02-01-2011, 07:59 PM
I don't know when we started using the term PEAK. It doesn't mean anything to me. If a skater can be in so many comps including the SPs then each one should be a brand new start. Every comp is important for the skater's ego. They are not dress rehearsals for the Worlds.
02-01-2011, 08:14 PM
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
^ Uh, I've heard skaters talk about peaking ever since I closely started following the sport back in 1992. I specifically remember Michelle Kwan often talking about an athlete having to know the right times to peak, and how an athlete can't be at 100% all of the time. There have to be peaks and valleys . . . makes complete sense to me.
02-01-2011, 09:25 PM
It only makes sense if you're talking about other sport where that extra push can make or break you, like swimming, downhill skiing, track and field, etc... You can't be 99%, you have to be 100%.
In figure skating, peak and normal level shouldn't be day and night. If you're falling apart, and then blame it on peaking, I find it disingenuous.
02-01-2011, 09:42 PM
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I have heard skaters say that it is OK to have several events in a row, as far as their training regimen is concerned.
What is a killer is to have, like one event a month for four months. You don't quite have time to get down off your competitive high, relax a little, then build psychologically and physically for the next competition.
I think the extreme case is boxing. A heavyweight champion might have only one fight a year, and he trains for it for six months. If, in the middle of his training, you ask him if he is in shape yet he will, say, I'm in shape, but I'm not in ring shape.
02-02-2011, 12:06 AM
Scott Hamilton talked about his peaking strategy in the 80s in his book that was first published in 1999... so I'm thinking "peak" is a term that's been a lot longer than I've been alive.
02-02-2011, 12:10 AM
Next time I see Mike Tyson, I'll make sure to slap him around.
Originally Posted by Mathman
02-02-2011, 04:00 AM
Links to Christopher Caluza and/or Jason Wong's performances??
02-02-2011, 04:11 AM
Some people put themselves at a level where they can win everything they enter but still not be in top shape until worlds. There have been several skaters who have had seasons where they won everything. But I guess they still had to try to get themsleves to peak at worlds. Be in top shape there. Sometimes I think peak means you don't win everything and you like just kind of go from 3rd to second to first but it can be just winning everything and not really giving 100 pecent until worlds or olympics. If you look at Mao and 2009/2010 and her GP was terrible. Her Japanese nationals solid. 4CC mediocre short/good long. Olympics three axels and worlds was her absolute best! But Yu - Na was just win win win then Olympics blowout and total worlds comedown! She peaked at worlds but didn't lose anything before-you can say SA LP but the SP lead was so huge didn't matter.
02-02-2011, 08:02 AM