And why not?
And why not?
If Kim/Kostner/Asada are perfect, then I'd expect them to be ahead of a perfect Osmond, but it's not likely that they'll all be perfect.
Osmond also doesn't have the wow factor of the 3/3 in the FS, though the 2A/3T means she's not actually hurting herself in base value.
Kaetlyn was great! She really dances through the program)
If everyone skated cleanly at Worlds I predict Osmond would place between 3rd and 5th in the SP. Definitely behind Yu Na (probably by atleast 6 points), behind Kostner, and I could see her being placed either over or below a clean Asada and Wagner if they are still only doing 3/2s depending how the judges feel that day. I think she would beat the Russians, Sotnikova's reputation is continously going down the longer she keeps failing to deliver, and I agree on ImaginaryPogue's assessment of how she would be scored vs Elizaveta in the SP, atleast in Canada.
I agree though the LP would probably be harder vs the veteran skaters as the PCS is a bigger factor there.
I definitely could see her cracking the top five this year if she goes clean. She's not as strong in the LP but her SP should keep her within striking distance. I don't think she'll hit 70 at worlds but I think 65-68 is a strong possibility if she skates like that.
I really enjoy watching her skate.
Wow. She really skated well and seemed to be enjoying as well.
She doesn't look like a junior either. Great program, well skated.
I'm looking forward to seeing her skating for many years in the future.
I love how she danced into and out of all her jumps so easily and that spread eagle into the 2A.
Only really weak point in her skating that I can point out, really.
And I hope that she's just not making the effort now and will stop once the reputation is in place.
I am not up to date on Yu Na's coaching situation but I am a little surprised by the choreography in her Les Misérables Free Skate in that it is somewhat below what she is capable of doing. Let me start by stating the PCS breakdown that I would have given her on that performance and then I'll explain in details.
SS = 8.25
TR = 6.50
PE = 9.00
CH = 7.50
IN = 8.00
Without a question, she delivered the performance very well and showcased great finesse in the overall delivery, hence the high PE and SS scores. In between the elements however, there is very little intricacy that link each element to the next. You could say, it was overly simplistic and not enough effort was put into the choreography to showcase her ability to use edges in different direction. Perhaps it was done to ensure she lands her jumps but the lack of difficult transitions are quite glaring and impossible to miss. Overall, the choreography is just not very detailed meaning she could have done a lot more with her chosen music. As for the interpretation, she portrayed a the sadness of her character throughout the skate but the music had different highs and lows and sadness or in French, les misères, wasn't the only emotions to be conveyed. See a clip of Laetitia Hubert skating to the a very similar cut of the music here at the 1995 Worlds : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sVv91F7-Jg#t=2m52s Yu Na failed to show the highs and lows in this chosen masterpiece - her facial expression stayed at one level throughout the skate.
Quite honestly, the lack of mileage is very evident in this performance despite a seemingly clean performance. Setting aside her reputation, this performance would struggle to get an average of 8 in PCS. Whereas someone like Osmond who doesn't have the experience or polish of Yu Na but have instead got a lot of mileage on her FS, you could clearly see a very noticeable difference between Osmond's FS from a PCS standpoint at her first competition in Germany vs. the most recent performance in Canada.
The point is, I think some people may be in for a surprise if Yu Na doesn't get sky high PCS with such a program at Worlds. For appearing only at a minor International event and at Korean nationals, she would also not having been seen by many ISU judges. If not for you linking her performance at Korean Nationals, I would have missed it as well. I think she is depriving herself the chance of getting some valuable feedback for her programs and I saw her sitting with presumably her Korean coach in the kiss & cry, it would seem this program also showed she is not getting the top notch coaching she needs to remain the overwhelming favorite. Reputation point has it limits, I am giving you my honest take on Yu Na and I think she has a lot of work to do.