The live stream for the novice events should be starting up shortly. Results should come up soon after that.
who is commentating during novice pairs?
I'm not sure where to put this comment, but the junior women are driving me crazy. I saw the last two flights of the novice women, who skated quite well overall. Many of the junior women are skating at a very similar level. That should not be the case.
It is bothersome that several of the skaters had a triple loop planned in the program, for example, and did a double instead. They're still well up in the standings. I wish the level of competition was such that downgrading their programs would mean a significant drop in the standings, but when everyone downgrades their programs from their originally planned difficulty that doesn't happen.
Congratulations to Alaine Chartrand, however, who actually went for all the technical difficulty that she had planned initially.
Yeah, I've been watching.
The technical level in novice and junior ladies is really uinspiring. Which isn't to say I haven't enjoyed it, but I can't see a future Rochette or even Phaneuf from this group. If this is the future of Canadian ladies skating, I can't see them being major players internationally with the good Russian, US, Japanese skaters coming up as well as some Chinese and French girls with potential.
I thought a 12 year old from Novice, Gabriela something showed potential despite falling on her 2A. She had huge jumps, and since she is only 12, the triples can still come.
Last edited by oleada; 01-18-2011 at 12:49 AM.
I think Gabriela Daleman is 13, not 12. She made it to Nationals without even attempting a 2A. She only skated clean programs with 1A and other doubles. The 2A she did today was not totally clean from the angle I saw on Skatebuzz. So for her to get all triples consistent will take a long time providing her body will not change much through puberty. Even though she has nice height on her double jumps, her slow rotations in the air will not help learning triples. A few girls at novice and junior levels who have nice triples did not make it out because they did not skate clean at qualifying events. A Junior level girl from BC actually has triple lutz but did not make it to Nationals because of one bad skate. I think those girls have more potential in the long run at senior level since they already started doing the difficult triple jumps.
At the rink. Again.
The same goes in the US at the Novice and Junior levels - some kids who have more potential were left home after our Sectional events because of one bad skate.
I think Gabrielle just turned 13 last week. I heard that the reason she didn't attempt a 2A or 3S at the challenge was that she hurt her knee doing pairs. She did get credit for the 2A in her short with the deduction. In the long she did another 2A which she got full credit for and she did a 3S as well. I think the reason she looks like she has a slow rotation while doing the doubles is that she is so high in the air on her jumps that she has to rotate slow. To me it looked as though the doubles are easy for her. I emailed a friend of mine who trains near where she does and she said that Gabrielle has already been doing 3S, 3T and 3F clean in practice (about 50% of the time) and 3Lz 1/4 turn cheat.
Originally Posted by tripleaxle
I think she was smart for putting not attempting the jumps at the challenge. We’ve been defending our Senior Men for years for not putting Quads into their programs. Obviously she has amazing skating skills to come 5th at the challenge with only a 1A. From what I saw on skatebuzz she is an amazing spinner with terrific skills. The commentators really loved her as well. Too bad the Technical caller gave her a 0 on her spiral which kept her from podium.