It is nice that many skaters (American and otherwise) are IMG clients -- along with Wagner and Gold. No question that IMG has raised Gold's visibility, but she is not unique -- by any stretch -- for working with them.
sky_fly, if you want to do Gold a favor, please stop your relentless overhyping of her, esp. your comments that have nothing to do with her skating.
Why not let her skating speak for itself?
Some of us are trying to keep an open mind about her -- her national title is a big step forward for her -- but your incessant hyperbole is a big turn-off.
Of course Kim will, there is no need to ask this kind of question LOL.
2nd place can go dat bendy child
3rd place can go to dat gold girl or the old lady.
Mao will finished off the podium like 8th or 9 place.
but neither does Mao, Carolina or even Yuna, Gracie has IMG
and also people are hyping, Yuna, Julia, Mao even Carolina
yet Gracie is jut as consistent and she is definitely more than the latter two
she is an Olympic Gold medal contender like it or not
Please let us judge Gold on her own merits. She deserves respect for winning big at Nationals with solid skates -- but not for having the most obsessed fan on GS.
BTW, many skaters (not to mention many other athletes) are represented by IMG -- including, but not limited to, IIRC:
Wagner, Davis/White, the Shibutanis, Javier Fernandez, Weaver/Poje, Duhamel/Radford, Rippon, etc., etc. [ETA: Chock/Bates as well. But maybe I was wrong about Zawadzki? Have deleted her from my list.]Yes, IMG's marketing clout has increased the amount of spotlight on Gold, but she is hardly their only skating client. And Kim and Asada don't need IMG (which is based in NYC); they have representation of their own.
Gracie seems the most visible, she is getting alot of attention probably because she is the complete package (jumps, speed and facial beauty/body). after all IMG is still mainly a modeling agency.
imo, Gracie will be the dominant skater next quad
and she has a chance to start her build by winning Olympic gold here in Sochi
I hope Gracie tanks just so sky_fly can shut up.
- False: "yet the others mentioned even with an IMG contract dont have that much press or endorsements or visibility"
- False: "after all IMG is still mainly a modeling agency"
If/when Gold wins an individual Olympic medal and/or a World medal, all credit to her.
And none to you for your pompous aggrandizement (esp. when based on purely subjective and irrelevant opinions).
I know Yulia is the talk of the town, but does Adelina Sotnikova have no chance? She wasn't in the team game, but she's in the individuals, right?
I went back to watch the two in Russian nationals and European Championship, and Sotnikova seems to me a much better skater overall. Including Jumps. Yah I know it sucks to fall and all that, but the quality of Sotnikova's jumps were very good. Lacks a little bit of flow after landing combo jumps, but the speed, technique, height(!), air position, etc,. looked as good as any top ladies'. And I even liked her spins more than those of Liptnipskaya. (sure Liptnitskaya is more flexible, I'll give her that) And in everything else, Lipnitskaya simply doesn't compare to Sotnikova. I would have put Sotnikova way above Liptnitskaya had it not been for the all the drama following the team games and I still do. (I do wonder if Yulia is a distraction setup by Russian Federation so that Adelina can swoop in last minute, without giving much notice to competitors?)
Edit: For instance, this SP of Adelina beats anything that I have seen Yulia doing. Look how effortless and huge her jumps are. Magnificent spins, too.
Oh, and I do think Sotnikova is at least a step above Gracie.