On a side-note(?) I guess would be the best term look at this article:
"I was very nervous before my skate and my legs were trembling," Lipnitskaia said. "In the second half of the program I was able to pull myself together and skate really well."
"Emotions help me to perform well," said Lipnitskaia, the first Russian winner of the event since Irina Slutskaya in 2006. "I always thought that they would distract me, hinder my technique, but I discovered that emotions help me improve my performance."
"I think that now as a European champion I should make the team," Lipnitskaia said. "My goal for the Olympics is just to skate clean and show good skating."
I think she will do very well.
Well, to each its own. I have watched Julia's European SP and LP, but no... performance-wise, she's projecting beginning and , probably ending. To me, performance aspect is non-comparable.
Everyone should just give her time to grow up and improve. She's only 15. If everyone stopped pressuring her to win this year, she could get better and be a star next time around.
I just had this funny idea, I wonder if anyone agrees. I think Julia reminds me of Mao more than any other skater. Right now she's like a less-polished, junior version of Mao. I think if her career survives puberty, she could become a less artistic but technically more consistent version of Mao Asada.
Imagine you are driving down the highway, and you are chasing after a goal. Mao has the polish to just maintain speed, let the goals come to her, and then she ATTACKS. Julia on the other hand, she just sees the goal and she speeds up and drives faster to reach it. It's the impatience of youth, less polish because her mind is not developed enough like Mao, who has the advantage of being older.
Whereas Yuna has beautiful, regal style to her, but no pretentiousness, like a beloved Queen, Mao has her own unique style that I would describe as very sharp and determined. Neither style can be argued over the other, it's personal preference, and the difference in their abilities comes down to other things besides their style. But in this way, I think Julia reminds me of Mao more than anyone else.
Okay... I will take back about everything I said Kostner's PCS score at EC was repressed, oh boy was I wrong. For the FS, she actually got the highest PCS in her entire career, and 3rd highest of all time. For the SP, she got her 2nd highest PCS only got surpassed by 0.17 at Worlds 2013, which was the 5th highest PCS of all time. I admit I originally got the wrong impression from Sonia Bianchetti article
According to the rankings of these PCS records list out properly in black and white, it seems they did try to inflate Kostner's PCS as much as possible despite her low TES but just wasn't enough, because others especially Adelina was getting massive boosting too. The overwhelming inflation of PCS this year is truly crazy. Will Olympics set new territory to ensure consistent inflation to all skaters or just the selected few who got there first?
Here are the top 10 highest PCS charts for ladies SP and FP, check out the proportion of TES vs PCS and event it happened.
FS (PCS) Best ever scores
SP (PCS) Best ever scores
I think you are quite wrong about Yuna get inflated by PCS, if ever, certainly not made any difference in ranking. Even arguably she should have like others always got. I'd like you to show me examples when she did and explain how it can justify the PCS inflation that the Russian newbies got this year.
However, I think that if Julia hasn't finished going through puberty (which I personally think is what was going on last year since she grew several inches and her body changed - by any definition puberty), she will still manage as good results as she did 2nd and 3rd at GP qualified for GPF where score-wise she would probably have placed 4th. It's pretty much impossible to predict how she would have done at Sr Worlds compared to her Jr Worlds result.