Really 17? (Age scandal?)
ETA My Top 10 Wish List:
1, 2, 3, - Ando, Asada, Kim. I just hope it's a good competition and that all three are great.
4 - Murakami. Love this kid. I hope she caps off her wonderful first senior season with a great placement here.
5 - Czisny
6 & 7 - Flatt and Lepisto - not super likely for Lepisto but I'd love to see it, she's a beautiful all-around skater. Rachael, do the 3/3, honey. Go for broke in the FP (you need it) and climb those stairs.
8 - Korpi or Makarova (I hope it's not just because they're both beautiful platinum blondes that they seem kind of similar to me)
9 - Kostner
10 - Lee - go Cheltzie!
Last edited by Spun Silver; 02-23-2011 at 12:32 PM.
Because Yuna herself has confirmed countless times now that she will definitely compete, and has been training very hard for it.
Unless you can explain your "assumption", I am thinking you are either living in a cave or are in complete denial
I just don't think she will. Sorry. It has nothing to with how I feel about her (I like her, for the most part).
Of course a skater will say she's training, it keeps her in the press. See also Kwan, Michelle.
The steps of gladness to Paradise (top of the podium):
I'll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step ev'ry day !
I'm gonna get there at any price;
Stand aside, I'm on my way !
I've got the blues
And up above it's so fair.
Shoes ! Go on and carry me there !
I'll build a stairway to Paradise
With a new step ev'ry day.
TV or IN please show us these comps. I haven't seen Japanese Nationals, but I know that Miki is a competitive. Mao is vulnerable, imo.
Looking forward to a good show of competition, hoping that Yuna makes and appearance.
Will the American gals add up to 13? I think they can, so this is worth watching as well.
I believe US sports will show whatever, but they will be selling live streaming Worlds, probably for a prohibitively high price, like $49.
I will grouse, but pay it.
Haven't read this entire thread, but what I have made me smile.
So here go my wishes (in any order):
1.) Would like to see everybody skate their best, as the best competitions are when everybody skates their best and you win!
2.) I hope the winner skates clean first & foremost, NO FALLS, with the highest difficulty possible, including a quad for the men and a 3/3 from the women, and a 3axel from Mao Asada, since she's the only woman that can do so.
3.) no injuries or withdrawals, Please God, no injuries or withdrawals.
Gold: Yu Na Kim
WHY: “Arirang.” When I heard she was doing it, some kind soul posted a link to the New York Philharmonic performing it in North Korea. The music is just glorious. I want to see her do it justice. I adore her.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: To keep skating
Silver: Alissa Czisny
WHY: Because at the beginning of the season, I said she’d win Nationals and have her Wylie moment at Worlds. To make it complete, that means silver. Because her long program is the masterpiece of the season. Because I think IF an American woman wins a medal in figure skating, people might talk it up again.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Something a little harder/more edge (musically).
Bronze: Mao Asada
WHY: She’s got this iron will that doesn’t let her give up. She’s had two terrible GP seasons in a row, but found the inner fire to kick it up a notch. I think the sport needs that. She doesn’t have a bronze medal. She needs one to complete her collection.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Just continue what she’s doing.
Fourth: Miki Ando
WHY: Because realistically she won’t be any lower. Because I feel churlish for not liking her more (I actually want her a little lower) – it’s not like she’s done anything to me. Even if I wish it was Akiko instead.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: I would love to sit down and actually talk to her. She seems like such a nice person and I’ve grown to really enjoy her gala presentations. And I think she does feel the music. I just don’t think she really expresses it well. I’d love love love it if she got a program from David Wilson. Her “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” SP from a few seasons back was stunning.
Fifth: Kiira Korpi
WHY: Because she’s got a pretty terrific 1-2 punch of programs. Because a top five at Worlds would suggest she (somewhat) held it together.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: The holding it together? Continue
Sixth: Rachel Flatt
WHY: Because if she and Czisny get back the three spots, people will finally stop kvetching about getting back three spots. Because I actually like a good portion of East of Eden. Because if she does get the third spot back, a lot of people will have to eat humble pie.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Whatever she wants. If she keeps skating, work on her positions.
Seventh: Kanako Murakami
WHY: I think she’s been overscored, but the fearless joy she evinces really is enjoyable. Too much lower implies that she skated poorly. Even if I wish it was Akiko instead
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Better programs. I know, she’s young, but you know what? Kim debuted with Le Tango de Roxanne and Lark Ascending as her senior programs. Her short emphasizes her youth in the wrong ways.
Eighth: Laura Lepisto
WHY: Because Finland with three spots would be absolutely hilarious. Because I was looking forward to seeing her this year and seeing her only once and doing poorly would be disappointing.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Let’s see her at worlds before talking about it
Ninth: Cynthia Phaneuf
WHY: Because it’ll guarantee Canada two spots. To be honest, I don’t have that much affection for her beyond her nationality, so if she doesn’t do well, I probably won’t shed much tears.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: Something a little more powerful. Go for a 3-3 combination.
Tenth: Carolina Kostner
WHY: It seems weird to me that she’s experiencing so much success this season when she’s a former shadow of herself. I love COP but it does seem a little extreme to, on one end, have Patrick Chan winning a competition with four falls because of his very high base-value elements but to have Kostner, doing the simple stuff well and really racking up the points.
WHAT NEXT YEAR: The hard jumps. The dangerous speed. The adult musicality. Consistency. In one deadly package. This year I became a Czisny uber. Come August 2011, it’s your turn.
- A final flight with no falls
- Samson skating as good as she did at Nationals
- Lee, LaFuente, Meite, Hecken and Vannut to have skates they’re proud of.
- For Leonova and Marakova to demonstrate that they aren’t to be left behind when the RBB comes of age.