Anyone with 2 eyes and a brain can look at Julia and see that she's not nearly the skater as Mao Asada or Yuna Kim. It's disturbing that -- with a flawed program (several of her jump landings were bad, she would have received negative GOE on the last sequence) -- that she could score better than Mao's best ever, and be up there within reach of Kim's.
Friendly suggestion that you check your skating history.I don't have an issue with wonderkids winning. However, I have to admit that I was glad Yuna missed the Turin cut by months and did not have to compete against Michelle. I'm sure Tara's glad too.
But I get what you mean, as I too can't help but root for the veterans. It always takes me a while to warm up to most skaters. I'm sure Tara, however, has zero problems with wonderkids winning the Olympics.
While I raved Yuna's 08-09 season, it took me until the GPF before I appreciated her Schez; before then, I wasn't pleased she had the same coloured of costume and the ending pose as Michelle.
Even if you set aside the fact she looks like a little girl out there next to mature ladies ... her skating skills are inferior compared to the top contenders, her jumps are tiny, and she doesn't have any artistry whatsoever after that opening. I hate bashing her because she's very talented for 15, but this is getting ridiculous and entirely too much now by all the people trying to prop her up against the very best in the world.
Actually there is still no guarantee that the all girls will skate at her best or clean...Remember the Ice is slippery
I don't have a problem with Julia beating Kostner at Euros. I never liked Kostner's skating as much as most people, but even they have to admit her technical content is too low right now.
But, even with Mao imploding and Yuna gone ... Suzuki is clearly a better skater and mature performer compared to Julia. If this is a Russian thing, Adelina is clearly a better skater and performer compared to Julia. Just compare Adelina's jumps to Lipnitskaia's. Adelina goes up and it seems like she keeps going up and up into the air. Her spins are powerful. Just the presence of her body on the ice gives more impression than tiny little Julia. And her SS are better too.
It wouldn't be surprising at all if Julia ended up winning the Gold medal in Sochi. I'm not saying she necessarily deserves to win, but when you watch her and look strictly at her jumps and spins, she looks very impressive. Her flow across the ice is good and she has quick virtually everything. Now, when you look at her actual choreography, presentation and expression, that is where things get dicey. I know she's young and her PCS can improve (and most likely will). However, as of NOW, I find her actual presentation in both programs to be...dull. Maybe it's her choice of music, but I find her to be a rather rote, mechanical skater. A technical virtuoso to be sure, but just something about her presentation is uninspiring. I am in awe of her flexibility and speed but find myself drifting off during the middle of her programs due to the sheer boringness of her persona (perhaps it's partly, unfairly, due to the way she looks). Adelina is certainly not as consistent or impressive in terms of speed and precision, but I find her to be a much more interesting presence on the ice. Ditto for Carolina, Yuna and Mao.
I hope all the girls skate clean tbh I want Asada or Kim to win the Olympics and I don't want Julia to win maybe because I always root for the veterans and I want the newbies to do well, find motivation to continue, and continue to improve in the future. I'm worried for Mao more than Yuna though because Mao is not as consistent as Yuna and Julia but I'm hoping that the whoever wins gold it would be Yuna or Mao.