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Covering up/recovering from mistakes
This question came up obliquely on the Sasha thread. Which skaters do you think are best/worst at recovering from spills and stumbles?
IMO two of the best are Scott Hamilton and Michelle Kwan. As a pro, Scott is the master at playing off flubs as part of the act, or failing that, at least at getting the audience to laugh with him instead of at him.
Michelle is one of the few skaters who can make a bad mistake and still pop right up and recapture the audience with her next move.
I would say Angela Nikodinov in the opposite camp. She starts out exquisitely until about the 2:30 mark, but once she makes a small error, like doubling an intended triple, all the air seems to go out of her balloon and she just looks miserable.
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Scott and Michelle pop up smiling, that's for sure and rarely let mistakes effect the rest of their performances. Kristi is another performer who doesn't let a mistake mar her skating. Kurt Browning is a master of incorporating mistakes into his routine. I really appreciate that in an athlete. I realize not everyone can do that........As much as I love Paul's skating, he often let mistakes early on effect his landing jumps, often doubling triples.......he did improve as a pro, I must say that much for him........There's a difference in going after the jumps and just letting them be doubles. I've seen Sasha go after triple jumps after a fall, but when Angela makes a mistake, she gives up and doubles everthing left in her program..............42
I would definitely include Alexei Yagudin, that was one of the things that made him such a fantastic competitor. Already back in 1997 or 1998 I remember listening to Boitano's comments saying exactly that, how he didn't let the mistakes disturb him. He won Worlds in Nice, but with quite a few minor flaws and a fall in his Tosca LP, but you didn't notice how disappointed he was until he finished it. And the season he used Gladiator, it wasn't a good one for him... he could mess up both quads and it didn't affect him at all. Many times the program grew stronger and stronger and ind the end you completely forgot about the mistakes in the beginning! Sorry, having flashbacks of Europeans in Bratislava...