Wagner is not old and worn out. She is obviously a late bloomer who is still just getting better. I am increasingly thinking she is going to surprise people and stick around for 2018, even if she wins a medal in 2014. She seems like someone who still has a lot left in her. She isn't the most talented skater, but seem super determined to keep finding ways to improve, and while she still has goals to reach I don't see her stopping anytime soon.
So very happy for her, getting those triple flips done at this event. Sets herself up well to qualify for the GPFinal, though given its proximity to Russian Nationals - which are all important to earning a spot in Sochi, I truly hope all the travel and competition will not be too tiring for her.
So when Sotnikova does a whaxel she's "such a headcase" to you, but when Hanyu singles a 4S in TEB or singles his lutz in the SKate Canada SP all of a sudden you change your tune. Sotnikova is apparently a headcase on her triple flip even though she landed all her flips at TEB... but Hanyu isn't a headcase to you by failing on his 4S with a fall and a single at his events. At least be consistent!
Both have silver medals in their Grand Prix events. Both have benefited from easy fields this year. Both have made errors in their skates but still medaled. They're more alike than you think, or would care to admit.
Also, you are truly delusional if you think a clean Hanyu (which he hasn't been this season at all) will be on par with a clean Chan. You think Hanyu will get 96.50 points of PCS when his personal best is 85.16 in the FS? Keep dreaming, bud.
Adelina seems to be doing very well-perhaps she is less afraid of bigger venues. She did very well indeed in France
Back to topic I hope Adelina can hold it together. I think she's the most complete skater among the Russian girls and would hate to see her buried by the newer girls. I was so happy to see her fight for it and her reaction at the end of her FS at TEB, as I often feel she doesn't yet have the mindset of a competitor, unlike Yagudin or Plushenko. I don't think she should be written off as a head case just because of some inconsistencies; consistently clean performances are very rare. Even Yuna, whom I am a huge fan of and who is seen as a model of consistency nowadays made mistakes (so many times I watched her FS with my heart in my mouth!) but she had more than enough to make up for those mistakes so they never cost her a podium finish.
Excellent skates but not clean.
2013 Worlds he URed the 4S, while touching down and stepping out.
Finlandia 2013 he touched a hand down on his axel and stepped out of his lutz.
You are right. My memory is failing me XD
Sigh. Seems like I always love the brilliant but error prone ones