I think the other Polina needs a little more confidence but I think she's coming around. I actually think Ksensia is the weak link on this Russian team, because her PCS won't be anywhere near as high at the international level. IMO.
Wasn't she supposed to switch to pairs when she was younger until she got all her triples so quickly they decided to have her stay in singles? She could still make the switch, she's still pretty tiny and she has pretty good lines that maybe skating with a partner could help bring out that spark that seems to have dimmed a little.
I have a soft spot for Polina Agafanova too. I thought she was just so adorable when she came on the scene.
Will Lisa be sent to JW? She is #4 among the juniors here on the final result.
Last edited by bsfan; 12-27-2011 at 01:55 PM.
Would you have put Ksenia over Alena?
There is a jr nationals that will take place
isn't the reigning jr. Nationals champ Elizaveta ?
it will be interesting if she can defend her junior national title like Adelina did.
Last edited by sky_fly20; 12-27-2011 at 02:11 PM.
This year Youth Olympics ends Jan 22nd. Junior Nationals starts Feb 1. So I doubt Liza will compete at RJN unless the federation makes her compete for her spot...
At this point I can't imagine RFSF naming anyone other than Adelina, Liza, & Julia to the JW team tho...
As for Ksenia Makarova medaling, it depends what other ladies put out there.
Medal contenders include (in no particular order) Gedevanishvili, Viktoria Helgesson, Korpi, Leonova and Makarova.
Gedevanishvili, Helgesson and Leonova have landed lutz and flip, although Elene and Helgesson not as reliably as Leonova. Makarova has the flip, but not consistently. Korpi has been off form all season and hasn't had the harder jumps, but she does get very high PCS scores so can't be counted out as she is the reigning bronze Euros medalist and beat both Makarova and Leonova last year.
Makarova has a strong SP but her FS is awful and she doesn't have the presence to pull off Marilyn Monroe on the ice. Even the crowd in Russia was less than enthusiastic about her performance at Nationals. She's skated poorly in the GP this year, and that won't help her PCS scores. And she will need high PCS scores to make up for her lackluster technical content (flip---if she lands it, 3t+3t---again, if she lands it, and 3lo). Yes, she could medal if she makes no mistakes and other ladies falter. But I think Leonova has a much better chance of medaling than Ksenia does.
Look at those ridiculous FS scores:
111.19 47.04 65.15 8.21 7.93 8.18 8.21 8.18
Here's what she got at Worlds 2011 for a similar performance (and similar program---remember "Evita"?):
105.60 46.52 60.08 7.54 7.25 7.54 7.61 7.61
Yes, I really dislike the program too, I'm just making a point as to why someone could receive high PCS with low TES.