Not there yet, but Mao still trains the 8-triple layout she attempted last season. She didn't attempt the 3F-3Lo until now, but usually continues to 'upgrade' her technical content throughout the season.Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Isn't Julia already crowned Olympic Champion? So the real question is, who will be off the podium: Kostner or Asada?
Since we all love to extrapolate on just one or two competition results, I guess that means Kostner is gonna be off the podium...
Meh. Never was impressed by her jumps, kind of awkwardly/amateurish and rushed at times. She may get the revolutions and distance and whatever other standard you may have to wrack up the numbers, but they never give me a release - that "Ahhhhh" feeling that a senior ladies' jumps should. They don't feel concrete to me. Effortless my ***. The swing in the arms gets me every time...
What made me a fan were the skating skills and transitions. She's got things to work on sure, but the choreo isn't just choreo when she skates it.
She seems to know how to extend and use her body to express the music. Her coach wasn't kidding when she was bragging that her girls' transitions would overshadow a US ladies' transitions anyday.
It's up for grabs people. You can argue it whatever way you want, but no one will know for sure.
I hope Julia's FS today brings people back down to earth a bit, especially with regards to her guaranteed victory over Wagner and the like. I never wish ill on a skater but part of me was hoping she would mess up just so some of you here would get your heads out of the clouds. Of course, she still scored 2.5 points higher PCS than her PB for that disastrous skate, so inflation will still be in full effect. But a technical skate like that will surely keep her off the podium.
Like Gold, I hope this takes off some of the pressure and she can still draw positives like winning a second gold (even if undeserved) and a PB in the SP (even though 72 points was undeserved). And of course the positive that she has a considerable PCS boost on home ice.
I don't think people have said Julia is a lock for anything except a lock for the Russian Olympic team which IMO she still is. I think the team is almost locked as Julia and Adelina at this point, and Anna P. will have to do something spectacular to steal that 2nd spot from Adelina. Tuktamysheva is right out of it.
Nobody said anything about her winning gold. I think she might be in the run for bronze.
Some were touting her as a sure fire winner of bronze, regardless of how Wagner/Gold/Kostner/Suzuki skate, and some were even suggesting silver. And thanks to the SP inflation some even said she has a shot to win. Eg if Yu Na isn't clean Julia will win, as if Julia herself wasn't prone to errors (as we saw as Junior Worlds, COR free skate, Russian nationals...). The expectations piled on her were tremendous so I'm actually thankful she had a flawed skate or she would face immeasurable pressure going into Sochi instead of just doing her thing.
Too many perfect skates isn't a good thing. This gives her room to improve and ensures she won't get too comfortable.
Which doesn't mean that after one clean comp, people won't hype her up to whatever again.
So now we know how she skates under immense pressure on home ice...