OT: Mathman: you were close with your second guess, it's our NATCh bar and Championship ribbon (which is actually purple). My BC mix and I do dog agility and we achieved the fourth major milestone (but the one everyone covets and not everyone achieves) about 6 weekes ago (the first is Novice titles, the second is Open titles, the third is Elite titles, the fourth is NATCh (NADAC Agility Trial Champion) then there's the multiple NATChes which we are now working towards). The bar is a tradition that started as the last bar on your championship run was given to you as a symbol of that run, but now they order a special one with the team's names (human and dog) and NATCh and then it's left out at that trial and everyone writes congratulatory messages on it. Our particular bar is pretty fancy and is now hanging on the wall in the building we train in as an incentive for newer students (heck, the dog was scared of tons of things and when THEY started out trialing, their first year, they couldn't even finish courses, but in the three years since, they've become a great team and got a NATCh!). Our ribbon is hanging on my dog's section of our agility wall of fame at home (we have two dogs that do agility but right now only one with a NATCh - the other dog is close, though).
Back on topic: still think Ashley will get the nod with smaller errors.
to me, these are some of the ways they're different--
spins have typically been a strength for caroline. spins are definitely NOT angela's strong point. flexibility is caroline's strength (though it's hard on her back to do the pearl spin), whereas flexibility is not angela's strength.
angela has easy glide, adequate to excellent speed. caroline is improving her speed but speed and skating skills are not yet her forte relative to the field. to me, angela has that flow-- i think back to lori nichol giving michelle kwan that word 'ooze'-- like toothpaste coming out of the tube--as an image to contemplate back when MK was trying to create a more mature impression on the ice. to me angela is one of the few skaters who have that flow, and that's what i love most about her skating, along with her carriage and posture.
caroline's jump technique has improved a lot recently, so has angela's, but as of a year or so ago angela's technique was a lot closer to ideal compared to caroline's. if you look at old videos of caroline vs old videos of angela's, angela had good basic skating skills from the very start--very different from the technique that began to fail caroline when she matured. when angela is not messing up her jumps, her jumps have good height and distance to them.
of course you're entitled to your opinion, i just wanted to state mine as well
maybe these videos taken by a fan from lake placid (different angle from ISU official vid) will help me make my point... maybe ^__^
Angela Wang FS
this video shows better than the ISU video the height and distance angela got on her 3z-3t-2t. on the flip side they also highlight some spin issues...
Angela Wang SP
bad jumps, but still, good speed and expression, IMO
Armin posted 3z-3t-3t by Angela. i'm not expecting this in competition any time soon, just wanted to show the height and distance Angela can achieve.
Last edited by skfan; 09-06-2012 at 01:06 AM.