11-11-2011, 03:47 PM
Sorry being patriotic now, but we still have the best dancers, Torvill and Dean, I thank you!!
11-11-2011, 03:48 PM
Back to the skating well done Akiko
11-11-2011, 04:46 PM
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
11-11-2011, 05:12 PM
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
Hey, don't forget you also have an INCREDIBLE history in men's skating with John Curry and Robin Cousins, two of the very finest male skaters ever!
Originally Posted by russell30
11-11-2011, 05:29 PM
Akiko is truly for me one of the best skaters ever! Her passion and love for the sport is simply incredible. Her lightness, dance ability, exuberance and beauty shines and is felt by everyone. She is the only skater to have this effect on me after Michelle Kwan. She is simply incredible and is a wonderful inspiration.
I hope she would become a world champion, national champion, 4 continents champion and gpf champion. She will face incredible challenge from Alissa, Carolina, Mao, Adelina and Elizaveta but she is for me exquisite.
I love Mao, she has become a glorious performer now and has more connection and feel to the music. One of the best ever!
11-11-2011, 05:30 PM
Akiko joins this amazing list of my most loved female skaters together with Janet Lynn and Michelle Kwan!
11-11-2011, 07:45 PM
Love Mao's SP. Very Charming, well choreographed, well chosen cuts/arrangement, and I love what she can do with a COP step sequence. Her and perhaps Kostner have a unique ability in this element, where they look like they are actually in control of the thing and actually expressing music. Should probably add Akiko too (almost forgot her because the music choice for the steps in this particular SP is a little dull). Mao infuses a lighness and all that twizzly goodness
Don't quite enjoy this program from Akiko's on the same level, though the begnning looked promising (and nice dress!).
11-11-2011, 08:16 PM
Originally Posted by ayayukiituka
Time for hidemyass.com:
Originally Posted by burntBREAD
11-11-2011, 08:21 PM
Loved Akiko's ebulliance and her skate. If that wasn't enough, Mr. Sato's joy and pride always brings a huge grin to my face.
11-11-2011, 10:08 PM
You mean Mr. Nagakubo?
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
11-11-2011, 10:23 PM
I think Akiko has improved quite a bit. She had passion and power before, but was a bit wild and rough. Now she's more refined and more in control while still keeps the passion and power. That might be why the PCS goes up. I started to love her this year for sure.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
11-11-2011, 11:05 PM
Yes. Whoops, sorry and thank you.
Originally Posted by sorcerer
11-11-2011, 11:07 PM
I don't think it's working? :(
Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins
11-11-2011, 11:52 PM
I watched Mao's program again and I have to say, I really love it. I think it's her best short program since her Nocturne program several years ago. I especially love the footwork section. It is so light and goes so well to the music. The cut and performance of Scheherezade is really different from what has been used (overused?) before. I really like it. I think Mao was underscored. Her axel was dinged not only for being only a single but got negative GOE, even though it was a pretty good single axel--another weird quirk in COP scoring. I also don't know why she was given negative GOE on her loop. And how does Mao get a PCS that is only .12 point above Alena Leonova? OK-I'll admit I haven't seen Alena's program, but unless she has really improved, I can't see her being so close to Mao on skating skills, choreo, intepretation, etc. It still wouldn't bring her that much closer to Akiko, but it would probably put her in second place.
11-11-2011, 11:56 PM
jenaj, the axel in the SP must be a double or triple. A single axel is automatically -3. Any missed required element in the SP automatically gets a -3 - a solo double/single (as opposed to a triple), a 2-2 as opposed to a 3-2 or 2-3, not putting in a combo, and the axel.