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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    re: Asada

    Well, for a long time, she WASN'T the best skating skills skater of the field. When she was with Tarasova, Kim and Rochette both eclipsed her there (Kostner has been ahead of her for quite some time). Having seen her and no one else at 4CC, I'd say her scores were fair.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treeloving View Post
    I haven't watch the video yet, but one thing I always notice is that Kanako has high speed because she always bend her back when she skate, may be that why she was not rewarded.
    I noticed that too. It didn't hurt Miki, right?

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    re: Phaneuf vs LaCoste
    ^ 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    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.
    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.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Yes, but I didn't want to insult Russia and France and Canada all in the same post.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorita View Post
    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.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    I agree with this. I always feel like Mao is underscored in PCS. Her basic skating skills and quality of movement is so far ahead of most of the field, yet this is barely reflected in the scores. To me, her step sequence in the short seemed twice as difficult as everyone else's--all those exquisite turns and twizzles--yet she makes it look effortless.

    Here's what I don't get: Patrick Chan seems to get unbelievable PCS no matter how he skates, apparently because he has the best basic skating skills in the field. Same goes for Kostner, to a lesser extent. Yet other skaters like Mao, who to me seem vastly more talented than most of the field, do not get this automatic PCS boost. Would love if someone could explain why not.
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflake View Post
    Ashley was glorious! She was the only one in this competition who I didn't feel nervous about. When she entered the rink for the warm-up she was radiating confidence and determination. I felt she couldn't wait to get out there and show what she can do. Just amazing all the improvements she made in less than one season. It was a joy to watch her.

    Mao is my favorite and I was most nervous about her. She wasn't perfect yet, but I think I see the results of Sato's approach - improving little by little. I thought her flip was better comparing even with what it was in the fall, the spins are great, the basic skating is much better than a year ago. 3A was UR and while she isn't gaining much by doing it she isn't loosing much either, so why not try if it makes her happy. I pray she goes to a new choreographer next year though. TAT made some great programs for her in the past, but I think it's time for a change. Hope her coaches will see it too.

    A separate respect for Caroline Zhang. Hope she'll continue to improve.

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    Is it just me or Mao's dress = big boobs? o.O

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    anyone find videos for caroline zhang, kexin zhang and agnes zawadski?

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    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.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T98De9Gbsqk

    Kanako SP

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twizzgirl View Post
    Is it just me or Mao's dress = big boobs? o.O
    Yes. http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/...Cb1ta/x610.jpg
    I really don't know what's going on with this costume.

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