04-30-2011, 02:18 PM
I agree. I really like Rachael and I hope people will be kind. I was impressed with how well she skated considering she had a stress fracture, right tibia. She did not have the lowest placement of an American Lady ever.
Originally Posted by museksk8r
04-30-2011, 02:27 PM
I like pie.
better that than overly salty, right? (yes I know lame attempt at humor here...)
Originally Posted by draqq
04-30-2011, 02:30 PM
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
I mean, if things are exactly the way they are now in 2013-14 then Alissa obviously has a shot at the Olympic team. But it's extremely hard to imagine they will be.
Originally Posted by R.D.
For one thing, would she be able to keep up her tech at 26? And it's hard to imagine her tech won't be surpassed. I hope it will be anyway - otherwise we definitely won't have a strong medal contender for Sochi, as it's nearly unthinkable that one of these upcoming junior Russians won't emerge to be medal favorites. And they are the type that will have both 3-3 AND great lines, etc.
But it doesn't matter. It's already great that Alissa that she stuck around for her most successful year yet and can be proud of her career. She won't be a superstar but she'll be a fan favorite for a long time.
Rachael may be young but don't see her vastly improving while attending Standford at the same time.
All be told it's anyone's guess who will be on the US ladies Olympic team. This would be be fine if there was any clear emerging star power out there but to me there just isn't at this point, unless Mirai gets her act together.
You say it's good news that it's a new era for the American ladies. Except that a whole "new era" has come and gone with none of the newbies - Rachael, Mirai, Ashley, Caroline, - living up to what they did as juniors. So are we in for a similar cycle over the next three years?
04-30-2011, 02:52 PM
Welcome, skatingfan1, and thanks for your thoughtful first post.
04-30-2011, 03:05 PM
congratulations to Miki ando for winning your 2nd world title, good job.
congratulations to Yu-na for coming in 2nd in your only competition--good job.
congratulations to Carolina Kostner for winning the bronze medal. good job
Congratulations to Alena for coming in 4th--good job.
Congratulations to ALissa for coming in 5th--good job. way to go.
Congratulations to all athletes for doing your best,
good job Rachel for doing your best with your injury.
04-30-2011, 03:11 PM
I like Yuna's LP! The jumps were not there, but she was engaged to the performance. And I agree with Tracy(?) her performance is more mature. I thinks this is beyond superfacial acting now.
Karolina is the high light and I'm so happy for her comeback.
I love the young Japane girl, and Mao was robbed of PCS.
Miki made progress in performance this year but this was not the best for her this year. I still believe she is not musical and just does what she's told to. It showed this time obviously. But she deserve to win I guess, when others faltered. Congratulations!
All in all, a so so compitition, lest interesting one in this Worlds.
Last edited by Ilvskating; 04-30-2011 at 03:23 PM.
04-30-2011, 03:15 PM
Agreed. I think she's in a transitional phase artistry wise... she's trying to move past just facial expressions/acting and to skate from the soul. Thus why I think w/more competitive mileage and refinements, it could be breathtaking. So please Yu-na, compete on the GP next season?
Originally Posted by Ilvskating
04-30-2011, 03:50 PM
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Watching the performance again, I agree. What really struck me this time that I didn't recall from before (may have been one of the moments I ducked out to quell my barking dog) was how wonderful her footwork sequence was. Her ice coverage has improved on this element and it no longer seems jagged but rather has complete lobes akin to a serpentine. The timing of her steps was not rushed at all either, she held positions out before executing turns while maintaining her speed and didn't overdo it with the body dips either. It was perhaps the best footwork sequence of the entire World Championship, including the Men's event.
Originally Posted by wonderlen3000
I also noticed that her first Triple Salchow was completely divine. The height and ice coverage on that thing was amazing. That jump, along with her Triple Flip, both definitely deserved +2 GOE. Her overall arm movements in this performance were simply lovely as well. It's definitely her best performance of the program; she really paid attention to the details here and felt the music.
So now I'm actually thinking Miki Ando shouldn't have been on the podium at all.
Last edited by Blades of Passion; 04-30-2011 at 03:52 PM.
04-30-2011, 03:53 PM
When do you not think Miki shouldn't have been on the podium?
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
Last edited by MikiAndoFan#1; 04-30-2011 at 04:14 PM.
04-30-2011, 03:58 PM
If your intention is to be next Donald Trump or Johnny Weir, you are doing a fine job in getting attention for now. Just remember, this won't last very long. We all know when Pasha Grishuck called Oksana Baiul a criminal hoping to land herself in the Hollywood in the process, she ended up somewhere but it ain't Hollywood.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
04-30-2011, 04:02 PM
I mean that a new era is COMING UP for US ladies. The current era- the status quo - which includes Czisny, Flatt, Wagner, Nagasu and Zhang - just isn't getting the job done. We've been stuck with 2 ladies spots ever since they took over. (of course, it was the previous generation, Meissner, Hughes, etc. that lost the 3rd spot in the first place)
Originally Posted by Layfan
Last edited by R.D.; 04-30-2011 at 04:22 PM.
04-30-2011, 04:08 PM
I think what Layfan was getting at is that we have no reason to think that the next wave of the future will turn out any better than the current wave of the future, or than the previous wave of the future.
04-30-2011, 04:09 PM
whatever happened to Leonova's hair? Is that the most popular hair style in Russia at the moment or she is going for the Julia Sebestyen look?
04-30-2011, 04:10 PM
Stuck in the Kwan/Cohen years
I think Rachael should have withdrawn, if she knew she couldn't skate her best why would she skate?? Why would she risk it.
Originally Posted by Skatingfan1
04-30-2011, 04:16 PM
Well, in all fairness, Meissner was the last singles' female skater to medal for the U.S. (and a gold, no less!)
Originally Posted by R.D.