Yes...This is very successful trolling thread.
Good Job, people.
Yuna can't point her toe and her extension on spirals is not so good. But she makes up for it in almost every other way. She is fast, excellent in moving her body to the music, particularly her hands, and she's practically the only one right now who can be desribed as making things look effortless. Most other skaters, even when going clean, look tense, their jump takeoffs look funky, etc.
Is she superior, both as a technical and an artistic skater? Absolutely.
Why? She is a master in the way no one else is.
I have not read much of this thread, but I recall that the second part of the original title was, "Why do we find her superior?" --which did strike me as presumptuous for a thread in The Edge (as opposed to Fan Fests).
I'm glad that the thread title was changed, per someone's valid request -- and that at least some of the posts have been sincere and thoughtful.
I don't know if I can really help you with that, but I thought the entry post really had some trollish parts (like Yunas is superior because she wears longer skirts ect.). It's obviously not an argument for anything in this regard, but one might say it was meant to mock other skaters wearing shorter skirts like Carolina. Honestly, when I read the first post, I felt a little as if the poster wanted to mock Yuna and her fans, or better to say what he/she feels are uberish posts and arguments you sometimes read. Some parts just don't have any merit to them aside from making people feel offended.Originally Posted by Olympia
It's however not such a drastic example, there are way worse examples of trolling pretty much everywhere around the internet. And after that, I think there are a lot of lovely, well thought out and completly un-trollish posts from different posters about Yuna and her strengths in regards to other skaters, and that's completly fine. So I wouldn't say that this is a troll thread either.
Thanks, everyone. I likewise thought that many people made some very thoughtful points and helped me appreciate the subtleties of all three of the top ladies' skating--and I enjoy all three to begin with.
To continue the discussion, one thing that I especially appreciate about the three major ladies is that they've stayed around for so long. This shows their determination, and it also allows us fans the luxury of watching their artistic and technical development across an arc of time. A quick rise and disappearance can be impressive (think of Tara), but a long career shows a mastery of the sport that to me is far more satisfying to watch.
I think gmyers is spot on when he says that her confidence in the technical abilities - assuming she is well trained - allows her to perform artistically. That is a huge advantage over the other skaters, who are not so consistent.
However, I have to say that Carolina's ice presence was also hugely impressive and she has a certain charisma of her own. I don't want to say she's more charismatic than Yuna, that is subjective, but some may think so. We all know her struggles with consistency and it has been a challenge for her to maintain her technical level during her long senior career. So that's obviously her challenge this year but given that it's an Olympic year and she'll be hugely motivated, I think we can expect her to be formidable. How exciting would it be to see Carolina win her first Olympic medal, of any color? Of the top lady skaters, her evolvement over the years in some ways has impressed me the most. She has lost the slight awkwardness of just a few years ago and has completely won me over. I am just as excited that she is also around for another Olympic cycle.
And Mao, too. She doesn't have the speed and ice coverage of other other two _ I was watching from very up high and it really stood out _ but she outclasses everyone else when it comes to her delicate style, extension, posture. Certainly Carolina and Yuna don't match her on that. I'll be thrilled for whoever wins the Olympics next year.
While skaters are working hard, She was not in competition. she had long hiatus and came back and easily won skaters who efforted much more than her
when look her attitude, it seemed she take her winning for granted... she did't even seemed too thrilled to result. As a long figure skating fan, I felt it's unfair.. dissatisfied in it.
Besides, you have no idea how much work Yuna actually put into her comeback. Suffice it to say, she worked just as hard in the months leading up to London, as any other skater who showed up for Worlds. In fact, if her practices at Worlds compared to other skaters were any indication, she put in much more effort. Her competitors were practically absent and seemingly relaxing while she was killing the practices everyday. So who exactly put in more "effort"?
It was only after this break, that she the competitive fire came back to her and she told the world, she wanted to show and skate more programms, that touches the audience. She also clearly stated in an interview, that she wanted to compete in Sochi, but never took this for granted, or even win Gold. Whenever journalists asked her prior 2013 worlds (there were too many interview after 2013 worlds to follow them all, so I can't be sure about them), if Gold is her goal in Sochi, her answers were hestistant and she often said that she just wanted to skate and perform to the fullest capability without regrets and that a medal would be great, but she also knows how hard it's going to be and that there are excellent competitors out there.
As for your feelings of her seeminly easily winning over skaters, who have worked very hard to come this far: Well, I don't think coming back was as effortless as her skating seems. I'm sure Yuna put a lot of work into her comeback and though there may well be skaters, who worked harder than her, she's fully aware of that fact and is thankful for the talent, she was born with. In an interview after 2013 Special Olympics (competition for mentally disabled), were Yuna participated with an GALA skate together with Michelle Kwan, she said: Seeing all the athletes really impressed her. Many have overcome prejudices and hardships, and seeing them is really heartwarming.
I'm not comparing her comeptitors with mentally disabled, but what I wanted to say, is, that as far as I've followed Yunas interviews and attitude, she talks respectfully of her competitors and doesn't take any of her winnings or natural talent for granted, but sets high standards in work ethics for herself.