All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
U.S. Coverage - Cup of China
Cup of China
Nov. 22, 2004, 9 p.m.- 12 a.m. EST
The fourth ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season, Cup of China, will air Nov. 22 on ESPN. Don't miss coverage of some of your favorite skaters, including Angela Nikodinov, Irina Slutskaya and Matt Savoie. Coverage begins at 9 p.m. and runs through midnight. Check your local listings.
My local tv guide listing says that it is the SHORT programs!
Originally Posted by SailorGalaxia518
6 pm - 9 pm PST
Champion Skater (Vicariously)
Who ever is commentating is driving me bonkers.... one of the male voices really doesnt come through very clearly for me.
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
My Comments from Tonight's Televised COC:
Angela Nikodinov -- there's nothing left to say really except too bad, nice try, better luck next time.
Joannie Rochette -- nice girl, nice skate, good jumps. Btw, she reminds me of Canada's Josee Chouinard both in somatype & jumps. Furthermore, it seems to me that she is trying to emulate Michelle Kwan's skating style, just as I got the impression that her countrywoman Cynthia Phaneuf is trying to emulate Sasha Cohen's skating style. Which says a lot about America's two elite & exceptional skaters -- they have two very distinct & different skating styles -- which others around the world are trying hard to copy.
Viktoria Volchkova -- man, when she is "on" she can honestly beat practically anybody......her jumps are EQUAL to Irina Slutskaya's both in power, height, and magnificence.......very impressive (deserves +GOE on them IMHO)! This actually shocked me b/c I was expecting to see the old VV (no lie). But, she really has improved both in presence & style, as well as on her spins ~ well-deserved silver medal. Heck, I would have even given her the gold if she could match her countrywoman Irina's difficulty in spirals, as well as spins. This is where Irina has the edge on her. JMHO.
Irina Slutskaya -- good to see her back on the ice & skating again....seems like old times......same magnificent jumps and innovative & fast spins, as well as spirals & footwork. Good for her for winning the gold due to these very qualities, yet I have to be honest & say that tonight I honestly enjoyed her countrywoman VV's program better. JMHO.
Miki Ando -- hmm, now I see where she went wrong......slip up on simple footwork.......btw have noticed that she tends to do this a bit, meaning making mistakes on the simplest of things, must be lack of concentration (kinda reminds me of Sasha Cohen; hope they both correct this). Likewise, her 3Z/3R/2T was underrotated by 3/8 (just a tad bit over 1/4), which is another bad habit of hers, meaning sometimes she'll nail it, yet another time not. And I think in this competition it had to do with "nerves" ~ seemed to tighten up a bit throughout the program ~ not as free as she was @ NHK. JMHO.
That said, Miki's scratch spin at the very end of her skate was thee absolute BEST one I have ever seen her do (bar none; exceptional). Also, it's good that she once again showed her consistency with the jumps by completing another 7-triple program here (though one was underrotated). Good job, but could even be better. And the good thing about this is that she already has good basics/fundamentals, gorgeous body/somatype, elegant fingers, nice power & speed across the ice, nice presentation, fluidity, and a gentleness about her skating ~ quite the sophisticated young lady. Once her coach figures out this new COP system, she should be ready to rock n' roll, knowing what she must do in the future. Unlike this season.
Peace & Love, Nadine
Last edited by Nadine; 11-23-2004 at 01:42 AM.
Reason: correction on italics...
No surprises except I got a better impression of Marcous and Buntin(sp). They have a great connection with each other and they are very musical. She smiled thoughout that entire routine. A team to watch.
Z and Z much improved over Skate America. They're competitive.
Din and Ren - I thought I was watching Pang and Ton.
S&Z - Notwithstanding the work by the Chinese coaches, Ms Miller has brought this team into the hall of greatness, imo. She has made a blend of Eastern and Western styles to form a perfect team. It's more than the tricks.
Chengjiang coming along fine. Each competition he gives more and more. His choreo is excellent.
Buttle - When he is on, he is top tier. He was on at COC - a great skate with great choreo! Let's drop the quad in next time and keep it all consistent.
Min Zhang - Not the best choreo, but he is a nicely flowing skater. The potential is there as it was in Dortmund. Now move on.
No surprises. That fall maybe should have cost them the gold but I don't really understand dance scoring. The Canadia team was quite impressive. The Israelis looking better and better this year.
Vikka giving standard Vikka at her best. Nicely done but not overwhelming. A stunning looking woman, and always with a beatiful costume. She exudes elegance.
Joannie - If you are familiar with the ballet, Firebird, Joannie's arms and fingers are exactly as they should be to form that character. What amazed me was that she kept that character throughout the very wonderful choreo. Not easy with much of that high degree of technical and the Stavrinsky score.
(The skating swans come in with flapping arms at the beginning and end, and that's the character, hmmm.)
Joannie is eighth in the World. Will she move up in Moscow? I think so.
Irina - She's back and it looked to me like she got it all back. The choreo is full of tricks as usual and she does them all with aplomb. I'd like to see more flowing stroking in the routine even if it is necessary to take out a few tricks. Her hand held spirals is a smart move. She does not have ballerina legs for stretch spirals and this is a good way to hide that, and I got nothing of her interpretation of the Countess. All in all, I see her as being in the last group of skaters at Worlds. And just might win it.
Miki - Ooooh. She's good! Last year in Dortmund all I could say was what's all the fuss about? Now I'm liking her more and more each time I see her. She is a great young potential skater.
WOW it was great seeing COC!
Irina's skate just WOWed me. Somewhere between the actual comp and the televised comp I read a couple folks say they thought she must have been held up. IMO, she deserved every bit of that gold medal. Hard to believe she's been fighting such serious medical problems - what a come back! I hope she is past her illness - primarily for HER sake, but selfishly so we get to watch her again and again. And if attitude = altitude in life, she is WAY up there. I just love her personality.
I really enjoyed Vic's skate too. She has such beautiful long lines and such big jumps. Good for her!!
Joannie just exuded great energy out there! I can see why Canadians feel so wonderful about their top ladies this year!
Miki - I find it easy to forget that she is still so very young. Her skating is already more mature than other "up and coming" young ladies at similar ages. Everyone better be watching their backsides for 2006!
Pairs - S&Z absolutely in a class of their own - nuff said.
The other pair I REALLY enjoyed was the Canadian pair! They had a wonderful way of skating with enthusiasm and energy and a relationship!! Kudos on that well deserved medal.
Of course the other Chinese pairs are always exciting to watch for the big tricks, but lack in the presentation quality department IMO.
Men - What is it about Buttle that just doesn't "wow" me??? He has some really nice qualities, but somehow he doesn't rock my world and I'm not sure why.
I dozed off (not on purpose LOL) for Dance.
This comp was way more impressive to watch than I originally thought it would be!!
average opinionated skate fan
Joe, I really do think that Ben's fall was exactly as Suzi said it was..."not on a requred element, not on an optional element, thus 1.0 deduction for the fall, end of story." Conversely, such that happend when B&K and the Italians fell, they had major deductions (and would be equally devistating under CoP), only the Canadians fell on a lift (required element) and Babs and Mags (well he did) on a footwork pass.
The one thing I do notice about B&A is that Ben is such an accomplished skater (excusing the fall) and does as much work as Tanneth. We've been told over and over again that if the partners don't do equal amounts of work, there a 'less than overwhelming' impression on the judges. The other thing to note is the attack these kids bring to their skating. Lord, if they do fall it will be a big ole' splat because they are skating at full tilt boogie.
As for Irina, who knew that an "old pro" like her would be racking up points left and right while the "up and comers" are struggling to make the skating elements "more balanced and 'mature'." Come to think of it, the CoP may be the one thing that keeps the youngsters at bay next worlds and Olympics.
I've yet to watch the ladies, which I taped as I fell asleep and missed ALL the dance! This 9pm-12am time slot stinks!
I totally enjoyed Jeff Buttle and Shen/Zhao's performances. Jeff has the style, lines, extension and musicality that I am partial to. And Shen/Zhao...every week all I can say is "wow, they are magnificent"...need to check the dictionary for some better words to use!
Good to see VV. Her choreography is still blah but great skate for her. If she is on I don't see how she can't beat everyone. She was on and couldn't beat Irina. From her scores she can't beat Shiz and a couple of other top skaters.
Last edited by lavender; 11-23-2004 at 02:18 PM.
Lavender, I take it you were talking to me when I said that when VV is on she can practically beat anybody, and I made sure to state "practically" b/c I'm well aware of such skaters as Irina Slutskaya, which is why I made sure not to state that she can beat anybody (there is a difference). Still, I maintain that if she can equal Irina in the spins & spirals department, she would be able to beat her (no lie). As I stated in my original post, this is where Irina has the edge on her. Lol, not only her, but also on a great many other female skaters as well. Except of course Sasha Cohen, whom blows the field away when it comes to "quality & execution" of those very elements. JMHO.
Peace & Love, Nadine
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