Miki doesn't underrotate her Quad by a full half turn, though. Maybe she has sometimes in exhibitions or whatever when she's just randomly trying it, but her competition attempts haven't been. The one she did at the 2008 GPF would definitely be scored as <4Sal, not a <<4Sal, and would receive 7.4 points.
Covers a decent amount of distance and isn't underrotated at all. Her Triple Axels haven't been like that the past year. She isn't getting as much spring and instead has to make herself rotate faster to complete the jump, always still coming down a bit short of being perfectly rotated.
Thanks for the update, Blades of Passion, as regards the rule concerning underrotations by 1/2 (good to know!).
And thank you most sincerely for your Miki Ando comments. I was curious, so I looked up the aforementioned competition wherein you mention she completed the 4S. My most humblest apologies to Miss Ando, yes, most definitely she should have gotten credit for that 4S! And I am wrong, she definitely has completed a 4S!!!!! *clapping* I admit I didn't follow skating religiously there for quite a while (disallusioned), especially the GP and the years following the 2006 Olympics(maybe even the Worlds wherein Miki won), so I honestly must have missed this. *embarrassed* So my only memories of Miki were when she first started out in seniors, the few times she tried the 4S where it was hugely underrotated or else she fell and hurt her shoulder, and then the disastrous 2006 Olympics. But I did catch her the year before the 2010 Olympics (all due to Evgeni Plushenko btw; he's the one that brought me back, nobody but him!). And I watched her during last season's GP and at the Olympics, as I did the other Japanese women, but honestly the only ones that really captured my attention were Mao (of course) and Yukari Nakano. That's it. However, I did recently catch a glimpse of Miki the other day regarding some "masterpiece" program (or exhibition) she did, so I watched it and was duly impressed. Yes, it looks like she can definitely give Mao a run for her money, as well as the other women in the world, and capture another World Gold. Hopefully she (along with Mao) will bring my joy back to women's figure skating, which has been missing for a while, with occasional spurts of joy here & there (e.g. 2008 US Nationals). And the same holds true for men's, I only came back for Zhenya, but actually found myself enjoying all the men moreso than the women for the first time in my life. But ice dance & pairs has completely died for me (still haven't watched any of the Olympic coverage of these two events; though I am glad the S&Z won gold).
Back to Miki, I honestly wish both her & Mao well, and don't mind which one wins Worlds (if either), as long as they do their best. Btw, I'm still waiting for Mao to have a Michelle Kwan Salome-type transformation; I love her lyrical programs, but just wish she would completely stun us all with an MK style bravado program one day. Hopefully the future program "fit for the gods" includes such a transformation.
GOOOOOOOOOOO MIKI & MAO!!!!!
And ther Original Dance was great as well.
Last edited by janetfan; 09-02-2010 at 05:09 PM.
Totally forgot the 3rd girl from Japan. She could challenge for the bronze. Just look at this program. Her musicality, expressions, transitions, performance, choreography, interpretation, even skating skills are all there.
Akiko needs to skate her best - but when she does I much prefer her to Miki. Akiko moves better to the music than just about any of today's Ladies. Stylisitically she is miles ahead of Miki. But there are other factors which is where Miki excels. But artistry, musicality - nah, like watching a boy in a skirt. Granted, a very pretty boy, but Miki reminds me of Irina in that sense. Something is missing.
Last edited by janetfan; 09-02-2010 at 05:34 PM.
I have to say, though, that I sometimes Youtube Irina's performances. I know she wasn't the most artistically polished but I really did like her energy, and she had charisma. Next to the soulful Michelle and the perfectly poslished positions of Sasha, Irina didn't look very artisitic. But Irina definitely had ice presence. She commanded attention in her own way. Only when she was perfect, though. She wasn't like Sasha, where Sasha could splat once and the rest of the performance would be nearly be perfect. With Irina, it was like she was either awesome or kinda sloppy. So, I youtube her perfect performances every once in a while. I miss Irina, and Sasha and Michelle. They were great competitors for each other. It was so fun because they had their distinctive styles.
Now that I think about it, I never youtube Miki's performances...
When Miki is on she can hit some really great looking jumps.
I dunno, I don't think she was packaged right last season. I felt the same way about Mao.
I would like to see Miki in more straight ahead type of programs that would emphasize her athleticism.
I would be surprised if she won Worlds this season but would not mind it. She is a World Champion already and supposedly a really nice young lady.
A while a go I saw a little gala program that David Wilson did for Miki. Utterly charming and I was really drawn into her performance. More of that and less Cleopatra.......
Last edited by janetfan; 09-02-2010 at 07:11 PM.
I wish Miki would skate to music that is vulnerable and sensitive for her LP. She would be so good with the correct guidance. Her face portrays those emotion quite well. Unfortunately Nikolai Morozov seems to only be interested in making her appear diva-like on the ice. Look at the potential she showed here:
I don't think Miki has ever had a good LP, in fact. Only her Short Programs from 2006 and 2007 have had memorable presentation.
Thanks for posting that. I had no recollection of that performance. All I remembered about her at that Olympics was that she bombed the LP. I don't remember anything about her choreo or what she was wearing but I remember her struggling and sort of looking like she wanted it to end
Other programs though i wish she would change her costume, ease up on the make-up and lose some of what comes off as a manufactured atitude.
Miki as the Diva?
I prefer her as the adorable and more normal - or as you said more vulnerable - girl you like more than the others.