How I get through it is to keep in mind that in sports there is no such thing as perfection. All athletes, including Kwan Yuna and Jordan, have areas in which they could and should improve... For example, Kwan continued to work on her speed and spins, Jordon on his defensive play and Yuna, hopefully, on developing a complete set of triples and her spirals. Sports are about constant, consistent improvement and if you want to be the best - you have to earn it.
As for Sandra & Scott - I love 'em when they love my favorites, hate them when they don't and annoyed when they don't do their jobs - witnessed at the 2010 Olympics.
On watching Danse Macabre again, I realize you are right Layfan. It is her best program and I think more difficult to perform. Who doesn't love Gershwin, though and it was a great choice for her Olympic program. She really is a different skater now with the sexy, confident Bond Girl. Lark Ascending is a nice look back at innocence in her skating from that time. I can only say David Wilson is a wizard. Lori and he are skating choreographers I admire most. They are in a league by themselves.
With Yu-Na it's not just spiral position, they are bouncy, not solid like Michelle's. Her spins vary in quality. In the past 6.0 skaters could work hard on these elements. They are part of what I enjoy most. I agree Tinymavy15 she is perfectly packaged. Very glam lady. Do you know who did her LP dress this year? I loved it, though I wondered who did her Gala dress. Too blah. She looks great in bold colors.
As for YuNa's dresses: I loved both the long program dress and the short program dress. I love that they are a simple, sleek shape, not fussy. Michelle seemed to have the same taste. Both Michelle and YuNa do look best in strong colors and in black, I agree.
Thank you Layfan and others for the insight about Yuna's spirals. Glad to hear you liked Danse Macabre, princess9.
This may not be the best spiral even from the Yuna's standard. A little shaky. But interesting to listen to what the commentators are saying about her spiral sequences, especially the speed, which I think is the very quality that only a few other skaters have. She does have good edges too.
Hearing complaints about Yuna's spirals so many times, I have seen other skaters' spirals for comparison. And my conclusion is that I like Kwan's the best. Solid and magnificent... Sasha's is good but not quite my cup of tea because of the position that I don't usually like. Mao's is slower, sometimes pretty but not my cup of tea. People say Alissa's is one of the best but I wondered why I felt a bit of stiffness there though she is one of the most flexible ladies. But I am not an expert so please enlighten me.
Anyway, I don't think this Worlds 1996 performance shows Kwan's best sprirals either but she was only 16. However, really impressive overall.
I have a question - has Mao ever performed Triple Lutz in competition?
You've been given some great advice by fellow diehard fans. I would suggest you listen a bit more to them and be open to what they and others have to say.