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    I hope Joannie Rochette wins this one

    She seriously is the most talented skater of her generation. Her skating and her arms absolutely mesmerize me. I doubt she doesn't play an instrument herself, because the kind of classical musical sophistication is so apparent in her skating. I think Secret Garden should be banned from skating after Joanie. I've never been a fan of skater skating to slow, pretty music, but Joannie does it like no other. I don't mean this to sound like a cliche, but she totally skates like a poet.
    Gush gush gush. I hope she wins this one.

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    I hope she wins this one too, if only for the promotion of new blood if nothing else. I do think of all the ladies skaters in Canada right now she has the most potential to compete internationally. The other ladies have been around a long time now and none of them have progressed to podium-quality international performances. I can't help but think that part of what is wrong with the Canadian ladies program as a whole is that there hasn't been anyone to shoot for for quite some time. Just look at the renewed vigor of the pairs program post-Sale/Pelletier....in a few years I think Canada will have one of the strongest pairs fields in the world, rivaling China/Russia. Bourne and Kratz have been a light in the dance field, and our men's program has produced a succession of international-calibre champions, with Buttle and Sandhu now coming of age. In ladies, while I don't want to diminish what Jennifer Robinson has accomplished, as I've always felt she is an excellent ambassador for Canada, she's never really broken through into that top rank of skaters, because, well, she's not ever really been more than "decent." Shooting for someone ranked maybe 7th in the world is a lot different than setting your sights on someone ranked 1st. Every year I watch the ladies field hoping to see some new spark of inspiration and I haven't seen much. I was impressed when I saw Joannie Let's hoping this year at nationals is different.

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    I have yet to see her skate... she got chacked on ABC the other day :(

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    That was idiotic of ABC to chack Joannie and show Sokolova, who placed above Sokolova in both phases of the competition at CoR. Hopefully Joannie will make a member of the ABC on air list soon.

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    Rochette was one of the fastest Ladies' at Worlds last year. She had fine edges too. I think the speed and power in her stroking was the antidote to the sweetness of her music.

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    I've been pretty excited about her too. She certainly is beautiful to watch. She doesn't seem to be that secure competing internationally yet though, so I'm not sure what winning nationals would do to her mentally. She may be better off going to 4CC and worlds as the second-ranked skater in Canada again, and getting some strong international performances under her belt before she's crowned as Canada's Top Skater. But who knows: a win at nationals just may have the opposite effect on her and boost her confidence. Also, I'd like to see Rochette perform up to her full potential at nationals, and if she does that she can definitely win.

    In any case, I hope to see Jennifer Robinson on the world team as well, because Jennifer has a lot of experience and she knows how to put down the jumps under pressure. I agree that she's never been spectacular, but she's been solid. If Robinson goes to worlds, she will take the pressure off the other, less experienced ladies skater that goes with her, because Robinson has shown she can get into the top ten.

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    I agree with Spark. Joannie would benefit more by going to Worlds without the pressure and expectations it takes to be Canadian champ. This is her first season on the GPF, and she's done not bad. 1 more season, and she will be ready to take on the world.

    With Jennifer being National champion for so long, she has allowed other skaters to develop at their own pace. She is top 10 at Worlds, which takes the pressure off the other skater. She knows what it takes to compete on the world stage, and we still need her. SC have a lot of faith in her and her ability to get the job done. She also tends to skate her best at Nationals.

    I can honestly say that this is going to be a real treat to watch!!

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    I think you guys are right!!!!!!!!!! Joannie has to go to worlds, but without the heavy expectation as the new Canadian champ!!!!! Hopefully she'll be there and place At LEAST top ten :D

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    Give this gal a good coach and a good choreographer and Canada has an Olympic contender. There is soooo much talent there that needs to be gathered up and organized.

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    I don't know, I think the coach she has has done a pretty good job with her so far! I would like to see how a different choreographer would look on her though. Not that her programs by David Wilson aren't any good, just that I'd like to see what someone else could do for her.

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    Hi Spark - I agree. She needs someone to bring out a 'style' which I think is not quite there yet.

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    I think Joannie already has style galore and all the artistry in the world. All she needs is some consisteny and a mentality that helps her get into the fighting mode everytime she's on the ice, the thing which most of the Canadian women have lacked for a long, long time.
    And I don't want her to leave David Wilson just yet. They have been putting out some of the most beautiful, musical programs I've seen.

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    I think her programs have been pretty, but they don't really stand out. I agree that Joannie has a natural flow and musicality, but I think she's got potential to be better than she is in terms of unique and meaningful choreography. Of course, since she's kept her free program from last season, she and her coach may be trying to focus on her jumping technique and her competitive mentality, which is probably wise at this point.

    I haven't seen her new short program, so I can't form an opinion on whether it's better than her previous ones.

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    Joannie

    I've seen Joannie skate three times at competitions, Pierrefonds a summer competition in Quebec, 2002 Nationals in Hamilton, and Skate Canada in Mississauga.

    I've seen great improvements in her skating! Her SP this year is beautiful, and she has wonderful presence on the ice. I agree that another year of SR GP would be very beneficial for her. She enjoys working with David Wilson...and as the year has gone on, she's improved making that confidence level go up. I often tell her to skate for herself, because she has no control over the judges, just what she does. That's all you can do! I think it would be interesting to see what another choreographer could do for her...but who would you suggest? I really enjoy Lori Nichol. She's made some beautiful programs.

    Anyway, the last time I saw Joannie was in Newmarket, doing Celebration On Ice. She was skating REALLY well, Jenn was there also, and I didn't find her skating as refined...and that's speaking on a spectator level, not a friend level LOL! I think Joannie feels confident now, though I'm sure nerves do play a part, and for her, her goal is whatever happens happens, and I'm very confident that she will finish top 3

    Until Nats start
    Sarah

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    This all sounds good. No disrespect to Jennifer, but it would be nice to see a "changing of the guards!"

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