03-05-2012, 03:42 AM
Wicked Yankee Girl
I'm sorry to hear that--I hope she heals soon, and has a great season next year.
03-05-2012, 07:46 AM
tiinya, thank you for the update on Risa's condition.
Originally Posted by tiinya
Very sad to hear that.
Wish you a full recovery, Risa! Take a good care of yourself and rest enough, please.
03-05-2012, 08:20 AM
Do you get the same phrase as me''The content is unavailable now'' or is it just my computer?
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
03-05-2012, 09:06 AM
Wicked Yankee Girl
It was geoblocked, probably.
03-05-2012, 12:25 PM
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan
I haven't seen any videos yet but from looking at the protocols it looks like it was a runaway victory for Julia. I'm not crazy about her skating (yet) but I do find her consistency remarkable. She's been nearly perfect all season long. I don't know whether to credit that to her youth or focus or both...but if she can keep that up while improving in other areas, she'll be tough to beat. She's got a long way to go in terms of growing though. I'd love to see her develop her artistry more. Here's hoping she survives another visit from the puberty monster...she's probably got another inch or two to grow. Good for her though. She's been on all season...nice way to wrap it up!
Kudos to Gracie too. I'm relieved she didn't win gold here. I just think it would have resulted in an exorbitant amount of pressure on her next season. My main thing with Gracie is that people are so anxious to see her at that next level because of her jumps, but she's got a lot of growing left to do. On a technical side, she can compete with the best; but she's a lopsided skater as of now. Her artistry, expression, musicality, presentation, etc. all need work. I'm sure she and her team know that and will try to address it next season. She's got a bright future ahead of her and it will be interesting to see what happens next season once she makes the jump to senior.
As for Adelina, it's been a tough year. It's weird to say that. She's actually medaled at every competition she entered this year (2 bronze medals in her GPs, gold at nationals, silver at YOG and bronze at jr. worlds), so in truth she's had a good year. But comparing it to last year where she won everything, it's definitely a down year. I do think it may have been better for her to skip this competition but she put up a decent fight. It's just been a rough year for her and that's okay. Everyone has one eventually. The important thing is that she finds her confidence and comes back strong next year. I still think Adelina is the most talented of the Russian ladies...she definitely my favorite!
As for everyone else:
Satoko Miyahara is definitely on my list in terms of skaters to keep an eye on. The only thing against her right now is her size; she's just so tiny that her skating doesn't make as big of an impact as it could. If she survives her growth spurt, she's going to be a star for Japan. I'm in awe of her skating skills for someone so young (and little!). I hate that the judges don't reward her in that mark (PCS, IMO, stand for Piece of Crap Scores b/c it's rare they accurately reflect what was put on the ice). I'm excited to see what Satoko will be able to do as she grows and matures.
I adore Zijun Li's skating. I love her lyrical style and her tight, easy jumps. She's just gotta find that consistency she needs. At times, she's overshadowed by the Russian girls, but if she can get that 3f-3t down pat she'll be competing with the rest of them. I find her artistry and spins superior to all three of the medalists (yeah, even better than Julia in terms of spins). IMO she gets lowballed in terms of PE, CH and IN, kinda how they did Akiko for so many years. Hopefully next year Zijun will catch the judges eye. Between her and Kexin, China is looking to have a viable team for Soichi.
Good for Polina for fighting back in the long. She's so beautiful looking on the ice (very long, statuesque and elegant looking) but her jumps just give her fits sometimes. Polina's another one who is a technical beast in terms of jumps but is lacking on the other side of her skating. I hope she finds herself one day because she's another who could easily find her way to the top if she works on her "needs improvement" areas.
I'm still holding out hope for Christina Gao. She'll get there eventually...
Good competition for the junior ladies! I'm excited to see what's going to happen with senior worlds now!
03-05-2012, 01:26 PM
An interesting question. As far as I can remember or find by a quick Internet search, only one skater has ever used music from Salome. (Could that possibly be right?)
Originally Posted by Spun Silver
But Stephane Lambiel's choreographer is the famous Salome Brunner.
03-05-2012, 01:41 PM
Last edited by Mao88; 03-05-2012 at 02:02 PM.
03-05-2012, 03:18 PM
03-05-2012, 07:07 PM
leave no stone unturned
I havent watched all, I didnt expect so many videos of juniors to appear! Julia was amazing, she is a little diva As for Adelina, her first part looked great but it is the end of the season and I still think this Lp didnt do Adelina any favor, this music so early in her career. Gracie is a lovely skater, first time I finally see her, her jumps are huge.
Highlight for me in the sp was Miyahara which amazed me but in the Lp, while she looks so pleasant to watch I m afraid she manages her jumps due to age and size and not technique, maybe I m wrong , it just looked this way.
03-05-2012, 11:57 PM
I've just watched some of the videos. The first time I've seen Gracie. She's adorable. I liked her a lot. I was about to write smth like 'amazing' etc...but then I realized I see nothing but very solid jumps. No programme. She just goes from one jump to another. But on the whole I repeat, I liked her, it was nice watching her. Rewatched Yulia's video. She's much stronger in all aspects and she does have elegance and beauty, though she's two years younger and is less mature. Adelina is a disapointment this year due to her growing, hopefully she'll recover and find herself next season. Sad for Polina, I doubt that they'll send her to Worlds, Makarova has famous parents, Polina doesn't. She had her chances both at Russian Nationals and here, she blew them. That means she has poor mentality and has no right to compete. You can't get GOE and good PCS if you stumble in every competition.
03-06-2012, 01:58 AM
Test skate will tell.I don't think that Makarova's parents have smth to do with her sending to Worlds
Originally Posted by gioccia
03-06-2012, 02:24 AM
I don't think Polina has poor mentality. I think the pressure to prove herself in order to get a spot on the world team got the best of her in the SP, but she gave a nice fight in the LP and pulled herself together. Polina K messed up her SP as well at Euros(with 2 falls) and came back in the LP. Makarova has been a mess all season(except her SP at Nationals and Euros where she skated very very well) and I'm sure that if she doesn't dazzle at the test skate Polina can start to pack her bags. Remember at Nationals Ksenia had only 1 triple ratified, the technical specialist was very strict and I think the same thing will happen at the test skate.
03-06-2012, 08:40 AM
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03-06-2012, 12:12 PM
Well, she obviously watched some major ISU events, at least on TV. Also, she has been on the podium in JGP and US JN. I am sure other medalists congratulated her.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
The backstage video. All girls before the medal ceremony. Adelina was very poluar among fans:
03-06-2012, 12:49 PM
nice video, Adelina always have a lot of fans including me, my sentimental favorite
and how mice of Gracie and she talks with Adelina and gets along pretty well