that draw on Leonova is a guaranteed bombing Galore
plus she hasn't been confident this whole Season
If Russia only gets 2 spots for Olympics
its goodbye Leonova
The problem with Leonova is that she achieved her good results with easier competition, and started struggling right at the time that the competition heated up.
ForeverFish, do you think the Russian Fed would send Leonova to the Olympics if they only got two slots from Worlds?
Whether a skater has skated at a major international competition is irrelevant. When Mirai Nagasu finished 4th at the 2010 Olympics, she only had two senior grand prix, and the results were far less impressive than Lipninskaya's grand prix events.
I don't see any problem with sending Lipnitskaya or Pogorilaya to the Olympics. What's the point to send Leonova even with all her experience and Worlds silver medal when she doesn't land her jumps? Of course Alena has a chance to make the team next year, but I'd say she has to be close to perfect at most competitions. But to be honest, Julia was a better skater than her for a while now, and the only reason why she didn't go to Worlds is her age. And she still has all the opportunities to gain more experience before the Olympics, there will be senior Grand Prix events, senior B events and Europeans. And maybe even World Team Trophy this season, if Liza or Adelina wouldn't want to go (IMO, it's possible that Mishin may want Liza to skip this competition, especially if she will do well at Worlds), it would be a smart move to send Julia there
It'll be interesting to see how Yuna is scored in the SP. She's going earlier than she's ever done, but the judges know who she is and she has had amazing practices. So if any of the judges were in attendance during the practice sessions, she's probably left them with a good impression.
Kovtun has to be some kind of learning experience for something. Don't send someone out with 3 senior competitions to worlds. Or maybe that only applies to men because their ladies is so much stronger. But you don't really know. Kovtun was jrgpf champion over several jr world medalists and then he goes to worlds and 19th in the sp.
Oh my goodness, this event starts in 30 minutes! I'm so excited! Please skate clean Yuna, Mao, Carolina, Ashley, Adelina, and Akiko!
Thanks to Doris for helping me out with the starting times. Now, I'm looking for live links to the event....any suggestions?
Do you maybe know, any livestream site?