And into second place.
Tara is beside herself: "I don't know how that was judged."
" this is where her street cred comes in to play" Lmao...... Tara Lipinski
Last edited by MK's Winter; 11-25-2012 at 04:58 PM.
Gosh, I don't know. Having seen the whole thing on the medium-sized screen (instead of the tiny one ) I am not quite so irate as I was yesterday. I liked Mao's performance a lot better than I expected to.
IMHO Mao's blade-to-ice skills are a cut above the field, as are her performance skills. She will have to land more than three triple jumps the next time out, but still there were things to admire in her program.
Akiko was indeed musical in every aspect of her free skate in NHK. Mao was a bit off the music and that step sequence was gorgeous when mute on, but it was slow to death and had very shallow edges that I couldn't believe it was Mao who was doing the step sequence.
I agree with Mathman about its a different picture when watching on TV.
Mirai seems to have more fight in her this season and is looking more consistent with her jumps. I think she could really shake up Nationals if she worked on her speed and added a 3 lutz 3 toe, she is more than capable.
Akiko skated beautifully and has wonderful expression it's a shame she couldn't win here.
Mao really wowed me with her footwork, she really is a great skater it's a shame her jumps weren't together here. They did day she did do an overhaul on jump technique I'm wondering if that had anything to do with how she skated. Any thoughts on this?
I have mixed feelings still - or a different mix of feelings - now that I watched on my big screen. Ok, just the same mix of feelings but some are clearer - the clearer part is I saw much more of Mao's 'blade to ice' abilities as MM mentioned. I just still feel strongly that some of her components should have been lower (like P/E and perhaps In); I really could have accepted her score a few points lower and her placement in second overall yesterday...I still think that's how is should have worked out, but after seeing these qualities, I guess I can also see (again) what the judges do see. It is, though, seemingly a fairly serious problem with CoP.
anyway, it's nice to see Mirai skate with some commitment/confidence - perhaps enjoyment of it even.
^skatinginbc - I really know what you mean with the analyzing parts thing; and again, I think we have seen this problem before with other excellent skaters who had, overall, bad skates. In other cases, it was falling - and that really gets people riled up (me too), here it was doubling more than anything. But, it just still feels wrong that the whole is not only NOT greater than the sum of the parts, but completely lost in summing the parts if that makes any sense.
I so admire gkelly and a number of other posters who can both, break it down for us to see the summing and why the individual scores are what they are, identify problems, and ask questions in an effort to make the system better. I, unfortunatley, have neither the fortitude nor stamina to ask such questions - but i do wonder more simply: had Mao received a few lower components and come second or even third overall, how would most fans (on this board) have felt about the scoring? the system for scoring?