I think that the orchestra Bells may have more naturally suited Yag or Shizuka before losing weight.
I think that the orchestra Bells may have more naturally suited Yag or Shizuka before losing weight.
You having trouble understanding proofs? A proof is not you saying fan pictures almost look like the real pictures. A proof is not refuting someone else of seeing a program. lol that was a low point of yours.
"Bells of Moscow" (a name that wasn't given to the piece by Rachmaninoff himself), actually, has no underlying meaning at all. To Rachmaninoff, it was simply Prelude in C# Minor... it was actually the Western and European listeners that gave the piece the nickname "Bells of Moscow," since Rachmaninoff is Russian and studied at Moscow Conservatory. There is no background story behind the piece of music that Mao can interpret... so she can really only interpret the music itself. What I do find "interesting" about it is that Rachmaninoff composed this piece at 19 (along with 4 others) and it won him a gold medal at Moscow Conservatory for composition... kind of funny when you think about it that Mao was trying to get herself an Olympic Figure Skating gold medal at 19 with a piece of music that won another 19 year old a very different type of gold medal. ^_^
Other notes about the Ladies LP:
-I do think Yu-Na was a bit over-scored... a 9.40 GOE is far too high considering she lost 3 points from the 3S and popped the 2A (I hope the axel mistake doesn't get to her mentally, since the 2A really is her strong base jump). It seems like judges are blindly giving her high GOEs for every element (while I do think she has the best jumps in the field and deserves those GOEs, the same marks are being extended to other elements that are not as strong as her jumps and outscores other skaters who are stronger in those elements)
-I don't know if it was the angle I saw it from, but to me it looked like they marked the wrong 3A with a downgrade for Mao. The angle I watched from it looked like the first was UR-ed but the second combination 3A was clean. /shrug I do think this is the first time this season in the LP that Mao has skated to her music, making it a part of her program, and not just skated with music in the background.
-BIGGEST CONCERN: the 3T+3T combination becoming a new "staple" for Ladies skating.... Laura's 3T+3T was the 2nd highest scoring combination only to Yu-Na's 3Lz+3T, even topping Carolina's 3F+3T (this is all considering GOE). IMHO, the 3T+3T is easier than a 3Lz or 3F plus a double. Not only did it prop Laura up to win a bronze, it was Christine Gao's big scorer at the US Nat's. I'm starting to fear that a lot of ladies who don't have a 3-3 combination might start abandoning their 3Lz/3F+2T/2Lo's in favor of the 3T+3T combination.... especially in the SP. I think we might start seeing a lot of 3T+3T, 3Lz, 2A line-ups in SPs for the ladies.
-this definitely proved that the saying that "the SP can't win the competition for you, but it can lose it" isn't always true.... with Mao and Yu-Na nearly guaranteed to be taking Gold and Silver between them, Bronze was pretty much the Gold for the rest of the field... so for this competition, as far as I am concerned, the SP DID win the competition.
-the judges' newly found love for Mirai (yay! even though my heart broke for her in the LP) was also evident in this competition... she was finally given the PCS she deserves and her GOEs as well (I even thought her GOEs were a bit high in the SP)... as long as she doesn't fall next season, she could very well become the "new favorite" and really start challenging Yu-Na and Mao.
QUESTION ABOUT THE SP (Mao's Flip/Lutz/Lip/Flutz?)
In the SP, what exactly was Mao going for in the solo jump? The first version I watched, commentators said the jump was a 3Lz, which surprised me since she hasn't done the lutz all season... but sure enough in their slow motion replay, the jump appears to take off from the outside edge. Still, the jump is listed as a 3F on the score sheet, no edge calls. Did anyone else notice this or have some answers for this? TY
You started to make the false accusations, so you have to prove them.You are becoming delirious. I don't have to prove your false fact of non edited Yu Na pictures.
I would like to see some exhaustive analysis with score sheet and indications where Yuna was overscored and so, otherwise it's just another empty statement of yours.Grasping at straws here. The point being it was a ridiculous margin just as it was a ridiculous margin when Mao won Torino.
"Rectum" and "gorilla" are now cursing words?Your concern for forum etiquette is a joke when you use words like "rectum", "gorilla" and what not. I know Spain is a country with the worlds most cursing words, surely you can come up with some more genuine ones.
don't tell me the fan wars are back in full swing
I don't see anything wrong with this as they are called such because their peformances are superior to others. Across all disciplines in sports, top players tend to always perform better than the rest. Once you get better at something, you don't lose it overnight.I just don't see how the present system is better than the older system, because so many thing stay the same. The top skaters are always given the highest PCS, so the fight for gold is essentially among those skaters.
I recommend you to look up Mao and Yuna in Wikipedia and see how they peformed at their first senior year (even Junior year). I believe the current judging system is better equipted to allow a less known skater to get rewarded for his/her performances.It's still harder for a less known skater to sneak in even if they skate well. But at least, under the 6.0, the winning performance usually was clean and more or less satisfying.
If you are really good, you get rewarded under the current system no matter how less known you are. Maybe the reason why a skater is less known is because the skater is not good enough?
I think a skater should focus on improving his/her skills rather than complaining about being less known or not being rewarded. If you get better, everything will follow it.
I am wondering that because Mao's PCS dropped like 5 points from the Olympics, and several people including me thinks she performed it better at Worlds.
I think TT likes to heavy up (sorry can't think of another term) light solo piano pieces. IIRC, she let Shizuka skate to an orchestral version of Chopin's fantasia impromptu. By doing that, it just ruined the piece of music for me. I think Mao is so excellent (probably the only singles lady skater in history who can handle solo piano music). She is so light , like someone said "like a fairy".After hearing orchestra version throughout the season, Jeff's piano Bells sounded so light. I like that sensitive quality. The orchestra version and the piano version give very different impressions. I can't really believe that they are the same piece! I now like the orchestra version better, but I think the piano version more beautiful.
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Below is direct excerpt from Wikipedia:
Basically, she beat every single top players on the planet earth in 2006 even though she was too young to compete at the 2006 Olympics. I think the current system gives less known players more opportunities to beat top skaters than 6.0 system. Another example, lesser known Mirai beat top players in SP at the world.Asada competed on the Senior Grand Prix circuit for the first time in November 2005 at the 2005 Cup of China. She won the silver medal, and placed exactly 3 points ahead of future 2006 Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa. Asada, then, won her second event, the 2005 Trophée Eric Bompard, by a 7.30 point margin over silver medalist Sasha Cohen, who would later go on to win the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics. The gold medal in Paris and silver from China qualified Asada for the 2005–2006 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. She won the event with a 8.14 margin of victory over silver medalist Irina Slutskaya, who would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2006 Olympics.
Are you stating that the judges ganged up against Akiko and applied double standard between Akiko and the rest? Then it is a bold accusation and you should have very compelling evidence other than just saying "she was good and deserved higher score". I don't see any reason why they would do that. Do you? I wonder what kind motivation the judges had and what kind of benefits they gained by doing so.
I stated that "past performance (I don't think I used the word "reputation") plays a role" based on my observation on how staters have been scored and I didn't say it was really what was going on or even it was good or bad. When I compared Mao's performance against Mirai's performance at the Olympics and the difference in PCS scores they received for their LP program, it made me think that past performances might have something to do with the difference in score. There were some people who claimed it was ridiculous that Yuna got higher PCS than Mao at the worlds and I wanted to point out that clean program does not guarantee a higher PCS as evidenced by Mao getting higher PCS than Mirai at the Olympics.
I totally agree with your statement "The point is not to evaluate the skaters based on how generally good they are but how good they are on that particular night" But the issue is that it is much harder to evaluate PCS while it is much easier to evaluate TES because TES is tangible but PCS is intangible and TES more objective, PCS more subjective. Because of these obsticles and limitations, I think PCS doesn't fluctuate as much as some people think it should.
If you are so much concerned about certain skaters not being evaluated fairly too much, I don't think you can really enjoy watching FS. The judges may not be perfect but I tend to believe they are much more objective and fair than any of us on the forum. IMHO.
Really? Have you ever heard of "Life is unfair?" You don't get rewarded for what you do in real life often, but in skating world, you get rewarded fairly for what/how you do. IMHO.If you get better, everything will follow it Unfortunately, things doesn't work so simply in the skating world, as in real life.
Also, I thought she should have received credit for spin sequence in the SP. I thought tech caller was ridicuously strict. Why would anyone consider a botched single turn to be the start of the spin sequence? No common sense whatsoever in how the rules were applied.