Furthermore, in arabesques, for instance, beauty has nothing to do with efficiency. Kim can do a highly efficient arabesque spiral as far as gliding goes; but the lack of amplitude (genetic, to a degree) and turnout in her toe (negligence) make this move unsightly in her rendition.
Nonsense. Yuna Kim's body isn't exactly the most beautiful or beneficial to skating. She has achieved those lines through endless hours of practice and learning. And even then there are people who criticize her for her imperfect lines. (like yourself) You can easily check out Yuna Kim's "body lines" during her junior years. Or watch Zijun Li's skating tell me she need not improve on postures or moves because she's slender and cute.
It's not like Adelina's is ugly or anything. She has a beautiful body many girls would die for.
After Evan and now Adelina, you would think coaches would catch on to the formula the IJS promotes:
--Load that program up, baby. Not "never a dull moment," but "never a moment without something busybusybusy going on." The days of elegant simplicity are ovuh--welcome to the days of wretched excess!
--Stick a lot of difficult jumps in the second half. What do you think that bonus is for anyway?
--Choreography? We don't need no stinkin' choreography. Just make it look busybusybusy. And complicated. We like complicated steps. Especially if we can fool ourselves into believing they look "balletic."
--Music? Oh yeah. You should have some. We're not all that fussed about it, to tell the truth.
--Interpretation? If you make it busy enough, we'll be sure to think you're interpreting, well, something.
I'm hardly the only person criticizing Kim's spirals.
But Adelina is not Tonya harding? She has a beautiful body? More beautiful than Kim's, depending on the beholder?
Yet her lines are uglier and moves are unrefined compared to Kim. Can she improve? Absolutely.
But that's not a knock against her at all. Everyone in life has different talents.
You are probably right, BoP. Kim has unusually long legs and arms and they must help skating and artistry. I think her upper body is quite short, though - sometimes it looks as if her upper body were about as tall as the height of her head. That might be an illusion created by costumes, but IMO it is true that she has not been the most flexible skater. (and unduly criticized for it)
@Pangtongfan: I don't remember where but I think I've read your comments re: Putin in the audience during the women's FS. Is that true? I thought he was present only for the team event.