I watched the ladies free skate of Worlds on Saturday. When watching Carolina Kostner, I thought, "What's all the shouting about?".
This skater does not seem to be of a finished quality. She seems to remind me more of a Latitia Hubert or Vanessa Gusermoli. These were both talented skaters with consistency problems. They had respectable careers. However, they were not in the league of Katerina Witt or Oksana Baiul.
I could be wrong. The first time I saw Irina S. I was not that impressed(incredibly sloppy) with her skating(still not overwhelmed in that area) or consistency. Her development of consistency is the biggest factor in her improvement and longevity.
Sarah Hughes was another skater that underwhelmed this poster. I had thought that she would always be #2-#4 in the US because of Naomi Nari Nam and Sasha Cohen.
BTW I'm not underwhelmed by Miss Kostner because of her placement or the skate of that evening. You can see the WOW factor in Sasha Cohen even in an off evening.
So, what's so great...?