Page 12 of 13 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 LastLast
Results 166 to 180 of 194

Thread: SENIOR LADIES FREE SKATING Thread

  1. #166
    Custom Title Sasha'sSpins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    749
    Quote Originally Posted by skateflower View Post
    With Kostner's novice level jump content, I'd rather Liza win...
    Liza's jump content is superior but her lack of ice coverage surely helps her. One has to wonder how she would do endurance-wise if she actually used as much ice and speed as Kostner.

  2. #167
    Custom Title Sasha'sSpins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    749
    Quote Originally Posted by CARA View Post
    I have been hesitant to speak up, but I am too angry and disgusted not to address re: Liza's dress.
    That dress was downright inappropriate for any skaters but especially for such a young girl. Even with allusion fabric, lime green fabric barely covered one third of her upper body. Together with her very explicit make up, she looked like child molesters' fantasy come true. I am sorry to state such a shocking remark, but I am serious about this.

    Her coach, Mishin ought to know better; otherwise he would look just like Joe Paternao, a new disgraced Penn State college football coach who had been allegedly complicit in his former staff, Sandusky's multiple child molestation for decades.

    May they burn that dress and let it never to see the light of the day. I also wish that no persons upload Liza's FD performance - this is the kind videos that child molesters watch and fantasize their sick fantasies. And I'm saying this as a psychologist who have worked with victims and abusers alike.

    Administrator - If this statement is too inciting, you are welcome to delete. Should you decide to do so, I understand.
    I can't stand that dress on Liza either. She's just a child and the illusion fabric is creepy. Highly inappropriate. I hope the ISU come up with a rule about illusion fabric-especially on child skaters! Liza's dress is grotesque and I don't know how her mother or her handlers could think that dress is okay for a 14 year old.She can look polished and mature without that vulgar, trashy-looking get-up.


    Quote Originally Posted by Medusa View Post
    I don't like the outfit for the short program much more either - dressing a 14-year-old in a sexy black Tango dress + the make-up and some phony Tango moves, that often even look silly on women in their twenties - because Tango is a dance that basically screams maturity, at least in my book. I really prefer the youthful programs for the youthful skaters. I think Murakami, Nagasu and also Kim (except that Roxanne program, but even that was bearable) are good examples for skaters who had relatively youthful age-appropriate programs and outfits in their early years on the scene.
    Elizaveta's SP dress is also inappropriate with that illusion plunging neckline. I think both dresses are disgusting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Itcaip View Post
    In America you sell guns to everyone but if a young girl tries to look pretty you talk about child molestation. You go!

    Pruuuuuude!
    There's no call to resort to insulting someone or calling them names when you don't agree. If you think a person is a prude because they don't believe children should dress showing off most of their skin (even if it IS an illusion on the skater) with plunging necklines to their navel and backside then I don't know what else to say except I think it's very sad.

  3. #168
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    160
    Quote Originally Posted by demarinis5 View Post
    ... Loved Caro's costume....
    She designed it by herself
    http://www.agi.it/in-primo-piano/not..._che_ha_creato

  4. #169
    Rejoicing in the land of Kwan kwanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1,443
    I was very happy for Carolina. I'm a reformed Carolina Kostner hater! I really enjoyed her skating and she is by far the favorite heading into worlds. In terms of outfits, I actually liked her unitard. It completely accentuates her long limbs and lithe figure. I thought she looked lovely.

    I'm happy for Akiko too. It wasn't her strongest performance but it was still very good. I love her new dress! The deep pink color with all of the sparkles...very pretty on her. She was wonderful to watch, as always.

    I'm not a huge fan of Alena, but her LP is probably her best one to date. She's much more controlled throughout most of it which makes her less of an eyesore to watch. I'm glad to see she's holding her ground even with the younger Russian girls moving up through the ranks.

    I like Liza T, but a lot of her skating irks me. I think her jumps are fabulous--first rate, as Uncle Dick would say, her speed is nice and she performs well (I don't feel bored watching her)...but she has a lot to work on. Her extreme front-loading is bothersome. The first minute and a half is literally skate-jump-skate-jump-skate-jump-skate-jump. I'd like to see some more balance to her programs. Additionally, her terrible ice coverage is also a problem. Essentially, she skates on one side of the rink...she has got to fix that. Her spins actually looked a bit weaker here than normal...that's something else she needs to work on. And her posture...it needs work.

    I think she has a great future in the sport, but she still has a lot of work to do...oh, and yeah, Liza T's outfit was not right. WAAAAY too much make-up and that dress was a little too revealing for a 14-year old. I get that they're trying to make her look more mature, but someone needs to explain to them that wearing heavy makeup and showing a ton of "skin" does not equal "mature"...:sheesh:

    I feel sorry for Alissa. She struggled quite a bit out there. To be honest, she hasn't been very good all year. She's still very much a question mark in my book. I'm wondering how much of a shot to her confidence this injury will be? Will the US judges pull a 2009 Nationals this year and still give her the title even if other skaters out-skate her? I wouldn't put it past them...

  5. #170
    Down With It
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    13,538
    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    Overall, I was pretty disappointed by the low performance level throughout the ladies' event. Alissa's performance was disastrous. Tukt and Leonova were mediocre at best. Even Akiko disappointed me; it just wasn't a great skate from her. Only Kostner skated well.
    I can't even give her that much credit, unfortunately...

    The entire event was a disappointment for me. And while I wasn't expecting Czisny to be perfect or even great, she has not had a performance this awful since her coach change last year. Obviously she has still not shaken the "inconsistent" demon and likely never will. At least the difference is that here she looked upset with herself afterward and hopefully this will push her to do much better at US nationals. As you can tell, I hold her to a higher standard than I used to (partly because of her own words).

  6. #171
    Custom Title Mathman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Detroit, Michigan
    Posts
    28,113
    ^ Unfortunately, I don't think that pushing yourself. training harder, gritting your teeth, rachetting up your determination, etc., helps when the problem is runaway nerves.

  7. #172
    Down With It
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    13,538
    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    ^ Unfortunately, I don't think that pushing yourself. training harder, gritting your teeth, rachetting up your determination, etc., helps when the problem is runaway nerves.
    Still, she showed hints last year that she's dealing better with the nerves than she used to- fighting back after a fall, not giving up on the performance, etc. This was a throwback to the pre-Vancouver Czisny, just a complete collapse. Down we go again! You really do need a seat-belt on this Czisny roller-coaster.

    Now, suppose she does just ok at Nationals...not that the other ladies are doing any better, anyway- and she eeks out the title much like she did in 2009. We could very well have a repeat of '09 where Czisny underperforms at worlds...but I don't even think any of the other ladies could end up 5th. Only Nagasu has the capability, but she's just as big of a risk as Czisny is IMHO. And forget about sending Flatt any more...even if she picks herself up, her rep is destroyed and she'll never get good scores again. Unfair, yes, but it's the nature of a judged sport.

    I admire the progress Wagner has made...but she does not get the respect internationally for the same reasons mentioned above. At this point, I'd still send Nagasu over Wagner even with the inconsistency because when she does hit, she is one of the world's best.
    Last edited by R.D.; 12-12-2011 at 12:18 PM.

  8. #173
    Rejoicing in the land of Kwan kwanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1,443
    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    Still, she showed hints last year that she's dealing better with the nerves than she used to- fighting back after a fall, not giving up on the performance, etc. This was a throwback to the pre-Vancouver Czisny, just a complete collapse. Down we go again! You really do need a seat-belt on this Czisny roller-coaster.

    Now, suppose she does just ok at Nationals...not that the other ladies are doing any better, anyway- and she eeks out the title much like she did in 2009. We could very well have a repeat of '09 where Czisny underperforms at worlds...but I don't even think any of the other ladies could end up 5th. Only Nagasu has the capability, but she's just as big of a risk as Czisny is IMHO. And forget about sending Flatt any more...even if she picks herself up, her rep is destroyed and she'll never get good scores again. Unfair, yes, but it's the nature of a judged sport.

    I admire the progress Wagner has made...but she does not get the respect internationally for the same reasons mentioned above. At this point, I'd still send Nagasu over Wagner even with the inconsistency because when she does hit, she is one of the world's best.

    Agreed. There's too much uncertainty this year (again). Alissa isn't as strong as she was last year. Last year there was a confidence about her that made her seem stronger, more sure of herself...this year, we're back to 2009/2010 Alissa--fragile looking, tentative and nowhere near as confident. It's not been a clean road for her. If she doesn't completely implode like she did at the GPF, she probably still has a good shot at the podium. She's the top US lady right now. But sending a shaky Alissa over a more solid competitor might come back to bite the US in the @$$...again

    Mirai worries me but even when she zombie-skates, she's capable of scoring better than most. She usually skates well at nationals and goodness knows she's still the most complete skater the US has...if only she'd skate like it. Ashley would be my front-runner and best bet IF she can get thru the SP. But then again, she's not quite there with the judges yet. If she had a couple of good performances she could place well. She made visible improvements to her skating this year and everyone knows she's hungry for a medal.

    Rachael is finish IMO. Last place in one competition, 9th of 10 skaters in another...I really don't think she'll continue to skate after this season. I say this b/c the judges have turned their backs on her and once that happens it doesn't matter how well she skates, she'll never get the scores she needs. I wondered whether her decision at worlds would come back to haunt her and it's clear it has. Even if she skates well at nationals, the USFSA would be stupid to give her one of those spots on the world team...they thought she finished badly last year...I bet she'd be 15th or lower if she went this year. The judges do not like her anymore.

  9. #174
    and... World Peace! Tonichelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Kenai, AK
    Posts
    18,659
    Hey guys, please remember that at GS we don't approve of gossip/rumors that go against a skater's right to privacy (or their coaches for that matter).

  10. #175
    Custom Title Mathman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Detroit, Michigan
    Posts
    28,113
    In spite of everything, IMHO nothing has changed. Our best shot for high placement at worlds is Alissa and Mirai. Even with a fall or two Alissa has her non=jump elements and PCSs to stave off utter disaster. And Mirai might conceivably hit the jackpot. Getting both cylinders to fire at the same competition is a long shot, but better than no shot at all.

  11. #176
    Down With It
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    13,538
    ^ I think at this point I have to agree. Bottom line is, US ladies have never looked more dismal. The fact that Czisny and Nagasu maximize our chances says it all. Both skaters are quite hit-or-miss at competitions. Even our newcomers are struggling (Gao and Zawadzki didn't exactly light up the scene at their GPs). And I remember them being hyped as the Next Great Ones. That's why it is so important to let these skaters grow up and adjust before anointing them. No one can live up to the ridiculous expectations placed on promising American youngsters after Kwan.

  12. #177
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Greater Boston, MA
    Posts
    782
    R.D., I couldn't agree more about the state of U.S. ladies. And it seems like there's little hope on the horizon. Our top entrant in junior ladies here could only manage 5th, I think, the same as Alissa in seniors. Meanwhile the Russian junior ladies sweep the podium! I haven't seen Gracie Gold skate yet; maybe she can provide a ray of light. But I agree with you that we need to give our juniors time to mature and develop. Experiencing too much success and hype and pressure before your mind & body mature is not a good thing. The very special and talented (Kwan, Lipinski, Hughes) can sometimes handle it; but most can't.

  13. #178
    Custom Title Sasha'sSpins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    749
    Congratulations to the medallists.

    As it has since been revealed that Alissa apparently injured her calf this may explain her performance in the LP.

    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
    (12/10/2011) - Alissa Czisny competed through pain during her programs at the 2011 Grand Prix Final, having suffered an injury to her left calf during a practice session.
    The injury contributed to a disappointing free skate performance and a fifth-place finish overall.


    I hope she is fully recovered by Nationals and that both she, and Mirai are at their best-I want them on the Worlds team. I only wish there was a third spot so Ashley could go too but I think the international judges have given the nod to Alissa for sure and more so Mirai than Ashley when they're both at their best.
    Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 12-12-2011 at 02:51 PM.

  14. #179
    Custom Title
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    160
    pretty please, stay on topic,
    I'm sorry for Alissa who injured herself at practice and believe she will do well again as soon as she feels better. After all she has been quite consistent in a lot of competitions including GPF and worlds.
    But Mirai, Flatt and all the other US skaters has nothing to do in this tree

  15. #180
    Down With It
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    13,538
    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    R.D., I couldn't agree more about the state of U.S. ladies. And it seems like there's little hope on the horizon. Our top entrant in junior ladies here could only manage 5th, I think, the same as Alissa in seniors. Meanwhile the Russian junior ladies sweep the podium! I haven't seen Gracie Gold skate yet; maybe she can provide a ray of light. But I agree with you that we need to give our juniors time to mature and develop. Experiencing too much success and hype and pressure before your mind & body mature is not a good thing. The very special and talented (Kwan, Lipinski, Hughes) can sometimes handle it; but most can't.
    It's just all such a vicious cycle. ALREADY there was a thread on another forum comparing this Gracie Gold (whoever she is) to the power jumpers Ito, Harding, etc. I mean, seriously??? *headdesk*

Page 12 of 13 FirstFirst ... 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •