He had all of his jumps before he went to Orser. The funny thing is, he went to Orser because of the quads, but his 4S is still inconsistent in the competition. I hope the mental block was removed already. When he landed the 4S it looks not bad at all.
About Han Yan, his 3A looks great, but a poster who had watched him live more than once said that Han Yan's jumps do not have much height as PChan and Hanyu. That poster said his jumps look totally different from the video. He jumps across but the height does not look that great. I don't know for sure. I hope I can watch them live to clarify that statement.
Kim's lutz. Her back-end toe I find okay (except for maybe her 2A-3T), but her lutz is a thing of beauty.
Asada's triple axel (not a powerful or impactful as Ito's- which I love as well, but I like the refinement and the ease. Most ladies go off-axis or wonky mid-jump like Harding or Ito sometimes but when Mao does it well, it's magnificent. Especially in 2007-8 and Vancouver.) AND her triple loop. I live for Mao's triple loop- and that 'there-you-go' gesture she makes after her final jump in the Sochi SP made me scream, 'YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES GIRL! Take it home baby!!!!'
Patrick Chan's 4T-3T
Yan Han's 3A for its sheer force, attack and coverage- and he's such a cute little package!
Nevertheless, I hope to see Han Yan's 3As in person to confirm the statement by myself.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgWI8QDrzQ#t=343.That triple axel is simply amazing!
loop and lutz
loop and lutz, especially Carolina's
^Look also at Midori's legs; read one description of it as daikon-like; they can propel her really far up into the air. I think her incredible spring and "explosiveness" is because she has more of those fast-twitch muscles than the usual skater. Though they are built differently, I think Yuzuru is blessed with the same attribute. There has been more than one comment that Yuzuru is like a cat, seemingly lazy, loose, and lax in his movements and then bam! he explodes into a jump. So far, I have been most excited by their jumps. Coincidentally (or not?) they are both from Japan.
Midori Ito got SO MUCH height in her loop jump. It was other worldly. I know some skaters' favorite/best jump is the loop but I have yet to see another one like Ito's. Especially on the backend of a combination. No question about underrotation, she'd almost overrotate it! It is like magic, Meoima. Nicely said. She as 145 cm? That's like 4'7"! I didn't remember her being that small! But still how many people her size jump like her? NONE. She was other worldly. A favorite from my golden years of skatefandom.
Maria, it's not just her legs. She had extremely strong basics. So much speed and flow, and it seemed effortless. That helps when you want to go for broke heading into a lutz. I am sad that Ito never won Olympic gold. She is one of the best of all time and she helped advance the sport.
2Loop-3Loop in 1988 was fantastic, and I don't care what anyone says about the leg wrap. It's a shame triple-triples weren't allowed back then, or we might have seen Midori do the first 3Lo-3Lo (which of course would put Tara's to shame).