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^My first worlds was in 1999 .
About Maria, this is my fav program besides otonal! She had a tone of personality on the ice!
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Miki's camel spin was a little wobbly going in and she travels somewhat. Alisha's is well centred and she is balanced right over her blade. Also Miki's camel spin - though a traditional camel spin - did not involve as many revolutions as Alisha's. I would imagine Alisha picked up higher marks for her camel spin than Miki did for hers.
as a mere home watcher, i value position over speed. of course poor centering is distracting, but miki's centering is generally pretty good too. IMO alissa could afford to sacrifice some speed for better extension and position on (camel) spins and spirals. she's certainly not lacking in flexibility from where i sit. but hey, i'm not on any judging panel i would never value something that looks less attractive just because it's difficult technically, like, all those blade grab death spirals and ugly dog at hydrant spiral positions.
Originally Posted by Ladskater
Maria Butyrskaya had one of the best basic camels in the business. I also remember her lovely upright spin with both hands in the back.
And as seniorita, 1999 Worlds were my first Worlds too.