Congratulations Miki on your Silver !!!
Congratulations YuNa on your Gold, and Akiko on your Bronze !!!
Well done !!!
The first thing they would do going home would be to replace the blade then! I wonder if she visits Korea a bit for holidays before going back to Canada.
To me, the thing that makes the leg wrap more distressing than, say, a sub-par layback is that it makes me feel that any moment the skater is going to fall. I'm not an expert, but to me a less-than-flexible layback can still have pleasing line and be done to enhance the rhythm of the music (though when you see someone like Shizuka, it spoils you for anyone else--her ina bauer is to die for), and it's not actually bad technique. A leg wrap, on the other hand, is bad technique. It also seems to slow the jump down in the air, at least to the naked eye. Not only do I think that a skater doing a wrapped leg should be marked down, but a coach teaching a wrapped leg should not be allowed to coach until he/she has received retraining. It's not fair to a beautiful competitor like Nakano that she'll never advance because she wasn't corrected at an early enough age. Really, I can't watch her half the time because I'm sure she'll just drop to the ice at any moment.
On the subject of todays final--hooray for the medalists! I hope I'll get to see their skates. I'm glad YuNa won even under adverse conditions. It's great that Miki is now keeping it together. And yay for Akiko! It's going to be a thrilling Olympics.
(And I do hope Mao is on the Japanese Olympics team. Even in eclipse, she's wonderful.)
So sad for Joannie. Now, everyone (most on these boards too) will count her out for a medal at the Olympics. She said she is going to start training like it's the beginning of the season again - she needs to just forget about the Grand Prix and train hard for Nationals.
I can't remember for sure, but she didn't have great skates at last year's final did she? I feel as if all our Canadian medal hopefuls are now underdogs and that will ease the pressure off of them at the Olympics - and will make it that much sweeter when they win medals
Last edited by french quarter; 12-05-2009 at 10:49 AM.
Yes, she talked about skipping a flip at TEB because she felt something on the ice (she also added "I don't know, i just couldn't jump) Why? because journalists asked about it first. However, she still said later it was her fault anyway if there was any mistake.
At SA where she bombed her LP, she never mentioned about her skate boot as a reason for the failure. It's just that media pple saw her tightening up her left boot again right before the performance and "guessed" that it could've been a reason. And she changed her left boot afterwards. You don't change your skating boots for fun.
I'm just worried that you'll still hate if Yuna says 'I couldn't perform well because of my injuries', which was her 'excuses' for two seasons (06-07 & 07-08). For your info, she said she was in good condition at all the competitions this year.
I hope that you try to understand the circumstances and context first before reaching the conclusion just with some stupid Youtube videos and exaggerated news articles.
Joannie just needs to live with the hypes.
BTW, I feel it strange that Miki didn't even try either 3-3 or 2-3. So conservative.
Last edited by Bennett; 12-05-2009 at 10:46 AM.
I woke up late this morning so I only caught The Ladies.
While I believe YuNa is a much better skater than Miki,I think Miki should have won the gold for this comp.
Bad hair days for YuNa, Joannie and Alena.
Akiko was fine and coming along nicely as I predicted several seasons back.
Ashley was my biggest surprise. Two clean routines! and improving steadily with a lot of determination.
Unfortunately,no nailbiting. Not the best from the competitors in this unexciting event.
Why are Suzuki's PCS weaker than Ando's?