Has Kiira ever done a clean long program that included all her planned triples?
I'm also a little on why Mirai's score was a bit low.
Here's her program.That-Japanese-skater-who-I'm-about-to-discover-on-Youtube" a.k.a. Haruka Imai got chacked by the guy who uploads really fast! Only her old stuff is on there since from Skate Canada and earlier before...
On the other hand, Fumie TOTALLY got ignored by fs youtube upload fans. Bummer.
I like where Mirai stands... She seems to get too nervous being in 1st, at least so far in her career, so 2nd may be helpful. Korpi will do her usual popping of jumps, so the door will be open.
I think Asada should stop doing 3As in the short, at least until she gets her flip/lutz issues squared away. Between the mental hurdle of the 3A and the uncertainty of the technique of several other jumps, she appears to be a wreck. When are Japanese Nationals? Hopefully she has enough time before then to at least get some of her jumps comfortable. If not, she'll have a nice long offseason to get things settled.
I also don't see how Mao bombing because she tried to bite more than she could chew a single season is related to ISU's rule changes since the new rules would reward her 3A-centric layout handsomely. The rule changes give little incentive to go for a spectacular 3S instead of a lousy 3A.
Mao was never cheated by the ISU. She's making all these sudden changes because her goal is Sochi gold & the Russian phenoms are growing to be heavy, 7-triple, GOE-garnering threats (and there's so much talent that at least one will break through). This season will be difficult, but it's something she's enduring because she has a clear goal & the determination to push through. Enough with all this ISU-attacking-innocent-skaters prattle. It really annoys me (those stupid Youtube clips )
Ladies are doing really well with a 3T/3T combination this year. Its a bit higher in value than a 3Lz/2T, and judges seem to reward it in GOEs as well. Maybe they figure, at least it's a triple-triple.
imai seems to skate too horizontal to the ice for me--that posture bothers me. is that something suzuki, with the same coach, does as well? i think suzuki's spark and warmth made me overlook that posture problem, it seems more prominent when i watch imai. i do like imai's dress, and i liked her raymonda program from a while back. would like to see more of candice didier, although she can find a more attractive variant for her layback spin.
haven't watched all the programs but i feel korpi should have been penalized a bit more for that not-so-perfect jump. she may be tall and natural blonde but to me kostner has way more grace and better extension and i find her PCS less justifiable than kostner's. your mileage may vary.
i am starting to worry about mao not being in good enough shape to challenge for a spot on the japanese national team. with kanako's big splash, and suzuki and ando skating strong in the GP's, and of course imai and other up and comers... although who knows how much the injury might affect ando--this season i'm really warming to her, perhaps even preferring her to suzuki.
i don't want mao to withdraw from the long program here at TEB because i still hold out hope i'll get to see that beautiful program skated with unexpected oomph and decent jumps, but it may well be better for her to just pull the plug on this whole season, as some others have suggested.
i really like ciszny's short program this season. i want her to make GPF because that's more more opportunity to skate it clean and really showcase it. don't like this year's long program, and for all the praise her spirals and spins and extension get, i think they were stronger last season.
enough with the coach cams. at least disson has a contract with the singers to show their faces. why the need to show the coaches DURING the program? isn't there plenty of time for it in slow-mo and kiss and cry?
Last edited by skfan; 11-26-2010 at 04:55 PM.