I think Julia needs to focus on what she does best and not try to be a "woman" at the Olympics. It's perpetuated by people complaining that she skates like a girl, and she's juniorish and skaters like her and Radionova are just jumping beans.
Like duh, these are teenagers. And if they didn't jump well they would be buried. I don't get what people expect from skaters like Julia.
I think she can win silver if Mao and Caro both stumble (an uninjured Yuna may be beyond reach).
Add some politicking and wining and dining of the judges, ha- who knows?!? Sochi is a resort area, there will be many powerful and wealthy officials there just to chill and relax. May all the judges be supplied with the best blini, vodka, and caviar lol!
I wonder if many have such a strong perception of what IS great skating (within certain parameters of maturity, expressiveness, projection, style, technical precision demonstrated by great/legendary skater A, B, C etc.) they may be missing out what is so special right in front of them, which are the rare moments when the intangibles simply clicks that can never be replicated due to time/age factor. Hanyu's Romeo & Juliet will never be the same 2 years on, even with the same choreography or music. It may win him medals, but emotionally and intellectually from an audience's perspective, the feel and the experience of it will never be the same. What made it valuable beyond movements were the time sensitivity factor that is unique to Hanyu's personal insights/perspective/characteristics at that moment in time, ie/ brashness, eagerness, freshness, vitality and recklessness of youth.
Julia's Schindler's List is perfect for her age right now. A maturer expressive version of it a decade from now may able to tick everyone's boxes, but alot of the fresh appealing quality would have been simply lost forever. Let's say Kostner does this program in her red costume seducing the judges with her mature performance, the meaning and feel of it would be entirely different (I find this idea morbid actually.. must wipe out image!!) The girl in red costume wouldn't have worked conceptually or thematically. These are among many of the reason I am not a great fan of remakes, or one formula applies to all. Time are finite for a reason, and it is a critical factor when value anything in arts. It implies authenticity of meaning, purpose, of capture/freeze moment of originality, a spark of lightening. I have always felt there's something inevitably contrived, lazy and depressing about trying to replicate lost glories rather than moving forward braving new frontiers. Progress deserve extra marks in competition as well as in life, but seems to have been neglected under the COP system. However from the way the judges are marking it, I wonder if they are aware of this already.
IMO Julia was successful in conveying the intention of the music with thoughts and clarity, that maybe naively simple but were also effective. The intangible quality of her performance were also responsible for bringing her a standing ovation at Skate Canada - no Russian in the audience needed - that is very impressive. Age 15, 2nd year into seniors, she is progressing and evolving nicely. Great job!
Very intuitive response OS. You almost convince me this is right music for her now. Except that she skated it with no expression. Audience rose for jumps, flawless skating -for Julia enough reason there to stand when others faltered. Julia is a whiz kid. I like this better than Radio's programs/costumes/music. But Yelena is clearly feeling her music.Age appropriate. Yulia should skate to uplifting music. Let her grow up. I have great love for Schindler's List, the story, movie, the score.
Go watch Wylie or even Witt. Understanding, almost reveret performances by mature skaters. But it would have made the difference if Julia had a reason for choosing this. I think it was chosen for her. I saw no interpretation. This score is the tears of God on violin. Most skaters, esp CoP competitive skaters would be careful approaching it. I feel the Jews love this story deeply. I could see Akiko or Ashley attempting it, or Carolina. Not many skaters would try-too heart wrenching if you are a deep person.
Maybe a visit to Auswitz museum and pictures of unlucky children-something to move her toward some real interpretation. It is for me sacrosanct.
Back then the Chinese fed. had no power, something that obviously changed in later years with the often inflated scores of Shen & Zhao and Zhang & Zhang, and now today Sui & Han. Chen was a victim of this reality.
In her grand prix loss to Mao last season remember Julia also did not skate well though, and she was not skating well in general last season. Also the norm for Mao often is only 3 or 4 clean triples, and about 4 other dicey ones with some type of problem.
I disagree with Julia shows no expression, I personally think she has a good understanding of what she is portraying, and that for me her stoicism and lack of awareness is perfectly suited to the concept of the program. As a admirer the OST and the film, I thought she was impressive and sensitive to the material considering how easily it can go all horribly wrong and cheapens it. It can be all too saccharine, tear jerker or heavy handed done. It is very easy to fall into that trap but the care and attention she brought to the performance was enough to move me. Her dignified stoicism (accidental or genuine) did capture my attention. A strong will to go perfect impressed me, yet apparent lack of self awareness in the performance works in her favour, just like the little red girl in the film, while completely oblivious she captured Oskar Schindler's gaze that were pivotal to his transformation. Put it this way, let's see how this program perform the rest of the season before you jump to conclusions and discount her completely.
Whether clever designed that managed to hide her weakness, as a program I do think it works well beyond the technical.
I absolutely adore her. She's an amazing skater and I can't wait to see more of her in the future :D. I hope she grows well ... I don't want her to suffer like Adelina or Liza :S! Oh btw i'm new here lol hello everyone! I've been coming here on and off for about 2 years and I finally decided to join!
it don't get the complain that Julia isnt too mature and is a child
Schildler's list she is portraying the girl in the red dress
SChildler's list is about angst and loss, I believe this program is just perfect for Julia
it doesn't need sexy or mature interpretation