Very nice story, Marcus! Love Miki and she sounds very down to earth and sweet. No wonder I like her! I hope you have more encounters with her and don't forget to share! Hehe.
thank you for the sweet story about miki. i like miki more every time i see her--miki herself even more than miki's skating. it makes me feel torn, that worlds was held when miki and the other japanese skaters felt that their hearts weren't in it. i wonder if they really can be at their best. i hope they've made peace with the decision, and are being buoyed by the crowds and the energy of the event.
i actually tuned in looking for dress rehearsal photos of YNK's costumes, but your miki story was an even better find.
I thought that Miki had followed her coach to somewhere in Europe, leaving NJ behind. Did she come back? Nice story about meeting her, I'm impressed by her fluency in English in the interviews I've seen.
RE: Yu-Na having to drop her 2Axel-3Toe combo...she wouldn't have to if the Free Skate actually allowed skaters to pick the elements they want to perform. Imagine if the minimum requirement for the Ladies Free Skate was:
*6 jumping passes, two in combination with a second jump
*1 footwork or spiral sequence
And after that 3 elements of the skater's choice (with certain restrictions) could be added to the program. She could do this jump layout:
She would then choose non-jump elements to fill all of her 3 additional flexible slots.
She'd get 43.57 points base value for this. Add in some tano-arm for the double lutz for good measure and she'd get +3 for it surely.
Don't know why she didn't go for this. The double tano lutz should be easy for her since the lutz is her strongest jump. (Unless the timing is so different it might throw off her 3Lutz technique? )
The only reason I could think of is that the GOE pontential of the 2Lz is much less than a 3S+2T. The minor increase in BV is not enough to offset the huge decrease in maximum potential GOE (2.1 for the combo, 0.9 for the 2Lz).
Check out this double flip from Boitano in his '88 SP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me0Rv...eature=related.
Last edited by Krislite; 04-28-2011 at 02:26 AM.