I hope Laura Lepisto put 2 3Z, 3F, 3T-3T, 3R, 3Sal and become a world champ. That girl is PCS+GOE on ice. Since the judges obviously love her, I'm going to jump on Laura's band wagon from now on.
A leg wrapped at the knee instead of crossed at the ankle is not "classical" jump technique. Some people think it is not as attractive as the classical air position, others don't mind it esthetically one way or the other. Supposedly there is a reason why the standard position is standard -- over the years skaters with the classical techniques have fared better with their jumps. But in the case of the leg wrap, Midori Ito and Yukari Nakano are the best-known examples, and they were great jumpers who could even do triple Axels!
I think sometimes it comes down to the individual skater. Michelle Kwan, for instance, never had a really good layback spin (her back was not flecible enough). So she experimented throughout her carreer with many variations until she hit upon some positions that she could do comfortably, and which were pretty enough, even if they were not the classic attitude position that most skaters strive for. (Angela Nikodinov was a contemporary of Michelle who had an excellent layback in classical position.)
Kevin Van Der Perren is the only skater who "spots" his jumps, like dancers do. Conventional wisdom said that he should not be able to rotate as fast with this "flawed" technique. But he has done quads and just did a huge triple-triple-triple at Worlds.
Also, Alissa's personal best FS score is 109.78, and that's from SC 2005 before they started getting strict on URs. She's a nice girl with pretty spins, but anyone who thought she could be World/Olympic Medalist material if she skated clean was likely suffering from wishful thinking. If she landed everything with no URs then she's barely competitive in terms of technical content, she can get big GOEs on spins and spirals but not on jumps, and her PCS are never that high because she skates slowly and looks at the ground. I agree she will be a great show skater but considering skaters like Yuna, Mao, Joannie, etc can make multiple mistakes and score 130+ in the FS while Alissa has never broken 110 I think shows that she is just not up to snuff with the top. Even Lepisto can get 114 with 3 triples and Alissa can't match that.
In the case of Alissa - I don't care what her critics say. I love her skating and think she is a wonderful girl and will do well with SOI.
Actually if Alissa still wants to compete I would be happy to follow her as a fan next season.
Same with Sasha and Fumie.
I know how much you like all of these "babies" and "mini- whoevers" coming up - and I like them too. But I am not so anxious to toss away old favorites so quickly.
And how boring it would be if Worlds next year had only the skaters from Jr Worlds this season. Many of those skaters need a little time to mature. I like Christina but at the moment Alissa's skating, falls and all, is for me way more beautiful to watch. Christina, Kanako, etc. - need more time before she will become a top Senior skaters.
Last edited by janetfan; 04-02-2010 at 04:25 PM.