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.