Originally Posted by feraina
Christina Gao who was 5th in senior ladies is a cross between young Caroline and young Mirai and reminds me a lot of junior grand prix Yuna. She had a great 3t-3t and 3lz-2t-2lo and her overall skating reminds me a lot of Yuna. She trains with Yuna in Toronto and Brian Orser is her coach. She has improved so much since last year.
Christina Gao skated very well, and is extremely talented, with very good jumps -- Brian Orser has really done wonders with her. I'm very impressed with what Brian has managed to achieve with all his skaters! But at 15, she doesn't really remind me of Yu-na. She doesn't have that ethereal quality, that "it" factor Yu-na had at 14 or even 13. For me, though Nina Jiang doesn't have anything like the jumping ability of Christina Gao, she has much more subtle musicality and performance ability, and to me she definitely has more of that elusive "it" factor. I feel like she should maybe consider switching coaches though. She's had the same coach since the beginning, and she hasn't managed to get past the 3S and 3T in the last three seasons, while her erstwhile competitor that she beat at the juvenile and intermediate levels (both national championships she won) have passed her one by one -- mainly on the strength of harder triples. She has good speed across the ice, and a good spring in the air. I don't see any reason why she can't get all the harder triples, if she had a better jumping coach.
Originally Posted by silverlake22
^ I've seen Shanyn Vallon's website and such, and she's always got updates on Nina. Texas Gulf Coast FSC too.. Seems like Nina is a star back home, and I don't know if she'd leave so easily.
I think Nina has grown a lot over the past year. I read that she's 5'1" which is really tall for a 12-year-old (for skaters at least). Maybe that's why she hasn't gotten her triples as easily.
Yeah, maybe you are right... I guess as long as being tall at 12 means that she will have stable height from now on, then it's a good thing, because she can learn her harder triples and won't have to relearn them, at least due to additional growth in height. But if being tall at 12 means she's going to continue growing to be really tall, then... Well, in any case, she needs to master her harder triples soon. The later you learn them, the harder it is to make them consistent.