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Thread: The "Future" of Figure Skating: 2014 Olympic Podium Threats (Ladies)

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    Thanks for your lists, silverlake and pista. My eyes will be kept on:

    Japan
    -Mao Asada (still my favourite Japanese lady)
    -Kanako Murakami (really impressed me when I first saw her, but...missing a special something)
    -Yukiko Fujisawa (I like her more than Kanako, but I don't think she is quite as good yet.)

    USA
    -Mirai Nagasu. Really excited to see how she will continue to grow!

    Russia
    -Elizaveta T. I like her a lot; she's my favourite Russian girl.

    YuNa will remain my #1 if she continues to compete, but she hasn't stated her plans yet. If not, I will be cheering most for Mao, Mirai, and Elizaveta.

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    Well, let's try....

    Japan:
    - Mao Asada. She will have a new coach (TAT said that she will not continue to work with her) and maybe will fix her jumps and have better programs
    - Yukiko Fujisawa, I just like her a lot ))
    - Kanako Murakami maybe

    USA:
    -Mirai Nagasu
    - Kiri Baga maybe, she is really good and has some time to improve

    Russia:
    there are so many talanted girls here and all of them are so good! So I think it could be....
    -Liza Tuktamysheva. Her jumps are textbook and I think it will help her in future. I also like her arms and musicality
    -Julia Lipnitskaya (born 05.06.1998, so she can go to Sochi) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSof5IXyvFo She can be the next big name!
    - Adelina Sotnikova. I like her ballet style, she is good too
    There are also Anna Ovcharova, Polina Shelepen, Sofya Biryukova (she has all triples and 3-3), Darya Medvedeva (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXPT1nJih4k), Nikol Gosviani is very promising too (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vITUMZwSgY) as well as Kristina Zaseeva ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-cNjL6PR3M , she is only 13 and has 3-3)
    As for Polina Agafonova, I think she could try in pairs, she is tiny and I've heard some rumors that Tamara Moskvina kept her eyes on her ))

    Oh, forgot about Ksenia and Alena Like them both too.
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    There are so many young Russian girls who are very good but unfortunately, most of them have clearly not gone through puberty yet. If they can keep their jumps once they grow and continue to progress then they should be a force to be reckoned with, but those are big ifs. As of now Anna Ovcharova is the only one that looks like she has possibly already gone through her big growthspurt (she was really tiny last year), but she could end up growing a lot more and just being really tall. The rest of the girls are tiny and if they stay tiny maybe they should switch to pairs.

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    Was wondering - aside from Russia - aren't there any young Euro girls coming up? Where are the young skaters from Germany, France, Italy, E. Euro or Scandanavia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Was wondering - aside from Russia - aren't there any young Euro girls coming up? Where are the young skaters from Germany, France, Italy, E. Euro or Scandanavia?
    Sarah Hecken from Germany is only 16. She doesn't have all her triples yet but she has improved a lot since I saw her at Skate America, she is tall and not very flexible but has a nice 3t-3t and has recently added the 3lz to her jump arsenal. I think she could be competitive on the European stage in a few more years, she has good speed and could potentially have nice body lines if she can become more flexible as she is thin and long limbed.

    There is a Sweedish girl Joshi Helgesson who is also only 16. She also is not very flexible but she is a good jumper. At this point I'd say Hecken has more potential, but you never know.

    Mariam Ziegler is only 15 and from Austria. She went to the Olympics but didn't make the FS because she had two big jumping mistakes. She landed a nice combination though and had good flexibility and spins as far as I could tell. If she becomes more consistent with her jumps I think she could potentially be competitive on the European stage as well, she had a very nice quality about her for a 15 year old.

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    Anna Ovcharova just beat Kanako Murakami and Polina Agafonova in the SP at Jr. Worlds , her score was 59.80 and she didn't even do a 3-3 and her score was still higher than Kanako who did 3t-3t and Polina who did 3lz-3t, I think she is definitely one to watch! Last season she was a tiny little peanut who couldn't do most of her triples and finished 16th at Russian Junior Nationals and this year she can do all the hard triples and keeps getting better! Plus she isn't even 14 yet, she turns 14 next week, but already is 5'3" so hopefully she's already had her big growthspurt. She is special, her expressiveness on the ice rivals Sasha at her age

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Anna Ovcharova just beat Kanako Murakami and Polina Agafonova in the SP at Jr. Worlds , her score was 59.80 and she didn't even do a 3-3 and her score was still higher than Kanako who did 3t-3t and Polina who did 3lz-3t, I think she is definitely one to watch! Last season she was a tiny little peanut who couldn't do most of her triples and finished 16th at Russian Junior Nationals and this year she can do all the hard triples and keeps getting better! Plus she isn't even 14 yet, she turns 14 next week, but already is 5'3" so hopefully she's already had her big growthspurt. She is special, her expressiveness on the ice rivals Sasha at her age
    By less than a point. And if she didn't even do a 3-3 she probably couldn't do a 3-3. See how that played out for girls who couldn't do 3-3 in this Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlattFan View Post
    By less than a point. And if she didn't even do a 3-3 she probably couldn't do a 3-3. See how that played out for girls who couldn't do 3-3 in this Olympics.
    I know, but still, it was exciting. That was her season's best score by about 5 points. She said she's working on 3-3s and does them in practice. She can already spin and is flexible with great presentation, and considering she's 1 to 2 years younger than most of the other comparable girls at junior worlds, I thought that was pretty cool. Her teammate Polina Agafonova also did very well and did a 3lz-3t! She's also just 13 and one to watch too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    Anna Ovcharova just beat Kanako Murakami and Polina Agafonova in the SP at Jr. Worlds , her score was 59.80 and she didn't even do a 3-3 and her score was still higher than Kanako who did 3t-3t and Polina who did 3lz-3t, I think she is definitely one to watch! Last season she was a tiny little peanut who couldn't do most of her triples and finished 16th at Russian Junior Nationals and this year she can do all the hard triples and keeps getting better! Plus she isn't even 14 yet, she turns 14 next week, but already is 5'3" so hopefully she's already had her big growthspurt. She is special, her expressiveness on the ice rivals Sasha at her age
    If she is 13, than I have a hard time thinking that her growing is over. She is very expressive and I love her spirals. BUT, her jumping technique is awful, even I can see its unorthodox. OF course that she can land them now at her height is a good sign, but what happens if she grows not only taller (but wider). 13 year olds do not only get taller, they have a tendency to develop hips later on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bekalc View Post
    If she is 13, than I have a hard time thinking that her growing is over. She is very expressive and I love her spirals. BUT, her jumping technique is awful, even I can see its unorthodox. OF course that she can land them now at her height is a good sign, but what happens if she grows not only taller (but wider). 13 year olds do not only get taller, they have a tendency to develop hips later on too.
    She turns 14 in a few days. Likely she is not done growing but she may be almost done growing, a lot of girls don't get much bigger after 8th grade. And I was surprised to see that her jumps actually look a lot better, she doesn't flip or lip and under-rotation doesn't seem to be a problem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s-c5...eature=channel

    If she develops jumping problems in the future, well then she and her coaches can cross that bridge when they come to it, but for the time being, she's doing really well and improving quickly. If she keeps it up I think she could have a great future ahead of her. Plus if she stays on the JGP circuit again next year that will give her time to sort through any puberty battles she may be fighting before going to seniors.

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    Agnes Zawadski just won silver at Junior Worlds! I don't know much about this skater but she got very good scores at nationals and Junior Worlds. I don't know which Grand Prix (junior or senior) she will be on next year but whichever one she competes on I bet she will do well. Her jumps are huge!

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    The junior champion is kanako murakami! It seems like she will be a skater to watch as she makes her way into the senoir rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ☆Genie View Post
    The junior champion is kanako murakami! It seems like she will be a skater to watch as she makes her way into the senoir rankings.
    Yeah, she was great ! She's awful teeny though, I'm still not convinced she won't have a big growthspurt, and if she does, that could potentially throw off her jumps. I really like Polina Agafonova too, although she is even younger and smaller than Murakami, her spins are fabulous though, even if her jumps take a hit when she grows her spins and spirals should help keep her up in the standings.

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    MAO ASADA
    MIRAI NAGASU
    KANAKO MURAKAMI
    YASMIN RAJ- this girl is etheral
    AGNES ZAWADZKI
    The Polinas and the other Russian girls
    CAROLINE ZHANG
    ASHLEY WAGNER

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    Caroline needs a new coach and a LOT of work, but I do love her spins and if she manages to make the kind of transformation Mirai has made I have no doubt she can become a top skater again

    I still think Christina might surprise us and become amazing in a year or two, she's not quite there yet but she has all the qualities needed to become a top skater.

    Also, gotta love that Anna! Her skating is wild but so exciting and I can see her becoming one of the European skaters who gets teased about the prettiness bonus, she has gorgeous lines and is tall, thin, and pretty Mini-Lepisto, Kostner, or Korpii I'd say.

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