i never thought i'd say this, but my hightlight of the 2011 worlds is miki ando's exhibition numbers. she just moves me, as a person, and her skating is starting to catch up. i am happy she was able to give the people of japan a good memory from this year's worlds. there's an interview with her on FSU that just breaks my heart.
runner up: carolina kostner's long program, yeonah kim's long program.
daisuke's bad luck and the laughing hyenas in suits
yeonah and mao not being physically and mentally in the best of conditions to skate the way we all know they can when they're at their best.
ETA: additional lowlight: people jumping on the chance to bash rachael flatt, making all sorts of unreasonable claims about her character, how nagasu would have surely secured 3 spots--i even saw (tongue in cheek?) assertions that nagasu would be 2011 world champion if only rachael flatt had withdrawn *sigh*
Last edited by skfan; 05-01-2011 at 04:10 PM.
ITA. This needs to be addressed.
Originally Posted by Tigger
Miki's winning SP, LP, and gala program. How did she become so expressive in a short span of time is beyond me. Wow. Gives hope to all jumpers out there. Everything she did seemed so polished and finished. Miki deserves her second World title.
Yuna Kim's blatant held up score in the SP.
Oda's inability to count
K/S missing the podium
SkateFiguring took the violet pill
What should the rules be to make sure the skaters are vigilant about their own equipment and not disrupt the competition? An equipment malfunction is almost always tragic and detrimental to the skater but it's also their responsibility. Given the extreme importance of the skates to a skater, it's hard to comprehen why not everything possible is constantly done to ensure their proper function, especially during a competition.
I don't think I've ever posted about actual skating here, but I feel compelled to write about what I finally just saw: Leonova's two programs. It's true that each man has his view of choreography and musical interpretation, but I found her programs to be extreeeeeeeeeeeemely overscored. Also, her two glaring mistakes in the short program should have set her back and not made her near the podium. I rooted for her before this competition, but watching what I deem her total absence of "good programs" (she's not an artist and doesn't even pull of charm or energy well) place above Czisny (for example) baffles me. I won't even get into the rest of the competition, as I haven't seen it all, but: does anyone else think Leonova was a joke both from a spectator point of view and from a placement point of view?
The pairs competition. S/S, V/T, Y/C. K/S's long program and exhibition.
Chan and Kozuka.
Oda and Pechalat/Bourzat.
Takahiko Kozuka's fs
Yuna kim's return
Pechalat and Bourzat
1. D/W finally winning the gold medals & done so fair and squaire, despite chatters regarding how overmarked they were;
2. Dornbush & Miner proving themselves deserving of the US world representatives, despite chatters how undeserving resprentatives that they were;
3. The Shibs' facial expressions at the moment when they found out that they won bronze medals, proving if there was a conspiracy by S/Z, the Shibs at least were not aware.
P/B's fall, and effectively giving away the bronze medals.
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