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Thread: What are Yuna Kim's strongest points as a skater?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melon View Post
    This phrase reminds me of someone....especially someone who's recently been banned

    Anyways, I think this year, Yuna's step sequence was not her best, but her choreography sequence(i think thats what its called) was really well put.
    Umm...that's actually a very common saying. If you're implying that I have another account and have been banned, then you are quite wrong. This is my only account. I don't know who you're talking about.

    As for Yuna's choreography, I didn't really like it at first, I was slightly underwhelmed, but it really grew on me at Worlds. not sure why. I guess because she only got to do it twice before, at NRW trophy and nationals. I felt like it had more feeling to it? I'm only disappointed now because I didn't appreciate it until the end!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystallize View Post
    Umm...that's actually a very common saying. If you're implying that I have another account and have been banned, then you are quite wrong. This is my only account. I don't know who you're talking about.

    As for Yuna's choreography, I didn't really like it at first, I was slightly underwhelmed, but it really grew on me at Worlds. not sure why. I guess because she only got to do it twice before, at NRW trophy and nationals. I felt like it had more feeling to it? I'm only disappointed now because I didn't appreciate it until the end!
    I know it's a common idiom. Like I said, it reminded me of someone. I wasnt accusing you or anything :P
    Oh and I agree on your post, but then again, Yuna solely focused on tes in NRW so it wasnt a surprise to see a program that was a bit, sloppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melon View Post
    I know it's a common idiom. Like I said, it reminded me of someone. I wasnt accusing you or anything :P
    Oh and I agree on your post, but then again, Yuna solely focused on tes in NRW so it wasnt a surprise to see a program that was a bit, sloppy.
    Well with the eyeroll....I was unsure. But I feel bad now because I think I know exactly who you're talking about. I'll only say that I can understand the eyeroll now.

    I think maybe it was for the best that she focused more on the technical aspect, what with her trying to earn enough points. And it was a nice surprise to see the progression in just a few months. Either way, it worked out perfectly. Especially because she skated right at the very end at Worlds. It was pretty much the ultimate culmination. At least for the season. Now she'll have to top that in Sochi. I think if there's anybody who can do that, then it's her.

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    The Skating Lesson Interview: Adam Rippon on Kim Yu-Na (5:47)

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    Kim Yu-Na is figure skating's biggest star. Adam Rippon trained alongside her leading up to her big wins at the 2009 World Championships and 2010 Olympic Games. In our interview with Adam, he spoke about Kim Yu Na as a training mate, how she handled the immense pressure on her, and the experience of being present for one of the sport's most infamous coaching splits.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=x3GLkZvw2WY

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    ^ Thanks for the clip. Adam has always had a thing for Yuna. Here they are at the senior prom (OK, she is a little bit underdressed for the occasion).

    http://en.korea.com/files/2010/04/adam1.jpg

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    Her continuous development or improvement. Ever since her senior debut, she showed never-stopping improvement even in absence from competitions. That is why she distanced the gap between her and Mao.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    ^ Thanks for the clip. Adam has always had a thing for Yuna. Here they are at the senior prom (OK, she is a little bit underdressed for the occasion).

    http://en.korea.com/files/2010/04/adam1.jpg
    Is this really at a "Prom" or just a dance or party? Are they hugging or dancing, I can't tell. Anyway, cute picture. Any other pictures of the event?

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    I was kidding about the "prom." I think it is just a random picture from when they were training together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary01 View Post
    haha that's why Mao on regular basis get's level 4 on her steps, and has been one of the very few skaters who has had it for many years, the record doesn't lie.

    Hands down, Mao is the skater who has the most exquisite steps, and in every single program of hers whether competitive or exhibition she has showcased that.....
    Whether a skater gets level 4 on step sequences is pretty much an objective decision as to whether they included the right combination of difficult skills, according to that year's rules, to meet the criteria. As decided by the technical panel, not the judges. It's a measure of difficulty, not quality (except insofar as poor quality at the attempted skills can result in them not getting credited).

    The GOEs are more a measure of quality -- each judge determines whether the skater was "good" or better at various bullet points. That's more subjective.

    "Exquisite" is a purely subjective assessment. Of course anyone (including judges) who makes such an assessment could support that assessment by pointing to aspects of the element that were especially well done.

    But even if we all agree that the good qualities were good, there will be some disagreement as to how good they each were, which qualities are most important, and which value-laden adjectives best describe the emotional impact of element.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftertherain View Post
    I am surprised when Adam says he hadn't seen YuNa ever do a clean run-through in practices until she got to Vancouver. That makes her feat even more impressive...although I wonder why/how she wasn't able to do it in the practices as the reigning World Champ. I also wonder what changed that she became able to do them. Was it mental ticks? Stamina issues? Persisting injuries that healed slowly? Curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettykeys View Post
    I am surprised when Adam says he hadn't seen YuNa ever do a clean run-through in practices until she got to Vancouver. That makes her feat even more impressive...although I wonder why/how she wasn't able to do it in the practices as the reigning World Champ. I also wonder what changed that she became able to do them. Was it mental ticks? Stamina issues? Persisting injuries that healed slowly? Curious.
    That part surprised me as well. But in my opinion the fact he hadn't seen doesn't exactly mean she hadn't done it. I mean, I don't think he was with her 24/7.
    I clearly remember Orser saying maybe around 2009 Worlds that Yuna was doing many clean programs in practices and really ready for the Worlds. Or was it before Olympics?
    I also remember seeing her clean run through before competitions, and I know this because I checked all those practice videos available out there those times(hope I don't sound like a stalker or something creepy...). Can't remember exactly when, but didn't she do clean run through before TEB 2009 for example?
    But I also remember seeing her run through with all clean jumps but omitting some elements like spins, so maybe he meant 'never did clean run through' in that sense?
    Anyway I find his remark a bit odd.

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    I put Mao and Carolina on the same page when it comes to footwork. Both have steps that are intricate, fast, musical and flow across the ice very nicely. Yu-Na has nice fast steps that flow nicely but I don't find hers to be as intricate or complex in terms of difficulty.

    I also love Akiko's footwork sequences. Very musical with lovely flow though not as fast as the top 3...

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    Yes, Yuna did a clean run through at 09 TEB (which was her first competition in 09-10 season).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIUYk8Z1yFc

    And Yuna said in a TV talk show after Vancouver that she was flying over the ice in great shape in practices until got a small ankle injury (which required 2 weeks' training-hiatus) one month before Vancouver.
    If Yuna had been keeping on making one or two mistakes in run throughs without one exception, I don't think she would have said 'I was flying'. lol

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    She also did a 100% clean run-through of her LP in the practices at Vancouver, including spins, spirals and footwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0pwg3txz3U

    I doubt that was the very first clean run-through of her LP, despite what Adam said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krislite View Post
    She also did a 100% clean run-through of her LP in the practices at Vancouver, including spins, spirals and footwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0pwg3txz3U

    I doubt that was the very first clean run-through of her LP, despite what Adam said.
    Maybe he meant in training at the Toronto S&C Club instead of in competition practices. Adam wasn't in Vancouver, was he? I doubt if he knew how Yuna's practices were going at the Olympics.

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