Okay now I love Polina Shelepen too, how cute is that exhibition piece? I wish she could skate like that in her programs!
The russian girls are bringing the triple lutz-triple toe! This will be a must in Sochi! I agree a lot of them are amazing, but the key is how they cope up with puberty
I think MIRAI has just been crowned as the next "QUEEN"! Let's see if she lives up to the hype!
I mean 4th with a score of 190 in your first major event which is the biggest of all is something else! The judges love her style, polish, jumps, musicality, charm and her spins!
The key for MIRAI is to master the triple lutz-triple toe or triple flip-triple toe!
IT's great to see the influence of Yu-Na, Mao, Mirai, Caroline, Carolina, Sasha, Michelle and Irina to the Russian girls and the girls of the world! Level up!
The Russian girls must have crazy intense coaches or just be really, really driven to be that good at a young age. I mean, Polina Shelepen's ISU bio says she skates 42 hours a week (no wonder she's so skinny) and all of Anna's jumps come out of really difficult transitions and footwork which is intense considering she's 13 and didn't even get most of her triples until recently. As for Agafonova, that layback is insane, it might even trump Mirai and Caroline's!
Sarah Hecken? She just finished 12th at Worlds and can do 3-3 and is only 16. Don't know much else about her, though. Anyone think she could be a force in the future?
The best russian wonder baby. She WON senior nationals last year, at the age of 12, was 4th this year. She'll tear up the JGP next season I have no doubt.
What about Miki Ando? Would she be too old?
I kind of like her because she has moxy and I think it takes someone special not to give up when someone younger overshadows you and gets all the attention.
There's also Beata Papp, from Finland. She used to compete for Canada and made something of an impression there.
I LOVE Polina A's layback spin, but she does look like a baby and I worry that as time goes on she will end up like Caroline Zhang. Anna cuts a more glamorous figure perhaps, and Liza T shows a lot of promise. I think it's very possible Russia will go back to dominating Europeans in the lady's field.
Her SP components at her 2nd competition ever (the Korean Championships): 3F, 3Lz+2T, FCSp3, SlSt3, SpSq4, LSp4, 2A, CCoSp4... 54.23 (33.93/20.30) vs. Kwak 46.23 (26.48/19.75)
FS components: SpSq4, 3F, 3Lo, CCoSp5, 3Lz, 3Lz+2T, LSp4, 2A, FCSp3, 3Lo+2T+2Lo, 3T, SlSt3 94.55 (50.90/43.65) vs. Kwak 88.00 (46.00/42.00)
At 12 years old, she already has PCS scores higher than 16-year old Kwak. If Haejin Kim isn't a great skater in the making, I don't know who or what is.
For Japan, it's fairly obvious that it will be Murakami.
The Russian pixies as well.
For the US, Mirai, Christine and Agnes Zawadzki (I think Rachael will disappear into college before 2014)