Back to the thread, I am more excited by Zijun that Kaetlyn. Her FS at Worlds in 2013 was divine, and it's such a shame that she had injury problems this year. It might have been better for her to take more time away from the ice to fully recover, but I suppose no one wants to do that in an Olympic season, but I hope she can come back strong in the autumn.
It was only good because she landed all her jumps. If it wasn't for that, it would've been a pretty bland program seriously lacking in interpretation in many parts of the program where the music was asking for much more.Back to the thread, I am more excited by Zijun that Kaetlyn. Her FS at Worlds in 2013 was divine, and it's such a shame that she had injury problems this year.
This I agree with. It's something she really needs to work on if she ever wants to contend for a medal. And she should, as I don't think she's any less talented than these other skaters.Consistency. Again, because of the injury Kaetlyn's problems were more understandable this season, but even last year when she had some good results she didn't manage to deliver clean free programs. Compare that to Lipnitskaia & Radionova who deliver on a much more regular basis, and manage to have 3-3 combinations and all the triples.
I don't find her posture as awkward/bothersome as some people do but it could be better. I think her use of her arms is fine...it's more their utilization in the choreography that sometimes leaves me wishing for more.
I agree re: her landings. If there is one thing I'd like to see from her it's better flow out of some of her jumps. She has excellent spring, pop and height in her jumps but her landings sometimes lack good flow. She loses the speed and drops her back too much. Serafima Sakhanovich has that same issue. She lands very deeply in her knees and drops her back.
I wouldn't say she has deep edges. She certainly opts for transitions and in-between moves, and it's ambitious but sometimes makes her programs a bit staccato/choppy. And she doesn't always "hit" the edges in her turns/transitions, the way Kim/Kostner do.
I found her FS this year not to be beautiful or elegant, but rather quirky... it still drew me in, but it was a stark contrast to the maturity and fluidity of Kim and Kostner. Same with the SP... Kim's was emotional, Kostner's was ethereal and Sotnikova's had attack/attitude.
I agree that she packs so many transitions into her program that sometimes it looks slightly choppy/unfinished. Hopefully she'll continue to refine her skating which should take care of that.
I didn't mind Adelina's FS this year, compared to last year where I liked the middle part but hated the rest of it. This year's FS was interesting but not in a bad way. The music gets a little too busy at the end for my tastes BUT she matched the energy and really performed which made it enjoyable for me. Not everything is my cuppa but if you perform the hell out of it, 9 times out of 10 I'll still enjoy it. She did just that and that's why I enjoyed her FS.
I do think Adelina needs a serious overhaul though. Her appearance on the ice is a little tacky: too dark tights and gloves, weird dresses, wearing all of those beaded bracelets...hopefully with all of the money she's getting from her Olympic win, she'll hire a good stylist for next season...hopefully.
I actually think there are other skaters like Pogorilaya and Edmunds who have lovelier skating skills.
Hopefully now that she's getting the high marks, she'll put less transitions in and focus on putting more refinement in her skating.
And YES, her appearance is tacky with the nude gloves (which are still apparent) and odd dresses. A stylist would help her immensely.
Zijun all the way !!
why are we bringing up Osmond whose hype lasted for less than 6 months ? and lost the FS to her 2nd tier teammate ?
Pogo's are good too but Adelina has much better lines by comparison. Anna needs better posture and much more extension through her legs. As of now she has a sort of clunky appearance IMO. I'm a big fan of Anna though. She's a great technician, I love her competitiveness and boy is she supermodel gorg!
Speaking of losing the FS to 2nd tier teammates -- remember the US Classic when Gold lost to both Hicks and Cesario in the FS (and 2nd to Hicks overall)... not to mention she lost to both her teammates in the FS at Worlds?
FYI, Li lost to Osmond at both Worlds and the Olympics.
In some of Anna's exhibitions you can really see that she has excellent edges and basics... if she spent more time refining and completing her movements, I think she has a real shot at being in the top 3 Russians over the next quad.