenged. Take a look at tapes of all Michelle's competitions, nationally and internationally, the arenas were either full or just about full. Take a look at the stadiums when Yu Na Kim and Mao skate, they aren't even near full, this is internationally. Lot's of empty seats. There is a reason for that. Yes, Yu Na is a star in Korea and Mao in Japan but that's pretty much it. They don't connect with audiences internationally and Michelle did. She was the number 1 or number 2 female sports personality for endorsements while she was skating. Considering we are talking about a sport that most Americans and the rest of the world were not engaged in, this is a phenomenal statistic. She was as good as gold to any endorser. As you all know, America had a ton of sports personalities, who were also international stars, so this was no mean feat. Michelle was even invited by mainland (Communist) China to skate. She was even on THEIR radar.
Yu Na and Mao cannot carry the sport except in their home countries, Michelle and her competition/contemporaries did. Skating was carried by U.S. t.v. channels consistently and now it is barely visible. You have to have your head buried in the sand if you don't see what has happened since Michelle left the sport. While you are at it, take a look at what has happened to the sport in general. NBC had to be begged to carry the Grand Prix series for all of 2 hours on a Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Not good. I have watched figure skating for 47 years and I can honestly say, the programs are predictable (thank you ISU for this unGODLY point system which ensured that) and the skaters going through the motions in order to get the points. It's a tragedy and while you all sit here offering your opinions on how wonderful everything is, the sport is going to hell in a handbasket everywhere except in two countries in Asia. I sure hope some of you can get a Korean t.v. station in 2 years.