12-26-2011, 10:36 PM
I don't normally like Ksenia Makarova's skating but this is the first year that I liked her short program. She just could never skate it clean. I knew if she skated this one clean it would score well. This is the best I've ever seen her skate period.
12-26-2011, 10:50 PM
Slightly OT but does anyone know why she switched from competing for the United States to compete for Russia? Bluntly, I think she might have a better chance here of being sent to Senior international events after this year, at least if the current level of the US ladies continues. Of course she's not super consistent but neither is anyone else in the USA...
Originally Posted by lavender
12-26-2011, 10:59 PM
wasnt it because she wasn't good at the sectionals competitions that she switched countries ?
and she started competing at russian nationals before the new kids arrived , I think she'd still have the same
results if she did compete for the us, but maybe sent more at senior competitions
but then again, Ksenia does compete for seniors events and she always inconsistent and bombs either he SP or LP :sheesh:
well Im not saying her flexibility is distracting, what I mean is that she can also add artistry to other things
Originally Posted by koheikun90
she has graceful hands and the way she sways and moves can still improve and use that to her advantage
what I find a trademark in Julia is actually the way she spins so fast and her I spin.
but isn't Julia eligible to compete at all senior events by 2013 ?
if she stays consistent and does well in her transition to Senior.
she will still be a contender for a podium at 2014 winter olympics
Last edited by sky_fly20; 12-26-2011 at 11:12 PM.
12-26-2011, 11:17 PM
I think she can compete in the senior grand prix but will not be eligible for European and Worlds until 2014. And whoops I meant to also reply to FlattFan who said her skating was gross.
12-26-2011, 11:23 PM
sorry, I think , Julia is eligible for Senior Grand Prix by 2012
12-26-2011, 11:36 PM
I disagree. Julia's flexibility is a signature rather than a distraction. With most today's programs being choreographed the same, it's refreshing to see something different. Plus, it makes me remember her. Those spirals are very difficult transitions both in and out of the jumps and is placed cleverly with the music. In fact, I'm glad that she incorporates spirals in the SP when it's no longer required. Also since spirals are scored as Csp1 in the free skate it's should be expected that skaters exhibit innovative positions, strong flexibility and different edges to be awarded positive GOE. Her layback spin also has a difficult entrance from the illusion turn and her rhythmic gymnast-like Biellman spin ends the program with a strong lasting image. In addition to her signature flexibility, she shows very mature qualities in interpreting music with her hands and projecting emotion in her face and exudes confidence like a senior lady. I'm not saying that she is perfect and has nothing to improve, but I think she's on the right track to create something special for all of us to witness in Sochi. The only thing holding Julia back is her age. She is not age eligible for ISU championships until the Olympic season which may not be enough time to build her PCS to be a gold medal contender in 2014.
Originally Posted by Macassar88
12-27-2011, 01:11 AM
I don't think the rest of your post is worth responding to, but you are very wrong. In Russia, while no one gets rich off figure skating as Yuna, for example, has, if you are good enough at skating it very much will pay your bills. You are taken care of by the Russia federation (at least while you still skate) and, unless things are much changed in the past few years, this does continue to some extent after the competitive career is over. Despite this all or nearly all skaters do go on to have jobs and indeed many go on to have jobs in figure skating such as coaching or choreographing. Russia is not like the USA- while it is not such a 'wealthy' country, the income disparities there are not like in the USA and one need not go to Stanford to make a living. If anything it is skaters in countries like the US who should worry about paying bills once their parents stop supporting them (if they ever do).
Originally Posted by FlattFan
As has already been noted the attendance is not representative as the Nationals are being held in a small town over 10 hours from Moscow or other major cities, and on Christmas and the say after Christmas.
Also, I find it ironic that you mention Flatt as many people think that if she had any real smarts at all she'd have stopped competing.
Last edited by tulosai; 12-27-2011 at 01:20 AM.
12-27-2011, 01:27 AM
Actually, you are right. They are pretty well off. All of the coaches, choreographers, and costumes are paid by the government. After the olympics, every athlete that got a medal gets a car (whether BMW, Lexus, or Mercedes- every time it's different). Also, you could be part of the Duma as Sikharulidze, Averbukh, Khorkina, and other skaters do. You get big money there. Pretty much, once you reach something, you get all the resources in life that you need. You just have to take them. If you don't want to be a coach, there are tons of shows going on right now for figure skaters in Russia.
Originally Posted by tulosai
12-27-2011, 03:21 AM
Of course Anna Ovcharova put on some weight, this strange unfamiliar thing has happened to her, it's called growing up! The last time we saw her she was 13 years old, now she is 15. Her jumps became worse because of her injury(and probably growing up didn't help either since she had no time to get adjusted with her new body). I hope some of this girls don't read the forums or they could develop eating disorders.
About Liza, I'm not sure it's fair to say she had no pressure on the GP. Winning the SP in Skate Canada and skating last with a chance to be the youngest to win a GP debut is a big thing. Then in Paris she has to prove her win in Canada was not a fluke, she once again won the SP, and in the LP both Alissa and Carolina skated well and scored big but she nailed her LP again. In GPF she came back with a very good LP and won big time on Technical Score. I think she has a mental block with her SP in nationals. Until this season she had a mental block with pretty much all her SP(skated cleanly with 3-3 only two times last season) but her consistency in the SP started better this season. Hope she comes back strong in the LP, I can see her getting bronze because Ksenia is unreliable in the LP.(only 6 points between Liza and Ksenia, she can do it). Julia and Adelina are probably out of reach, but never say never!
12-27-2011, 03:34 AM
Christmas in Russia is not on December 25th it's on January 7th so that shouldn't be a problem. Don't forget for the pairs competition the top two teams are missing which could make a difference to people who wanted to see them. I wish they would either pick Moscow or Saint Petersburg to have the competition.
Originally Posted by tulosai
12-27-2011, 03:35 AM
Julia Lipnitskaya might win this, if she gets a clean skate with her LP Too
Liza still has chance, Ksenia ? is her LP the same that Marilyn Monroe theme content with kisses ? that was a terrible btw
and Ksenia tends to bomb if not on SP but on LP.
but still GOLD FOR KSENIA MAKAROVA ( so I wont jynx the real winner )
Last edited by sky_fly20; 12-27-2011 at 03:38 AM.
12-27-2011, 04:12 AM
You got your Christmas wish-Adelina landed her jumps! Sadly, the SP nationals curse continues for Liza..
Originally Posted by Mirunna
12-27-2011, 07:04 AM
I know I hope she skates well today too
Originally Posted by Sasha'sSpins
Well then I hope Liza's tradition continues today(bombing the SP, skating brilliantly in the Lp).
Now I understand why Adelina's Technical score isn't bigger: the 3Lz-3L combo was marked as UR
12-27-2011, 07:47 AM
It's good to know that skaters are so highly regarded in Russia. Here in the U.S., the only way for a skater to get the spotlight these days might be for him/her to switch to wrestling. You think I'm kidding? Wrestling is on TV every week, and George Clooney's new girlfriend is a retired lady wrestler. Gee, he never dated a figure skater. Though we might get a figure skater in our equivalent of the Duma if Michelle Kwan chooses a political career!
Originally Posted by DianaSelene
When does the ladies' LP go on? I guess I'll get the results after work today.
Last edited by Olympia; 12-27-2011 at 07:49 AM.
12-27-2011, 07:51 AM
Ladies LP will start in about 2 hours.( one hour and 50 minutes)