It may have been a lyrical piece of music but that doesn't mean it was well skated. If a dancer or a skater are accenting their technique, they are attempting to be virtuosos. If a skater is involved with the flow of the music rather than the tricks they are attempting lyricism.Originally Posted by Jaana
Nothing wrong with being a virtuoso or a lyrical skater. In Sasha's case I believe the virtuoso path is the way to go. It's also the path that gets audience reaction and that can have some influence in the judging. Bebe Liang is another example of virtuouso skating.
Other than MK, Yukina Ota is easily seen as a lyrical skater. The skating becomes part of the music rather than the tricks. Muscle memory is very important for this type of skater because some lyrical skaters get lost in the music and they falter on difficult tricks.
After Aranjuez, I now believe MK is both lyrical and virtuoso. She is what we call in ballet, a Prima Ballerina Assoluta.
The lyricism in Sasha's skating for me is fair to midlin. That will improve in time but for now she remains, imo, the top virtuoso in figure skating.