I agree that she's sometimes skating to the same classical kind of music, but so is Yu-Na: you will never see Yu-Na/Caro skating to "I got rythm" like Mao or to a funny/light program, because it just isn't their style. Caro is always soft, elegant and classic, Yu-Na is always dramatic and energetic (excluding the early years, yes, but in those years her artistic abilities were not "her style" yet), Mao is really the only one who has experimented a variety in her style.
And, for me, the ranking is:
For the technical side, Caro has the best technique in all the jumps, except the lutz (which is obviously Yu-Na's), but don't forget that she is the only one in the world, at the moment, who is able to land seven clean triples among the top Senior Ladies (all the others have UR, "e" problems or they simply don't have one triple, like Yu-Na), she doesn't always have beautiful transitions before them but their height and quality is comparable just to Yu-Na's.
So, for me the battle is Yu-Na vs Caro if they skate clean.
(For the mods, can you create another thread for this interesting discussion?)
Yuna skated to a funny, light yet matured music, All of Me.
As others already mentioned earlier in this thread, it is very clear that Lori does not necessarily bring originaloty nor creativity for Caro since the choreos for Mozart LP and this Bolero LP take almost exactly same variation of well-known contemporary dance routines or ballet routines.
Last edited by l'etoile; 12-23-2012 at 05:47 AM.
I don't know why you excluded early years, but her Lark Ascending was lyrical and soft style, it was perfectly suited her. Beautiful choreography, interesting and difficult transitions..., It's one of her best programs, IMO.
Is her Gershwin program energetic and dramatic? I thought it was elegant, classic, and playful at the same time.
Her Arirang and Les Mis consists of various music cut - dynamic, energetic, but lyrical and soft at the same time. Yuna rarely uses monotonous, repetitive music.
Anyway, Caro has indeed great technique! ( her 3S, 3Lo, and 3F are fantastic!) However, compared to Yuna, she doesn't have transitions, flow, and speed in and out of the jumps.
Comparing Yuna and Carolina's jumps, I agree on transitions in and out of the jumps, Yuna has the edge here. But flow and speed, here I disagree. Besides the 3Lz which Carolina rarely does today and Yuna has a monster lutz, Caro has the best 3F, 3S and 3L in the world IMO. Just watch the 3F she did at worlds in Nice, it's simply the best in the world
I would put Yuna's 3Flip on par with Carolina's when it comes to speed and flow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...k5DHYXEE#t=74s
She used to go even faster and higher on it when she did it in combo with a 3T before the 09-10 season, but for a solo she's more gentle on the take-off and landing.
But Carolina definitely has the superior 3Salchow and 3Loop.