The Throw Triple Axel and S/S
I was just reading an icenetwork article about German Nationals and it looks like Savchenko and Szolkowy are still planning on using the throw triple axel in their programs...
Here's a link to the article (SPOILERS for German Nationals):
It turns out that Aliona hurt her back at COR and they couldn't train the element. I had thought they had decided to get rid of that element, and honestly I thought eliminating it did wonders for their skating. They also scored MUCH better at the GPF than they've been scoring recently so I kind of got the impression the judges were telling them to eliminate that element...
The way they talk about the axel it's like reading Moby Dick.
I also noticed they have decided not to compete in the team event. I didn't really think Germany would be a huge factor anyway in this event and I'm guessing the German Federation feels that way too, since it doesn't seem like it will be that big of a deal for them to miss it.
I think a lot of people don't get the mentality of pushing the boundaries and an athlete's will to challenge themselves. Yes, it can be a hindrance to overreach- but if its a case of perseverance and not the impossible, there comes a point when the competition at large doesn't even matter to these people. It's a personal hurdle. With S/S, they obviously like the idea of being pioneers (correct me if I'm wrong, but needless the say, no one else is doing it) for the element in pairs skating. With Asada- people glean over the fact that NOBODY else does it. It's hard work, and when it pays off, there's a bigger sense of achievement on their part as athletes and not for the gratification of audience and naysayers alike. I mean, surely people said the exact same thing when quads were only for the likes of Plushenko and Joubert and the lot way back when- and now its become mandatory. The 3A will probably become the same for ladies some time in the future, and maybe there will be a new Miki Ando-esque figure who will insist on trying a quad.
Figure skating is a beautiful sport. But it is a sport. Elite athletes need to push instead of resting on their laurels.
But that's just imo.
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