Not only did she slim down and tone up, but her costumes and overall packaging 2007 on were more sexy/elegant in a westernized sense whereas in 2006 she looked frumpy and had that very harsh "asian" haircut.
Last edited by silverlake22; 05-15-2012 at 05:33 PM.
Whoa, you guys cynthia has a striking face- she has a very masculine physiqie, but most skaters have no breasts. Only the tiny Asian girls look good with no curves. It is natural and feminine. Miki looks like Sophia Loren. With all the Asian beauties in our sport, I never saw Miki as pretty at all. Taste I guess is so individual. Mao has those funny earlobes and is crosseyed but to me she is a beautiful butterfly-her tinny figure in periwinkle is so feminine and she moves so beautifully. Yuna is like a gazelle, a greyhound, a racehorse with those huge jumps and flexed feet that still look huge with beige bootcovers. She is a beautiful face, though, I'll bet among the prettiest korean women on the planet.
Cynthia has beautiful eyes. I agree the slicked hair does not make her look feminine. The prettiest skater right now is Ash but she skates with a power that is more yang than yin.
I never saw John Travolta while watching cynthia...that is the oddest comparison. I would say Travolta is in the news so maybe that is why he comes to mind. John was actually a beautiful young man, the eyes, the hair, the hips. Almost feminine in a way. Maybe we are just getting more androgenous as a culture? And it is obvious with athletes who are maxing their bodies out. I have often wondered if extreme exercise stops puberty in its tracks? Cynthia has an agnes type body. Is this a good thing in this glam sport? Tonya was never too petite as she didn't train but her face was girly and she looked girly despite the thighs. Tonya when thinner was really cute with those big blue eyes.
Wonder if she will push her son to skate to make up for her ruined career...oh, well.
Tonya was on Inside Edition in a three part interview recently with her son Gordon, and no, she does not want Gordon to skate. FSU discusses it here.
Re. the comment above "... Flatt like dumpage at Nationals...":
Flatt skated well in her 2012 Nationals free skate (her best performance of the season, landing 5 of 6 planned triples) and finished 4th in that segment. I thought she was scored fairly and received the marks she deserved.
Back to Agnes Z... with Christy Krall no longer coaching Patrick Chan, perhaps Zawadzki and Krall's other students will be receiving more time/attention and improvements will be noticeable in the coming season? We shall see.
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-16-2012 at 09:02 AM.
I don't see Agnes breaking through next season. IMO, she has too much to work on. First is her consistency. As a senior, she's shown no ability to do a clean (or even relatively clean) long program. Second, her packaging needs a LOT of improvement--better programs, costumes, musicality, attention to detail. And yes, softening her hair/makeup.
Agnes has a ton of talent, but I think her development may be a multi-year process, sort of like Carolina Kostner's. Some skaters, like Michelle, Yu-Na, and Mao, somehow burst onto the senior scene with all the pieces in place. But for most skaters, it's a longer process to find out what works for them as competitors. Carolina is really the perfect example. It took her years to figure out how to harness her natural speed and jumping ability to best effect. And like Agnes, Carolina is tall and womanly; the traditional "ice princess" look didn't really suit her, and she had to develop her own style. In the last 2 years, she has finally found the right packaging and training approach, and it's all come together.
I think the same thing could happen for Agnes, but it will take time.
I can see Tonya Harding's point. To be honest, if I had a son or daighter, I wouldn't encourage them to take up figure skating either. For the girls, it's asking them to have eating disorders and self-esteem issues. For the boys, they should be roughing it up. For both of them, why enter them into pre-judged sporting events? Why go into a sport in which a competitor can be "dumped" or have their scores "inflated" or not win because they lack "momentum?"