Well, they for sure both should have gotten higher PCS than Lipnitskaya. Suzuki came in where she should have considering how she skated. I'd have had Wagner one place higher.
[PHP][/PHP]Is it wrong of me to find Ashley's interpretations kind of scary at times. It's the only thing that keeps from really getting behind her.
As an orchestral student/cello player I prefer subtlety which might explain my draw to Yulia and Kim. Do others feel this way?
Ashley is my girl !
Her jumps are good enough (hopefully she'll master the 3\3)
Her spins are fine (Layback with arms in classic position)
And her consistency is key,
I feel like the one thing that could really get her programs to spark is an explosive energetic footwork sequence !
She always seems like she's hardly getting through it slowly, It brings down the whole performance and gives an unsure vibe, like she might fall if she gives it more (A la worlds 2013).
Suzuki has the goods, including good flowing step sequences, But her last two FS's didn't suit her at all IMO,
Phantom of the opera? :\
^ I for one appreciate your faith and love for Ashley. I'm fairly critical of Ashley at times but I wish the best for her and her fans. It's nice to see enthusiasm on this board. Hopefully it's contagious!
Ashley's spins used to be quite nice but they've deteriorated in speed and position. I assume probably due to her focus on the 3-3 this season and coaching change. In a classic layback the free foot has to be parallel to the ice. Ashley now lets it drop and point down. Sorry but I have a fixation with laybacks caused by years of Dick Button's commentary. As for the 3-3, it's really hard the up the technical content at her age. She's not comparable to Carolina Kostner who always had the ability to do the big combos but had issues with nerves and injuries.
Wagner was not underscored. Perhaps other skaters who fell were overscored in comparison to her considering she did not fall, but both of her programs were shaky. She did not deserve to be on the podium.
I also agree with the poster who suggested that she tries too hard at times. That said, I think Wagner should keep attacking her programs...but I think with more experience with the program she'll settle into it more and it won't look quite so forced. In fact, that was my biggest beef with her Black Swan program.
I don't think it was too late to return to S&D. I do wish she'd done it sooner. I posted somewhere else that I'd read when R&J was first proposed to her she thought "no way". She should have gone with her gut. I think she'll get her 3-3, but I'm not sure about this flip backed into a corner thing. And the flying back sit can be improved. It used to be faster. And I think she needs another position in there, perhaps rising from sit into a "Y" or something like that.
I wish her the best. Worlds will say a lot, and what she comes out with for next year will say even more.