I think in the evaluation of best jumpER one must take into account consistency and frequency. Now, if we're just evaluating best ladies' JUMPS period, then of course, it's a different criteria.
Last edited by jenaj; 01-31-2013 at 03:08 PM.
This is tricky for me. To me, being able to do the jumps and doing them consistently aren't always synonymous. The obvious names we all know, like Kim, Mao, Ito, Gold, and the Russians. However, I personally have a fondness for skaters who are consistent, like Kwan. Some of the most technically brilliant jumpers today have not performed consistently this season, and that diminishes their abilities in my eyes. Gracie, to me, has such pure technique, but if I'm comparing her one great performance to, say, Irina's career, I can't say she's better. Yet. If I had the time and dedication, I'd go over each skater's performance at a major competition, what triples and combinations they attempted, and how many were successful, and the difficulty of these jumps.
Last edited by rkuang; 01-31-2013 at 05:43 PM.
No doubt Midori is the best jumper, better than most of guys!
Among the current ladies, I think Gold and Yuna are the best overall - speed, flow, height, distance, great air position, difficulty, consistency (Yuna is very consistent), etc. Liza is a great jumper, too. In terms of qualities, I think Caro has amazing jumps!
I wouldn't dismiss Shizuka that quickly, though. She didn't always underrotate, she kept her triple-triples well-maintained through a long career, and she also had quite a large repertoire of different triple-triples. I wouldn't put her above Midori and YuNa (my 1 and 2), but I'd list her as one of the best jumpers.
i'm not going to evaluate skaters like midori and surya since i was little when they skated, so i will do the ones in recent years. my best:
yuna: fast, BIG, fearless jumps. she flies into them and is so consistent and has hard content minus the loop.
mao: very light, high jumps. she floats and makes them look so easy.
caro: very powerful, also fearless jumps for the most part. very big and lovely air position.
rachael: i know a lot of people wouldn't agree, but she is (was ) very consistent and "reliable rachael." she always delivered and almost never fell or pop and made jumping look easy.
gracie: for obvious reasons. big, floaty, effortless jumps with perfect technique. consistent for the most part. difficult jump content also.
adelina: she is fairly inconsistent, but when she hits they are gorgeous. nice and big.
julia: again, not huge jumps, but consistent and nice to look at.
liza: perfect technique, SO consistent, hard jump content.
ashley: i have always been a fan of her feet in the air, they are very neat and her jumps are good sized. they've become much better in the past couple years with her improved consistency.
agnes: inconsistent but very powerful and huge jumps.
courtney: like someone else said, huge but dirty jumps. they need major polishing but they are HUGE.
I just hope that one day, Gracie Gold will declare at a press conference that YuNa Kim deserved to be on the podium with her.
teheheehehee Sorry I couldn't resist! I like them both!!!
I have to admit that I am shocked that surya is making any lists as one of the best jumpers, I mean I loved to watch her and she was a great entertainer but it wasnt just her take offs, she under rotated...alot . It wasnt just the quad attempts (Though I always admired her for going for them) the triple triples were ur,d most of the time and also the flips and lutzes were also often under rotated and she had those stiff landings aswell.
I think Miki is very under rated as a jumper and also as a skater in general, her jumps were things of beauty.
I think it's a bit early to put anyone ahead of YuNa, except for Midori Ito, who's ahead of everyone including some of the men.
I chose those women because of the unbelievable jump content they have displayed through there career!
Here is Gracie, at age 16, at the WTT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQh4zMQDLSI The potential is clearly there, but she needs to land her 3-3 to really be mentioned in the same category as Yu Na.
Last edited by jenaj; 02-01-2013 at 10:48 AM.