Mao's 'flip improvement' is really remarkable in that she didn't actually try and fiddle and improve her old flip technique. She just basically learnt a new jump, which is her flip now. And she did that all the while improving her skating skills and all her other jump techniques. There is not one jump of her's that hasn't gotten a makeover. Even her loop got a revision. Her toe loop, probably, got the least change. All this she did amidst her mother's prolonged illness. It's totally remarkable.
bekalc - I agree with everything you say. But I still agree with the USFSA's overall decision. Yes, they got there in a questionable way, but I still don't blame them. Yes, Gold's interpretation skills need a lot of work, and I do not accept "limited international experience" as an excuse. Really, Gold die-hard fans have been saying that for too long. Plenty of girls have been in those shoes before and they're not as hot and cold as she's been. But, maybe she'll surprise us the next time.
Gao is not going to get anywhere near the world Podium and unless she does a lot of improvement and some upgrades between now and Sochi she isn't going to the Olympics, either. The US isn't going to Gamble with a skater who hasn't been to Worlds again. That's why they were ready to put Sasha Cohen on the Podium in 2010 until she imploded in the FS at Nationals.
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LADIES FREE SKATE - RESULT & VIDEOS (Updated)
1. Mao ASADA (JPN) - 205.45 Free Skate
2. Akiko SUZUKI (JPN) - 190.08 Free Skate
3. Kanako MURAKAMI (JPN) - 181.03
4. Christina GAO (USA) - 176.28
5. Zijun LI (CHN) - 170.42
6. Gracie GOLD (USA) - 166.66
7. Kaetlyn OSMOND (CAN) - 159.38
8. Agnes ZAWADZKI (USA) - 158.99
9. Amelie LACOSTE (CAN) - 155.08
10. Kexin ZHANG (CHN) - 148.34
11. Julianne SEGUIN (CAN) - 146.58
12. Brooklee HAN (AUS) - 134.90
13. Reyna HAMUI (MEX) - 123.69
14. Chantelle KERRY (AUS) - 118.11
15. Crystal KIANG (TPE) - 109.15
16. Yeon Jun PARK (KOR) - 106.79
17. Melissa BULANHAGUI (PHI) - 106.36
18. Lejeanne MARAIS (RSA) - 105.06
19. Melinda WANG (TPE) - 96.95
20. Ami PAREKH (IND) - 88.39
Her Toe technique isn't really brilliant. It isn't even close to flawless. What is flawless is her ability to jump straight up without even drawing her foot back on the toe loop and rotate almost a full 3 turns without the built-in free half turn of a proper toe loop take-off. She does it every time. It does cause my jaw to drop consistently.
She has strong legs. Looks can be deceiving.
Can you please state your skating credentials as for evaluating toe technique? I am curious, because I have heard Scott and Kurt gush about it before and well, they're legends of the sport.
And as for Tukt. I think that Tukt at Europeans gave a much better performance (artistically than Gracie did) Tukt at moments frankly came ALIVE and really got into her music. She put some real passion into her program at the end Gracie didn't. And I actually find Tukt sloppier than Gracie, but Tukt right now is a better performer. And what I would point out is if your going to give Gracie that kind of score than Gao's free program score should have been a bit higher than it was too. Not 130, but around 123/124.
I'm sorry but Elizaveta interacted with the crowd at Europeans, Gracie didn't do anywhere near the same.. She tends to have a plastered grin on her face. And performance wise is a bit wooden.
Now I think Gracie can learn to perform better in time. But to say as a performance it compares to Tukt is something I heavily disagree with.
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