06-26-2013, 10:44 AM
its not only people who distinguish that even skaters themselves that says alot
I remember Leonova saying in an article saying something like " I think today everyone has a chance it was not like Kim Yuna was competing that you know who would win "
and guess what she is back and nothing has changed, lol
06-26-2013, 11:19 AM
I just was skating around my local rink the other day, but by luck I did a 3L-3T. True story.
Originally Posted by prettykeys
Anyhow, for me it's about Yuna's confidence and mental toughness. I'm so impressed with her maturity off the ice as well. She's been involved in so many causes these past few years, from UNICEF ambassador to charity donations to helping Korea's Olympic bid to funding scholarships for young skaters. She's so civic minded, and I wouldn't be surprised if she eventually runs for office (and wins)
06-26-2013, 11:26 AM
First good for you cheerio2 though you must be a pretty competitive skater to do that. As for why Yuna is superior I don't think she is that special. SHe reminds me of a smoother Yamaguchi - feminine, graceful, lyrical and few weaknesses with difficult jumps. But I am not sure she is a personality like Witt or an artist like Baiul or a big jumper like Slutskaya, Manley or Harding. She is not a spinner like Biellemen or that Swiss girl I can't remember her name right now. She is very good at these things but not overly special - what makes her outstanding is she does all very well just not excellent or super special.
06-26-2013, 11:51 AM
I have never found Baiul that artistic. Histrionic and melodramatic maybe, but not artistic. Whatever artistry she may have had at her Olympics, quickly evaporated. Personality like Witt? YuNa has her own personality, which is just fine. I had never much been a fan of YuNa----until this season. Although there are some improvements I would like to see, I found her magical this past season. I can't think of a skater who couldn't receive the same type of criticism as you have imposed on YuNa. Take Michelle: Michelle was not a spinner like Biellmann or even Czisny; she did not have the personality of a Henie or the big jumps of Midori or..... Imo better to be quite good in all aspects rather than super special in just one or maybe two elements. YuNa has improved in some way I cannot identify since her last Olympics and I am glad she has come back so I can appreciate it. I guess my answer to the thread's question is: She seems to own the ice now and she skates fearlessly with a confident authority that is wonderful to see. OT Has she announced her music yet?
06-26-2013, 12:53 PM
At the rink. Again.
Actually, the places where Michelle and Yuna both excel is SS. Michelle in her days before injury was incredibly quiet as she stroked across the ice and carried excellent edging and speed. This excellence of basics translated into security in the other aspects to make them all very good, if not spectacular. Both skaters without glaring weaknesses for their respective times.
06-26-2013, 01:08 PM
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan