Nice report Paula ... I was there and the only thing I would disagree with is that I thought Jenny interpreted her LP music very well. I do agree that Sasha was the clear winner, but IMO ... Jenny stole the hearts of everyone there.
It was a great competition though ... can't wait for Nationals now!
Interesting report.........nice insight into whom the writer's favorite(s) are..........thanks for taking the time to write it up & share with us all. (:^)
Peace & Love, Nadine
"there can be no peace without the truth." - Ludwig Van Beethoven
I have to say I'm a little "Hmm" on this one, too, which is unusual. I'm all for hearing the writer's interpretation of what happened, but in this case I thought there were a few points that were irrelevant to the competition. Fine line between fairly expressing opinion and showing bias. Perhaps some descriptions had an unintentional slant. I also would have liked to have seen more care taken in the places where opinion was stated as if it were fact. To cite just one example, from the section on Arakawa's LP, "Her nervousness affected her..."
There was one mistake I noticed and a couple of things I have questions about. In the portion about Cohen's "Swan Lake" it said, "Cohen produced five triple jumps including a triple Lutz/double toeloop and a triple flip/double toeloop, only her second flip was two-footed." Sasha landed six triples and was given credit for all six triples in the COP. The two-footed 3flip received a -1.40 deduction.
In describing Jenny Kirk's LP, it said, "Her long program to The Bat featured seven triples including a triple/triple toeloop combination (but she pre-rotated the first toeloop which can almost be called a toe-axel)..." If Kirk indeed significantly pre-rotated the first toeloop to the point where it could have almost been called a toe-Axel, why did every judge give her at least full base credit for the 3/3, with seven judges giving the combo +1 and two judges giving the combo +2, with a trimmed mean final score of 10.00 out of a base of 9.00? I would think if the pre-rotation was significant enough to describe in those terms that at least a couple of judges would have given the combo less than full base credit and that nine out of 11 judges would not have given it at least one point additional credit.
Also, this is picky but even though the English translation of Die Fledermaus is "The Bat," the music is from the opera and unlike many operas that are known by their English translation titles as well as the title in the original language, Die Fledermaus is generally known as "Die Fledermaus"--or "Deflated Mouse" as I understand one GSer's child calls it. I said it was picky.
Thanks for the report, Paula. It's always interesting to hear from somebody who was there.
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