Kexin is likely not to come back again, since she has seriously expressed her disgusts of Figure Skating (and any other performing sport) for many times.
Originally Posted by yqs100
She even wanted to retire before 2012/13 season though performed very well at 2012WC, but later she was persuded to take part in the OG as an important experience for an athlete at least. Accordingly after OWG, she won't skate any more.
It is regret that she dislike performance at all, so the departure may be the best choice for her.
I don't blame her. Many times she's been technically superb and not credited for it. And then given incredibly low PCS - I get she's not the most artistic, but her PCS scores could have been a bit higher. Especially when she delivers performances like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqc-PmpRsgA
Originally Posted by Dreuf
I would have actually had her 6th ahead of Asada at 2012 Worlds. It's pretty demoralizing when you skate a clean SP and Asada falls on her 3A<< and errs on her 3L, and then you land 6 triples including a 3-3 in the FS and you're still placed behind Asada who does just 2 clean triples. I would certainly be disgusted.
Not to mention, she had a perfect SP in Sochi (3T+3T, 3Z, 2A) and that earned her 14th.
Rejoicing in the land of Kwan
That explains a lot, actually.
Originally Posted by Dreuf
I think Kexin had the talent to be one of the top ladies but she is one of the dullest performers I've ever seen. She didn't have a very good poker face b/c her apparent disdain for what she was doing was written all over her performances. If she skated with life or energy I don't doubt her scores would have risen some. Maybe not enough to get her to the top of the podium but, given her relative consistency for a time and technical content, she probably could have landed on a few podiums or at least in the top 5.
She never looked like she wanted to be doing what she was doing. I had no idea she hated it that much but at least now I understand why she always performed so listlessly.
this was a GEORGOUS music for Kexin´s style.. I'm sad for her retiring, I like her so much
Maybe its not up to her decision,,,, remember in china the Fed is more powerful than the athlete herself.
Originally Posted by FSGMT
Plus,,,, if kexin can see this post,,,many fans appreciate her performance,,, maybe will light her flame again!
I actually have never seen her particularly say she hated performing, just that she didn't enjoy figure skating. Since many Chinese athletes are chosen based on their potential as children, not everyone does end up loving their sport.
Originally Posted by FSGMT
And to be fair to her, I thought she looked really good in all of her 2011/2012 programs, especially the LP to the music from "Love, the Magician" with the super quirky outfit. And then her programs the next year might have been really good but she was out with injury and never did well that year. At which point, I feel like any enthusiasm she had gotten from being rewarded for her technical skill in 2011-2012 evaporated, and her programs got more generic, and overall by the end she just cared less and less.
P.S. I just want to say thank you all for all the Kexin love in this tag. I thought I was alone in appreciating her.
No, I did like Kexin a lot, too!
Originally Posted by bunnychan
Sorry, can I squee for one more post? (I promise I'll stop derailing the discussion with Kexin thoughts after this.)
I know she had a lot of places she needed to improve in terms of artistry, but there were definitely a lot of things I thought were good/unique about her:
- Biellman spins were excellent, and donut (horizontal Biellman) spins always looked easy with amazing placement of her free hand
- basically all of her spirals were really graceful. I liked the Y-spirals and Biellman-spirals a lot, but my favorite was her Arabesque spiral.
- she had a very different style (at least earlier on). Nothing against the other ladies, but there tends to be a trend of theming most programs as cutesy/princessy/sexy, and Kexin had a lot of quirky programs and a more mature (?) style. It's hard to explain, but I personally liked the quiet undramatic calm (but when she hadn't just given up) thing she did back in 2011-2012. Since she seems to be retiring, I really hope we'll see that kind of style in other skaters in China and just in general.
Nice to see Kexin get some love here.
She has good tech and one of the few to have true lutz when she hit it, she also makes an effort to include 2x lutz in her LP including the 3lz3T.
I personally think all Chinese skaters's mark were somewhat repressed and penalized at Sochi, but maybe that is just me.
I really don't like people describe her as dull. She might not be Kaetelyn Osmond, outward 'HERE I AM' smiles and winks, but she has her own subtle grace, it is there if you pay attention.
Not just a true lutz, but a lutz with a DELAY!
I wouldn't call her dull. But I wouldn't call her remarkable or engaging as many other skaters. Kexin has a quiet confidence, and some beautiful moves.
I actually think her flying camel is one of the loveliest things ever, especially the position where she tucks her arm under her leg.
I agree that she had a more mature style, but she didn't have the "fire" with it, so it might have come across as boring or par for the course at times.
She's also had some nice transitions and good speed. In the SP I posted above, look at the first part of her step sequence... she almost goes the entire length of the ice on one foot. Not many of the men even do that.