It was still a shocker for me to see Adelina and Tuk finish behind not only Gold, but also Osmond and Li. At the beginning of the season last September I would have said that would be impossible.
I have hated seeing only 2 US skaters at world's the last 5 years, and I will hate seeing only 2 Russian skaters next year.
Fortunately, the two of them have a good chance of being Russia's Oly team next year. Radionova is too young, Lipnitskaia is too inexperienced/immature (skating-wise), Pogorilaya and Gosviani don't yet have the full package, and Leonova has been sluggish and sloppy all season (though she could be a dark horse for an Olympic spot if she pulls herself together).
Lipnitksya wasnt at Russian nationals last year so her form against Liza and sotnikova has not been measured but she almost beat radinova at jr worlds. Liza and sotnikova are just not as good as people were saying. Julia can beat them
Both easily I bet.
she wasn't clean all season with injuries but a clean Julia with beat Liza also in pcs she will beat Liza
and Julia will come close or level with Sotnikova in pcs on her top form.
To say the truth, none of the Russian ladies are close to winning a medal at Sochi, and definitely far from being an Olympic Champion. Judges are obviously not going to give 210+ score for Lipnitskaia, Tuktamysheva and Sotnikova even if they have two clean skates.
Actually, Adelina placed over both Gracie and Zijun in PCS this Worlds, so if Julia actually gets PCS high as Adelina's, that also means that she's getting higher PCS than Zijun and Gracie.
And I doubt judges would give Julia PCS high as Adelina's, even if she's clean. Adelina is better than Julia in every category(PE, IN, SS, CH, TR) of PCS.
Um let's get this thread back on topic.
Alena is done, yes, I think so. Others are passing her by. Pogorilaya and Gosviani are both better than her at this point and everybody knows it, it just takes a while for the judges to get the memo and drop her PCS to where they belong for how she is skating recently. Korobeynikova could still bounce back, so that's 3 ladies right there who have essentially passed her or have the potential to soon and that's not including the big 3 (Tuk, Sot, Lip) and those who are still ineligible for another season or two (Radionova, Sahnkovitch, etc) so really things look pretty dim for Leonova. Her spark is gone and so is the jump consistency, and those were the 2 things that got her to such a high point in the first place, she's never been the strongest skater with the most beautiful or difficult jump combos and layouts.
Julia is good and can come back still, but her scores at JW were interesting. Her PCS were not that high and were right between Radio and Pogo (2-3 points below and above those two, respectively) but overall, it seemed like the judges regarded all 3 fairly equally. Elena won because she was the cleanest, but her score in the FS was just 4 points above Julia, who had 2 visible errors to Elena's none, and even Julia was only 6 points ahead of Anna who had several small errors that cost her a lot of points. So I think either Julia or Anna could have maybe won with a clean skate, but the score for such likely would not be that high anyways, perhaps 115-120 points. So it's hard to stay where they stand compared to Liza and Adelina, just because senior internationals are judges differently, esp. regarding PCS.