Was she practicing 3/3 in the practices? Maybe she can't do one clean.
So I don't think it's not a matter of not being able to do them, but is part of a shrewd training/competition strategy.Wagner: She takes the ice as though she is telling it who is boss. Her scores were very deserved as she gave a command performance. The early season showed in a bit of lean in her final few jumps of the long, but she gives the impression that she knows she is going to land those jumps before she even skates into them. One two foot in the short program. She practiced a lot of triple-triples with great consistency, and I believe I saw a few 2A-3T combos in practice as well. She looks like she's ready to really make an impact on the standings. Very expressive in both of her programs.
I don't like Lipnitskaya's bendy moves, or her double axel. A lot of her bendy moves are skated on a flat, rather than an edge, and her double axel technique is very reminiscent of Tara Lipinski or Tanja Szewczenko. She doesn't do much of a step-up into the double axel.
I would like to see Julia's program, but can't find it yet. I don't like to comment before seeing it, but I am kind of dismayed that Julia seems to be the next big thing in skating. Does a skater have to be a contortionist now to win?
But - I don't agree. Lipnitskaya wows with the jumps and contortionist positions but is otherwise quite forgettable.
Wagner was solid, if conservative (not attempting the 3-3). But I bet a solid SP is more important to her at this point in the season. Man, what a difference one year makes.
Just my 2 cents about today's ladies SP
Overall a good event. Nice to see many 3-3, though mainly 3t-3t.
Lipnitskaia: Amazing 3-3, considering her condition. Her bendy moves are of no appeal to me, but I do find them impressive. She does seem to be a robot, though.
Wagner: I don't like her much so what is there to say apart from « nice 3 loop ». It was actually the 1st time that I saw her Red Violin SP. Horrible music cuts. This has to be the worst program I've seen on that wonderful theme.
Tuktamysheva: Really enjoyed her SP, even if Piazzolla is overused. Too bad about the step out on the combo. Her smile on the k&c looks genuine, unlike Ashley's.
Meite: Prefered her Forrest Gump SP. She should switch to a new choreographer because many of her hands moves don't go well with Feeling Good. Still, a strong program, and boy, can she jump. That 3toe-3toe was HUGE!
Korobeynikova: Guess I haven't followed skating much these past 4 years because I can't recall having seen that Russian girl. A solid program for her, with a lovely 3-3.
Glebova: Apart from her 3-3, I'll say it was good to see her land her 3(f)lutz because she couldn't hit one cleanly in the warm-up (or did I miss it?)
Gao: What a shame for the mistake on the 3 toe. The girl is becoming truly graceful. I think that her music has potential for a great SP, if only she could hit all the elements..
Marrocco: Kudos for landing all her jumps, but can someone please get her a new outfit?
Helgesson: Another stupid comment but...her skates are distractingly ugly. What's the point of having such unaesthetic boots and blades if they can't help you land the jumps?!! Okay, I'm just kidding, here
McCorkell: She didn't look that bad in the warm-up. Silly question: is she too tall to switch to pairs with her husband? Have they ever had a pairs tryout together?
Hope we'll see many great skates from the ladies tomorrow!!
I also would have liked to see a 3-3 or at least an attempt at one. You have to get comfortable doing it in competition or you get what happened at worlds last year.Ashley did great, but I'm disappointed she didn't try the 3-3. You have to do those combos to get them clean - when is she going to do them? Nationals or worlds are rather bad ideas, so only GPF and 4CC left. And both are still way more important than TEB. She didn't have much to lose, this field isn't that deep, and even a 4th place should be enough for her. Plus, if she'd messed up the SP, she could have climbed up places with a great LP easily. And if any lady currently has the strength to fight back in her LP, it's Ashley. It's great she went clean, but it looks like a missed opportunity for me.
But I guess I can see why she didn't. Especially for Wagner, who is still seemingly fighting her short program demon, probably better to go clean with a solid, conservative skate than to go for it and mess up. As Nicks is her coach I'm not surprised at all if this is all strategic planning.
What happened at Worlds had less to do with a 3-3 and more with competition nerves, me thinks. Hence it makes sense to build Ashley's competitive mettle by skating SPs clean on a consistent basis.