02-12-2014, 02:27 PM
Six Point Zero
Nope. There's a reason I put "worthy" is scare quotes. The distinction I'm making is one between desert and worth. Not the same thing. Anyone can deserve to win the Olympic Gold Medal fair square, so long as they are the best skater of the competition. Worth is more about the value of their entire career and their body work all things considered.
Originally Posted by Skater Boy
Yulia can deserve the OGM in Sochi, but others are clearly more "worthy" of it.
02-12-2014, 02:56 PM
Haha, blade of grass? Don't get frustrated because people are dissenting. We don't have to take dissenting opinions for attack. BTW I also believe in the independence of judges as long as their judging reflects figure philosophy and principle. Unanimity often means uninspiring monotony.
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch
02-12-2014, 02:57 PM
Yes if my memory is correct.
Originally Posted by ahy
02-12-2014, 03:24 PM
Here is an average jane skating fan who thinks Yuna still has a chance :
"In the ladies, I just can’t wait to see Kim Yuna! At her best, there’s nobody that can come close to her." --Dorothy Hamill
Dorothy is very complimentary of her young rivals, including Julia, Gracie, and Ashley, and very generously acknowledges their potential, but it's pretty clear who is still alpha female in her mind.
(A hat tip to inspiration of yunaforum, who flagged the article. )
02-12-2014, 03:33 PM
Poor/awkward position(s), slow, traveling -1 to -3. Applies to the whole combination spin. For the SP: Let's see for the first three position, and two transitional positions: centered, fantastic positions, great speed. For the required # number of revolutions in split position :100% centered, great position, incredible speed (she got three rotations a second) Final 14 (of 21) revolutions in split spin: amazing position, unbelievable speed, traveled. Out of those criteria she blew them out of the water during the required part. The exact same as if a skater completed a extra jump, say an axel, off the landing edge of the last jump they were allowed to do. It may be good and it may be bad but it would have no effect on the jump mark. So eight of the nine judges, at least five of which have no reason to mark her generously give her 3s. Then for the LP: traveled only on final position. Out of these criteria, poor/awkward position(s), slow, traveling, she only traveled ergo she only gets -1 added to the usual +3s, Final GOE 1.00 compared to the 1.50 she gets when she's fully centered.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
And were you saying -3 three total or -3 added to her +3 positive GOE for satisfying 6+ bullets of the spin criteria? First the positives are to be considered which take her to + 3 then the negative added to the positive not the baseline. +3 + (-1) = +2, +2 + (-2) = 0, etc. I can tell you what it would take for them to take away more GOE from an otherwise perfect spin that traveled during the last part of a combination: She would have to travel immediately (got her -1 added to her +3 in the LP= 2), then she would have be spinning super-slowly (instead of at superspeed, which would get her +1 overall) and she would have to lose her balance and fail to keep in position (which would take her to 0). At this point even though Poor/awkward position(s), slow, traveling is on the list where final GOE execution is not required to be negative I am sure that all judges, other than the russian one(0) would have her at -1. But that would never happen because it has not happened in fourteen competition and twenty-eight program over the course of three years. And those are only the international ones.
02-12-2014, 03:35 PM
I hope Julia isn't unbeatable, that would be a boring night if she were! I'm hoping for a great competition where the top ladies go clean and it's close so we'll be debating it for years.
Basically, why can't every year be like 1998? Best ladies competition ever, several amazing performances that are still debated today, and a backflip to boot!
02-12-2014, 03:40 PM
Size 7 Knifeboots
Of course Yuna has a chance. In fact I think most think she will win. What is silly is to not expect Julia to keep her honest and earn her last triumph. Nothing wrong with that in my opinion. That's assuming too that Mao doesn't go clean too which is such a wildcard. No one will cry foul if Yuna falls and gets a medal. That in itself is a win IMO.
Ill answer the thread again...No. Julia is not unbeatable. She is likely however to skate better than the team event for whatever that's worth. She seems to possess a fast learning curve and knows how to improve every skate if this season is any indication. May the best girl win so I can for them. Whoever that may be.
02-12-2014, 03:41 PM
Stuck in the Kwan/Cohen years
Here is an article about her choice of using Schindler's List.
02-12-2014, 03:51 PM
Size 7 Knifeboots
02-12-2014, 04:09 PM
Wow, what a nasty article. Anyone can say she's not the best and rising above the elements to give the right artistic expression of the music (which I don't agree with as I, and others have been moved by what she conveys, some even to tears) but that was just mean.
Originally Posted by KwanIsALegand
I mean to criticize the girl who chose to skate to this music and wear this symbolic costume because of what it means to her? Even when the adults around her, the coaches and choreographers wanted to refuse to let her and said she couldn't? I mean she stuck to what she wanted to show the world until they let her. And she designed the costume(s) with her mother. This is not an idea of a program and costume made by others for the purpose of making people (whatever you want to fill in here, be manipulated by the music, etc.) This is a deeply personal piece of herself she's showing to people, so be a little less skeptical and search out why she's skating to this music.
02-12-2014, 04:41 PM
What about the BBC?
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch
These are valid questions. The COP are suppose to remove subjectivity from the sport, so should marks be awarded based on subjectivity rather than what is actually delivered on ice irrespectively?
Does that mean the next 15 years old Jewish skater skate to Diary of Anne Frank - The Musical at world championship take place in New York should see their PCS shot up by 10 points? Or how about the next 15 years old Japanese kid performing to sound track to Graves of the fireflies (Powerful Studio Ghibli/Miyasaki film about war orphans during WW2) at world championship in Tokyo, all practically emotionally blackmailing the audience into a cry fest with these very subjective built-in qualities? Should any of these matter in an universal Olympic standard sport where one assume everyone should be able to compete on equal grounds regardless of ethnicity, race, nationality, age or appearance and other physical attributes?
I have always had similar problems with Asian female skating to Miss Saigon, Madam Butterfly, Memoir of a Geisha too or anything put them in a familiar (stereotyped) sympathetic role with these built in emotional/tragic qualities for example. It is one of those lazy decisions that banked on pre-existing subjectivity instead find a challenging piece where they need to work extra harder through pure musicality and performance to make an impression.
For the record, personally I have no problem with the program since Julia being 15, a fearless, guileless and an innocent knows what can work in her. But I do have a problem with sensationalism and poor judging. Is she being awarded for things that are largely subjective through the material selection or purely based on what she is able to deliver on ice on the day through skills and athleticism in a Olympic standard sport of universal excellence?
Should this sport be won based on packaging before anything took place on ice?
02-12-2014, 05:31 PM
Size 7 Knifeboots
That BBC article seemed fair and if anything supported both articles I sighted.
Of course you should package your skaters music, imagery, skills on display to maximize their chance to win? Aren't you doing them a disservice otherwise? This is a sport is it not? I've helped many girls select their music and offered suggestions with parts that are perfect for their particular elements they exceed in.
I guess when you use such a strong piece of history and incorporate it into your routine you are opening a door for your critics. Especially ones just looking to bring you down anyway possible. I for one see nothing but somber respect on display but then again I'm a glass is half full kind of person. It maybe is the best FS of the year and she not unlike Yuna is just skating and not concerned overly with what the judges are doing.
Again: When asked about her best skate ever she said"that was just the score". Smart kid this one.
To answer the thread....no. Julia is completely beatable.
02-12-2014, 07:07 PM
In a way, I hope she doesn't win. Os168 makes some good points. I would hate to see a trend of "political statement" long programs, and I could see that happening if she wins and her victory is attributed to her choice of music. There are a lot of movies that show the oppression of (fill in the group), and they all have soundtracks, I'm sure. How could a judge give a low PCS score in interpretation or choreography when the skater is supposed to be a freedom fighter or a martyr or whatever? A couple of seasons of that, and I for one will be dying for a few Carmens or Sheherazades!
On the other hand, remember the French ice dancers who skated to what was more or less a speech by IIRC, Martin Luther King? They didn't start a trend, so maybe I'm being cynical.
Anyway, I'm the original poster here, and after reading all your very informed posts, I am down to Julia being only 75% unbeatable now!
02-12-2014, 08:24 PM
I'm gonna Customize the CRAP out of this Title!!!
02-12-2014, 08:57 PM
Seeing Julia's score sheets, Chanflation is so cute.