Currently re-airing the ladies SP, fyi.
As much as I love Mao I must say that the scoring at this competition was really unfair. Her triple floop was CLEARLY underrotated and should've received <. Why didn't the technical specialist give her the < sign? On purpose or just overlooked it? Mao should be behind Ashley and Akiko.
Anyway, I think it would be great to see some difficult jump combinations (3/3) and triples from ladies, regardless of how you feel about CaroK, YunaK, or MichelleK. It's always good to see skaters push themselves.
Last edited by Nadia01; 12-07-2012 at 08:55 AM.
I'm glad Kiira was able to compete. I haven't had a chance to read through the thread, so I don't know how everyone did, just how everyone ended up in the rankings, but from the results I'm feeling bad about Liza in her home country. Good for Ashley, Mao, and Akiko, though!
Again, whether Kim does the triple loop or not is not relevant to the question of her programs being "watered-down." Kim does not have the triple loop but she has maintained programs of similar difficulty from one year to the next.
And here you go again with your tendency to rely on hyperbolic rhetoric. Just because someone mentioned Kim or Kostner or Kwan in passing does not mean that "everything in skating" was "bee linked to Kwan and Kim." -.- In fact, you have completely missed the point of the inclusion of these skaters if that's all you can see from the posts.
My response to your ETA: Yes but she did an easier triple toe-triple toe combination. She used to land triple flip-triple toe before in her competitive programs so it only substantiates the claim that her programs have been watered down.
Last edited by calstudent; 12-07-2012 at 09:06 AM.
I agree about it being nice to see more difficult jump content; OTOH, I worry for the skaters' health and there ability to remain in the sport for an extended period of time. Thinking of someone like Kostner, she's grown so much as a performer over the years, and it would be a shame to have her career shortened in pursuit of more difficult jumps. Or Korpi, who has finally made it to the GPF and has lovely programs. Or Akiko, whose breakthrough came at an age where skaters in the past might have been retired. I really like the current trend towards longer careers, and I think it helps the skaters develop as performers. So if doing a bit less on the jump front but with correct technique and care for one's health facilitates this, I'm fine with that.
calstudent, you're still confusing jump difficulty with overall program difficulty. It is possible for a skater to do something of perhaps lesser difficulty in terms of jumps but incorporate more challenging non-jump elements and other program content.