I get so tired of the "CoP argument" that there is something wrong with Akiko's skating. I think she is just terrific and see faults with so many skater's that are getting placed above her.
Her jumps are amomgst the cleanest with the best air positions I have seen this season. Her musicality and steps are so superior it is embarrassing for me to say I am a skating fan when I see how she is scored. Give me a break gkelly and others who want to make up excuses for the judges. It is about the fact that the other girls have BIG sponsers.........
It's not like we are blind and can't see what an absolutely charming skater she is!!
I thought her SP was fantastic!!
More pics from the competition:
Miki demands to know who put her costume through a jet engine.
Yukari is black and white and stealing moves from the color guard.
Akiko turns that smile upside down.
Granny Fumie's costume used to be just one color, but at her advanced age, sometimes accidents happen.
oleada, thanks! I have my computer hooked to a stereo system and these vids are in good stereo and high definition full screen for YOUTUBE! Take THAT icenetwork!
Akiko has to be at the Olympics! She was perfect! I'm Irish by the way abd the music choise was brilliant!
Mao is BACK! I hope she does well tomorrow to show the world that she is BACK!!
Fantastic performance from Mao by the way!!
Love Mao and Akiko
I expect Kanako will pull up a slot or two tomorrow in the free, those youngins seem to have energy and stamina unmatched by their elder competitors. I bet she will finish ahead of Yukari and Fumie in the FS, maybe even Akiko or Miki or Mao if they mess up and she doesn't. She still has junior PCS though so maybe not.
Techs never "add" prerotation and short landing together, AFAIK.
I really hope she gets the marks she deserves tomorrow and gets that Olympic spot! For some reason I am not that impressed by Yukari's skating, she has a nice donut spin and is graceful but I prefer Fumie's skating to her's. And Akiko is just AMAZING
I am kind of surprised to see Akiko and Yukari get PCS that are comparable to Mao and Miki. This is different from international comps. I am glad that Akiko got decent PCS for a performance from the heart. Yukari looked a bit cautious and I am a bit surprised that she placed higher than Miki. I wonder if Miki's already having the spot affecting the scoring (i.e., she does not need to win). Mao had DG and Yukari had ! but still placed higher than Miki.
Last edited by Bennett; 12-26-2009 at 09:39 PM.