Last edited by sleepyjl; 12-05-2009 at 06:52 AM.
I wouldn't count Joannie out. If anything, the pressure is off her just a bit, she may be galvanized and ready to focus come Olympic time. The gold is still Yu Na's to lose, but she just seems more likely to lose it than she did when the season first got started.
Kim skating with a 3Lz+2T instead of a 3-3 just shows me how cautious she has become. In one way I'm glad that a cautious Yu-Na scores ~190, but I definitely want her to step it up. I'm hoping he pressure of having to be perfect all the time in front of the media and stuff will subside and she can now just concentrate of being her brilliant best at Vancouver.
With this said though, I hope everyone will believe that OGM is not a given. A bad Yu-Na skate gets duly punished and a good skate from Mao, Akiko or Miki could really get first place if they skate well enough.
Kim was right not to do the 3lutz/3toe because her landing on the 3lutz wasn't good enough for a 3/3.Kim skating with a 3Lz+2T instead of a 3-3 just shows me how cautious she has become
What a beautiful podium. Congratulations to the three medalists. I'm genuinely happy for them. Congratulations to Yuna for hanging tough there and delivering a decent performance, and for the 3F! So happy that she landed it. Congratulations to Miki and Akiko on their first GPF medal. Especially to Akiko. She had tears on her cheek when they were doing the victory parade, which almost made me want to cry too. I really hope she can make the Olympics team (judges, show Akiko some PCS love!)
Last edited by SusieH; 12-05-2009 at 06:56 AM.
Another thing, if Yuna wins OGM does anyone know if she will continue skating or retire? I guess if you win OGM then there isn't really anything else left to win (she already won worlds), no where to go but down. She might want to go to college too. She's so good though that it might be sad to see someone like her retire before she turns 20. Does anyone know if she's said anything about this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhqMx2HE_UI Yukari's Lp performance at 2008 World. Take a look at her second jump, especially how her non-landing leg wraps around the other leg when she jumps. It is rather distracting and unattractive. It's not common, as this technique makes a skater harder to jump, though some of the most accomplished jumpers like Midori Ito of Japan, also has this jumping technique.I've always wondered what a leg wrap was... could you explain or show me? I'm a newbie to figure skating, so maybe a youtube clip might help my understanding.
Hope it helps.
Last edited by CARA; 12-05-2009 at 07:05 AM.
Congratulations to Yuna, Miki and Akiko Miki gets the Olys seat, and Akiko got the highest TES!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBdT_lYkXUw , around the 30 second mark you will see the leg wraps. Miki Ando does it a little too, but only on her 2loop jumps; Yukari does it on basically every jump. If you watch that video and then compare it to a skate of Yuna's or Joannie's you will see what I mean. It doesn't bother some people though
Had Miki skated clean Yuna would have lost tonight. But she would have lost because she was far from her best.
There is a difference and it is silly to think Orser does not know how to talk about handling Olympic pressure.
Orser handled it in '84 and probably won the OGM that went to Scott.
In 88 it took a perfect skate to beat him and he was at home under the most intense pressure.
There is probably know coach in the world better to handle Yuna heading to Vancouver than Brian O
I expected Kim to lose (and hoped she would because Orser claims she thrives off loss -- as evident in last year's GPF loss and subsequent 4CC and WC wins). I prefer it this way, though . I'd hate to see her lose and the media have a heyday. This Japanese article was already claiming she "lost her throne" after the "sub-par" SP (but PLEASE it may have been sub-par by Kim's standards, but it was still decent. She's human too).
I'm just glad Kim successfully jumped that 3F! It used to be one of her most scintillating jumps (in the 3F-3T combo). I don't know what in the world is happening to her. Her gorgeous jumps -- often executed with textbook precision, that is, delayed and with ice coverage and height -- are becoming tentative (like someone already said). I'm hating these DGs, "e"s and "!"s. They're cutting into the poor girl's confidence. Goal #1 for the Kim Dream Team: CONFIDENCE BUILDING! Yu-Na, no matter what other people say, you are the reigning world champion with superhuman abilities, the Queen everyone can't stop talking about!
Amazing performance by Akiko. She's now one step closer to making it into Team Japan. Miki has a place bagged. Asada definitely does (regardless of what JFS criteria are, the Fed WILL find a way to get her in ). Too bad about Akiko's PCS. I feel awful for her, but hey this performance will help raise it in time for the Olympics!
Miki showed her home crowd that she's READY! Hope to see the 3-3 (or the quad!) in the Olympics.
Congratulations to YuNa, Miki and Akiko. Beautiful looking podium!!.
Shout out to Ashley for 4th place. Very nice skating from the top four ladies.