Ok, that makes sense Oh, and I'm also curious why she changed 3F-3T with 3T-3T. Is she injured or something?
She fell on her 3f at her last JGP so maybe she did 3t-3t here to increase her odds of doing a clean SP? Too bad about the 2a. Gutted for her and Yasmin, but they are usually better in the FS anyway.
Originally Posted by Mirunna
I wonder if Gao has any shot at medaling anymore? She won't catch Adelina for sure but as for the others idk, she's about 9-10 points off places 2-4.
I think its unlikely given that Shelepen & Tuktamisheva are very strong free skaters with big technical elements. I don't know if Shoji is as consistent with her technical scores, but she's put up some big numbers in the LP and usually gets very good PCS. Even if they just match their SB scores or close to it, Gao will need to get a new personal best to even medal. But it is junior ladies and they tend to be inconsistent.
I think it will require a big bomb from Adelina for her to fall of the podium.
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The girls from 1 to 5 were great, probably well prepared to fight, much determination to stay alive in this stiff competition. it's also a good training ground for them for next bigger events.
I missed this skating!
You're probably right. Christina may be able to pull up to 4th or 5th but if she hopes to medal she probably needs some help from the other ladies.
This was my first time seeing Risa's SP and I just love her skating! She's so polished and elegant for a 14 year old. Call me crazy but I think she's better than Kanako. She's like a mini Shizuka.
I'm going to predict the final placements are:
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1 Adelina SOTNIKOVA RUS 57.27 31.52 25.75 6.61 6.18 6.54 6.36 6.50 0.00 #8
2 Elizaveta TUKTAMISHEVA RUS 53.76 29.36 24.40 6.21 5.75 6.36 6.04 6.14 0.00 #7
3 Polina SHELEPEN RUS 53.26 30.71 22.55 5.79 5.50 5.75 5.61 5.54 0.00 #5
4 Risa SHOJI JPN 52.56 28.56 24.00 6.21 5.75 5.96 6.04 6.04 0.00 #6
5 Zijun LI CHN 49.62 28.04 21.58 5.64 5.11 5.57 5.36 5.29 0.00 #1
6 Kristiene GONG USA 47.24 25.52 21.72 5.61 5.25 5.32 5.43 5.54 0.00 #2
7 Christina GAO USA 43.98 23.21 21.77 5.64 5.29 5.25 5.50 5.54 1.00 #4
8 Yasmin SIRAJ USA 38.08 18.34 20.74 5.32 5.14 4.86 5.39 5.21 1.00 #3
Yes, I like her more than Kanako too, but not her jumps though. She has very good skating skills and PCS, but her jump technique is just bad, even Kanako's is much better
Originally Posted by silverlake22
I am sure that she wouldn't be off the podium if she bombs,really
Originally Posted by oleada
I thinkk that the top 2 will stay top 2, as ADelina is obviously the best all around skater here and Liza is usually better in the FS. I think Risa and Polina will battle it out for bronze, with Polina having the better tech and Risa the better PCS
I really hope Risa takes the bronze and not Polina, something from Polina's skating is just...missing, to me at least. She's a very pretty girl and a strong jumper but overall I find her a bit blah, it's like she's channeling Slute or Miki Ando - impressive jumps and not much else.
Originally Posted by oleada
Even though Yasmin realistically has no chance to medal and Christina only an outside shot, I could potentially see them shake up the standings a bit if they skate well in the free as both girls have put up impressive FS scores at both their JGP events this season. I think they could both move up a lot, but probably not to the podium. This field is so strong, 7 out of the 8 entries have scored over 100 points in the FS at at least one JGP event this season!
Look what pressure did to these girls. And people think they scored so much better than the seasoned Miki Ando, they must be so much better. Well, wait until they go head to head, Miki will eat them alive.
Miki is nothing like Irina. Irina skated like a star. She commanded your attention. She knew she was good, and it showed.
I hope Risa takes the silver. The non-triple-axel will bomb and Polina will sneak in for the bronze. The flutz girl needed a few more -GOE to keep her from flutzing.
Too bad about Vanessa Lam, I think she could do well here.
Sotnikova is wonderful, even if it wasn't her best performance. Her flow, speed and edges really stand out. Elizaveta is good, but compared to Adelina, her spins and basics are lacking. Shoji is good - but I don't think she is better than Kanako as some posters said. She is a bit dead in the face, while Kanako is very engaging, and her jump technique is a bit questionable. Polina has grown up so much and is just beautiful. Presentation is still a weakness, but you can tell she is trying to use the music more. The fact that she still has the jumps after such a growth spurt is rather impressive.
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Is there an age difference between Liza and Adelina? Adelina this season looks more tall and has started to lose the juniorish skating I saw last year in Russia, Liza still looks tiny and juniorish. I did enjoy both, Adelina has more flexibility and extention and skates more mature, I wish they didnt dress her like this, and Liza is fresh also but needs more extension and finish in her moves, this sp looks busy and with fast music but I like she doesnt drop her foot to donut position at least. I dont know about her basics, she looks fast to me.
Adelina is about 6 months older than Liza, she is born in the summer of 96 and Liza in the winter of 96. Although sometimes skaters just look older even if they are tiny, I always thought Anna Ovcharova looked a lot older than 13 last season, especially compared to Shelepen and Agafonova, but she was tiny like the other girls, just had an older looking face and carried herself as if she were older. I think Adelina and Risa are the same way. Liza just still seems juniorish to me - but a very fantastic junior.
Originally Posted by seniorita
Gao and Shelepen though look so grownup and gorgeous. I never would have guessed seeing them skate over the past few seasons that they would turn out to be such beautiful girls. They both are still all limbs but at least they are starting to use them well.