Exactly. Bad posture for Mao is like saying Shizuka's inabouer is ugly or Sasha's spiral is poor.You can have your opinion, but saying Mao is inelegant, has bad posture, etc. is not very valid when you look at her skating.
Maybe, LilyGarace did not watch Mao's skating enough.
Here's my most favorite Mao's program.
Not only her posture is beautiful, but also her skating is so light and beautiful with her flexed knees. Peggy is also impressed with it.
Do you still feel it is not elegant?
is the most elegant. The fact that the sound on the video, how the commentators are almost whispering and you can hear the blade work makes it even more beautiful.
Mao is elegant and has beautiful posture. But, she lacks musicality. I don't think she listens to music when skating.
Yeah, I think Mao doesn't listen to the music at all, she goes through her programmes just because she has to, that's the impression she gives me. And lately she really looks like she doesn't even enjoy performing, her expression is always so sad and tired. Even when she won worlds, last year, she looked so unhappy...she's starting to look a bit like Fumie, who's lost the joy to skate. That's so sad to watch...
You all sound so upset by what I'm saying, that's kind of funny. Thanks again for all the links, but that's just how I feel.
If Carolina had not singled her first triple loop attempt, she would have had higher technical base value than Alissa even though Alissa did two triple Lutzes (one in combination) and in fact, did all the triples except the Salchow -- plus, she filled only one jumping pass (to Carolina's two) with a double Axel. (I am just looking at ther base values of the program here.)
No, not absurd.
There are many differences in the layouts of Czisny's and Kostner's programs. All Czisny's combos, i.e. higher point jump passes, were at the top of her program whereas Kostner earned bonuses for her 3S, her hardest jump and her 3 combos, including a botched one (1Lo+2T). Her GOEs range from 0 to +1 for these. Czisny only got bonuses for 3 jumps, a high scoring 3Lz, a botched 3T+seq and a flawed 2A, getting GOEs from -1 to +0.10 for these late jumps. Despite all this, Czisny still had a little higher base value but her underrotation of 3F+2T with -0.50 GOE brought her total TES down to a virtual tie with Kostner.
It came down to Kostner doing harder jumps late and well while Czisny did fewer and easier ones late and badly or just OK. Kostner brought it in the 2nd half.
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^ Thanks for the breakdown. The IJS has me SMDH sometimes.
I went back to watch Czisny's LP and confirmed my suspicion that she Zayaked the last jump, 3T. She simply repeated this jump with no evident intention of doing a combo. Thus a +seq and 20% deduction, more than canceling out the 10% bonus and 0.10 GOE.
There will be times she wouldn't be able to afford such a silly mistake. Her team better pay attention.
Also rewatched Caro's and am really impressed with the 3 jump combo at the very end of the program. Which othe skater, male or female, does their highest scoring jumping pass last, right before the finish? Brava!
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2. Kostner did a 3 jump combo (w/ 2 2-toes) that she also backloaded, and that's 3 points right there.
3. Czisny lost some points on her second 3T because she repeats it w/out a combo.
4. The TES ends up as a virtual tie because Czisny loses too much ground from her jumps. She just doesn't have the highest quality and she can't score good GOEs there. She has seven jumping passes. In total, they contribute .1 GOE to her total, the highest being 0.50, the lowest -1.0. Her spins/steps/spirals? She scores a MASSIVE 6.64 points GOE. That's a Yu Na-Kim at the Olympics total.