12-07-2012, 06:47 PM
I can't see how Ashley got higher PCS, especially SS than Akiko and Kiira. God, her PCS inflation is insane.
How did she manage to get 66+ for that program. With the spiral sequence factored in, she would approach Joannie Rochette's score at the 2010 Olympics. And the 2010 Olympics was the most inflated event ever.
Even Kostner with amazing short program didn't get that kind of score Ashley is getting. And Ashley doesn't have 3Lutz or 3x3.
12-07-2012, 06:54 PM
LADIES SHORT PROGRAM - VIDEOS & RESULT (Updated)
1. Mao ASADA (JPN) - 66.96 Short Program, 2nd Copy, 3rd Copy
2. Ashley WAGNER (USA) - 66.44 Short Program, 2nd Copy, 3rd Copy
3. Akiko SUZUKI (JPN) - 65.00 Short Program, 2nd Copy, 3rd Copy
4. Kiira KORPI (FIN) - 63.42 Short Program, 2nd Copy
5. Elizaveta TUKTAMYSHEVA (RUS) - 56.61 Short Program, 2nd Copy
6. Christina GAO (USA) - 48.56 Short Program, 2nd Copy
12-07-2012, 06:55 PM
Didn't Kostner get 69 at WTT and 70+ at the Challenge Cup?
12-07-2012, 07:05 PM
It's more of an exhibition event rather than something legit, all scores were hyperinflated. And this is really early in the season, Kostner never got this kind of score this early.
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
12-07-2012, 07:20 PM
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The only American women in recent years (2000 onward) that I would say definitely "outshine" Ashley are Michelle and Sasha, and Sasha was horribly inconsistent. IMO, Ashley is better than Rachael, Mirai, Alissa, Kimmie, Sarah or Emily EVER were.
Originally Posted by wallylutz
12-07-2012, 07:29 PM
I can see the work-like attitude that many see in Ashley and the sort of intentional studied approach to each element that others have noted. I do see it. But I also see something else, so perhaps I just subjectively feel more like blue-idealist might....I am really, really enjoying Ashley's skating this season, and I truly think this SP is a gem. I feel the intensity of the program and feel she is putting out a better and better version each time. I just don't feel the unremarkable at all....but, I understand why others might.
Huge shout out of thanks to Mao88 - I so appreciate all the effort you put into finding and posting these videos...just watched the BritishEurosport versions you posted...I love those commentators!
12-07-2012, 07:37 PM
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
The first bolded phrase seems so describe precisely what you are doing when you say something like you did in the second bolded phrase?
Originally Posted by calstudent
You seem to not be aware of the fact that when people say a "watered-down program" they could very well be refering to a program where choreophy and transitions that were previously there have be taken out or made easier. Are you new to figure skating?
12-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Skating is art, if you let it be.
I like Akiko's SP so much. Wish she would get rid of that barely-Beillman position in the Layback, though. Really not a good look and it's so slow. People don't seem to be realizing that the "clear increase of speed" feature now counts again, giving you another way to get a Level 4. Just do the sideways position, then transition to a classic layback position with a clear increase of speed and hold the position for 8 revolutions, and then finish with the haircutter position. No Beillman needed.
12-07-2012, 08:09 PM
Agreed. Though I adore that crazy transition where she hydroplanes and twizzles before entering her spin, and the sheer attitude she displays is just a treat.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
12-07-2012, 08:53 PM
Exactly because the key to their success in seniors was believed to be jumps and as everyone can see now jumps couldn't be more meaningless with no lutzs or 3/3's done by asada or Wagner or kostner or ando. The focus was all wrong.
Originally Posted by wallylutz
12-07-2012, 09:55 PM
Akiko just killed that program technically and artistically. Simply amazing!!!!!!
12-07-2012, 09:58 PM
Actually, the only current US ladies I'd say that are/were more consistent than Cohen was are Wagner and Flatt (circa 2009). Everyone else is worse.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
BUT- Cohen had higher scoring potential than both of them- combined (however, I think that's beginning to change as the judges really seem to be taking to Wagner)
Last edited by R.D.; 12-07-2012 at 10:10 PM.
12-07-2012, 10:00 PM
I thought Wagner's SP was better live - in exhibition format. Not sure how or why but I don't quite feel the same way I did when I watch it on the computer or even on an HD TV...
Originally Posted by emma
12-07-2012, 10:31 PM
12-07-2012, 10:35 PM
Originally Posted by gmyers
Don't you see that Sotnikova and Tuktamisheva are not as good jumpers anymore than once were? Is one thing to jump at puberty and a totally different ballgame with a matured body.
Artistically they are not souped yet and technically are not as good as a few years ago. Most likely Lipnitkaya will follow suit.