Just trying to catch up and just finished watching the Ladies SP - I have to say that I really, really loved Miki, Alissa, and in a different way Rachel - they were the ones that moved me tonight. I actually was surprised by just how much I liked Miki's SP as I wasn't really "into" it before. Alissa's sp was over so fast I couldn't believe it - yes, the little bobble on the flip, but the rest was lovely. too bad we don't have a bunch of 3x3's in the top bunch, but I enjoyed this.
Ps. I love Yuna and Mao too...but wasn't "moved" by them just happy to see them
I can think of at least two programs tomorrow that have the potential to be exquisite, so here's hoping.....
I've never been a fan of Miki Ando. I've always found her to be powerful, for sure, but artistically — very wanting, often dull. But that short program was stunning. Beautiful! You could tell she felt the music, and the choreography was lovely. I almost didn't even notice that she was doing elements. That was an eye-opening performance to me — it gives some idea of of just how much untapped potential is still there.
^ I totally agree, rain, except that I've always liked Miki even though she hasn't always managed to integrate lyricism and technique. In fact for quite a while she didn't even seem to be aiming at beauty, just power and fierceness. I liked that too - but occasionally when I saw her skate more lyrically I felt that was her truest self and what she most needed to show as a skater. Of course, skating is a sport and she couldn't have gone far with only lyricism and no power, so she's followed the right path. I'm just so happy that she's flowering now, against all expectations - to me, that was a wow performance. I was amazed and it melted my heart. ETA: It also makes me very happy to see all the respect and appreciation she's getting... all season but especially today. It's been a long, hard wait for her.
Makarova also delighted me, it just came out of the blue for me to see her do a whole program with such confidence and flair.
Leonova did well but what a program and getup. Other than that, the ladies' event was kind of a downer - lots of nice moments but no triumphant performances. Kostner was doing beautifully until the fall - thank God she didn't haves a meltdown after that. I was very disappointed in Yu Na's program and costume which had little connection with Giselle (why not use some other music without so many connotations), not so much in her performance which I figure was just her getting her sea legs again. And Mao... I just felt bad. I know nothing but winning satisfies her and I want her long struggle to end - victoriously!
Last edited by Spun Silver; 04-29-2011 at 11:17 PM.
Really, I don't think it's that big of a problem these days any more. I can't think of any top level skaters that telegraph their jumps (the last one that came to mind is Elena Liashenko). With the advent of the COP and the intricacies it demands, I think all the top skaters can do a triple out of steps. A lot of them are even doing simple steps before their SP combo, such as Yuna or even Patrick Chan with his 4toe/3toe (that he turned into a solo 4t at the GPF).
I am, of course, much more forgiving in this and many other aspects of skate judging than you are. Different cross strokes for different folks.
My goodness, Alissa stayed upright. I still think she's a headcase, but she might surprise me tomorrow.
Rachael Flatt's footwork was very fast and complex. If she and Alissa manage to not bungle up the long, the US could get their 3 spots back. As for the men ...
Miki Ando looks so pretty Her dress is so flowy, she's skates with such loveliness. Her jumps are also huge!
Mao's costume was much better than the usual short program dress. Shame about that triple axel, but she'll get it in the long.
Yuna's skate was okay. If it weren't for the hype and buildup about her artistry, I would have never even known she was playing Giselle. Tentative and reserved.
It's good that I don't have vested interest in any ladies, though I would like Yuna to win the gold. However, I do think it was a mistake to skip the whole season and debut 2 new programmes at such a big event, the pressure is huge.
Last edited by Blades of Passion; 04-30-2011 at 12:09 AM.
guys, think easy.
Yuna's first jump wasn't intended to be a solo jump. (she got average -1.5 deduction anyway).
And wat about the second one, 3F+2T - she did with steps.... so does that mean that the judges should give her extra point for doing that(she got +0.9 only - was just + on her jump)?
Just random thoughts about the short program:
It's looking good for Russia and the U.S. to qualify three spots for next year's Worlds. Alissa needs to stay in the top 5 though because I suspect Kanako will pass Rachel after the long program (8). But wouldn't it be something if Alissa manages to win a bronze medal.
In the SP, I wish there was a rule against doing all three jumping passes in a row. It bothers me.
It is sad that Marai and Yukari, both medal contenders, did not get a chance to compete. They both could have won this short program with in this mistakes-filled short program.
If team manages to qualify three skaters and they all end up in the top ten, that should earn them a 4th competitor next year. This wouldn't have helped the US year, of course, but maybe next year.