B&S as Olympic medalists is just wrong. You know the fix has to be in for that to happen.
She should have no issues scoring 200+ with two hit programs, and I don't see Murakami beating a clean Gracie Gold. Her skating is too sloppy and she is a weaker jumper and spinner, and the quality of her skating is not much superior, if at all (when you factor in her posture and poorer extension, among other things)...
Julia has a Flutz 65% of the time, but it's not severe. Her jumps are a lot more controlled than Yuna Kim's.
If I had to pick, I'd pick Lipnitskaya's. Yuna's combo has two redeeming aspects: Size and the Take-Off Edge on the Lutz.
However, Lipnitskaya's jumps are incredible because of the amount of control she has on her landings, the fact that she lands going straight backwards (not even a chance to question her rotation), and the position she can get on her landings - and she HOLDS those landing positions a lot better than Kim. Additionally, her technique on the back half of her combination is textbook, which is why she can throw a toe loop onto almost anything (or add it back in later, easily, if she misses it early on like at Europeans).
From a GOE standpoint, Yuna's would score higher as long as the judge didn't spot a UR when it happens because the take-off issues on her 3T back end aren't anything most judges would penalize as long as the jump was clean.
Sotnikova is a better overall jump than both of them, and has all triples. She has Yuna's size and Lipnitskaya's rotation and landing finesse.
Kim skates like a woman; Julia skates like a teenager. Kim has power and the right edge; mind you Julia has a more difficult entry and maybe thejudges should mark down Kim or woheover for the second triple. But there is no question Kim will win gold and julia is lucky if she wins a bronze. I think the odds are favouring Kostner for bronze - she usually ahs one good skate so olympics is her chance to reign. Still I Mao is ahuge question; I honestly don't see it happening though she has too many problems with her jumps and at this point it would be a bit of luck. I know she tried but with her problems with the lutz, triple axel, adding loops it would be a bit of one shot wonder if she corrected it all. Yes, a lot of skaters or most have achilles heal problems - one or two jumps but mao has been trying to fix them for years and has not been consistently clean with the big jumps lutz or axel or adding loops. At this point she is best to move on as it seems doubtful she will become consistent at this point.
A competition should be judged solely on what the skater achieves on that skate alone, not what they have done before. It is the judges job to take the program and reduce it to mere numbers, but of course there is little bit of room for their personal opinion in GOE and in program components. Having the numbers of judges they do from all different countries results in a fair range of numbers for each skater, I would hope.
YuNa's 3-3 got the delay in rotation, height and distance, straight back on landing, flow in the landing, effortless throughout.
You said Gracie's 3-3 is better than YuNa's in every aspect and because of her 3 toe loop.
Here are the images of Gracie's 3T on 3-3. http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800.../822/0jhiz.jpg
She takes off her triple toe with full blade not toe and also very pre-rotated. You see it? I don't know you are a skater or what but you're sooooooooo wrong.
and also you said YuNa is not the technical phenom, at best, slightly above average. Actually, Ted barton who made current judging system said that Technically, Yuna is the greatest of all time.
I have a question to you. If YuNa is not technical phenom among Ladies, Who do you think is the phenom? Asada, Lipnitskaya, Gold? Its really funny that a skater who's technically slightly above average is now reigning World & Olympic Champ with world record. Your opinion is so ridiculous and non-sense.
Keep whining and complaining about YuNa's jumps until she retains her title at Sochi.
you will be so upset if YuNa's 3-3 and other jumps get credit and highest GOE.
I think Abbott has a shot at silver and maybe at Gold if he skates clean.
Gracie Gold could get a silver medal if she skates as she did at Nationals, and if Yu-na and Mao both falter, she could win gold.
I don't think Fernandez has any shot at gold. His PCS are just not up to snuff and programs are weak.
For Gold, I think the favorites are Chan, Hanyu, and Takahashi.
http://www.insidethegames.biz/blogs/...-2014For Robin Cousins, Olympic figure skating gold medalist in 1980, the personality he thinks will captivate the TV viewers will be the defending women's champion Yuna Kim, of South Korea. "She is the grand dame of skating, a beautiful woman on and off the ice. She has such a graceful, classic style."There are some other excellent skaters, notably the Russians, but they are mainly kids. This contest is a woman versus girls and I take the woman to win and become the world's skating sweetheart."
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