01-11-2013, 03:18 PM
I agree with most posters here. Tara did have phenomenal triple triple but the jumps were small much like her skating. Whereas Baiul roughly at that age could portray herself as mature and sophisticated (Swan Lake); Lipinski really just had to sell her performance as a young person. Maybe Alissa will be like Marie B?
01-11-2013, 03:26 PM
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan
That's a fair assessment. Still, I believe the overall impact of Tara skating so well after Michelle already skated so well factored into her scores and placement. Point is we'll never know how it would have turned out if things had been different and the skating order had been reversed. It could have gone either way...but that was definitely one of the toughest competitions to call b/c both ladies skated very very well that night.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Back to the OT (as Icey pointed out), I think Alissa competing in this small competition could be a good thing but, depending on how she skates there, it could be bad. If she looks steady and confident and performs decently, that could boost the judges' faith in her heading into nationals. However, if she goes there and is a mess, that will do her no favors once she gets to Omaha. I'm not saying she needs to skate lights out or anything, but she should be able to show she can at least be competitive on some level.
But similar to Yu-Na's situation of competing at NRW and nationals, this won't be a true test of her abilities to perform under pressure. A small-time competition is completely different from the lights, expectation and pressure that comes with performing on a big stage.
I wish Alissa the best.
01-11-2013, 03:30 PM
At the rink. Again.
Looking at the entry-eez schedule, she's not listed as a competitor in Senior Ladies, so whoever got that information must have been mistaken...
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
01-11-2013, 04:02 PM
I don't think Michelle could have beaten Tara without a triple-triple with that judging panel that night. Tara had been struggling with her 3R/3R combo in some of the practices but landed a beauty in front of the judges. There was also a great deal of tension until the very end of her program because of the late 3-3 sequence. The reason I don't think the skate order mattered is because the judges knew what they were looking for well before the ladies skated.
Originally Posted by kwanatic
01-11-2013, 04:07 PM
Eh, no skin off my back either way -- just relaying information.
Originally Posted by mskater93
01-11-2013, 07:27 PM
If Alissa isn't skating in either event, it makes one wonder if she really is ready for Nationals.
01-12-2013, 12:03 AM
I think Michelle should have received no lower than 5.8 on tech and Tara should not have received any 5.9s on presentation. I do think skate order mattered. Why else would a 7 triple, clean program be given a 5.7 on the first mark?
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
01-12-2013, 01:03 AM
Since they knew a skater was left who had harder combinations planned? Do keep in mind Michelle landed 7 clean triples with a triple-triple at the 2000 and 2001 Worlds and the performances were much better overall, especialy on the technical side, than her Olympic performance, and she even received some 5.7s and nothing higher than a 5.8 technically at those events. She even received two 5.6s for technical merit at the 2000 Worlds, although she did skate first there as well, and the reigning World Champ (Butyrskaya) and that years GP Final Champ (Slutskaya) who were 1-2 ahead of her after the short were both left to skate that time.
Originally Posted by jenaj
01-12-2013, 01:42 AM
Six Point Zero
LOL. It's entertaining to follow nonetheless. It turned into a discussion about past Olympics and then inevitably about Tara vs. Michelle in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. That topic never gets old.
Originally Posted by Icey
01-12-2013, 04:24 AM
One thing that is intersting is how much less what expected of a prime Slutskaya to beat Michelle than ever was of Tara. Tara had to do the hardest triple-triples to even have a prayer of beating a clean Michelle with 6 or 7 triples and no triple-triples, and even then people were shocked the only time in that scenario Tara came out ahead, and could seemingly have never imagined it happening (and obviously still irks some Kwan fans today as this thread suggests). Yet Irina Slutskaya doing any kind of hard triple-triple was virtually a lock to beat Michelle even with her triple toe-triple toe and a perfect 7 triple program skated with full out speed and attack (which her Nagano LP, the only LP she ever skated clean and lost to Tara, while still excellent, did not have that speed and attack). Heck one time at Worlds Slutskaya with 6 triples, one of them probably two footed, a big popped open miss, no triple-triple tries very nearly beat Michelle with one of her best performances ever, 7 triples, a triple-triple, and bested her in technical scores, and actually acted surprised and p-ed to lose to top it off, lol! When Irina won her first Worlds she didnt need to win the LP but still beat a clean Michelle in the LP phase with only 6 triples and without even trying a triple-triple. I wont go far into COP examples as everyone knows Irina was a COP skater and Kwan was not, but even so at the 2005 Worlds Irina botched 2 elements in the short program and still beat a clean Michelle. I know Irina has way bigger jumps than Tara, better quality jump technique, better spins, better footwork, more speed and power, but she never had triple-triples and 7 triple programs nearly as consistent as Tara, and while Tara's artistry was sometimes lowballed in comparision to Michelle's, Irina is actually far less polished than Tara is. I know two wrongs dont make a right and all other cliches, but by comparision to Irina and the incredible leighway she seems to get in her matchup with Michelle, I find Tara sure is demanded alot by comparision. It also shows how much greater a competitor Tara is than Irina that with all that was demanded of her to have a hope of beating Michelle, usually even a flawed Michelle (Nagano was an aberration), she constantly delivered perfect programs with the hardest content possible to beat her, while Irina who seemingly had to do far less to win the matchup with Michelle still so often failed to deliver in the World competitions, and in her 2 Olympic gold chances having so little needed to beat the gold medalist on both those occasions still couldnt do even that, vs Tara who needed to skate a historic performance to have a chance at her one chance and did.
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01-12-2013, 06:34 AM
People on FSU have posted links to her SP at the Fox Cities invitational. Here they are:
Originally Posted by Mrs. P
- fancam: link
- better quality (from local news channel): link
(Note to moderators: if it's not ok for me to post these here, please let me know.)
01-12-2013, 06:54 AM
Well, you know how tempting it always is to go off on tangents. That's part of the fun!
[ETA: Sorry this is confusing. It was meant as a response to Icey's point that this is a thread for Alissa...I swear I posted this right after Icey's original comment, and now it's not even on the same page.]
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01-12-2013, 07:29 AM
Well, AC did compete Friday evening in the SP. The six minute was very good, and all the jumps were there fully rotated. In the program, she visibly slowed down into lutz, and had a two-footed landing with no combo. It did seem like she was being careful, but why she didn't do what she had done with the same speed and technique a few minutes earlier is unclear. The loop, now a combo, was very good and the 2axel was relaxed and very good. Her spins are still level 4 and appear to be far and away the best part of her skating. You could also feel the anticipation of the audience for her spins and layback. The audience just waits and waits for it.
Her score would have been in the 50's on any GP event, with PCS hovering around 7.0 - 7.25, and she would have scored in her usual range had she attacked that lutz like the warm up lutz and done her combination.
With some intelligent planning based on what she skated, her LP could score well. She could do two lutzes, two loops, two axels, a toe and a salcow with level 4 spins and level 3 steps and score very well. Forget 3flip entirely. Front load the program to get the lutzes out of the way and the loops done.
She appeared to be well conditioned, and she is probably doing daily run throughs of her long by now. Let's see what she can put out two weeks before ladies final.
It is possible that the other girls shouldn't count her out yet. This is a pleasant surprise.
01-12-2013, 09:52 AM
Alissa doesn't have the 3S: she was actually attempting it at the beggining of the 2011-2012 season but never landed it cleanily, so I think that the best layout for her would be: one lutz, two loops and two toeloops, one flip and one axel (remember that the 2A has been giving her more problems than the 3F in the past!); however, I'm happy to hear that she's in good condition and that her spins are as magnficent as always! Now I want to know the music of her FS!
Originally Posted by Sk8Boi
01-12-2013, 11:22 AM
She did skate at Appleton. She has already skated her short. I think her team chose this over Detroit so she could get some feedback from the judges. What kind of score did she get?
Originally Posted by chuckm
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