Zijun Li vs. Kaetlyn Osmond: The Unsung Rivalry
Li beat Osmond at all their head-to-heads in the 2012-2013 season, but Osmond had her revenge in the Sochi Olympics and at Saitama Worlds. I think these two have the potential to really push each other. Theirs is probably not a fight for the gold, but still a fight to reach the final flight at Worlds and to by some miracle scrape by into the GPF. Last year I was really expecting Li to impress us during the 13-14 season but her terrible programs reduced my enthusiasm and injuries took their toll (on Osmond as well, a strange coincidence). Osmond also struggled with injury but is widely touted as having the best transitions among the ladies today.
EDIT whoops, I got their results mixed up for Sochi and Saitama. So can Zijun Li recover and catch up to Kaetlyn Osmond, or can Osmond keep her lead?
I think it is more on Li than on Osmond. Li had a "sophomore slump" last year after a promising 2012-13 season. Can she come back strong, or is her best work behind her already?
Kaetlyn was 13th in Sochi (168.98) and 11th at Worlds (170.64) while Zijun was 14th in Sochi (168.30) and 17th at Worlds (150.34), She didn't beat Kaetlyn handily at all, Kaetlyn beat her barely there. Honestly consider them neck to neck, Kaetlyn can make mistakes in her SP and still beat Zijun while Zijun skates an LP much more soundly than Kaetlyn. Personally I think Kaetlyn is much more fun to watch but I like both girls, Kaetlyn's programs are packed full of transitions and she's got huge jumps, if she can land her jumps like she did in her Saitama SP then she can threaten a lot of other girls other than Zijun. I just hope next season neither of them are hampered by injury and can both skate to their fullest because I like what they both bring to the table. I've only watched them last season and this season so I think I still need some time to watch them more haha
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Last season both Zijun and Kaetlyn suffered injuries and never had enough time to really get their feet under them for the big events.
At this point I do find Kaetlyn much more enjoyable to watch. She delivers her programs with speed, energy and enthusiasm which helps to boost her a bit when she makes mistakes.
Zijun on the other hand pretty much disappeared last season from a performance standpoint. She was sort of sleepwalking through her programs (both of which were rather blah) which really hurt her PCS. There was no life or energy to her performances which was really sad to see b/c she's such a talented girl.
I think both ladies have the goods to be in the mix moving forward. Kaetlyn still needs someone to smooth her out; she's still a little all over the place when she skates. BUT she has personality and pizazz and can definitely put on a show. Refinement and some consistency will put her back near the top.
Zijun needs better programs. She's good with light classical music but I think Lori should step out of the box and find her some nice contemporary classical pieces instead of saddling her with warhorse after warhorse each season...and for goodness sake, switch up the choreography. Every single one of her programs follows the exact same layout and exact same pattern across the ice. Variety please!
In addition, Zijun has to perform; put some energy and feeling behind the movements and bring it to life otherwise her PCS will never go up and she'll fade into the background.
Both ladies are talented. The more successful of the two will be the one who steps up first.
While they are talented, they won't make it to the top if they don't step it up and undergo a major transformation. The Russians and Americans seem slated to dominate.
I wouldn't consider them as having a rivalry. The way I see them now, they're two skaters who were out of the picture last season due to injuries. But if both stay healthy, they are talented enough to potentially make a splash on the GP. Neither will threaten for a world medal soon, or maybe ever, but they could be in the second-tier level of skaters.
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
If Kaetlyn gets a 3loop and gets some consistency with the rest of her jumps, I don't think why she SHOULD'T threaten for a medal at some point. Is it because she's not blonde?
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy