So Polina Shelepen withdrew? Is Alissa still in the NHK then?
edit: I see, Alissa is out. These withdrawals are hard to keep track of ... maybe the Osmond fans will be placated if she is picked
Super quick thoughts on top 3:
Ashley: I am so blown away by her composure and focus. She was amazing in this competition! Her SP was gorgeous and her FS was incredible. She's a complete skater and I couldn't ask for more. Any doubts about who's the favorite to win worlds this year?
Liza T: SO proud of her! She's been struggling this season with adjusting but I think this performance is proof that she hasn't lost a step in terms of her jumps. Her 3Lz-3T was beautiful! Great technique, wonderful height and coverage...so happy for her! I haven't seen her SP but I'm really happy she got silver...she deserved it based on that FS alone.
Julia: Still not a fan of her skating. I think she has a ton of potential but she really needs some work. It seems like the senior level pressure is getting to her...but she'll get herself together.
I'm SO proud of Ashley and Liza T! I still need to see Christina's programs...hopefully, they'll broadcast hers on NBC tomorrow.
I don't think that JSF will be picking Osmond...Nagasu has been a favorite from the start due to her popularity with the Japanese crowds and her dual citizenship, but from what I recall the home federation has no obligation to fill Alissa's spot so close to the date of competition. Osmond will most likely have to be satisfied with her SC win.
Puberty is not going to be kind those rather small jumps of Julia. If her jumps are not working she doesn't have anything else to fall back on right now.
By the way, I'm SO frustrated with the Russian commentator...He said that it's still a question if Osmond gets her 2nd gp or not.Huh? Am I missing smth? I thought it has already been solved who gets the gp
Liza Tuykt and Julia have a lot of potential and yes they can jump (I think Liza's jumps are technically superior to Julia's but Julia has some beautiful air positions although she doesn't have good height). Also, it's very obvious that Liza is struggling with her body changes, but just by sheer will she got through that fp and completed all of her jumps. However, Liza did not show the maturity, artistry and command of the ice that Ashley showed. I say again, let the young girls grow up.
Those who mentioned Liza suffering from her ankle injury, sure. So the way she fought for her program shows she's as tough-minded as Tuykt. I still think they both are a bit over-rewarded for their technical precocity. Whereas someone like Gao who has wonderful jumping ability too and is exhibiting much more grace and maturity this season, appears to be far more low-balled in the marks when she makes mistakes than Liza and Julia have been.
I doubt if Osmond will get the invite...she did beat Akiko at SC. You don't want to throw in a skater who has the potential to knock off your favorites...and she's definitely capable of shaking up the standings.
I'd love to see her get it just b/c I really enjoy her skating...but even if she doesn't it's okay. She's made her mark this season.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 11-17-2012 at 02:51 PM.