Curse of the defending champ (in ladies) has been in place since 2007. Assuming the curse remains in place it is highly unlikely Czisny will take the title (but maybe she could hang onto 2nd and still make the world team). But in that case I see Nagasu much more likely to be the winner over her than Wagner. Somehow I think Czisny would have to completely tank to get left off the team...if she's just ok the judges might find a way to keep her at least 2nd, particularly if she does well in the SP and Wagner messes up the SP again.
Last edited by R.D.; 12-13-2011 at 04:58 PM.
Maybe it is just me, but having attended the competition, I found the ladies event to be the one in which there seemed the LEAST bias from the audience. I have attended events in Canada many times, and the crowds are enthusiastic. As usual, Skate Canada did a wonderful job of planting flag waving walls of wonder in the audience opposite the judges, and the crowds did a terrific job right on cue, especially in dance.
What I was frankly somewhat disappointed and disheartened by was how tamped down the response seemed to be for some truly wonderful performances for direct challengers of Canadian skaters. It was at its worst during the dance event with the crowd almost dismissive of the Russians (who granted did not skateir best, but still), the Shibutanis, and Davis/White, where there was respect but not much enthusiasm. When the Canadian teams skated, it was like a roof raising explosion, and the sheer contrast was unseemly. Canadians will think I'm a basher, but having seen competitions in person now in Canada several times, and in Europe and the US as well, I'm making my comment from some base of experience and many years, but thought it was particularly notable at this event. Worlds in Ottawa and Vancouver, both of which I attended, there was more balance, with enthusiasm for excellence. I think the smaller and concentrated crowds at this event may have contributed to this, combined with Worlds audiences being larger and more diverse, hence diluting some of what I am describing.
It was thus the ladies event which felt the most appreciative to me as far as the audience was concerned. And this I found ironic, because it was also in ways, the event which most underwhelmed me from a skating perspective. The junior ladies including Lipnitskaia simply stole the show from the seniors. That was one time where the audience seemed to extend their appreciation to a skater in the same hell raising way that they greeted and supported the Canadians.
After reading some of the posts I think people should calm down about Liza's dress. Yes it is abosolutely to revealing and not age appropriate , but it is really liza and her team's business. Personally I think the dress was designed to make Liza look less childish compared to all the other senior ladies, she is a child but she is competing at a senior level competition, and lookin like a junior will definitely not help her
Thanks for posting, shalenheyyo. Welcome to the forum.
I have to agree that I found the ladies' competition the least powerful of the event. Whatever we say about Chan's win, his skate was exceedingly dynamic, and Takahashi's was a masterpiece of performance art as well as of technique. Then there was Hernandez, not to mention Hanyu. The ice dance had several splendid programs, as did the pairs. Among the women, there were meltdowns and errors as well as several programs without much technical fullness. And of course Mao's absence cast a pall on the proceedings.
It's not just American women's skating that seems to be experiencing a drought. Worldwide, some of the best skaters are sitting out part or all of the season, and others are going through a slump. There are several promising youngsters, of course, but they aren't here yet. Bring on the ice dancers!
Stop critising Liza, I find her new dress appropriate. Liza is unique, she has the right to have a different style than the others skaters. To me, It's the beauty of the sport to have different type of people and style =)
Finally saw the ladies LP on HD.
Whoever found Liza's dress appropriate must have been jaded by the Las Vegas club scene. Oh wait, those girls are 21+.
This girl is only 14. Absolutely disgusting and pure trash.
Don't they deduct points for obscene costume?
Caro's costume seemed nice in concept. She looked long and lean rocking that costume, camel-toe and all. Don't like it as much as I thought I would.
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I loved Carolina's costume. She's able to carry off that sort of thing. Her costumes are so often the most elegant or sophisticated ones in a competition, rivaled only by the ones worn by the Finnish ladies. Was it 2006 where Caro and the three Finns were simply dazzling? I think so.