He was joking. It doesn't mean they won't actually do it, but this isn't an announcement nor is it serious, unless Orser is in the habit of announcing a major strategy and goal to the press before he talks it over with the skater he's coaching.
Maintaining the high level of all her jumps? I mean she won't always be in her prime condition as she gets older and she may also be more likely to get injured. Michelle Kwan had to work really hard to maintain at a high level once she was in her 20s.
http://english.donga.com/srv/service...=2010030207658Kim broke her own world record with a combined 228.56 points in the women’s figure skating competition in Vancouver. Nevertheless, Orser seems to want more. “If she wants to raise her score, she needs a triple axel. Though she is an Olympic champion now, she has room for further improvement,” he said.
He also mentioned the conditions needed for doing a triple axel. “If she’s free from any pain in her ankles, knees and hips, she can practice with time. I really want to see her do a triple axel.”
Kim did not attempt a triple axel either in practice or in competition this season. “For now, the triple jump is the most important technique, but I believe Yu-na could easily learn the triple axel,” Orser said.
It seems to me maybe he's saying this to convince Yu-na to stay. Or to issue a challenge to the other ladies too. But I don't get think what he's saying is a joke. And honestly I think some kind of challenge would be good for Yu-na. She's won everything, she's done 3/3s. So why not encourage her to reach a new level technically and be one of the few ladies in the history of the sport to do that jump...Its the logical next step, if she wants to improve her score.
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Mao might try and master the quad toe-loop,
Yuna might try and master the triple-axel.
Before Mao goes for the quad, she's more likely to master the lutz and get her 3-3's back.
Before Yuna goes for the triple-axel, she's more likely to master the loop. And fix her positions in spirals and spins. And try putting in two 3-3's rather than one.
But we'll see....
I would be pretty psyched if Yu-na did learn it, but I want her to get the triple salchow and loop back before learning this ;D And in the meantime, I'm sure Orser's going to be drilling Yu-na on spins and stretches, which, let's admit it, are good but aren't amazing; Mirai and Mao both are better at this. If Yu-na wants to stay at the top of the game, she needs to get the stretches and spins down pat, get all the triples in before learning the axel. But if there's anyone that could pull off a WOW axel... it's Yu-na. I mean, she has the speed and height already, ne? And the willpower, I'm sure.
DesertRoad and bekalc both provide some of the best comments! Also, YuNa may not even need to work on the 3Loop (although she might as well, I don't think it needs a lot of fixing, just work to make it more consistent.) She may just use the 3A to replace one of her 2A's.
It's a really exciting thought, and I don't think Orser is just joking about it. But, will YuNa be down for it? Does she really want to put in all the work and risk injury and pain to learn it? And she does deserve a break.
An alternative is that she can stick with her current technical arsenal and work on her artistry, like what Michelle Kwan did...but the other idea is more exciting for sure!
Yuna can do a 2A off ice like it's nothing.... can hardly imagine how amazing her 3A might be :-)
I think Yu-Na's chance on a successful 3A are MUCH better now than they were 3 years ago. She is skating much faster, so her jumps are higher, using the 2A so much and with difficult transitions into it have created a good balance for the muscle memory for the airposition. Even if she doesn't have it, she still is great. The only worst case scenarios I could think of are injury, or too much focus on the 3A messing up her timing on the 2A, which would be very bad considering she uses the jump 4 times between the LP and SP.
An interesting question (in my book): if both Yu-Na and Mao both do 3A's, how will it affect other female skaters, and would the ISU consider changing the SP rules so that ladies could do either a 2A or a 3A. With only Mao doing it, there is not much sense in re-writing the rule for one skater, but if more than one is successfully completing it, then it starts making sense to change it.
Yu-Na jump layout with a 3A could be something like....