You guys need to better recognize puppet account trolls when you see them.
Also, thank you for the kind words, bluesky. I really appreciate it.
I think these are the slight changes I would hope for in the SP if I could make three wishes.
1. I wish Yuna would exit her first spin faster and/or come running out quicker with more energy. Basically more of a remembrance of her same move from the middle of Gershwin.
2. I wish after her layback, when the music picks up and she begins her choreo or steps or whatever, that she could add something like just a single jump or positional jump. I see her brief outside edge spiral and I can't help but think of it as the recreation of when she accomplished it for the first time in younger days, and would love to see something as trivial as a single added to the sequence. I also think it would make the pace from that point forward just that much better.
I'm just in love with the idea of her traveling down memory lane, progressing from her novice skater days to who she is now (even if the earlier parts come towards the end of the program).
3. I wish Yuna would be healthy and happy and feel the music. Just become the emotion at the proper time.
Now that I've just seen the LP, will give my thoughts on it here in a minute.
Still, it has to happen. Until then I will be nervous.
The LP itself is great, but I didn't see any of the passion or fire for the program in Yuna's skating today. Her performance was lackluster and she seemed tired/disconnected throughout the program. I got the feeling that she wasn't really enjoying skating. =( I get that she had a month to fully practice her programs, and that she's testing out the waters at Zagreb, but I really hope she participates in at least one more competition because she has some way to go before maximizing the potential of her programs. I REALLY want to see her dazzle at the Olympics.
I didn't like Yuna's LP as I saw it today . I thought the music was kind of bleh, with no real low points or high points to it. It didn't have that "epic" feeling of Les Miz or Homage to Korea. But maybe she was deliberately going for something different.
I like her lp too, great Olympic moment it can be and her dress is really royal.
If anything, last year should've taught us to not judge Yuna's performances from a silly B competition. That said, I think her LP seems a bit aimless in its choreography and the music seemed to be just there. Maybe she would've performed it better if she hit the 3-3, though. Her SP is better but (people will hate me for saying this) it reminds me a bit of Miki Ando's 2011 SP - beautiful, pleasing to the ears and eyes, but the music is a bit shapeless and you could do any kind of movement and it would probably still be "beautiful". I was holding out hope that out of Caro/Mao/herself, she would be the confident one ready to take big risks in her programs and skate with freedom instead of just looking focused on getting the points. The music is a risk but this weekend I don't think she pulled it off.
Again, these are my first impressions. No doubt Yuna will change my opinion on both at Sochi by skating the programs better.
Considering that Yuna's training schedule was interrupted by a disturbing injury and the emotional distress that must have caused, I think Yuna showed two programs at Golden Spin that with some polish and renewed energy can be "Epic" at the Olympics. I sure hope so because when Yuna skates to her full potential she lights up the ice like no other skater I've ever seen.
My thoughts on Yuna's LP:
As enthusiastic as I am about the SP, unfortunately I'm a bit worried that her LP might be too somber. Already lots of wistfulness and goodbye present in "Send in the Clowns", I guess I feel like the LP should have more fire -- more triumph. "This is who I am, a beautiful grown woman moving into the next phase of my life, leaving on my own terms. Thank you for supporting me over the years, we will always be with each other in our hearts."
One of the things I admire about Yuna's beauty is the way she handles herself ... her humility, class, and grace. She can portray sexy without resorting to the base level that most other women try. Still, I left this LP feeling like there should be more seduction, more fire, more tango. I know it's not the typical tango and was written as an elegy, and that's why the program choice has me worried, but I do hope to see something more powerful. The trick could lie in proper emphasis throughout different parts of the program, I'm not sure. The thought I keep coming back to is -- goodbye, yes -- but triumph and celebration even more.
For today, I did not sense that kind of thematic unity, and the performance felt a bit disjointed. I think this is even besides Yuna's fatigue issue and technical mistakes. I think there is a wandering, searching in progress still with this program from a presentation point of view. Still, though Yuna's "Adios Nonino" is more raw than "Send in the Clowns" at this time, I think I can start to see a possible light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that in the next two months the program will be refined, the vision will become more clear, and Yuna will approach the program with confidence and conviction to perform at her very best level of all time.
Oh yeah, the dress is sexy too. If some slight alterations are made then that's OK, but overall I think it's a nice dress. I like how her dress, makeup, and hair this year really bring out her lips, they looked very beautiful today.
Never thought I'd see the day that Yuna would be accused of lacking "killer instinct." My, oh my. Then again, people tend to exaggerate when it comes to either her or Mao anyway.