Amazing to see a skater so quickly improvise and replace difficult jumps that didn't go as planned. Yuna's done that at her 2011 Worlds too.
Last edited by bebevia; 01-05-2013 at 03:27 PM.
thank you! os168 for the protocols
As for the heat from anti-fans, just wait. It's Saturday and it's a nationals with no serious contender besides Yuna, so maybe not many are aware of it yet? Let's wait for the free skate by tomorrow morning.
I'm glad she's getting her competitive nerves under her before Worlds. NRW and Nats are good practices, but perhaps she needs one more like 4CC before Worlds.
As for Yuna's score, they're immaterial here, since no one's going to beat her. However, I do think it was NOT out of line of her usual scores, since her PCS were almost identical to NRW and her score was about the same as her Worlds 2011 SP where she likewise missed her opening combo. I think her skating skills, transitions, performance and interpretation were actually BETTER than NRW.
Anyway, this "Kiss of the Vampire" program definitely hasn't grown on me at all. I've tried, like really tried to like it, but I find myself just feeling "meh" about it. Same goes for her "Les Miserables" program (but we'll see about that tomorrow).
However, she definitely had more attack in that performance than at NRW Trophy. Her lutz's entrance looked like there was less "lean" than in Germany, which signifies that she's steadily improving. It's commendable that she was able to perform relatively well in such cold conditions (-4C or 25F)-- of course, credit must be given to the 17 other competitors for competing and perhaps even training in such cold temperatures, like Yuna once did. It's kind of like how it's so amazing that Chinese pairs like Shen/Zhao and Pang/Tong could rise up to the elite level-- who, in their earliest stages, had trained outdoors(!) in less than ideal temperatures with less than ideal ice conditions.
The fact that she was able to add 3F+3T after her failed attempt at the triple lutz leads me to believe that she'd been training for it just in case something like her 2011 Worlds SP happened again. (And it did.) It's been a while since we've seen the 3F+3T from her and I would say that it's still pretty impressive.
All in all, slippery ice is slippery (rough ice, relatively too much water on the surface of the ice, etc). "Freak accidents" like that happen all the time to top skaters and she dealt with it intelligently.
babayaga's original post that I was responding to, which mentioned Mao and Akiko's national SP's.) I'm not sweeping all fans who don't like her SP as anti-fans. Heck, even I am not fully sold on it, I like it OK up to the step sequence, but I think the step sequence needs rework. It needs to be faster and more crisp, and should have fewer illusion spins, I think. And then there's the tough music cut.
I like her LP a lot better, but a big part of it is because I love the musical.
Last edited by Krislite; 01-05-2013 at 08:20 PM.
... Let's just say that the "Les Miserables" isn't David Wilson's best work (or "Kiss of the Vampire" for that matter). Especially with the music cuts.
Let's get back on topic of skating/skaters/theevent and not your fellow posters.
Here's a video of the warm-up: http://youtu.be/-YPeOEgzQvI
During the warm-up Yuna aborted her first 3Lz+3T because she almost crashed into the board. She barely cleared the boards in the second attempt (successful), and then she crashed into the boards on third 3Lz+3T attempt.
I'm pretty sure this rink is smaller than standard. She skates too fast and too close to the boards (for the rink's size), judging by the video.