And is Adelina still struggling with body changes? I know that everyone is different, but I think that she's already done most of her growing.
Also I wonder if Adelina is maybe not used to her power now that she's filled out. She's always been a great jumper, but she used to be a little string bean, and now she has muscles, and it seems like often times she struggles to control the landings of jumps that look awesome in the air due to the height and distance they cover. I do think Adelina has gone through most of her growth already, and while she still is slender, compared to how frightfully thin she was a few years ago, she has filled out quite a bit, and it's all muscle, so now her jumps that have already been big are even bigger, meaning more control is required to land them, and her center of gravity is now higher and thus it's harder to control the jumps, and as her body continues to change the center of gravity constantly shifts so it sort of makes sense she's struggling with the jumps given how massive they are. Just a thought. Liza is maybe dealing with puberty better because her jumps are small and close to the ground. Even Polina K, who is much taller than Adelina, has much smaller jumps, so despite her height and long legs, it's easier for her to control the landings. I've often wondered if Chan falls a lot because his jumps are so powerful and he throws his body into them, much like Adelina does.
Last edited by silverlake22; 11-10-2012 at 05:12 PM.
I don't think Adelina will ever be as consistent as Michelle, but if she can start skating clean in the SP (which is possible if selects a more consistent jump) she can be in position to win titles. Yes she will make a mistake or two in the LP but you really don't have to be error free to win competitions anymore. She also needs to learn to make better mistakes; a fall on a rotated triple >>> single.
I don't expect much of her this year (I don't think her programs are that great either, particularly her long), but really, it's way too early to be writing her off for the rest of her career. The girl's still a teenager, she's obviously talented, and she's got time to pull it together. How many skaters struggled with competing and consistency for years before pulling off a world or Olympic medal? People were once questioning whether Carolina Kostner, Joannie Rochette, and Paul Wylie were capable of international achievement or whether they were doomed to be eternal headcases, and that's just off the top of my head. And now, just today, Kiira Korpi had her surprising GP win after struggling with consistency for quite some time.
Plenty of things could happen between now and Sochi; the situation with all the Russian women will certainly be interesting to see.
She still has time to recover, but it's been over a year. It's almost December. Nationals and Worlds is just around the corner.