01-28-2013, 09:08 PM
unless they apply the logic to the ladies like they did in 08 and split 4CC and Worlds assignments a little differently. I think Ashley would still get to go to worlds.
Originally Posted by Mathman
01-28-2013, 09:16 PM
Courtney and Christina should have placed above that mess occupying third place.
US Nationals is a joke. It is probably the most corrupted event this year.
01-28-2013, 09:29 PM
You make a good point. The comparison with gymnastics is a good one.
Originally Posted by noidont
01-28-2013, 10:04 PM
I totally agree also with noidont. That was a great point. In addition, I think most audiences do not want to just mindlessly take the judges' word about URs which they often can't see in real time over major errors that are obvious to the naked eye. If they truly want to be fair and transparent, they should use and make available to the public the slow motion of each skater's every jump online. If judges are going to allow UR calls/other nonvisible aspects to overcome major visible errors, they should provide the evidence.
01-29-2013, 02:54 AM
Maybe a UR triple is really an added difficulty double and should be scored accordingly assume it is well done???
01-29-2013, 10:42 AM
At the rink. Again.
Actually FP should be SP X 0.5 + LP X 1
Originally Posted by Mathman
01-29-2013, 02:38 PM
It is almost never well done. For one thing, as a double it is over-rotated, leading to an awkward landing at best.
Originally Posted by Skater Boy
Popping an intended triple into a double is OK, though, and could get positive GOE.
Oh. OK. Ashley 2.5, etc.
Originally Posted by mskater93
01-29-2013, 04:46 PM
[QUOTE=louisa05;704256]My take on Ashley's score, though, is that there are aspects of her skating that are superior to Gracie's at this point. There is a poise and maturity there that Gracie does not possess yet that rightly shows up in PCS. And Gracie's choreography is, although better than last year, still rather juniorish. Seriously, just because the music has a march beat does not mean you must pretend to march.
I so agree with you about that part of Gracie's program where she starts marching. What was her choreographer thinking? Her coaches really need to change that part of the choreography before worlds.
Last edited by flying camel; 01-29-2013 at 04:48 PM.
01-29-2013, 05:01 PM
Wicked Yankee Girl
Not to be an idiot, but there is no rule against marching, and it does not score negative points, however silly.
Gracie is apparently being the child in the movie, who starts marching after the Nazi solders, until stopped by its dad.
01-29-2013, 05:04 PM
Touché! That marching was jarringly unsophisticated. Marching is what wee little kids do when learning to skate
Originally Posted by louisa05
And - yes - Ashley's carriage, body and arm positions are balletic and polished - far better than Gracie's. While watching Gracie's LP, I immediately noticed how much she was flapping her long arms up and down.
Last edited by Eislauf; 01-29-2013 at 05:13 PM.
01-29-2013, 05:25 PM
Music does not have to be and really should not be interpreted that literally. And as Eislauf pointed out, it is what children are taught to learn to skate which makes it even more foolish to stick in a senior level program.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
01-29-2013, 05:56 PM
...didn't Boitano march to Gold in Calgary?
Originally Posted by flying camel
01-29-2013, 07:11 PM
When I watched her program, I immediately noticed her magnificant jumps.
Originally Posted by Eislauf
There's a discussion on the men's board about the absolute need for quads. It's the next evolution for men. A man can certainly be a stylish skater without one, but he'll be a competitive also-ran. It's just the way things are going.
Similarly, for the women, they're going to need triple/triple, and probably more than one. Yes... there will be pretty skaters who do beautiful spirals with lovely hands and 3L/2T combinations, but they won't be on top. The sport is shifting to a more athletic zone.
The hope is that these athletes will have the whole package... but I'd rather be in Gracie's skates right now... with a powerful jump arsenal... than be one of the hoard of mediocre jumpers with balletic qualities.
If I were a young woman now, I'd be working on obtaining powerful jumps. If I were Gracie, I'd be working on 3A.
01-29-2013, 07:49 PM
True, but Brian was actually 'skating as' and costumed as an actual soldier: Napoleon. Plus Brian's a man, so marching is less 'jarring' to see in his program on the basis of gender association alone. I doubt many want to see a female skater, much less a beautiful one like Gracie, dazzling in her beautiful dress, diamond earrings, pretty hair accessories and so on, actually.....march. It doesn't fit with her glamorous, feminine style or gender.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
Last edited by Eislauf; 01-29-2013 at 07:52 PM.
01-29-2013, 08:07 PM
I was only comparing the polish and maturity of Ashley's skating vs Gracie's. I think Ashley has the edge in sophistication and elegance but Gracie beats Ashley on the basis of her athleticism with her enormous jumps. As Gracie matures, one would expect that the 'finish' and elegance will develop. Agree that Ashley needs a good consistent triple-triple to compete at the top level.
Originally Posted by TontoK