11-24-2012, 01:39 PM
Akiko Suzuki PCS
For what it is worth, I don't find Akiko's PCS being underscored here. After watching her performance, this is what I would have given her for the Components :
SS = 8.5
TR = 7.0
PE = 8.25
CH = 7.75
IN = 7.5
In summary, Akiko had a powerful skate and well executed LP, probably one of her best ever. That being said, there are some clearly discernable weaknesses in this program, namely the lack of connecting steps or elements. She gave this viewer an impression that she just skated from element to element. Most of her jumps were not preceded by any connecting moves of significance, which automatically lowers her GOE relative to other skaters who do more, for example vs. Kaetlyn Osmond. The latter has an ISU Technical Specialist as her coach, who knows exactly what a panel is looking for whereas the design of Akiko's elements aren't very textbook ISU standards. This is such a shame because Akiko has very impressive ability to dazzle people with her footwork, which she only uses during step sequences but not in-between. I think Akiko should give Patrick Chan a call.
When it comes to CH and IN, the construction of the program is adequate but leaves some points on the table. Yes, there were some captivating highlights in the program but for the most part, she seemed laser focus on her elements and forgot about performing. The composition of the CH can also be more clearly separated into different sections, to give her program a clearer sense of layers and change of rythm, which she didn't do. It felt as though the energy level of her performance stayed at the same level throughout.
Finally, Akiko's interpretation of her chosen music can still be improved through better utilization of her in-between and more expressive upper body movements. She simply spent too much time laser focus on her jumps and forgot she needs to express the highlights of her music. It's not because she can't - on the contrary, in the sections where she does such as in her step sequences and towards the end, she was captivating. But after the opening, the gap between that and the ending - there is a lot of empty space. The music is beautiful but she also needs to show it as well.
All things considered, she would have gotten a PCS of 62.4 from me, which is just about in line with the judging panel, so no, I cannot validate the accusations that her PCS is being underscored.
Last edited by wallylutz; 11-24-2012 at 01:41 PM.
11-24-2012, 01:50 PM
I don't think it's the score that bothers most posters, but rather the score in relation to Asada's.
Originally Posted by wallylutz
11-24-2012, 01:52 PM
Could you please explain more? I don't understand the revolutions and stuff...
Originally Posted by FSGMT
Also wouldn't her jumps stay with her if her techniques were really good? The fact that she might lose her jumps means there must be something wrong with her techniques...
Doesn't she also get edge calls for her lutz?
I am still learning the details, so any details information or explanation will be appreciated
11-24-2012, 01:53 PM
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan
Mao: I adore Mao but this wasn't right. What's so terrible is everyone knew it...Mao included! She looked mortified! She knew she skated poorly and that Akiko deserved that win. I've never heard the crowd so stunned...Mao barely cracked a smile...everyone knew that was wrong. It's not her fault so I don't blame her at all. If she was sitting there cheering and looking a thrilled, I'd have been pissed. But she knew...everyone knew.
Akiko: That's the best she's performed in years!! That program is AMAZING and she nailed it! That scored was excellent and is only second to Ashley right now. This was yet another competition where she wuz robbed...and like I said everyone knew she deserved gold. I don't understand why the judges held Mao up like that...
Mirai: I'm so proud of her! Her SP was great and while I don't particularly care for her FS it was good to see her have a clean performance. A few URs here and there but in terms of peaking for nationals, she's right on track.
Zijun: She was wonderful and that's an excellent score she posted!! I love her lyrical style and she is flying under the radar a bit, which is great. So proud of her!
11-24-2012, 01:54 PM
Keeper of the Kweens OGM.
I think Akiko skated beautifully! Her jumps were wonderful! And her footwork throughout was gorgeous! She keeps the figure in skating and being 27 she makes me want to compete again at 30 I really believe she was over penalized in the short. She truly should have won this competition and its an injustice she didn't.
Way to go Mirai! I think her coaching change was very much needed and it shows. What great programs from her! I would have had her first after the short based on her doing a 3/3 and she sold it just as well as Mao did. She should have been second today. I am glad to see her getting consistent again.
Mao is a very beautiful skater and I feel badly that the judges have put her through this controversy. This program has wonderful potential she needs to get her jumps back. I would have had her 3rd or 4th in the long program. With the long and short combined I don't feel she should have won, her tech content is way to low and by giving her these scores the judges send a poor message.
11-24-2012, 01:59 PM
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