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    Did anyone pick Fumie to win this? Mozart over the warhorses: Tschaikowsky and Puccini. Veeeeery interesting.

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    Originally posted by rtureck
    What did Richard Callaghan do to get Arakawa's spiral sequence to a level 3?
    Well, he produced Tara for one thing - maybe some more before her. And there is not only Shizuka (skating better than ever) but improved Jenny 100 per cent.

    Anyone vote Callaghan COACH OF THE YEAR/

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    Surprise

    Why are we all surprise that Fumie won. Fumie has been a great skater for many years. She just falls apart too many times. The same has been said about Sandhu. He is a phenomenal skater and performer, he just falls apart too often. Plushenko is just a consistant skater and a great ham on the ice, but he is not the only great skater out there. The same can be said about Kwan, who at her worst can miss two jumps and still give a good performance.

    On a seperate note, Richard Callahan gives me the creeps as a person. I would never bring a skater to him unless it was a girl. He apparently can train the help out of a skater. examples Bobek in 95, Tara 97,98 Jenny and Shizuka 2003.

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    Re: Surprise

    Originally posted by MasterF Why are we all surprise that Fumie won.
    ... because, with the exception of the cheesefest, Sasha has been on fire all year. I feel like she's been skating with a new confidence and it appeared as though her lapses of years past were history.

    I'm hoping that the Sasha of the last week is just a physically tired skater. Now she'll have time to go home, stay in the same place for a few weeks, and get back to where she was in the beginning of the year. It'd be much more difficult to get back on track if the cheesefest spooked her.

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    While I'm disappointed for Sasha, maybe this is actually a good thing for her. In the past she's been great in the mid-season and down at worlds.... Perhaps this year the pacing of her season is different.....

    Anyway, I'm thrilled for Suguri. I've been a huge fan for a long time and have thought she's been one of the most underrated skaters for ages. At the last Olympics her placement was something of a travesty. I can't wait to see this skate.

    I'm also really pleased that Arakawa pulled up to third. I've loved watching her the last two seasons and have really enjoyed her breakthrough this season.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing all three of these skaters at worlds!

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    I'm suprised because of the new system. Sasha was skating well and getting consistant. Fumie was skating not as consistantly and her component marks were lower than Sasha's. Over at another board, in twelve pages of predicting, hardly ANYONE picked Fumie to win. Some even left her off the podium.

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    I too am thrilled for Fumie. I bet Sasha will re-coop and come back strong for Nationals and Worlds.......42

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    First of all, congratulations Fumie! I love her when she skates well and was thrilled with her SP "Paint It Black" at Cup of China (which I screwed up on with my VCR so I'm glad I have another chance to tape it). Although I still want to get my hands on her free leg on her spiral and turn it out and extend it. But she gets all my respect for this win. Fumie fought through several poor skates to peak at the right time. By all reports, she was great at NHK and that win was also great timing for her confidence. Also kudos to Lori Nichol for finding music and creating choreography that made the most of Fumie's strengths and allowed her to really shine. Great for Team Fumie!

    Quote from Tharttell: "I'm hoping that the Sasha of the last week is just a physically tired skater. Now she'll have time to go home, stay in the same place for a few weeks, and get back to where she was in the beginning of the year. It'd be much more difficult to get back on track if the cheesefest spooked her."

    ITA, Tharttell, and here's my take on it: Not to make excuses, but IMO, after the IFSC, it seemed to me that all bets were off for both Sasha and Shizuka because of the travel/competition fatigue factor. Just the laws of sports physiology--and as Mathman pointed out, why major league baseball pitchers are only allowed to pitch every third game. As I said on the SP thread, it was "interesting" that the two skaters who had skated at IFSC, Shizuka and Sasha, did worse than expected--not to mention Plushenko in the men's GPF. OTOH, skaters know the schedule in advance and even though some of them really would have been nailed if they had bowed out of IFSC, ie, Sasha, I hope that in the future she and Tarasova work on the timing for the overall season, what's called training and competitive periodization. It just means looking at your competitive schedule for the entire season and factor in rest periods and competitions you can afford to spend minimal energy on, even at the risk of losing, so that you don't burn out. Not taking an iota away from Fumie's win, having seen Sasha live at Campbell's and the way she skated at her three GP events, IMO, she has the strength and technique to skate well and consistently but what I don't think she and Tarasova have at this point is overall season training/competitive intelligence. Dick Button commented on this re Michelle at IFCS, ie, that one of the reasons she has stayed at the top so long in this sport is that she has great intelligence about how much she should do and when to do it--and ITA. IMO, this is something Sasha and Tarasova need to develop.

    However, I think it's also possible to make too much out of IFCS and GPF. Fumie skated poorly at early GP events; Sasha did at the end. IMO, this underscores why Fumie and Sasha have had such close results since the '02 Olympics. Although theyare very different skaters with very different strengths and weaknesses, overall, I see them as being very evenly matched, which makes for a fascinating rivalry. With Sokolova looking so out of it this season, perhaps Sasha and Fumie will be battling for the silver at Worlds--and also perhaps with Shizuka.
    Originally posted by rtureck
    What did Richard Callaghan do to get Arakawa's spiral sequence to a level 3?
    I talked about this in the IFSC thread, but basically what he did was make her first arabesque spiral into a serpentine change-edge, made sure she held her second catch-foot Beillmann position spiral, and added an arabesque directly into a front extension or "fan" spiral. Shizuka's spiral sequence had been the one thing in her programs that I had wanted to "grab a hold of and fix" before and Callaghan (or the choreographer) fixed it. IMO, I attribute this change directly to the COP. Why? Shizuka had the same problem with her spiral sequences all last season, that is, rushing them. True, she had a different coach, but not even Callaghan changed it until after the GP series and they could see on the Detailed Results that this was an element she needed to and could easily improve. In a close competition, those couple of extra points on the spiral sequence could make the difference between podium and not, or even gold and silver.

    Not the GPF results in the ladies' or men's disciplines that most people would have expected a few weeks ago, but congratulations to Fumie and E-Man, and hopes for Sasha, Shizuka, and even Plush that they learn from the experience.
    Rgirl

    Off-topic: Just wanted to say how sad it was to not see Irina at this event because of her heart ailment. Before last season, Irina had pretty much "owned" the GPF, so I couldn't help but think of her. This is a serious inflammation of the heart, which results in a dangerous build-up of fluids. With appropriate medial care and monitering, she can most likely live a normal life, but her skating career may be affected. I'm sure every skating fan, whether they're a fan of Irina or not, will be wishing Irina and her family all the best.
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    Fumie Suguri has NEVER won any senior grand prix event until the NHK Trophy recently. And now she's the Grand Prix Finals champion! Despite her veteran status among the elite ranks, this counts as some sort of surprise.

    What's not surprising is Sasha Cohen's meltdown. The girl just does not have the mental tenacity to handle pressurized competitions. All the excuses ring pretty hollow by now. Sasha has proven time after time after time that she brings on the splats during major competitions. Every single one of those botched competitions have their own individual factors that one may turn into excuses (It's the altitude! It's the traveling! It's the "legend of Michelle Kwan" as Peggy puts it.). Taken together, though, it's a pattern of mental weakness. No, people, her failures at major competitions aren't flukes, they're the norm.

    The proper way to appreciate Sasha's skating is to be pleasantly surprised when she does well in a high pressure situation, and then analyze the myriad factors that somehow allowed her to concenrate.

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    I think Arakawa should be tired too. She's done as much at Sasha and imo has skated better. The reason no one picked Fumie to win is because the judges love Sasha and imo inflate her scores way over skaters that are just as good without the flexibility. I'm sorry for Sasha's skate. I don't like to see her fall apart but I wonder if Sasha's mentally strong for mistakes.

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    She is now doing a change of edge spiral, ala Kwan, albeit in a catch-foot position. The edge change is deep, effortless, clean and fast, just like Kwan's. Arakawa is the only skater I've seen that duplicates the Kwan edge change with this degree of success
    Thanks. I think Carolina's FI/FO spiral has deep edges oh the curve!!, speed and flow too. In real life it looks awesome. I forget all about watching the amplitude and extension

    rgirl

    True, she had a different coach, but not even Callaghan changed it until after the GP series and they could see on the Detailed Results that this was an element she needed to and could easily improve
    Then it is good that Shizuka made the change. Actually Callaghan is very serious about his coaching. At SA gala practice, Shizuka went through the motion of her exhibition program without the jumps or spins. Callaghan made her repeat the whole thing with all the jumps/ spins/ spirals/ and MITF. Shizuka's gala performance was one of the high points at Reading for me.
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    Originally posted by Joesitz
    Did anyone pick Fumie to win this? Mozart over the warhorses: Tschaikowsky and Puccini. Veeeeery interesting.

    Joe
    I didn't pick Fumie to win, only wanted her to skate her best. The skate gods gave me those wonderful lucky numbers for Fumie in a dream before the beginning of the season.

    Yeah 550, and 488

    I post that as my sig line for a while. I struggled all season to figure out the meaning of those numbers. Finally the skate gods told me in a dream. "Idiot add a special letter K in front of the numbers!!"

    What ya know. K550, and K488

    Now Mathman, our number specialist, what does that mean?

    In my latest dream the skate gods revealed the names Pollini and Bohm!! So there we unlock the Fumie lp music puzzle!!

    Mozart should beat Tchaikovsky and Puccini any day. That also means Mozart is difficult to skate to. I love Fumie, I am a huge fan but I think she is just beginning to scratch the artistic vision Lori has in mind for her re: these pieces. But I am also encouraged, Fumie is a good pupil, give her more time with Lori, maybe she will be the best Mozart skater in the world. Fumie is lyric, ethereal and soulful, a good start.

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    Originally posted by lavender
    I think Arakawa should be tired too. She's done as much at Sasha and imo has skated better.
    Shizuka has good basics and jump techniques, and she is practicing different 3/3 and 3a. She landed some beautiful 3lutz/3t and triple axel in SA practice. I think she should concentrate on doing those well and give up the other 3s/3l e.g.

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    rTurek - Those are Kershel listings (numbers). Apparently the wunderkind wrote so many pieces, someone had to put them in a sort of file system. And yes, he is very special in the music world. I've seen a number of ballets where Mozart music is used most of which are quite intricate in a brio sort of way. They would be difficult to bring to the ice. Fumie's music is a nice change from the warhorses.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Fumie do this. I had seen it in Campbells and was not impressed.

    Cactus and all others. This has been a rouind the world competition with a fluff competition in between. I do believe the excuse of being tired is valid. I used to travel a lot. I'd fly for hours on end; get to a hotel; take a shower; then go to a meeting and fall asleep. I was not at my best.

    Have we heard from anyone who was there?

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    Originally posted by rtureck
    At SA gala practice, Shizuka went through the motion of her exhibition program without the jumps or spins. Callaghan made her repeat the whole thing with all the jumps/ spins/ spirals/ and MITF.
    This explains to me why I find Arakawa's LP so affecting from beginning to end. I just watched the cheez-fest last night, and what struck me was how full the movement and choreography throughout the program. If she's practicing without the tech elements, an empty program would appear just that, but she's invested in the steps and expression between the jumps, spins, and spirals, probably due to this approach. I think that's brilliant.

    Cohen's tech meltdown there made me appreciate the "guts" of her Swan Lake. I know that was an unintential run-through without jumps, but it said a lot about her expression and the rest of the program.

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