I thought Gold is working on 3As too.
I thought Gold is working on 3As too.
There won't be a RUS judge on the Ladies panel in Saitama, only UKR and EST. The audience will be equally welcoming to all the skaters. Of course, we don't know who will be on the tech panel, but presumably it won't be a repeat of the Sochi panel, and Adelina will probably be subject to the edge calls she didn't get in Sochi.
Questionable judging aside, I think she has got talent in her to rise.
If she can overcome all the controversies in this Olympic, she will be remembered as something more than Sochi gold medalist.
And, Gold, as in Gracie Gold? She will never had a 3A in her arsenal - not gonna happen.
I'm not saying they should put marks for the music but to choreography defenitely yes.
That will cover music as well, althoug not always I think. I liked the choreo. in Adelina's SP but I hated that musical version of Carmen, horrible choice. In fact, I think they should ban Carmen in figure skating all together.
I'm sick and tired with that! It's good that I'm not a judge because I would give very low marks on PCS just for that choice of music!
(Sorry Bizet it's not your fault, I love your opera.)
However, I do agree with you on performance/execution. I just don't understand why do thay need to put marks on performance/execution and than again for interpretation? It's confusing and leave a lot of space for interpretation for an already subjective matter.
I would say choose between the two, either the former or the later. Personally I would prefer interpreation and that's it. It's more easy to understand. I also think that transitions should go together with choreography, as you suggested. It's part of the choreography and should be valuated as such.
As Sonia Bianchetti Garbato wrote in her article in October 2011 "Sport or Art? It is time to decide":
"The ISU must make up its mind: if figure skating is art, it is necessary for the judges to be given the means to judge it as such, as a whole, and not sliced into many different meaningless marks. As we have always contended, the performances of a singer, a ballet dancer, a concert player, or a skater cannot be measured with the precision of a mathematical system, but only judged. And judging can only be, and will always be, subjective."
Sarah? C'mon now, she wasn't bad. Certainly not brilliant, but not all that bad, either. Slutskaya & Kwan were far better, of course, but that night they both left the door open (unfortunately!!!!!) and Hughes just skated through it, that's all.
BTW re: 1994 Olympics, do check out Kurt Browning's "Casablanca" program on YouTube if you get a chance. I think he ended up in 4th (if not, someone please correct) but even with the mistakes it's a terrific program! Super choreography and great footwork. OGM or not, he was a fabulous skater.
Too soon to tell. With Urmanov it was his one real shining moment and he was forgotten by Nagano. And then look at Sarah Hughes, she skipped worlds in 2002 and did a whirlwind media blitz. A year later she quietly finished 6th at worlds and then went to college.
Right now let's see how she does at worlds and the next season or two to truly evaluate her. This will either be the watershed moment where Adelina becomes a dominant skater, or her one brief shining moment and she will always try to live up to it (with or without success).
A non-skating analogy is the Academy Award: winners occasionally who have one great role, nail it, win the Oscar and then have mediocre careers afterward (e.g. Luise Rainer, Mira Sorvino, Sandy Dennis).
Let's all check in on February 9, 2018?
In any event, my point is that some have stumbled after taking the ultimate prize. Sandy Dennis was OK for a while but had faded by the mid-70s and Mira Sorvino wasn't so hot after Romy & Michele's High School Reunion. Flash in the pan?
Either Sotnikova will be the next star, or she'll have her moment but that is all.
Looking forward to seeing her at worlds. And I mean that, without malice or ill will!