https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5G74TyKpkw. Like I said before, they're are overly fervent minorities on both sides, but what's important is judging each fan by his/her own merits, not a generalization imo.
Boy I am getting tired of this s**t.
1. Yuna gives an exquisite performance.
2. A half dozen Yuna-haters here, the same users everytime, post "criticisms" to pick on Yuna, because they just personally don't like her for whatever reason. It gets annoying, because it's the same essential message every time from a same small group of posters.
3. Some Yuna fans get fed up, and make posts to defend her.
4. Then they label Yuna fans as "crazy" or "overzealous".
Again, although COP was created in a way to sort of justify B/S's placement in SLC (which is a good thing) and reward elements in skating that were ignored under 6.0, you cannot deny that the vehement reaction to the pairs result jumpstarted the whole thing even if the end product would round up rewarding B/S much more than 6.0 did.The heavy objection had to do with the fact that 6.0 was ALL about the CLEAN performances and while S/P was clean, B/S made some small mistakes in the Free. I have no idea where you think the major reason is simply because S/P projected better.
And, the IJS was created in order to balance quality of execution with complexity and difficulty (which once again, favours B/S more than S/P) as well as to try to appease the IOC and skating fans that they cleaned Figure Skating up. Much more so than trying to reward uh, projection because S/P supposedly almost wuzrobbed on that front.
Just check out the first few postings of the Ladies LP thread. All he said was that he didn't think she was as convincing as she was in the SP, and people jumped all over his "paragraph" about Yu Na Kim. This has been the norm on here and the other dominate skating forum from extreme Kim fans any time there's any criticism. Same thing with my post. You bring up the overeagerness and someone else says they're tired of the same posters "bashing" Kim over and over again. So...where is the line drawn? When are people honestly giving their opinion on Kim's skating and when are they just overeager to bash her when on-it's-face the criticisms are just a disagreement at worst.Lots of people disagree with Ziggy's opinions and reports on a variety of issues and they don't have to be Kim ubers.
You may call it oversensitivity; I also see overeagerness in some to criticize YuNa. Not Ziggy--I just simply disagree with some of his opinions.
For the record, I was there, too.
Anyway, I think we're going in circles here, so I'll let you have the last word.
Yu Na's FS reminded me of 2006 Plushenko at the Olympics: Perfectly polished performances devoid of any emotion that truly deserved the medals they got.
Sorry to jump in, but in regards to your last point, does it matter? Do we need to carry assumptions about a skater's fans whenever they say something? Or, y'know, we could just respond to each individually according to his/her words w/out previous bias and avoid generalizing terms like "Yunabots." I'd like to think my logical reasoning facilities and capability for objectivity are functioning, thank you very much.
Because according to the scores, the judges didn't think the same.
My opinion has nothing to do with scores
I would have given a standing ovation myself had I been fortunate enough to be there. That was an impresive display of athletic ability.Neither did the crowd that gave her a standing O before the program was over.
I'm sorry the world doesn't comply with your opinions; tragedy innit?
I call it diversity of opinions.
Mind the gap.
Mind the gap.
Keep calm and Carry on.
Would it help if you stop being brainwashed only following the Fuji broadcast but try the BBC / CBC / Universal / Eurosport / Russia Rai channels with perhaps less biased commentaries?
(Oh yeah I also enjoyed Kanako.)
I happen to be a huge fan of Pauline Kael's film critiques, so I tend to adapt her passionate but blunt honest style. I am still happily stand by my ridiculous 'essay' (thank you very much for remembering. It is flattering really for. I clearly have touched a nerve somewhere).
However as much as I admire Mao, I still stand by my critique for her programs this year. They were junior and shallow. Mao's Swans clearly does not speak the music of Tchaikovsky, they were clearly the 'off the boat' variety. Exported from the land of bubbles and rainbows all still slightly dazed and confused even a few months later. Half a dozen performances later, the interpretation still unable to distinguish which colour is suppose to be from which music section, since they are neither reflected in the interpretation or the presentation. That program is choreographically half empty and the only saving grace is the step sequences. Put Liberstraume on it, is it any difference? I don't even know why people pretend to select the music or put on the costume anymore if that is all it takes. If you don't care enough about what you are suppose to be interpreting, being faithful to deliver the meaning in the music, intention of the composers then why should the audience do too? I'd say exactly the same if it is Yuna who did this program with the same type of contrived and inaccurate adaptation/interpretation.
I admit they are indeed scathing remarks, but do understand, my critique is not because I am a Yuna fan nor I am an anti (I am not - lets not get juvenile about this shall we?). Tat and Mao are 2 of superpowers of ballet on ice. It should be a match made in heaven, it should be 120% of my expectations, instead, I got 48% lukewarm version, where 30% alone are for the step sequences. I'd expect the program to be alot better, one of the best ever, a signature program i'd like to rewatch again and again. This did not happen.
I happen to be a huge fan of Hanyu and Daisuke, I raved about them and their programs last year, but I was the firsts to write their programs were artistically inferior this year regardless of results. I might not be a fan of Mao or Patrick fan, but I was the firsts to pick her Jupiter program as her best work up to date, and Patrick's Elegie that had been onlyo a gala which he used as his SP this year to establish another world record.
I also picked out Liza since the Juniors as the one likely to succeed before she was popular and entered seniors. I have placed Li Zijun above Osmond despite the massive Osmond hype and wide appreciation. I am likely continue to do to any other skaters or any programs regardless reputation or care about the general consensus or popular believe. Oh yeah I am also one of the few who really appreciate Mao's Grand Bell of Moscow even though everyone else including Mao fans appears to hate it. I guess my tastes are just very different from others (including Yuna fans), but should that stop me participating on forums? Should I lie to be popular? I hope not. Finally, I am just one voice among thousands and never expected anyone to 100% agree with me. My advice, don't think too much into what people write, and I have only ever spoke for myself and not others. Even I admit I might not get everything right all the time, but I'd like to think I still get more right than not. Heck... I have even sometimes reread back something I wrote a while ago and then disagree with it. (Blame it on the liberal education... i am a natural rebel :P)
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Feeling emotional attachment to a skater's performance is such a personal, subjective thing. I hope everyone can agree on this. Therefore, I, along with other Yuna fans here, am perfectly fine with some other people's opinion that they didn't feel emotional connection to Yuna's performance at all.
But where I have big issue is they equate their lack of emotional connection to Yuna's performance as the definitive evidence that Yuna lacks artistry in her skating. That is not right.
And what is the worst is that these people are not really interested in discussing various style of artistry (e.g. exuberant, outwardly expressive style of skating v. more inward, subtle and delicate style of artistry) as much as just wanting to put a skater down in a public forum.
I think criticisms are wonderful, and yes, Kim could obviously have given a different and even more improved performance, better to the eyes of some, because tastes can run differently, but how giving a summary judgment that her work is maybe respected and appreciated for her technicality but not loved and adored by the general public, like Virtue/Moir and other great skaters are, and dismissing the taste of her fans, and labelling anyone who loves her skating as die-hard fans, can be considered a criticism of her work. I don't think anyone likes their favorite athletes being criticized, but fair critics are appreciated, at least. Baiting the fans by saying things like, "Oh, I'm sorry I hit the nerve of Yuna fans" isn't considered criticism.So...where is the line drawn? When are people honestly giving their opinion on Kim's skating and when are they just overeager to bash her when on-it's-face the criticisms are just a disagreement at worst.
I can see her irritating some skating fans after 2011 Worlds, when she just made a token appearance and didn't really give her 100%, but even after the free...this just seems so small minded.
No matter. I guess I just now had my first fan war? Fangirl war? Is that what this is called? I've read some, but I can see how one can be so quickly riled up in this sort of thing. And I thought I was a reasonable and fair minded viewer. (You just don't know until you experience it, I guess!) Honestly, I still would've liked to see Carolina persevere after all this years and win something big (though yeah, SP was problematic), but after this, I almost feel more sorry for Yuna Kim for giving some incredible performance and still get to be told she's phoning in by some. Well, I would be sorry for her if I thought she'd care, but somehow I'm sure she doesn't.
Moving on to the "new" generation. Li. Wow, she was so precious! She does need to work on her speed, I thin, but her spins. So very pretty to look at, and no wonder the audience just loved her. Also Gracie she showed so much potential and I really appreciated her skate, but she's once again being heralded as the saviour of US women's skating, like Murai and others before her, and I'm a little worried. That said, she seems to have quite a bit of spunk, so I think we may see better things from her yet. And Osmond. I think it's too early to tell for her. I would dearly like Canada to have another female figure skater to root for, and she definitely has spunk in spades as well as a strong personality on ice, but she doesn't feel quite solid to me yet, like Gracie Gold did with her free. We shall see. I don't want to hang too much hope in them yet. Plus, while I know some of you want the "older" generation to move on, I think I loved watching all the skaters from the Vancouver era doing so well still. They all matured in their skating, and it's wonderful to watch.