02-15-2014, 01:53 PM
I agree with Frank. I thought both plushenko and lipnitskaya were overscored in team competition. Julia does not have the maturity yet. She doesn't know how to pause in her program and let people enjoy the moment, she just keeps going from one thing to another, just spinning, spinning, spinning. Yes she has the unbridled energy of a 15 year-old but I don't feel she has the PCS she got. She is very pretty though, gorgeous.
02-15-2014, 03:49 PM
He never said that Gracie was better than Julia. He said Julia has been overscored, and she was -- wildly overscored in some areas.
Originally Posted by Mao88
He also said she deserved to win the free skate, but he thinks that there are some things she could improve upon, which she can. She still has some immature qualities to her skating because she is only 15.
Clearly you think Julia is just perfect the way she is and has no need for improvement.
02-15-2014, 04:42 PM
I don't mean to be offensive with what I'm saying here, really only the first sentence is intended to be for you. You statement just helped me to start to put in words what I have been meaning to say. I realize you're entitled to your opinion, and that you might not like the way her programs convey her meaning to others. But that is the way I've always felt about the majority of programs from other top skaters, that there just wasn't something quite right. I'm not going to mention who because I refuse to say anything uncalled for, but feeling that the program wasn't great didn't prevent me from acknowledging that they skated so well and fully deserved their top placements.
Originally Posted by ginal
Pausing in the program to do nothing for a few moments at at time might help you enjoy the program, however, even more than earlier this season, the last two times she's skated, especially for the FS, she just wove something like a magical spell over most people who are watching. I wasn't able to enjoy watching the program for the team event the first time on a live-stream because I was worrying about what all the people on here would say. Well then some people might say why don't you just not read what people say here? The problem is I want to find comments from other people who enjoy her skating as much as I do.
People were being so critical though, that I knew even if she skated flawlessly (she skated near flawlessly), according to the judges, the audience, the commentators, the other skaters, the majority of the viewing audience, that people will still be saying that her skating doesn't measure up in some way. They keep repeating the same tired old statements and refusing to see that her sure jumps, even if they're not as high as some people would like are incredible because, other than at COR, they're usually rock-solid, meaning people(and judges) will stay absorbed in the performance. Besides other than a couple of notable jump combination where the entrance, height, flow, exit, were fantastic she never receives more than the equivalent of 1s for all of her jumps (1s, a couple 2s, and a couple 0s equate to all 1s. 1s are more than fully deserved for her jumps. Also they usually cover great distance, at COR SP I was watching the ice to see exactly how far her blades were from the ice because I've never thought that her jumps were too low and I realized that she covers a distance greater than her body height. You can clearly see that if you pause the video, see where she is in relation to the writing and the logo on the ice, and ignoring the camera moving while focusing on the ice that she jumps at least 5 feet. They don't see that her spins are amazing regarding position, speed and the majority of the time centering (not the last two split spins at the Olympics). Not recognizing that in CH, IN, and PE her skating is improving to the level of the top-tier. All of these things are woven together in such a way to make her skating mesmerizing for most people. Not SS, but you drop that down to 6.00 and the results remain unchanged, so that doesn't matter to me in the least, especially since she receives such a low score for TR. Can anyone explain that? People keep arguing about her PCS going up but she is skating like champion in the performance and execution of her choreography and the interpretation of the music. Only at vocal minority dislike her and don't approve of her scores.
I've always enjoyed her skating even all last year. People were being so critical even as she was experiencing an enormous growth spurt and skating with an injury. But this year the majority of other people are recognizing that her PCS was satisfactory earlier this season and now has really bloomed. In these last two competitions her skating flies by from beginning the end as Sandra(?) put it on the broadcast and she has the moments of quality that the judges reward, as Johnny put it. I thought her performance was flawless when I watch the NBC PVR recording. It is perfectly deserving of 69. Yuna Kim had 74 at the last Worlds to put things into perspective. And PCS scores do change throughout the season when the overall skating calls for it. Mao went from 64 to 69 last season and from 64 then to 70 now. PCS is scored based on quality. When they give the performances they are capable of Julia will receive 69.xx while Yuna receives at least 74.xx. Of course all bets are off if people falter.
02-15-2014, 05:05 PM
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I don't understand why people say such negative things. I think while Yulia is still underdeveloped in a few areas, to me a least, she is over developed in others. I actually feel excited(my heart races)to watch her skate and no matter what she places ill just be happy to watch her skate. I feel she has risen to her top form in spite of her critics and shortcomings. In the words of Gracie Gold...that girl may not have a spine but she has nerves of steel
02-15-2014, 06:09 PM
Yes, exactly. You managed to say what I meant much more eloquently.
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch
02-15-2014, 11:13 PM
Originally Posted by Mao88
Yap, yap, yap, Frank! An old bitter man!
02-16-2014, 12:22 AM
Oh, he's not an old bitter man. He's always been cranky, just as Plushenko has always been arrogant. both men have substantial enough achievements that they have earned the right to express their prickly personalities.
Originally Posted by CezarMart
02-16-2014, 01:28 AM
He agreed with the results; I detected honesty, not bitterness. I like Yulia, but a person has a right to an opinion; we know Frank has way more personal experience to base it on than you.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20
02-16-2014, 06:50 AM
Right things to say. Watching Yulia's skating, i feel like she's junior.
02-16-2014, 07:16 AM
Again just your opinion. When someone gives me concrete, objective reasons why the SP and FS she performed at Europeans and the team event do not fulfill the individual criteria of the program components besides saying (her skating is junior, as if that communicates anything but your dislike) then I will consider what evidence you have. In the meantime her skating has improved by leaps and bounds compared to what she performed at SC and the GPF.
Originally Posted by gds102
I would hope FC would get it right and realize that she never receive more than a single ten for IN at Euros for the FS which was dropped anyway when the scores are averaged, along with the too-low 7.25. The majority of her SP marks were below 8.5 and the FS below 8.75.
In the team event SP, Yulia received 7s and 8s. Carolina received 8s, 9s and 10s. In the FS, Yulia performed an exquisitely choreographed program with wonderful interpretation of the music and fully deserved several 9.00s in those categories, her overall components were still all well below nine, especially SS and TR.
Gracie Gold's program was well-skated, but there was a disconnect between her elements and the music she was skating to. Still I think her components should have reached the low eights. SS 8.07 for example, so the overall PCS would have been around 63, 64 which I believe was where it should have been.
02-17-2014, 09:32 AM
One could argue that Yulia had a disconnect between elements also. Infact, I thought Yulia had more of a disconnect than Gracie.
Originally Posted by Isabel_O'Reilly
02-17-2014, 09:35 AM
What in particular about his comments do you find bitter?
Originally Posted by CezarMart
02-17-2014, 09:40 AM
Frank is bitter because he thinks Gracie deserves the the gold, the one that Kwan never got. Lol
Originally Posted by CezarMart
02-17-2014, 09:42 AM
Very interesting segment! Thanks so much. I like that Frank is so, well, frank about his opinions. I love the way he and Michelle interact.
Originally Posted by on_the_horizon
02-17-2014, 10:00 AM
Interesting what he says about the men- that no one was running through their entire programs during practice prior to the LP, except Denis. I can't believe the men (or their coaches) would be so foolish as to not do that. Practicing jumps, spins, and step sequences is not the same as going through your whole program again and again and again....
Originally Posted by Olympia
Otherwise, very interesting interview. Liked that he confirmed what I was thinking about the russian audience.