Midori was also under such incredible pressure in '92. Her coach changed her 3A to a 3Lz in the short and she fell on it - a jump she rarely missed. There are always factors these skaters face at the big competitions. Dealing with them is sometimes what separates the winner from the others.
We can say Michelle had bad luck in '98. But ultimately Michelle's bad luck turned out to be named Tara.
Last edited by janetfan; 03-05-2010 at 02:31 PM.
Yu-Na will beat Midori. Midori's GoE for jump will not be higher than that of Yu-Na's as Yu-Na has the height and distance. Yu-Na's entrance would be, if not better, as good as Midori's (I will absolutely vote for Yu-Na's). Midori, however, will get more points for 3A related jumps. Nevertheless, Yu-Na will easily top Midori on other elements such as spin, spiral, steps, etc., let alone PCS. Also, I think Yu-Na is faster than Midori, which should be a factor.
Yu-Na is not as great a jumper as Midori. She is not as dramatic as Witt. Nor is she as graceful as Kwan. But, Yu-Na is pretty much most versatile among the ones I have seen. She is pretty much unbeatable under the current system that emphasizes the whole package.
I am not sure what happened to her 3A. All I heard was she got injured practicing 3A.
Last edited by key65man; 03-05-2010 at 04:10 PM.
COP or not COP, there is one thing that don't change in figure skating. It's a sporting discipline which requires bone-breaking hard work, but also demands skaters to reach such a level of technical mastery that they can finally blossom into an otherworldy state of serenity and joy.
Midori's jumps are amazing feats, but 'not quite high enough' from this standard; what people want to see is that a skater lifts herself so high and beyond so that we experience this strange thing called "beauty," which is not exactly the physical beauty of the skater, nor her lines, nor just musicality. And 'artistry' is too flat a word to describe it and does not include the dimension of pain and hard work which is another face of this skating beauty. Yuna personifies this lift, toward sublimation, for me and I saw Kwan lifting herself that way sometimes too. But, I personally don't feel it with Witt or other skating greats.
I think Mao will reach that level, too. Right now, she seems to be in a transition phase but I hope she finds herself, because she will probably be magnificent.
Yuna has been the best ladies skater of the past quad and is a gorgeous skater. Her olympic lp left me cold, but I think that had to do with the incoherence of her music cut and choreography. The lark ascending and miss saigon were a bit better in this regard. To me, midori trumps yuna- although yuna has the balletic lines and sensitivity to the music, midori's choreography was already, in 1988, packed with transitions and difficult variations. Also, as an "artist", yuna is not even on the same level as lu chen, michelle kwan or even sasha. Yuna is one of my favorites now, but I have to defend Ito who is nothing less than legendary.
I apologize to Midori! I didn't mean to imply that she was somehow a lesser skater by not mentioning her among my favorites. In fact, as both miki88 and kappa_1 point out, she was a phenomenon and tremendous to watch. What's more, she plainly radiated joy as she skated. I'd add that indeed she was a musical skater, though because she didn't have long, balletic lines, that aspect of her skating might be overlooked. Her musical choices were very beautiful, and she expressed the music very well both emotionally and in terms of how she let the melodic line and the tempo carry her movements. Moreover, there's something about her personality--modest and eager at the same time--that always charmed me. I saw her (on TV) compete in one of the Landover pro events, and I really watched her triple axel for the first time. I was astounded: it was as though she were climbing up the air, with no thought to gravity.
I never feel able to compare one skater to another in terms of who could have beaten whom. The judges do what they please, one skater has the night of her/his life while another falters, and sometimes two great skaters have the misfortune to peak at the same moment--and there's room at the top for just one. But I love these threads because they bring out wonderful insights from all of us, and they remind us how long a line of fabulous skaters we have been privileged to see. And now with YouTube, even those of us who are new to skating can have the chance to see what the fuss is all about with the likes of Chen Lu, Midori Ito, and even Janet Lynn. Aren't we lucky!