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    Quote Originally Posted by shine View Post
    To be honest, it's been really surprising to me how underappreciated Polina is. When I saw her for the first time during the Olympic individual free skate, I became absolutely taken with her. For me, she was like a breath of fresh air, with a very rare talent. The way this girl feels her music, the way she moves! I thought. I went on a video searching spree for all her past performances, and I couldn't wait to see more of her. I really thought everybody was going to embrace a skater like this, because to me her talent is so obvious and hard to come by. Despite the inevitable awkward phase that comes with physical growth (especially for such a tall skater), she hasn't disappointed this season and has only grown as a skater and artist. Some find her gangly and coltish, but for me that somewhat wild quality about her elongated elegance is very fascinating. She's frequently on the edge of just about to lose control over her limbs, but somehow she's able to move just the right amount to be expressive but without becoming messy, and turns that almost-wild quality into excitement for me. This season her skating has at times come across a bit laboured, and not as light as before, most likely due to having to adjust to her new body. But still, when she's on an stretched out, she moves so beautifully on the ice; every move is dictated by the music, every nuance interpreted. She's a rare dancer. For me, she has been the only skater since Yukina Ota that reminds me of Ota in terms of musicality, soft lyricism, and balletic grace. This practice video (yet another great one!) from 4CC really highlights all her qualities that draw me in:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=277yXznlFIA
    Her LP is also surprisingly underrated IMO. It is being dismissed as a kiddie program much beneath a senior lady's level. But I just can't get over how the program is filled with subtle details that have been choreographed to every note of the music, and IMO only the most sensitive of dancers would have been able to pick them out and pull them off. When she does it well, it's effervescent and simply ethereal. Like the British Eurosport commentators said, it's like watching a ballet performance.
    That quality of "wildness": what a marvelous insight. I hadn't thought to put it in those words, but it's true for me as well. It is the way she carries the line of the music to an unexpected place, and I am astonished, again and again. It is also an artist's gift to another, revealing what he should not otherwise have known. And this, from a young figure skater just becoming a woman.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=277yXznlFIA
    that fancam is marvelous! Thank you so much, Delicate skating, perfectly suited to delicate music. watch this fancam. I especially love the later half of her step sequence leading to her signature long twizzle ending with a gentle closing of palm. so delicate, perfectly suited that music texture.
    In this LP, I also like, in the later half of the program, the transition to lyrical flute music, Polina's skating pacing also changed with music.

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    TSL interviewed Polina yesterday. Check out this little excerpt on their FB page where Polina shows her sass and throws a little bit of shade to the other skaters.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSkatingLesson

    I love this girl more and more every time I hear her speak. I might have to make a trip to Sharks Ice to meet her... only 30 minutes south of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravy View Post
    TSL interviewed Polina yesterday. Check out this little excerpt on their FB page where Polina shows her sass and throws a little bit of shade to the other skaters.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSkatingLesson

    I love this girl more and more every time I hear her speak. I might have to make a trip to Sharks Ice to meet her... only 30 minutes south of me.

    Thank you. Polina is cool.


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    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/...-edmunds-stock


    Forgive me if this article has already been posted.



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    Polina's skating reminds me of Yuna's senior debut at 16 (lark ascending, also a SP of contrast style). Soft, delicate, hypnotize arms, gentle closing of palms(Polina at the ending of her long twizzle sequence, Yuna right before her entry into her solo 2A), spiral, difficult debut season (Yuna's injury and Polina's growth issue) and braces

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravy View Post
    TSL interviewed Polina yesterday. Check out this little excerpt on their FB page where Polina shows her sass and throws a little bit of shade to the other skaters.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheSkatingLesson

    I love this girl more and more every time I hear her speak. I might have to make a trip to Sharks Ice to meet her... only 30 minutes south of me.
    This girl is a #truediva and I LOVE IT.

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