Kostner is so stunning! She has the best command of the ice and the best expression of any current ladies competitor in the world, IMO. It's a real shame she lost speed on the landing of the 1st triple toe and didn't have enough snap to land the 2nd triple toe in the combination jump pass. This is hands down the best ladies SP in the world this season I believe. LOVE her musicality, the use of her arms, the always exquisite footwork. Her jumps are FIRST RATE when she hits them!
Ever since I joined this forum, I have been avoiding the competition threads, as I thought they would be full of terminology that I didn't understand. But, I strayed into this one today, and I discovered another reason for avoid them!
For (Triple-)Flip Sake! This isn’t a competition thread. This is a “slag off the Russian teenagers” thread!
OK, so the descriptions of the routines are very useful, as were the complaints about losing pictures on the live streams. But, the number of comments criticising the Russian girls is getting ridiculous.
Like, before the competition even started, some people were saying “Oh, Adelina’s going to crack up today”. So, what does she do? She goes out and wins the Short Programme! But instead of congratulating her, these people were saying “Oh, she’ll crack up in the Free instead”
For goodness sake, give the girl a break! Adelina is one of the best young skaters we have had in recent years. So, why are some people being so critical of her? Are they jealous? Are they trying to destroy her confidence and drag her down?!
It’s the same with my beloved Liza. Although most of the criticism seems to be directed towards Adelina, Liza is also being described as a “bad skater”! What?! Have you seen her results for the past 4 or 5 years?!
I know I’ve already said this about Adelina, but Liza is also one of the best young skaters we have had in recent years!
I remember reading similar unnecessary criticism about the Russian girls before in a different thread shortly after I joined, and I replied saying:
Earlier on in this thread, I said:
LEAVE ADELINA AND LIZA ALONE!!! THEY ARE TEENAGE GIRLS - THEY NEED SUPPORT, NOT UNNECESSARY CRITICISM!!!
Skaters are not robots – they can have off-days like the rest of us. Just look at Carolina Kostner – one day she can be brilliant, but the next day she can be awful.
Skaters are not infallible – they can make mistakes. And making mistakes is not always a bad thing – it can help them learn.
Skaters are real people with real feelings.
So, please think of their feelings before you criticise them unnecessarily!
Lovely skates by Adelina and Carolina!
Adelina deservedly smashed her personal best. As for Adelina crashing and burning in the freeskate, I wouldn't call that quite yet. On paper she has harder jumps than Carolina and can afford a mistake or two. I think people were expecting Carolina's PCS to be way higher, but surprising the judges rewarded Adelina for a clean skate and was only 1.5 points back on PCS.
Kostner's SP was probably the most enjoyable to watch all season. Great speed and camel spins, and she's incorporated more transitions since we last saw this. The fall was unfortunate -- and I'm pretty sure those judges who gave her -2's got a talking to (since a fall is a mandatory -3 deduction in the SP). But otherwise a great skate. I anticipate her winning the free, but Sotnikova might outjump her.
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Oh, and I also agree about Carolina's horrid SP dress. The red "hands" wrapping around her waist look so garish and distracting and the skirt looks heavy and frumpy that I'm amazed it doesn't affect her jumps and spins.
Wow at Nathalie Weinzierl at 8. So the German Fed was right in sending her instead of Sarah Hecken. I'm curious if she will skate a good long program and stay in the top 10. That would be great.
I agree. These girls are only 16 and have done pretty good for themselves.Like, before the competition even started, some people were saying “Oh, Adelina’s going to crack up today”. So, what does she do? She goes out and wins the Short Programme! But instead of congratulating her, these people were saying “Oh, she’ll crack up in the Free instead”
that's what I get for typing at work.
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I agree that on their best skate, Sotnikova should beat Osmond, but not based on TES, but PCS. Osmond arguably has stronger jumps than Sotnikova in her SP. To me Osmond has one of the best 3T-3T combos -- fully rotated, lots of speed and even does transitions going into it. Her triple flip also has preceding steps and doesn't waver inside-outside-inside as Sotnikova or Mao does. And her double axel has a spread eagle entry which makes it more difficult. Sotnikova makes up for it with stronger spins. I think Osmond's jumps should earn more GOE than Sotnikova, but her PCS are deservedly lower.
She has occasionally liped but is clearly capable of doing a clean 3F. Her SP at Skate Canada had a clean 3F, but her LP had one clean and one with an edge call. No edge call on her flips at Nebelhorn. No edge calls at Canadians except an 'e' on her lutz (so it's not like there was home ice lenience for her flip). She does receive edge calls on her lutz and needs to get that cleaned up.