02-11-2012, 10:15 AM
What sets Mao apart is artistry, line, beautiful positions, extension, lightness, lovely flow, musical movement. It's not that she has the most speed or best edges or most powerful stroking. It's her presentation and artistry that's exceptional, and she doesn't get enough credit for it IMO.
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
02-11-2012, 10:17 AM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
I noticed that too. It didn't hurt Miki, right?
Originally Posted by treeloving
02-11-2012, 10:32 AM
leave no stone unturned
^ I agree here and it is not like Phaneuf is doing that great since worlds 2010. She did great there but many ladies in Lp went really bad in Torino anyway. And this is a case that they dont have a clear outstanding athlete to get the benefit of the doubt even if he had one bad skate at nationals. And if they dont give Lacoste the chance how would they know what she can do to Worlds.
Mathman re RF and FF, I thought mainly RF is using different competitions to send to worlds and olympics, and basically for the disciplines where they dont have clear frontrunners to send, but they do send the national champion and maybe second usually like they sent Menshov last year for his first ever international comp at 28 years old. But when it comes down to Bush or Dimitriev or even Voronov for the second or third spot, I can see why they test Euros first. In pairs they have the top three and then a pool of pairs that can do bad or not bad internationally, but last euros they sent G/E in euros based on their national appearance despite I/M having had a great gp season. In ladies I think they have so many options they wont know what to do with them.
I thought French federation doesnt do it though, or have I missed something? Maybe because they dont have so many top athletes to shuffle.
The only time I saw Mao and Carolina together was 2010 worlds and Carolina wasnt good there, so I cant compare their relative speed but Mao is so smooth and light like a butterfly, that even if she is slower than Carolina, she still looks very fast.
02-11-2012, 11:52 AM
She got the highest PCS of the field which offset the fact that her TES trailed both Wagner and Kanako. I would say that she's getting enough credit for what she brings to the table, but I don't think her Scheherazade is a great program. Her FS is much better, though it seems a bit watered down now compared to what it used to be.
Originally Posted by eyria
The best performance of the night for me was Ashley Wagner, who performed more interesting choreography with good transitions, timed perfectly to the music (see her spread eagle sequence), and connected with the audience. Aside from the 2-foot on the combo, she was spot on. Great 3Loop. Ashley was hindered by lack of an international reputation, but helped by the support from the crowd, and I'm glad to see her in medal position.
02-11-2012, 12:26 PM
I would interject that Russia and France BOTH pay for EVERYTHING unless I am much mistaken, while in Canada skaters pay the vast majority of their expenses themselves just like in the USA. To me (while, don't get me wrong, I do see definite problems with the Russian system) they are justified is sending whoever the want to get spots to a greater extent because (while the skaters do invest lots of time and emotion) they are footing the entire bill. Some might disagree with me that this is/should be a difference, but I think it's silly to ignore it.
Originally Posted by Mathman
02-11-2012, 12:30 PM
I have seen both but unfortunately not together so I'm not POSITIVE as regards relative speed either, but my impression was/is that Mao is certainly fast; Carolina is faster but not by much.
Originally Posted by seniorita
02-11-2012, 12:32 PM
GO Team Abbott!
02-11-2012, 12:45 PM
I second that, I am really impressed with her skating skills everything in her skating is pure beauty, and her steps are soo fricken amazing to see!
Originally Posted by eyria
02-11-2012, 12:54 PM
02-11-2012, 01:10 PM
Is it just me or Mao's dress = big boobs? o.O
02-11-2012, 01:15 PM
anyone find videos for caroline zhang, kexin zhang and agnes zawadski?
02-11-2012, 01:27 PM
If Skate Canada would be smart, in their choice for the only spot to the world. They should think about sending the only Canadian who has never pop this season and has been sensational this year.
Skate Canada should send Kaetlyn Osmond instead of Phaneuf and Lacoste.
02-11-2012, 01:32 PM
GO Team Abbott!
02-11-2012, 02:05 PM
Glad that she's in good shape. She's undermarked in PCS, but not by much. He musical interpretation is not as good as it should be.
02-11-2012, 02:42 PM
Originally Posted by twizzgirl
I really don't know what's going on with this costume.