US Junior Ladies
I don't know much about most of the junior ladies, but I just looked at the SP protocols and something struck me as interesting:
--Among the top 5 ladies, there is not a single underrotation or edge call listed.
--Among all the junior ladies, there are only three underrotation, three ! calls and NO "e" calls.
This is hard to believe, and I'm curious to know if we're seeing a new crop of young ladies whose coaches are actually insisting on proper technique and no cheats, or if the tech caller for this competition was either blind or a softie. I haven't seen any videos of this competition so I really don't know.
Last edited by bigsisjiejie; 01-21-2010 at 01:41 AM.
I watched Agnes Z's (she's in first) program on Ice Network. Pretty impressive. She was very clean and seem to have the basics down. She has some qualities to work on, but I think that will come with time.
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
Agnes has a lot of potential; her jumps are huuuge and seem to have mostly clean entrance edges (I think she might switch edges on the flip just a tiny bit), but man, she was slooooooooow. I think it's a Tom Z. thing as a lot of of his skaters (Flatt, Gilles, Mroz) seem to be on the slow side. I hope she works on that.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
I think Angela Wang showed a lot of potential as well (currently 3rd).
Also, sadly, I think the reason there's no more edge calls is that not that many ladies tried 3Lzs. Also, US Nats isn't always the strictest about calling edge calls - a couple of years ago, Ashley Wagner never got one and we all know she has a major flutz.
Last edited by oleada; 01-21-2010 at 08:06 AM.
True, although IIRC not that many junior ladies ever really have solid 3Z's anyway. And now the potential downgrade or edge call for a marginal effort may lead many to not attempt it in competition anymore unless it's really solid. A great 3Lz carries a lot of weight at the junior level, and Agnes did hers in combo with +GOE's to boot. Hope to catch a video of this young lady sometime.
Originally Posted by oleada
True also about US Nats (and lower level competitions also) on not being very strict on technical calls...at least in the past. I was hoping this would change, as giving free passes for flawed jumps has not helped US ladies out when they hit the international comps. And the strict calling needs to start around juvie level--to nip any jump cheating and wrong edges in the bud, while they can still be fixed. Ditto for leg wraps and mule kicks.
At the rink. Again.
Junior Ladies used to be Senior Ladies with less speed/polish => All the same jumps, smaller, less secure but definitely lacking finishing school. Maybe a missing triple from a full set. Of course, there are up and down years in Juniors in terms of "owned" jumps, but they have typically been impressive and everyone can't wait for the Juniors to be Seniors and then only 1-2 slip through and have success....
The winner of the Jr. Title always seems to be a surprise...DeeDee last year, Alexe the year before, Mirai the year before that, Sandy in '05. I think this is because most juniors lack polish, so whoever lands the most triples wins.
Originally Posted by mskater93