My stomach hurts. This was such a distressing short program. From all of your commentary, even the ones who did well were marked down. I'm devastated for Alissa, but at least I hadn't pinned any hopes on her. I just wish she hadn't imploded so dramatically and thoroughly at what is almost certainly her last Worlds and probably even her last competition--because I can't imagine her even at Nationals next season.
But poor Mao! I feel terrible that she has managed to end up so low down, though I maintain hope that she'll skate a lights-out long program and make the podium. I will always hope for Mao, because she's so wonderful and unique.
Consolation: Elene seems to have done superbly except for the axel, Leonova must be feeling on top of the world, and Carolina seems to be in good shape. Did someone say that there's just about five points separating first and fifth place? Then I'm happy for Akiko as well.
My nerves are completely unraveled.
have resources to do 3As. She is not a Midori Ito or a Martina Navratilova.
Videos - Ladies Short Program
1. Alena LEONOVA (RUS)
2. Kanako MURAKAMI (JPN)
3. Carolina KOSTNER (ITA)
4. Mao ASADA (JPN)
5. Akiko SUZUKI (JPN)
6. Ksenia MAKAROVA (RUS)
7. Elene GEDEVANISHVILI (GEO)
8. Ashley WAGNER (USA)
9. Kexin ZHANG (CHN)
10. Viktoria HELGESSON (SWE)
11. Valentina MARCHEI (ITA)
12. Jenna MCCORKELL (GBR)
13. Amelie LACOSTE (CAN)
14. Elena GLEBOVA (EST)
15. Yretha SILETE (FRA)
16. Alissa CZISNY (USA)
19. Polina KOROBEYNIKOVA (RUS)
Last edited by Mao88; 03-29-2012 at 12:51 PM.
It is not always a technique issue why the girls mess up. Mental toughness is hard, unless you have been there you cannot imagine it! All the girls have gotten there with decent technique. Every coach that has skaters at that level trys different approaches to bring out the best. It is easy to criticize when mistakes are made that it is their approach and suddenly when someone skates well pronounce their technique great. Ice is slippery, good luck to all the ladies in the long. It would be a wonderful competition to see everyones best!
Found this is a bit of a flat competition to be honest, lots of small mistakes. Alena fully deserves her lead, I am not her biggest fan, but she sold her programme today. Was really hoping the Kostner would nail her performance, she still can win this. Why is Asada so obsessed with the 3A? It was no where near being round and it leave every thing else a bit flat. Disappointed for Suzuiki, she had the chance to have a clear lead but faltered on the Lutz, I really hope she gets a medal.
Makarova was my programme of the day, it was a lovely performance and now the stinker of a long to follow. Was looking forward to seeing Wagner but I didn't like the programme, I thought the music was to big for her. Really enjoyed Zhang, though she was marked a little hard. Dissapointed with Polina K's performance but at least she made it through the free and hopefully will perform better there. I think Clara Peters skated as best she can, she done very well to make it out of the prelimanary round.
Look at the flow and the distance Kanako's combo had over Alena. It's a joke!
Her PCS should be way lower.
Alena's 3F should also get - GOE. There was a huge break before she did her flip. Mao got -GOE for her 3Loop.
Last edited by FlattFan; 03-29-2012 at 01:08 PM.
The triple axel was her mother's favorite jump. Mao has been really close-mouthed about her loss, even cancelling a publication of her book because the publishing company made some reference to her mother's passing in the advertisement. It would likely have been a best-seller (tens of thousands of copies had already been pre-ordered when it was cancelled). Maybe doing the triple axel is something she wanted to do for her mother?
She starts at the center of the rink, a few moves, comes around for the 3-3, comes back around for the 3f, and then right to the 2a, spin, shakes her hips and does lots of campy posing and footwork for the next minute, finishes footwork goes right to a spin and then a final spin and ends. There was no "skating" other than the first 30-35 seconds where she set up her jumps.
I appreciate her enthusiasm; I just don't like Alena's skating (too sloppy and unrefined). That program is garbage. Agree or disagree; obviously the judges disagreed...but that's my opinion.