Adelina's program has everything you're looking for in a burlesque show. A few growls, a few puke-inducing moments, cheap choreography, awkward postures. Yup, she's a whole package, alright. One that is left in the rain for too long.
She's more 6-10 type of skaters. Maybe get lucky one day and score a world medal, but I don't see her being chased or being the bronze favorite in any big event in the future, even after the Big Three hang up their skates.
She's a talented girl so I won't count her out just yet. Her issues are not irreparable but she does need help to fix them. Whether or not her team actually gets her that help will be a determining factor in where she'll end up post-Sochi.
Selene, I agree with you. I think Adelina does go for quantity over quality. An easier jump layout may make it easier for her to have a clean performance and that would result in better scores all around. As for Karen, I'm not sure if her UR issues are chronic or if it was just nerves. The story may be told later on this week when she competes. If she runs into the same issues again then I might start to worry...
Adelina also has a 5/2 layout of jumps which is very rare. So if she can do all the difficulty she plans in the first half she wants to do it all right away and really ignores that you can go easier and make the easier things worth a little more if you put them in the bonus section. So she really is ignoring all possible ways to improve her consistency by going easier to chase that 7 triple program with two triple flips and a three jump combo starting out with a flip. It alternates which flip she messes up on. Sometimes it can be the solo flip sometimes it can be the flip starting out the three jump combo. It really varies! There are so many ways her skate could've been improved but tarasova has always ALWAYS had the plan that skaters must always keep going with what they plan until it clicks! Kulik, Asada, etc.
A local TV station in Salt Lake City aired an in-studio interview with Gracie Gold today.
Has she already said elsewhere that she has started working with a "physical acting mime coach"? I think those are the words that she used today.
(She did not say anything to hint that she will be changing to a new skating coach, although I doubt the interviewer had any inkling of such speculation. The point of the interview was to promote the SLC Classic, of course.)
The video is approx. 3 min. long.
http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top...70n2W8Ymg.cspx (Sep 11)
Do you like any of her programs?
I can't even watch the entire 4 minutes without getting distracted by something else.
Her problems do not just stop with her techniques. Packaging, strategies, programs, mental strength. If she is with the same people, she will stay exactly where she is now. If she runs away from TAT, her skating career in Russia will be done. It is grim for Adelina.
Okay let's slam the Russian girls. Done. Bored. Oh yeah what was this thread??? Sarcasm. The State of American ladies is looking good. Gold or Wagner are primed for a medal and the continuation of three ladies at Olympics and world's. Now the Russian ladies could have some things to say about that but no lady has show that much promise including consistency of jumps or pcs to challenge Gold or Wagner..
Can I say how much I like Mariah Bell?
I absolutely love this short program for her. Even with the errors, she made it compelling for me to watch her. And she did flamenco music quite well. I know she needs more technical difficulty, but regardless I appreciate what she brings to the table.
I really like how beautifully Mariah moves her body. Her musicality is very impressive too. I'd say her "artistry" or whatever it's called is superior to that of a lot of senior level women.
What Mariah (as well as skaters like Karen, Polina and Elena R.) has is that crucial thing Gracie is missing. They have a much more natural flow when it comes to music, choreography, and the way they perform. Gracie is not a natural performer. She's a brilliant skater in terms of her skill and jumps, but from a musical/choreography standpoint...it's just not there. She can hear the music but she doesn't listen to it; she can execute the choreography, but she doesn't perform it. It's something she will have to work at a lot in order to improve it. I suppose I should reserve judgement until I see her on the GP but the video that I saw of her earlier this summer did not impress...
Hopefully it will get better as the years go by, but for skaters like Mariah it comes quite easily and naturally. To me, they are far ahead of Gracie when it comes to that area of their skating.
Also, I do feel Gracie has improved though maybe not as much/fast as we would like. Look at her SP from her JGP, her first international competition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D04eVuX_mbI
and compare it to WTT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjpNupeG3qE (haha,love the Japanese media totally going crazy over her name). There's a bit more refinement, a bit more nuance in the way she does her choreography.
Basically compare Gracie to Gracie and you can see that she's making progress.
Gracie should be packaged as powerful, not as an artist b/c she's not an artistic skater and doesn't look to have a propensity for artistry or expression. It's not natural to her. I think it's a lot harder to cultivate artistry than it is to refine/bring it out of someone who already has it and at 18 years old, it's obvious that Gracie does not have it. Everyone can't be an artist. What Gracie is is a powerhouse skater with speed and huge jumps. Embrace that persona...own it.
My favorite program from Irina Slutskaya was her Totentanz SP. Irina didn't have a graceful bone in her body but she had speed, power and jumps and that SP showcased all of that. I think if Gracie were given that kind of freedom and didn't have to concentrate on trying to be artistic and graceful and expressive, she'd probably enjoy herself and skate better.
Any news as to what the STATE lol of Ashley's 3/3 is?