I will try to watch it, prettykeys.
Years ago I went to an ice show presented on a theatrical stage. It was iced over, but as you can imagine, the space was not ample. One of the skaters fell and almost slid off the stage into the orchestra pit. She ended up lying on one thigh with her legs dangling off the stage. She reappeared in the second act, with a gauze bandage on her thigh. Skaters are made of strong materials!
I was shocked by Ashley's fall, too. Wish her quick recovery.
Disappointed with Akiko's FS, but she's still my fav Japanes lady. Hope she can be on the podium at Worlds.
I thought Mao redeemed herself here after NHK. I still think her UR problem is a big issue, but at least she didn't double & pop jumps left and right. And I thought she skated with more energy here.
Ashley...:sigh: I know she's now America's #1 but I never liked her style of skating. And someone earlier got it (sorry I cannot remember the poster's name) -- her arm thrusting is extremely distracting, esp. because her arms appear really stiff when she does it. There's no fluid elegance to her arm gesture at all, and when all you do is just thrust your arms here and there to the music, while keeping them stiff, things get really old fast. I also don't believe that she's a naturally lyrical or musical skater, so she really works on those qualities (tho it doesn't always work...). Her skating feels very attack-y to me, but I think she did well here and really fought for her program.
Akiko is just... I can't even describe how disappointed that she didn't get to skate well here, and that she'll always be Japan's #2...maybe #3.
Sorry, I'll articulate it better.
Reginald mentioned that there's no such thing as "getting one's mistakes out of the way" and he's right to a certain point. Goodness knows I've gotten over wishing Verner has an epic skate. He followed that up by saying streaks of perfection are possible, citing Kim's 2008-2010 streak. She was a winner for much of that time, but in no way was she perfect and I cited competition where I remembered that she wasn't. That she had a season with some struggle and managed to be perfect at the most important competition of her career actually suggests that the struggle has some upside.
And it does, imo.
RE: scoring at this competition - I found all of the placements to be correct. Mao was overscored, but not technically so much. It's her program and lack of interpretation that I find to be lacking right now. Mao is a great skater, but I find this to be such an unimaginative re-hash that doesn't utilize some of her best qualities either. Most of the program really feels like she could be skating to anything out there, especially the first half.
Recovery from a hip pointer is a slow process. I can't believe Ashely didn't ask the doctor what a "hip pointer" is. I wonder how this is going to affect her preparation for nationals.
Last edited by Icey; 12-09-2012 at 02:28 AM.
Mao was lovely, she makes it look so easy. What hard falls for Akiko and Ashley. Good for them for continuing so well. Wished Akiko would end up on top but hopefully at Worlds. Kiira i always enjoy watching. A few mistakes but she had been sick before the competition. For her i would like her to win Europeans
Wish Ashley recovers soon. What a gutsy skate. She is another i could like to see medal at Worlds, she came so close before.