02-20-2014, 07:18 AM
What a shocking competition :-/
I'm not talking about ranking positions, the judging, or the Boring Scoring Bun Fights...
What I mean is: how many of the "big names" skated at their best yesterday?
I contend there were hardly any, and indeed there were several full-on disasters.
I'm not a fan of Kostner, but her SP yesterday was DIVINE - and for the first time, I really felt something from her performance. Sotnikova was amazing too - remember, I'm not talking about judging, points or whether you like her style... I'm just saying I don't think she could have skated any better than that.
Everybody else... just didn't bring their A-game in my opinion... and/or gave performances that left me cold or disappointed, no soul, no passion :-/
I hope today's FS will be better... and in a few cases, I really hope... with less pressure and nothing to lose... some will redeem themselves today, and salvage some pride.
02-20-2014, 07:18 AM
YuNa has push the boundary artistically.
Lipnitskaya's choreographer, Averbukh on Yuna after the SP
“She has so much of dignity inside. True champion’s character. Nothing like “Look at me!”. Great role model.”
02-20-2014, 07:49 AM
On the Ice
Originally Posted by seniorita
I have my own personal issues with Twitter and other social networks in which people use it only to spit venom (or use it as free therapy). Very easy to hide behind a computer like a coward and write mean things.
True - I've recently taken part in posting on this forum but I like to think that I'll as positive about skating as I can
02-20-2014, 07:56 AM
Finally watched the SP on NBC primetime:
1. Yu Na - toughest, most ambitious jumps along w/ the best skating skills
2. Carolina - ethereal, beautiful; skating skills in league w/ Yu Na but perhaps behind due to slightly easier jump combos
3. Adelina - Fiery, but not deserving of the PCS marks putting her in league w/ the above 2. Easily in 3d, though. But, it's in Russia.
4. Gracie - Easily 4th; not nearly as bad as some make the program out to be. Despite the slightly crooked 3z, jump was still huge. Score could've been a little higher if she had done a clean 2x
5. Ashley - Should be in front of Julia. Only mistake was significant but everything else was sold 110%
6. Julia - 3z-3t GOE too high, but again, scoreflation due to competition in Russia.
02-20-2014, 08:20 AM
The judges did a good job, none of the top ladies has a ten point lead going into the free skate. Very exciting
02-20-2014, 09:01 AM
That's pretty much how it broke down to me.
Originally Posted by Olympic
Wish NBC Primetime had showed Polina! (Please don't tell me they did and I missed it amongst the bobsled runs.)
Agree, NYscorp6 -- this will be a nailbiter!
02-20-2014, 09:13 AM
On the Ice
Originally Posted by rallycairn
NBC did show Polina, right before Yuna I think.
02-20-2014, 09:36 AM
Yes, that is correct.
Originally Posted by aa456
02-20-2014, 10:13 AM
Darn, stinks that I missed it. I'll have to YT it later I guess and use my Chromecast so I can see it on the bigger TV screen. Well, I am very glad to know that they did show her; she did herself proud.
02-20-2014, 10:25 AM
I just re-watched Carolina's short, and she did something really interesting that I hadn't noticed before. She went into all her jumps with an expression of smile. In fact, she was smiling more before a jump that in other parts of the program. I wonder if it's sports psychology training---like training herself to trigger a happy, relaxed state before a jump a la Anthony Robbins? I think it worked.
02-20-2014, 10:45 AM
Not to say that the fall didn't rattle her, but didn't she fall at Cup of Russia 2013?
Originally Posted by Isabel_O'Reilly
02-20-2014, 11:03 AM