Keepin' it real
Alena Leonova fights back
Alena Leonova once spearheaded the wave of talented Russian girls when she won the World Junior title in 2009, and was the first Russian lady in eight years to do so.
Thank you. So nice to read this. I usually like her skating a lot. She has a personality and it is fun to see what kind of performances she has. I also like her attitude, not to give up because of young talented skaters.
Great drive and determination. I can't believe she actually went for 3F-3T without trying it in practice...
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
Thanks for the article! Nice to read what is going on with her. Very skeptical about the 3F-3T but I suppose she feels she has to go for it if she is to be a medal contender. I thought the Charlie Chaplin program looked really good on her and she performed it so well. She clearly loves it. I kind of wish the footwork were a bit more exciting or original to match with her cool performance. But it's so nice to see a lady skater doing this kind of thing. The tango is not a tango, sorry. Frankly I think few lady skaters have the sort of aura to pull of a good tango but it doesn't help that there is little tango in her choreo. It's just a basic COP program to tango music. But still, she is one of the few lady skaters out there with true personality. I'm pleased she is sticking around.
I really like the fire and hope she will continue to grow. THe Charlie Chaplin routine is wonderful. Not so sure about her tango. She might be okay doing a comedic version. Very few ladies have the intensity - maybe Katarina Witt in her hey day and of course Bestemiova, Krylova and Klimova all had that exotic, diva like attitude. Sorry Davis and Virtue just don't cut it. She needs the 3F 3T sadly but I like the attack.
I've never been a fan of her "theatrical" skating, but I really admire those skaters who don't give up during the bad periods and just keep fighting despite having the chance to retire with some good achievements and despite the possiblity of being surpassed by new challengers. She was able to go through a "Phoenix-style" couple of years: from being World Silver Medalist to placing twice off the podium at Nationals, but coming back even stronger than before this year, with some good chances of GP medals; and, I really really love her Charlie Chaplin SP!! Good luck Alena
I have always loved her fire and determination. Maybe a little cheesy during her Pirate SP a couple of seasons ago. However, my non skating dance students thought she was awesome. I have tons of respect for skaters who go through difficult times and come out on the other side.
Like Carolina K. She never seemed bitter during the down times and the best part, like Carolina, She never quit.