will be next year...
will be next year...
I'm just hoping she can make it to the FS at this point, Sarah Meier too! I haven't heard of most of the skaters in the next group so I don't know if that's feasible or not, she needs to beat 3 more people to make it.
Well looking at the results, top 12 isn't completely out of the question. So many people had problems tonight so she's not at that much of a disadvantage. If she skates well, it's possible.
I know a lot of people think or may be wish that she's the next Yuna but from what little I have seen of her, I feel that she doesn't have the "wow" factor. What do you guys think?
Last edited by Cerulean; 03-27-2010 at 05:38 PM.
Maybe she'll come back with a vengeance next year. Who knows?
I certainly hope she does. (:
According to an article, she injured her hip/back when she fell on triple Lutz in SP. you know, she's very tiny.
She said she fought through the LP with the pain. hope it's not that bad.
So will Kwak go back to Canada now to train or will she take some time off in Korea first? Anyone know. I really hope her injury is not bad! Good for her for fighting through her 8th competition of the season, I really hope those URs she got in the LP were due to her fatigue and hip hurting and don't become a habit for her, I don't think she's been dinged with them before. Will she compete on the JGP or SGP next year, anyone know?
It's really kind of depressing if you think about the current state of Korean figure skating. All the potential skating talent has been sapped into short track, which is really Korea's national sport. I did read an article that the number of registered figure skaters doubled from about 150-300 since Yuna's 2009 World's victory, so there is some hope that Korea can produce another Yuna soon, but in reality it probably won't happen by the next 10-20 years.
I don't know about Kwak, I like her skating but I feel like I'm in the minority. Yes, she is awkward but so are most 15 year old girls. She has the highest TES in the SP at 4CC this year too! I tend to think Orser wouldn't agree to be her coach if he did not think she had potential. I think we need to wait a couple more years for her to grow up and see how her skating develops before we can decide about her. I always have things for the underdogs though, not everyone is phenomenal at 16 but that doesn't mean they won't be great later, look at Joannie! At any rate, she is adorable and I hope to see her on the Grand Prix next season!
One other thing, when Orser talks about when Yuna came to him when she was 16, he mentions how she could do so much technically (3-3s, etc). Yuna was already a star when she started training with Orser, and through working with him she became an even bigger star. Where Kwak is a little awkward and not as technically strong as Yuna was at that age, if Orser can turn Kwak into a great skater it would be a very impressive accomplishment, showing just how great a coach he is. Yuna was the junior world champion when she came to Orser, it was no surprise that she became Olympic gold medalist 4 years later. I believe Orser is a great coach and if Kwak continues to improve in these coming years it will reinforce this idea even more. I always likea good underdog story.
Last edited by silverlake22; 03-30-2010 at 08:53 PM.
That said, Silverlake, I'm joining you in the minority to root for this girl. Yes, she may not had the raw talent that Yuna had at 16, but she clearly has some talent.
^^Uh...have you compared her to skaters her age such as Mirai or Rachel? They are so far ahead of her and they are not even the top-level skaters. I was also speaking from the standpoint of having seen a nearly 2 hour Korean language documentary on her, which provided an in-depth coverage of her life as a skater. From it, I got a very good idea of her personality--she seemed like a very cheerful girl, but not particularly serious about figure skating or anything else. Hence, why I had thought she had lacked the "competitive spark".
Last edited by Figure88; 04-27-2010 at 09:28 AM.
As others said, she could be a late bloomer. I know this is a sport where you peak before the age of 20, but there are great examples of people who really came into their own later. Joannie Rochette was in 17th place in her first Worlds, when she was 17. She won her bronze at the age of 24.
All I'm saying is there's something about her I like and I think she has the potential to surprise.
1.) Her spins/spirals/flexibility - among the best of all ladies and it's reflected in the level 4s with +GOE she consistently gets on her spiral sequence and spins
2.) Her body type/line - I know this shouldn't matter but the fact that she is thin, willowy, and likely to stay that way even as she matures is a plus, she looks nice out on the ice and added to her stretched positions it makes for a good image
3.) Her jump technique is pretty good - I know she had UR issues at Worlds but she can do all the triples and has a true lutz and if you watched her performances at 4CC or the Olympics you will see that she is capable of landing nice, light rotated triples
4.) She has a good coach now (Orser) who has helped so many of his students (Yuna, Adam, Christina) improve tremendously and is caring about his students. I wouldn't be surprised if she showed great improvement under him very quickly.
5.) She appears to have a good attitude. When she does well, she is happy, when she is not doing so well, she fights through her programs. At Worlds she hurt her hip when she fell in the SP and was in a lot of pain during the LP but she still went for everything. Even though most of her triples were downgraded in that program so her score was low, she at least attempted and landed the jumps, which is most important. Being so tired and in pain she could have easily bombed, fell a lot, popped all her jumps, but she didn't do that so I think it shows she has good fight.
An article came out a few days ago and she seems incredibly insightful and intelligent, aware that she is different from Yuna and that Yuna was much better at her age. She is just starting out though, and thanks to Yuna she has the chance at the age of 16 to get out there at competitions like 4CC, Olympics, and Worlds and learn how to compete. Plus if you're going to compare her to Mirai, compare her to Mirai last year, most of Min-Jung's scores this year have actually been better than those Mirai was getting in the 08-09 season. Also, likely MJ is through her big growth spurt so won't be hampered from those types of issues from here on in. I personally think she has a lot of potential, her FOI program was lovely, and will be rooting for her in the future. It's just too early to count this girl out. GO MJ