While I agree with you, it still seems that there are some people who dislike her spins and especially spirals - a few posters even say they cringe at her not pointed toe during spirals etc. Does it really matter a lot? Have no idea.
In my humble opinion, I am not very keen of the gymnast like super bandy position in skating. There is one or two spiral positions which I don't like very much even if I admit those should need very good flexibility and balance. I just don't find them very attractive.
Yuna's sprals have good speed with correct edges and good position. She does not do the position I don't like. But when she was younger(and now sometimes?), there were/are some shaky moments, though.
I like her spins too. Definitely not slow but when she is tired, sometimes her spins can be a little bit slower but always with good posture. Any opinion?
Last edited by sunny0760; 04-07-2010 at 11:59 PM.
Every skater has strengths and weaknesses in their execution of elements. When I assess a skater's execution of elements, two separate things are going on; assessing in what aspects she does well/not so well, and secondly and more importantly, deciding whether I like the overall impression. Looking at Yuna's spiral for instance, there is certainly room for improvement, such as her stretch and the free leg position. On the other hand, her strength is speed that she carries throughout the sequence and the expression and attention to detail. IMO, the skater who does spiral in a polar opposite way to Yuna's is Caroline Zhang; great stretch, but in a slow speed. So, whose spiral sequence do I like better overall? This is a question that highly depends on personal tastes. To me, I value speed over stretch, so I prefer Yuna's to Zhang's. Also I love how Yuna presents that element; head position, upper body movements, etc. I am sure there are others who think differently, but that's their tastes.
Last edited by parma; 04-07-2010 at 11:56 PM.
Since this thread is no longer about a question for me or anything remotely related to the topic at hand, can we please change the title of this thread so that the people concerned can freely discuss as they please?
I find the same with Yuna. Her jumps are awesom and her total package is mesmerizing. I don't see problems with her spins or spirals. And I find when people say "yuna does well under the COP system". I find that patronizing and under valuing what Yuna does in total package...her jumps, her transitions, her step sequence, her spirals and her spins. It makes for a nice total program. To say she does everything that garners points, I find it dismissive about her skating. She has an impact in her skating like all other great skaters.
And no, I am not saying this as Yuna is my favourite skater vs. others. I really think the whole package she brings, she is a class of her own. When asked who did Yuna remind them of to the NBC Olympic panel on the Olympic SP program Gagnon says he couldn't think of anyone. Yamaguchi said she couldn't think of anyone. She said she was unique. Can't remember who else was on the panel. That is the point. No one else who skates now or skated before skates like Yuna Kim in 32 years I've watched figure skating. No one skates up to her at the moment. And she cannot be compared by others. I find all this technical analysis annoying.
Last edited by aurora100; 04-07-2010 at 11:12 PM.
So I have a question for you and I don't mean to be facetious at all. This is a genuine question. I just want to know if I am missing something here. Given that people are asking you a pointed question and asking you for a specific opinion as a self-standing thread about "what makes Yuna Kim's influence and legacy" and that you have chosen to give considered answers to those lofty questions, what exactly are your credentials? Are you a former skater? A coach? A choreographer? Are you in the system? What is the base of your opinions?