Passion at JO
Black Swan at CoI
I want to comment on Miki's JO skate before watiching it, on purpose.
Many have called Miki's skate embarrassing and generally indicating her time having passed. My view is that she may decide to quit competing on her own and such decision and loss of motivation for training might have somehow contributed to this poor showing, but this particular skate in no way gives an accurate picture of her skills and abilities.
From the protocol, I can see she botched 3 consecutive jumps, popping two into singles and one into a double. Such "disaster" to me indicates a momentary mental problem, e.g. a loss of focus or confidence, not a general or permanent issue but something she can snap back from quickly. On a small scale, Joannie had one bad jump, lowering her TES, but that too was more of a fluke.
Falls after full rotations too limits the problems to resolve, technical or mental. For me, chronic UR and wrong edges in jumps, especially on multiple different jumps, are much more worrisome, as they may have a range of possible causes. Training would fix occasional and temporary issues but a fundamental technical problem or a persistent bad habit would take tremendous effort and possibly a long time to overcome.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 10-03-2011 at 10:34 AM.
I posted this over at the JGP Austria thread too, but it also has some stuff about the ladies from Japan Open.
It was a really good competition for so early in the season. Liza T is going to be tough to handle, that's for sure! I'm loving Akiko's new program too. I'm happy to see Alissa going for that 3-3. Hopefully, with her setting the example, the rest of the US girls will up their technical content too...Poor Miki. That was hard to watch...
I compared figure skating performances to acting before, specifically stage vs screen acting. A skater may reach out to the spectators with interactions or draw them in even with the fourth wall. In a live competition, the spectators, including the judges, view a "stage performance" and they assess the overall movements , with a good feel for speed and ice coverage. Screen viewers at home, millions of them, however, get to see more facial expressions with camera close ups and give more consideration to them in evaluation of the performance. This is just one of the contributing factors to different perceptions and to differing opinions from judges and other live audience.
eta. In this specific comparison, Takeshi's was a seasoned program and performance whereas Patrick was debuting a program of extremely high technical difficulty. He naturally needed to focus differently.
This LP really contrasts with the SP in mood and style, giving him the opportunity to show his range.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 10-03-2011 at 11:19 AM.
I'd forgotten about Honda's Aranjuez - thanks for the reminder!
I can see the points about emotion; but this LP by Chan really amazes me in terms of the just constant and fluid skating/footwork. His blade work, stamina and endurance, and to a high degree his lines, really just grab me and make me feel like the performance goes by so, so quickly. And somehow, i feel so deeply when I watch it. Not in the same way as Honda - or even Kwan or Rochette - I feel/felt with all of these, but his one, I guess, is a sort of less in my gut feeling and more in my head (like more cerebral, but still emotional).
Here is my huge and uninformed wish and request: To Patrick, please don't work on performance or emoting this season; get in harness or some safe device, and master to complete domination your 3 axel. When you can do that in a pinch without flinching as well as you do just about everything else, then work on performance. Please. I don't want to hold my breath every time you do a triple axel (so master it even if only just for me, please!). And, i keep having nightmares (yes, already) that you get bronze at the Sochi Olympics because of the darn axel. So master it now, please. thanks.
^^^ Ha. Did you see the step entry into his 3A? Good luck with your wish and hope he might modify it.
Patrick's 3A is more mental though. Even he has admitted so. He used to land them beautifully whenever it counted. Going to Krall for micro managing jumps resulted in great quads but also the idea that his 3A techniques were all wrong, or "interesting" as Krall puts it. He has been working on the technique but now he has doubts already in his head before each 3A jump. I have a crazy suggestion to make to him that might just work, if I had such a chance.
oh...I'd love to know your crazy suggestion!!!
I did see the footwork and wondered if this guy just needs to keep his feet busy to stay calm - I wonder if he doing a deep knee bend a la Oda would help? Ok, I have no idea - but the idea that Krall thinks his technique is wonky and he has "mental" issues around just makes me even more anxious (though i'm sure I'll survive).
Anyway, I really can't wait to this and many other programs develop this season - looks to me to be a very exciting season.
Did Hanyu perform 2 programs or one? Does anyone have a full clip of his programs at COI? I can only find a cut one on youtube. Thanks :D
I think it may just be me, but I think Tut exists her jumps a bit weird like she tilts forward or something. Other than that she was great.
But Patrick will do just fine. It is a step up from his phantom, I think. As long as he keeps a poker face, I will still be mesmerized by his beautiful skating and the choreography.
I just wanted to clear something up. Lori did not choreograph Michelle's 2003 Aranjuez.
Karen Kwan, Peter Oppergrad, Scott Williams and Michelle herself did the choreography.
As a Kwan uber back in the day, I know my facts.
Can you believe it? I feel completely differently about this music, which is perhaps why I felt no one had portrayed it well yet.
Aranjuez may be Spanish, but it's no flamenco or a dance beat. It's about nature, a beautiful garden of life, reflecting the composer's own life's moments of happiness and remorses. When Patrick chose it partly because of the background story, I hoped to see a non stereotype interpretation and he didn't disappoint me. As you've mentioned already, it's Takeshi's sadness in the program that left the deep impression. A lofty, arrogant and fiery characterization would not do justice.
eta. I didn't quite like Patrick's ending pose, but I think it's to show a quiet eventual triumph over the tragedy.
etaa. I rewatched Takeshi's to find the sad face but it was when he had finished and was upset for himself about his performance! It was not part of the program.
The uses of different parts of the music are very different between these two programs, even though Lori choreographed both. Besides her own growth, Patrick's skills must have offered her more inspiration and opporutunities for creativity.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 10-03-2011 at 01:36 PM.
Honda's or Chan's Aranjuez ? ..I like both programs..They can't really be compared because Takeshi's was a 6.0 program IIRC, and Patrick's is CoP. So they may use the same music , but are entirely different .Honda's has long been one of my favourite men's FS .There isn't a year passes that I don't re-watch it. If Patrick develops this over the season the way he did Phantom , I could be adding it to my favourites , too. There's a lot of very nice stuff here.
I love Gachinsky's program and the way he's coming out of his shell, artistically. Some things about it I actually liked better at the test skate..Please don't rein in the Lambielesque fluidity, Artur..I want that and the jumps.. I , too , hope he stays committed to the choreography. He may have been a bit tense because this was the first competition for him ( I think ?)..and it may partly be due to the particular camera angle here ( some of the nicer choreographic details were not seen from the most effective angle) but this performance didn't have quite the same deliciously predatory feel..this costume was OK ; ideally, I had a just slightly dressed up version of what he wore at the test skate in mind ( can you tell how inspired I was to see this for the first time ?)..I guess I liked the silhouette of it better. But this is OK.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 10-03-2011 at 04:10 PM.