Ultimately, I don't think "introverted" expresses what Bezic was getting at which I think is that Christina has a warmth as well as an underlying "subtlety" to her skating. Coolness might more be associated with subtlety, yet that's the complexity I feel from Christina's skating. At this point, I don't feel the same kind of depth and complexity to Liza's skating as I do in Christina's. But again, it's a matter of perception and preference. What "floats your boat" in other words. OTOH, I do find it kind of fascinating that Liza looks like she could be Johnny Weir's younger sister, or even the spitting image of Johnny himself.
As far as Libertango calling for more fire than subtlety, well then that's the challenge for Christina. She's got a lot to look forward to with further developing both of her great programs this season. And I say kudos to her coaches too for their brilliant guidance!
Last edited by Art&Sport; 11-17-2012 at 09:23 PM.
If Agnes will be 3rd in Japan, who will get the ticket to GPF her on Liza?... is 2+4>3+3 in this case?
Anyway, I'm hoping to watch more videos tonight or tomorrow. So thanks again Mao88 for posting these for us!
Wagner: So clearly here to win. This makes FOUR long program victories in a row. WTT, Japan Open, Skate America and TEB. Everything about her screams attack. And she’s adding some nuance too. I love the arm positions/changes in her first spin. I’d like to see some more improvement in her jumps – they aren’t jumps that earn huge GOEs because they also look slightly two-footed. Or shouldn’t earn high GOEs anyway. But she’s really staking a claim on this music. Slightly more precision in her movements required, but man alive.
Tuktamisheva: Well done. Don’t love the program
Lipnitskaia: And then my leg goes here. And then my leg goes here. And then my leg goes here. And then my leg goes here. Otherwise known as choreography. Really, her PCS should be lower. She goes for the hard elements. True. That’s why we have an element score and her base value helps her out there.
Gao: I agree with those who think this needs a little more fire. It’s a well choreographed piece, well skated, but it reminds me of Dube/Davison’s 2008 Worlds SP. Everything about it works, except you just don’t feel it.
Meite: Good for her for skating the program that well after that hard fall. I prefer her short program (the 3-3 combo there is just too good for words).
Seems like this year GPF crown will be on wagner's head
I am happy for all the top 4 ladies. Liza does look much heavier than last year, especially when I was watching her SP in this competition. Since it is the same SP, she moves slower than she did last year (didn't know why she switched from Love Story back to this one though). But her jumps are big:-) Hope she can control her weight, and get even slimmer.
I love Julia. Nothing is wrong to be that flexible, she just need to build her flex moves into choreo, not making people think she is just showing flexibility for flexibility's sake; Remember last year people were complaining Liza's excessive hand movement. This year, she just got rid of them, and probably even easier for her. As a 14 year old, she is amazing. For me, no matter you get on the podium at 14 or 28, it is the same podium. Why many people complain she (and other young girls) is good at jumps only because she is young and small.
Come on, every lady has a time when she is 14; you weren't as good as Julia, or Liza (last year) when you were 14, it's not their problem.
From the very beginning of this year, I feel Ashely's personality is going to help her a great deal. She appears super confident, acts in the way she is the best, and tried her best to sell that to the judges before she even jumps. Her techniques are good, I just don't personally like her (artistic) style (too much like stage acting, I like the more natural, subtle style).
Christina has been under estimated. She was 5th for 3 consecutive years at US nationals, but in the past 3 years, she grow a lot in her height. I think this year, she finally stopped grow taller, and her jumps are therefore more consistent. The only thing I dislike about her is her head-neck-back line: it looks very awkward to me (in an inelegant way).
I really cannot predict what will happen to them in the future. Nobody can guarantee the jumps will stay with them. Mao's lost a lot of her jumps; I doubt all Yuna's jumps would stay with her either, since last time when she was perfect, she was only 19. I want to keep my mind open to every skater:-)
Ashley Wagner is not your everyday old-fashioned pretty lyrical ice princess waiting to be saved by the frog prince or dreaming of a white knight on a black horse swooping down to carry her off into happily ever after. In some quarters, she's now being referred to as Ashley Swagner! I say, right on! Bring on the swag, Ms. Ash!
Love that, John Nicks! Ashley's very own Yoda! But again, her Yoda didn't save her, he simply and with great expertise helped teach and guide her in how to uncover the pot of gold that she already possessed deep within her heart and soul.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 11-17-2012 at 10:06 PM.