01-29-2012, 10:45 AM
Ashley certainly deserved to win, although I must say I'm not a huge fan of her skating style. Her little talk with Agnes was very sweet of her, though.
Best moments for me were Rachel's free skate and her emotions afterwards, as well as little Leah Kaiser - just adorable!
In the meantime, I'm wondering what both Kimmie and Katya Gordeeva (haaaaa, haaaaa, don't even answer about Katya, yuck!!) are doing now?
01-29-2012, 10:46 AM
I love your level designations!
Originally Posted by Poodlepal
I have to say, though, that I never think of Kristi as she appears here, principally because of her long and storied pro career. She maintained her skills so beautifully that I have trouble associating the words "for a short time" with her. I understand that you mentioned her that way in a discussion of Olympic-eligible skating, of course. But I'm thinking that Tara alone should serve as an example of this level.
Other than that, you gave everyone their due, I think. Sarah and Kimmie were always ready to go for it, no matter what the situation. This was indeed their most admirable quality as skaters and why they tended to land their more daring jumps. Sasha and Nancy had such excellence in their skills. Each one was a distinctive skater of her time, with beautiful lines and a particular unusual quality (power and flow for Nancy, exquisite positions for Sasha), but each was lacking that last ounce of killer instinct that would push her over the top. Though I have to say, Nancy did skate a winning program at Lillehammer, and it just happened that the judges narrowly preferred Oksana. It could have gone either way with the change of a tenth of a point or so.
And then Michelle on her own. Well, that's what made her Michelle. She had just about every good quality a skater needs (lacking only in flexibility): artistry, beautiful fundamental skills, presence, steadiness, and the will to win. The farther away we get from her years of dominance, the more amazing she looks, especially in contrast to the drought we're going through right now.
It's almost as if Michelle bequeathed a single piece of her talent to each of the younger skaters. Rachael got her steadiness, Caroline her ability to achieve early, Mirai her sparkle, Alissa her artistic maturity and charisma.... And several of them got Lori Nichol. Let's hope someone shows up with the skill, the grit, and the inspiration to put it all together.
01-29-2012, 11:05 AM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
A lot of posters are angry and frustrated at Mirai too. Gee, I know you guys work SO HARD at being a Mirai fan and she has ruined your lives and all, but could you find a little respect in your hearts for the former US Champion and 4th place finisher at the best Olympic ladies event anyone can remember?
Originally Posted by FTnoona
So what if she isn't doing her best these days? Is that a reason to rip her to shreds like Furies? To paraphrase Balanchine, if you don't like what she's doing, well, she takes up a very small corner of the world and you don't have to watch.
01-29-2012, 11:09 AM