Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
Let's stop the nonsense right now.
Rochette's Spirals are NOT as good as Sasha's.
Sasha achieves positions and body line with her Spirals that nobody else in the World can match.
I would love to see Rochette's edge quality while doing a full-split, back-stop Charlotte.
*Hint* - it wouldn't be as good as Cohen's and she wouldn't have nearly as good of a position either.
Sasha demonstrated very good edge control in her Spirals. The way she could turn from a back edge to a forward edge in full split position was another trademark move that exhibited this.
When Sasha first appeared on the scene it would be more correct to say she demonstrated very good flat control on her non-spirals. They're called a spiral because of the arc the edge describes on the ice. Sasha executed her Charlotte on her flat. She did her vertical split skid spiral on her flat.
To her credit she eventually executed both spirals on an edge, but her edges were never as powerful, smooth and fast as the best spirals. Not to mention she would still not infrequently rock back up on her flat when doing it, most notably in her skid spiral.
This was a tough one for me to figure out too because I remember reading how Irina Sluteskaya had good spirals and being all [color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color][color=red]*[/color] because her legs were bent. Well yeah, it would have been better with a straighter leg - higher level - but her edge, control, ice coverage and speed on a couple of them were first rate.
Her edge on her charlotte was never anything to write home about (Sasha's) even when she finally did do it on an edge.