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    ive only watched soyoun's recent worlds performance but i have to say, just from that, it looks like she has a lot of potential. her jump technique is really on point and consistent for someone her age. if theres one thing ive consistently found that i can't get over about younger (mostly junior) ladies, its how uncomfortable and awkward their jumping styles are but soyoun seems to have a great hold on her own technique.
    leading up to vancouver i remember reading an article about yuna's body structure and how it's helped her get an edge over other skaters. a lot of people have commented on soyoun's weight but honestly i see no problem; you'd be surprised at what a skater's body looks like in person. i feel like the camera and the distance viewers see the skater elongate the legs and arms in general. anyways, i remember reading this article about how yuna's torso leg proportion is crazy abnormal and that she has almost a 1:2 torso leg ratio, which is why she looks like she has so much flow and power when she skates (aka good lines). in addition, i watched a yuna documentary where she talked about how she started skating when some coach saw her at a rink and told her she should skate because she has the perfect body structure for it. you can't really compare any skater to yuna because it's a crazy standard lets be real here
    granted, soyoun has a long way to go but i could see her on the podium in at the 2018 games and compared to her teammate haejin soyoun seems a lot more stable overall. (again ive only watched one of her performances but im definitely going to watch many more)
    all in all, soyoun's a huge potential threat to the current arsenal of womens figure skating especially with all the ladies retiring (sighs sadly) and i will anticipate her next and upcoming seasons!! :-)

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    I agree, alicetang. Just from her worlds performances, I really like this girl. She's got really lovely presentation -- she has some of the most graceful arms I've ever seen. And she does have at least one triple-triple in her arsenal, as she did a terrific 3S+3Z in her short program. I wouldn't be surprised if we see her doing a more difficult combination next year. She's one of the few ladies I've seen who does a true lutz and true flip; it's usually one or the other. If she does well on the Grand Prix next year, I think her PCS will skyrocket. Fingers crossed that she gets good programs!

    One random thing I love about her skating: on her I-spin, she actually points the toe of her free leg! I've never seen anyone do that, but it's so much prettier than the flexed foot you usually see.

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    There is an awful lot potential in her :DDD ksu really should wake up!!! Build an ice rink for figure skaters!! Also, i hope DaBin Choi can get through puberty, she seems promising too!!

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    It was pointed out on the 2014-15 Grand Prix thread in The Edge that So-Youn may qualify for a seeded spot in the Grand Prix this year. She came in 9th, assuming at least three skaters who were above her at Worlds either retire or decline to compete in the Grand Prix, she'll be the sixth seed. Seems there is a good chance this could happen given what we know (Akiko Suzuki retiring, Carolina and Mao both considering retirement and/or sitting out the Grand Prix next year.) This seems like a great opportunity for So-Youn and not one I would've necessarily expected. It is a wonderful chance to get out there in front of the international judges. Hurrah!

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    I haven't paid much attention to other ladies besides the obvious ones like Mao, Carolina, Yuna, Akiko, etc. but after seeing her placement at Worlds, I was procrastinating today and finally sat down to watch So Youn's programs from Worlds.

    Wow did I miss out. I am now a huge fan of her! She's only 16 with soo so much potential (as stated by everyone here). I'm looking forward to seeing her compete next season and in Pyeongchang!

    I think she can definitely push either two elements after the halfway mark for that 10 percent boost or adding a more difficult combination. She looks pretty solid and hopefully over the puberty monster. I hope her next set of programs challenge her and get her to a podium spot in 2018!

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    With Mao retiring and other Japanese ladies are not really consistent with their jumps, I hope she can be one of the new faces for Asia in the ladies field. I mean, Russian ladies are too strong and there are so many of them, I hope there will be at least some Asian faces.
    GO So-Youn!

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    I should've posted this earlier but anyway,

    So-Youn is performing to I Dream A Dream but by the Glee cast for ATS. Although I wish that she skate it with Susan Boyle's version instead, I'm thinking that it might be her one of her competitive programs for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny_stars View Post
    I should've posted this earlier but anyway,
    So-Youn is performing to I Dream A Dream but by the Glee cast for ATS. Although I wish that she skate it with Susan Boyle's version instead, I'm thinking that it might be her one of her competitive programs for next year.
    Next year she will be 17 years old, isn't? Will she get taller? Most Asian girls stop growing at this age, but I am not sure. I hope she has done growing already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    Next year she will be 17 years old, isn't? Will she get taller? Most Asian girls stop growing at this age, but I am not sure. I hope she has done growing already.
    yup, her birthday is actually a few weeks before mine I'm Chinese and I'm definitely done growing, and it seems that she's really filled out now - I would think she's done growing. Looking at her ISU profile, we are also about the same height - she's 160cm. Very excited to see her skate at ATS in a few days and I hope she'll continue to improve on her artistry in the coming seasons leading up to Pyeongchang

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    I'm looking forwards to watching her progress for the next few years. She was a delightful surprise during Worlds, and she has a good chance of making the podium in 2018 if she continues to improve.

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    I was so excited when So Youn got into top 10, i really hope she can gain confident from this and go up against the russians, but then she also had to improve her spins and step sequences. While her jumping technique is really great. Her puberty seemed over already. KSU better bring their acts together, it's so sad to see actually some of the Koreans actually have an awful lot of potential but the training environment is horrible.

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    I think with the wake up call they got from So-Youn and possibly Jin-Seo, KSU WILL (and I hope) get their acts together. It would be a pity and a waste if they don't let them reach their potential. At least let them go abroad if they don't have enough ice time!

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    Next Olympic, she will be at her peak, won't she. I hope she will shine.

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    Short program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRJogJ25jVk
    Long program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jzPxN68vrU

    Lovely costumes and solid programs. I love watching the Eurosport commentators because they seem to be good at making predictions, saying that she can probably make podium next year if she's taken cared of. And we know how our Eurosport uncles felt about Yuzuru when he was younger

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    Next Olympic, she will be at her peak, won't she. I hope she will shine.
    depends how Korean skating union will do.. they're incompetent.. not to mention short track and speed skating are the top priorities.. (even when yuna was still active)..

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