It seemed odd to me coz Miki used to be a great jumper. Now I see her bottled down with attempts at artistry - and not very attractive programs IMO - but mostly I miss fast Miki jumping high.
Miki this season seemed strange to me. The slow skating with such emphasis on "fingertips" and wavy arms - when the posture is - and always will be second rate - was just a poor choice IMO.
I get Miki has strengths and weaknesses - but watching her skate this season it felt like I was watching her weaknesses get emphasiszed while her strengths - being such a superior athletic skater - were not showcased.
Sorry, but if Miki and Laura are gonna try and dance - Laura wins this everytime - and it shouldn't even be close. Laura is jsut great at PE - and Miki is strictly an athelete. I think Morozov failed her big time with dumb programs she couldn't pull off.
Last edited by janetfan; 03-27-2010 at 02:00 PM.
Very, very nice competition.
I have to say one thing, and you maybe will disagree. I really think that Yuna and Mao made figure skating very exciting for the last couple of years. What a great couple of skaters!
Now about my humble impressions:
The one person that really made me sorry about her: Mirai Nagasu. I'm not her fan at all and I am really not charmed too much about her skating, but the fall from 1st place to 7th was brutal. It was her fault, but I really would like her to be somewhere near the podium, or maybe on the podium. She has very big potential in her, I think she may become really great skater in the future. Sadly, she is not consistent yet, but her ability is huge.
The winner: Mao Asada. She was amazing. Actually she was almost perfect. Probably we can say that this season she was learning 3A and it seems that in the end she really learnt it, which means that she will be amazing in the next season.
Mao Asada proved that she is really an exceptional skater with incredible mental strength. Starting so bad earlier and then getting an Olympic silver medal and her second World championships gold medal, what I can say, she must be proud of herself. However it looks like she will never be satisfied until she beats Yuna's scores. Well, she can do it for sure. Next season...
The best skater (just the best): ok, who else could do this? Yuna Kim after having jetlag from two consecutive flies to and from Korea, cold and post-Olympic feeling of emptiness and lack of motivation was able to jump from 7th place after short program straight to the 2nd place. Even tired and basically burnt out she was able to perform very good LP with an amazing grace. She had a fall and popped jump, but give her a break, she was amazing. Well deserved silver and another remarkable performance. This time I'm really happy because of the outcome like this.
So it's really happy ending for this chapter. Mao finally got a gold medal for her incredible efforts and quality of skating, Yuna had successful performances and I'm also happy for Laura. That was great for her.
After this season Yuna may retire. In that case the figure skating will lose one of the greatest skaters for this time and for all time. But we should respect any decision Yuna will take. She has done, maybe, too much for us to fully appreciate. It's also true that has a lot to do besides figure skating.
Thanks, Yuna. Those were 4 years full of light.
???See, that is the type of Yuna 'excuses" that are belittling to other skaters.
Mao won her second WC.....good for her. Yuna simply wasn't up to defending her title. That's the way it goes.
But don't try and tell us Yuna didn't care or lost because she had nothing to prove.
What Yuna excuses? Yuna didn't make any excuse.
She had to fly to Korea and suffered from jetlag and other things later, it was well known before the competition and obviously that affected the results. Same goes with other skaters, everyone might do it better.
Yuna had nothing to prove for a long time. Mao, in my opinion, either, it was just a question how fast she can recover after bad starting of the season. Very fast, as we saw.
Last edited by Daniel5555; 03-27-2010 at 02:30 PM.
Just because u won O Gold mean u r not invincible and peoples cannot use excuse (for every athelics) that 'oh I won everything and there is nothing to prove!!' The thing is there is always something to prove!! And competition is half only talent and the other half is nerve and dedication. Yuna lose because she lacks nerve and lack of competition spirit. Mao won because she is focus and dedicated to doing best of ability.
Fair and square!!! i just wish peoples stop talking about who is better, and Mao won because Yuna isnt hungry. This is sport.
I agree. Did NM put out any good programs for his pupils except for Oda's long program?I think Morozov failed her big time with dumb programs she couldn't pull off.
My opinion isn't that Yuna's PCS were held up, but Mao's were held down. Who is the judge giving her 6s?!
But otherwise, I thought a better competition than yesterday. All my favorites came out and fought. Mao has a second WC title! And Yuna hasn't broken her streak of never medaling. And now she has the complete set of colors. lol
Too bad about the two spots for the US. I still think Mirai is going to come back roaring next year.
I personally thought that this was Miki's best artistic program and she wasn't rewarded. She should just power through her program maybe she get a higher PCS.
What's the problem? Yuna got silver medal, that's really cool, man! I know you may be disappointed as you always want her to win gold, but sometimes people are just too tired mentally and physically. Even if they want to compete, sometimes they can't come back to normal so fast.i think the thing with athelic is when you come to the competition, you got to be 110% prepare and come with a attitude for winning. If you cannot dedicate yourself 100% to training and competition, don't come and compete. Everyone will understand and move on. Yesterday competition is yesterday news!!
Ehh... Yuna never said anything like that.Just because u won O Gold mean u r not invincible and peoples cannot use excuse (for every athelics) that 'oh I won everything and there is nothing to prove!!'
Yuna lose? She won, actually. Beautiful silver medal. Very nice achievementYuna lose because she lacks nerve and lack of competition spirit. Mao won because she is focus and dedicated to doing best of ability.
Last edited by Daniel5555; 03-27-2010 at 02:29 PM.
Some complain Laura did not do enough hard jumps - but geez - her PE and CH and IN are just exceptional. For me, easily the best - yes, way better than Mao or Yuna.
So it is up to CoP to count the points. I have a feeling the same fans who dislike Chan don't get Laura's skating either.
For me, aspects of Laura's skating are are the BEST. Yuna and Mao simply can't dance across the ice and express music the way Laura does. Since we are now in the CoP era - Laura's awesome abilties do count.
Just as Chan's abilties count. I don't want all the skaters to be the same - and that is why I love Laura so much - she is unique compared to all of the other skaters. She is not like Sasha - but brings a similar and SUPERIOR PE and IN to her programs the ay Sasha did.
Last edited by janetfan; 03-27-2010 at 02:32 PM.
With regard to Yuna, on the other hand, while I agree that she didn't go intending to win silver (and I'm pretty sure that's not what Nadia meant either), I do agree with her that winning in Torino meant significantly more to Mao and considerably less to Yuna; that's just common sense.
It's also true that the Worlds mean less than the Olys, as evidenced by the fact that Mao was not quite as happy, and Yuna not really as sad, as they might have been, particularly when contrasted with their reactions at the Olympics, when the situations were reversed.
I also believe that if it were up to Yuna alone, she would probably not have shown up (which would have made her no different from a great many OGMs in recent history, because, frankly, the season is longer than in Kristi's day), but needed to get places for Korea next year.
Having said all that, however, once Yuna put all those considerations aside and got on the plane for Turin, did she want to win? Of course she did. Did she get beat by Mao fair and square? No question. Was the Worlds a meaningful win for Mao? Yes it was. Did Mao deliver strong performances? Yes she did. But going from there to somehow imply that Yuna was as hungry to win (or anywhere near) as Mao was, or that the Worlds win was somehow equivalent to the OGM, as some posters have been trying to spin it, is drinking the Koolaid. I think what Nadia was trying to say was that Yuna didn't feel any burning need to further prove herself at this juncture vis-a-vis Mao or anyone else in the field, particularly at the post-Oly Worlds. As hard as this may be for some to hear, that's also a truth that Mao herself realizes and is desperate to reverse. Which is why Mao was very public about wanting to go head to head with Yuna in the future AND break her records.
If we're talking about historical legacy, a comparison with other all-time greats (eg Kristi) and how she stacks up, that would be an interesting debate to have, and I would not say that Yuna has nothing left to prove from that perspective, although I believe a case can be plausibly made for Yuna even at this point in her career (not only titles but record-setting, jumps, etc etc), but I'll end this here.
Sorry, but I am super unimpressed with Laura. She has a habit of doubling jumps and has done so at nearly every competition this season. She got away with it at Worlds because so many of the skaters were exhausted after a long, long season.