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    I really don't get what's so bad happened to Adelina that caused all of the discussions about her inconsistency and "will she ever get her confidence back". I don't even think she had an off season. When, for example, Gracie Gold last year didn't even qualify for Junior Nationals - that was an off season. Or Makarova, who is going nowhere, has an off season. Adelina actually medaled at every cometition she entered, has 2 senior GP medals and 3rd National title. Can she do better? Of course she can. Right now she is just gaining experience and learning to compete at the highest level, considering her growth spurt she didn't do bad at all.

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    I think this is true.

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    Adelina is a Cancer baby...very mercurial and easy to get unsure about herself. Ok. It's horoscope voodoo but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky Star View Post
    I really don't get what's so bad happened to Adelina that caused all of the discussions about her inconsistency and "will she ever get her confidence back". I don't even think she had an off season. When, for example, Gracie Gold last year didn't even qualify for Junior Nationals - that was an off season. Or Makarova, who is going nowhere, has an off season. Adelina actually medaled at every cometition she entered, has 2 senior GP medals and 3rd National title. Can she do better? Of course she can. Right now she is just gaining experience and learning to compete at the highest level, considering her growth spurt she didn't do bad at all.
    I agree completely. I never understand how people are ready to announce some skater next Oly Champion cause she has a win win season and send to psycologist a skater who just didnt have the season she had last year. Not just juniors, seniors also, Mirai for example.And yet Kostner, Alissa and Akiko are of the best skaters right now.
    Adelina had a great season if you think it was her first senior year, why people thought why she should be dominatin a la Yuna ,so early at least? Look her Jw2011 lp, the girl has grown A LOT, it is enough she grows to adult under the spotlight as the favorite,dont put her down more. I bet the same discussion will be for elisaveta and julia in the future and it is pointless.

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    we're putting not her down
    on the contrary, Im hoping there are ways Adelina can get her confidence back
    because it seems her mental state is the one that is being affected, I'm not saying she needs to go to a psychologist
    but maybe also by other means to get it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidont View Post
    Adelina is a Cancer baby...very mercurial and easy to get unsure about herself. Ok. It's horoscope voodoo but...
    Welcome to posting at Golden Skate, noidont - we hope you will post long and often!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    we're putting not her down
    on the contrary, Im hoping there are ways Adelina can get her confidence back
    because it seems her mental state is the one that is being affected, I'm not saying she needs to go to a psychologist
    but maybe also by other means to get it back
    Maybe the confidence issue is a consequence of adapting to the changes of her body. The fact that she can still land the jumps is a good thing and with time, it's very likely she will get her confidence back

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    It's not like she was finishing last in all her competitions this year. This was a learning experience and we've seen great skaters have a rough year like this. Better to do it now then in two years before the Olympics. This happens to these girls at this age with growth spurts but with her talent if she comes through it she will be an even better skater. Add the pressure of everyone last year saying she was the next Olympic champion and skating on the GP with the big girls well of course she might not be as dominate.
    Last edited by Jammers; 03-04-2012 at 05:49 PM.

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    Case in point, Kwan had a bad year in 1997, AFAIR?

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    Adelina had pretty impressive results; medaling at every competition she entered, on her DEBUT season at senior circuit.

    Give her some break. Not only Adelina, all Russian girls will have to face tremendous pressure come Sochi: to meet expectations and to take the OGM as the first female skater from Russia in front of the home crowd.

    Even Yuna had some ups and downs during 4 years leading up to Vancouver, where she appeared simply 'untouchable' no matter what. And the result might have been slightly different if the Olympics were held in Korea, instead of Canada, maybe? I guess.

    Mao had the worse in the pre-Olympic year when she was off the podium at LA Worlds, did you forget all the frenzy Japanese media went into?

    Let her breathe just for now, please. That's what she needs.
    In that sense, I am glad Julia won Junior title, Elizaveta did great at Senior Grand Prix this year.
    Their results took off some of media attention only to Adelina for sure.
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    I do think it is a little too early to write her off; all these young ladies well young people one bad skate or one good skate - their either hot stuff or yesterday's news. They are people with real issues. Time will tell for Adelina - she has a hard enough problem surviving puberty and getting out of Russian nationals.

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    for me adelina is going through puberty and her jumps are a bit off, when she is settled (done) . she will be fine

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    She really struggled through her program at Jr. Worlds but she never gave up. It's just hard to get a handle on that new body of hers. I thought she did very well at JW and I look forward to next season when she's not having silly stumbles because her co-ordination is almost non-existant at the moment.

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    It's probably a blessing that she is going through this growth and transition period well ahead of Sochi. She will be accustomed to her new size and further develop her artistry which is already pretty good. She's the real deal. I'd be more worried for the younger ones who will likely hit puberty in the Olympic year. It's all about timing and you can't stop the inevitable. I always thought Oksana was very fortunate the Olympics were held the year before her body really changed and she lost her jumps. She was never the same skater technically as she was no longer this tiny waif. Adelina seems to be more of a Michelle Kwan (please don't turn this into a Michelle thread!) There are some minor adjustments to be made but she's still a contender. She will be fine next year.

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    I'm with those who think her season went generally well. Only a handful of skaters in the history of the sport have had stronger senior debut seasons.

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