Almost every woman doing lutzes in the early-to-mid 90's took off from the correct edge. Yamaguchi, Ito, Kerrigan, Harding, Baiul, Bonaly, Sato, etc. took off from the proper edge, so I think there's more to it than it isn't a woman's jump. I think there's been a rush to do a lutz at any cost early on with the ladies because most of the women doing the jump have been doing it since age 13, and I don't think that was the case with the women from the 1990s. Now that a bad lutz isn't being rewarded, and good skating is, maybe these young girls can chill out and focus on developing good technique that will allow them to attain proper jumps as a mid-teen, rather than working on the lutz at age 11.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Great analysis of Carolina's corrent jumping content. I do believe that she doesn't need to do a triple lutz, at all.
Originally Posted by mateusp1
Mateusp1, I think you are spot on with your analysis of Carolina's program. After all, the lutz is only one jump and that's about all her skating is missing right now. Everything else she does in her programs is just pure quality.
Originally Posted by mateusp1
Totally inspired by the Michigan State and St. Louis game this afternoon got me thinking about this thread.
St. Louis was totally mismatched against MSU. MSU is just a physically stronger team.
St. Louis, as commentators noted, know they don't have the physical ability to outscore MSU. So what do they do? They mess with MSU's game tempo. Take the second half — they got MSU to foul four times within a 45 second possession. That totally threw MSU off and it caused St. Louis to keep the game close though MSU ultimately won. (But MSU was exhausted, so I think St. Louis proved its strategy was effective).
That's why March Madness is awesome — because underdogs who don't have the raw physical strength can win with strategy and persistence.
Carolina is like St. Louis. She knows that she cannot do the Lutz with consistency, so she and her team have developed a strategy that helps her win medals and beat those skaters who are the "MSU" skaters — skaters who have more difficult jump content. When you see Carolina skate you forget for a moment she doesn't have a Lutz because she has developed programs that highlight her talents. Like I forgot for several moments in today's game that MSU was the No. 1 seed and St. Louis was a mid-major team.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-18-2012 at 09:53 PM.
^ Plus, any team that calls itself the Bilikens has got my vote.
The SLU Billiken: http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/6...5/billiken.jpg
Wicked Yankee Girl
That's not a real billiken
5 of these are billikens:
It should be an Alaskan college whose teams are the Billikens
Yeah, when I was watching the game I was like "Billik-wha?" But anyway, those Billikens sure gave those Spartans a run for their money.
ETA: Also I totally dig the coach — Rick Majerus. He has an awesome name and I feel like he would be one of those tough-love coaches that will get you in gear.
ETA2: Sorry to hijak the thread with basketball. Seriously that was one amazing game.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-18-2012 at 11:31 PM.
I know. My grandmother had one in prominent display in her house. I always thought it was some kind of Moomin from Norway.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski