Time to apologise to Edmunds!
So apparently - based on most posters who have discussed this matter - Polina Edmunds didn't deserve to go to Olympics because of her 'lack of experience' (even though she has had a solid - if not long - competition record) and would likely implode at Olympics.
So much for that happening. In a very shocking and unexpected twist, Edmunds who has competed quite consistently last season and again this season, was again quite consistent at Olympics. Who would have thought? The fact that it was a senior competition didn't suddenly make her forget her choreography, freeze in terror and pop all her jumps.
She gave decent performances in both programs, presenting them to the best of her ability. In the SP she got a < call on the 3toe but given the preceding 3lutz had a slightly scratchy landing without a lot of speed out, it was a gutsy attempt. In the FS she fell on a 3flip< but landed 3lutz/3toe and 3flip/half-loop/3salchow (despite being too close to the boards and having had to navigate that) combination and the rest of her jumps.
You can apologise to her now. Please form an orderly queue.
I loved her performance. I hope she gets great future.
I will say, I enjoyed her skating at the Olympics more than I did at Nationals. I was pleasantly surprised.
I think the future for her is bright. She needs to get hooked up with a better choreographer, though.
This is her youtube channel in case anyone wants to congratulate her: http://www.youtube.com/user/TripleLutzer18
I think apologies are in order for both Edmunds and Wagner.
Because no way would Nagasu have finished as high as they did.
On a side note: I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED Edmunds. Such huge, airy jumps. Contrast that with the other fifteen year old - well, there's no contrast. Polina's jump technique is amazing. I'd be placing more money on Edmunds' success in the future than I would Lipnitskaya's.
Yup, because Edmunds has already gone through puberty, has huge jumps, and doesn't rely on quick turns in the air.
Landing 3As in my dreams!
Agreed. As great as she was at nationals, I was skeptical about her for the Olys. And yes, that other 15-year-old should definitely watch out...
Originally Posted by karne
To Polina, a huge !!!!
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I was impressed with her @ Nationals, but enjoyed her even more @ the Olympics. She brought her A game with her, and I apologize (even though I was still heartbroken for Mirai). Polina has a bright future.
Agreed. To think this was her first senior Intl event, and she went top 10 is still incredible
Originally Posted by Ziggy
Ziggy I forgot you also post here.
Polina has nerves of steel and she(and Chen) will give Gracie a run for her money!
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I never thought she shouldn't go and she did skate well. She and Gracie will be a great thing for the US (well, they kinda already are, but more so) if things keep going as they are!
I will admit I thought they should have put Nagasu on the team instead of Edmunds, but it was because I didn't think the Olympics was the right time for a 15-year-old skater to make her senior international debut.
Also, I don't think she should feel cheated out of a bronze medal. Having Ashley skate was the smart choice.
I am not trying to defend Edmunds. I don't like her either. But I think she earned her spot to compete at the Team Event along with Gold based on her Nationals performance. Wagner didn't have a really great skate at the Team Event (63.xx points) and no matter where Edmunds finished in the Team SP, Team USA would still have won a bronze medal.
I think USFSA thought they really had a good shot at a Gold medal or at least a Silver medal in the Team Event, which is why they put Wagner in the SP. But, even if Edmunds finished last in the Team SP it would not have affected the overall results at all.
Based on her Nationals performance, I think Edmunds earned a spot at the Team Event along with Gracie Gold.
Polina is the future of American figure skating, along with Gracie.
Polina showed very strong nerves as a competitor, and her techniques are superior. Every time I see her skate in the past year, she is doing better than her pervious performance.
My only concern is how much taller she will get. She is now the same height as Gracie, and she will probably gets one inch or two in the future.
I saw Polina skate at the 2011 Nationals in Greensboro. My friends and I noted then that there was something special about her even though she did not make the podium. Even then, she just had that "it" factor where you could not take your eyes off of her when she performed. I am delighted by her Sochi placement and really look forward to watching her career develop over the next few years.