ITA..It's a nice credential. It isn't a prerequisite to senior success or to "greatness."
I actually enjoy the junior grand prix competition better. It gives me a better read of the good up and coming skaters. It shows the skaters who are more consistent throughout a season.
"The top 2" included Sasha Cohen, whose only appearance at Junior Worlds ended with a 6th-place finish.Shizuka was lucky because the top 2 faltered. If all were clean, no one would put Shizuka above the other two.
Arakawa finished 8th and 7th in her three appearances. Tara Lipinski was 4th and 5th two of those years.
Winning the junior title was irrelevant to any of the above.
I think that the Junior World title is helpful, especially when starting out in Seniors, but I don't think its the be and end all.
Junior worlds is an indicator, but its not the end of the world to lose that title either. A skater can learn from the reasons they lost. Like Tara who changed coaches and fixed their technique, or skaters can improve. I mean while Yu-na was only doing 3toes/3toes her first Junior worlds.
You can also have skaters who are young and able to get away with terrilble technique when they are babies but can't get away with when they are older. There are also those who had skates of their lives (see several of those who beat Evan) but never did again at the Senior level. Then there are those who won because it wasn't a very strong field, and others who didn't win because it was a super strong field. Sometimes not winning super quickly can be the best thing for a skater because it shows them what they need to do to improve.
And just winning a medal at Junior worlds can be telling too. Evan has several junior worlds medals, it just a couple of skaters had some skates of their lives at Junior worlds. Rochette medaled at junior worlds, so did Sarah.
Last edited by bekalc; 03-12-2010 at 06:10 PM.
Rochette never medaled at Junior Worlds. She was 5th in 2002, and I believe 8th in 2001.
Same story with Sasha. None of these girls skated in the jr. level when they were age eligible. Hello.
It's silly to bring out "examples" to discredit someone's post especially when these comparisons are apples to oranges.
Last edited by FlattFan; 03-12-2010 at 06:50 PM.
Yes, they did skate at JW when they were eligible and did not medal.
I lost interest in Juniors when I realized it's based on age and not something earned except in those tests. In fact fs a skater is a wunderkind, he/she can and will also skate Seniors - and doesn't that help her esteem?
However, I can watch it as a mini Seniors.
No apples or oranges - just information that disproves your claims.
BTW - is Adam Rippon a two-time Jr World Champion?
Does that mean he will win in 2014? Should we all run out and bet big money on him?
Not yet - because his Jr titles will not mean much 4 years from now.
There's a new junior world champion every year. Just because you were good enough to beat the Junior field, doesn't mean you'll beat the Senior field at all, or that you'll ever be good enough to beat the Senior field. There will always be new junior stars, they come up every year. It also helped in Yu-na, Mao and Miki's case that the best Seniors retired (although Kim and Mao would have been competitive, clearly). That doesn't happen all the time ask people like Jenny Kirk and Anne Patrice about that. In their case, they were never good enough to beat the top seniors.
Rachael beat Mirai at Junior worlds when Mirai was only 14. And it was clear from the short that the judges preferred Mirai. Its just Mirai had jumping issues. You can't assume that Mirai will always have jumping issues, because of one competition when she was only 14.
Last edited by bekalc; 03-12-2010 at 07:49 PM.