She is fabulous! Great program, great skate. I'd like to see her win a medal at Nationals. She is under appreciated-Why?
She's pleasant enough to watch but nothing stands out. I liked her enthusiasm for the Carmen program, but she didn't exactly come to it with a new and unique take.
Samantha has a UR problem which caused her Skate America SP to be scored very low. Her FS was much better, but she still got a UR call.
I don't understand why skaters try and do a triple loop triple loop combination. It's almost impossible to rotate the second loop jump yet Cesario keeps trying to land it. Why not go for a triple flip triple toe or a triple toe triple toe combo?
Originally Posted by Jammers
Zhang had one ratified at 2012 cup of china. I believe the jump has a 10.7 base value.
Skating is art, if you let it be.
The problem wasn't the UR calls, but the PCS. She deserved way, way more. Also, mandatory -GOE for a << jump is so dumb. Her 3Loop+3Loop<< combo in the SP should have received +1 GOE. It was clean and aggressive. More backwards CoP rules.
3Loop+3Loop< (which she already achieved at Liberty Open this year) is worth more than 3Toe+3Toe, in base value anyway. Also, any 3Toe she tries in combo is going to be <. She just doesn't have the natural inclination for that move. If her 3Flip+3Toe ever gets consistent enough in practice, then I'm sure she'll put it in her programs.
Originally Posted by Jammers
I love her Carmen. She makes it so exciting to watch. I thought she should have been third. I too would love for her to medal at Nationals or at least get 4th.
What improvements does she need to make in her SP to be more competitive? She strikes me as the curious type, perhaps she reads here and is curious as to what people are saying about her.
I always felt she should perform the triple loop/ triple toe. I wonder if she has trained that. I agree with some other posters the loop/ loop is just too hard to rotate.
I like her. She is not scared to compete like so many of the other ladies.
I watched Skate America on NBC so I didn't get to see her. Here are links to her SP and FS.
Thanks for those! She is a very pleasant skater to watch. I loved her LP dress, but I didn't recognize the music. Something called... Carmen?
Originally Posted by brightphoton
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I thought her FS was great technically, but she didn't connect much with the audience. She'll have to become more interesting to really be noticed as a contender.
Her passion and commitment to her choreography are great. Elegant, mature interpretation.
One of the more interesting female skaters I have seen in recent years.
Unfortunately she struggles with fully rotating her jumps and has a flutz. It is going to be hard to address those issues this late but I hope her team will at least try.
It should have received +1 GOE before any deductions have been applied, yes. But it wasn't clean. The second jump was underrotated over 1/2.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
So if you went with +1 for base value -2 for underrotation over 1/2, you'd arrive at -1.