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    Discussion - Is Sasha's Skating Brittle or Fragile?

    A dear friend of mine who happened to be in Portland for the Nationals joined me during the Singles competitions. I prefaced what I thought would help her understand some of the skaters. In Sasha's case I mentioned that some fans think her skating is brittle. My friend really liked Sasha best of the whole group of skaters including the Men. She described Sasha's skating as fragile and not brittle.

    How would you describe Sasha's skating? (Please, this is not for bashing!)

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    What does "brittle" skating mean?

    What does "fragile" skating mean?

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    I do not find Sasha’s skating brittle or fragile at all. I love to watch her because I find her skating to be extremely powerful and muscular. It takes incredible strength and balance to achieve her positions on the ice. It is one thing to be flexible enough to do Biellman positions, but it takes more strength to extend the free leg without assisting with the hands. I think Sasha has the best spins and spirals and footwork of any female skater because of the strength she has to achieve amazing positions.

    One reason she is criticized for being fragile is that she is heavily influenced by ballet, and her movements are light and controlled like a ballet dancer. Many people find ballet dancers to be fragile because of their lithe bodies and airy movement, but dancers are extremely strong. In fact, although Sasha is praised in the skating world for her balletic quality, I doubt she could make it as a professional dancer because most dancers are capable of achieving even more difficult positions than Sasha.

    Another reason her skating is described as brittle is because of her poor jump technique and her wobbly landings. Some people are not able to enjoy performances without solid jumps, and Sasha is lacking in that area compared to her competitors, but her triples are decent enough that she can compete with great jumpers. Thankfully, she is not as deficient at jumping as Lucinda Ruh, so Sasha has been able to rise through the ranks by compensating for weak triples with superb quality on her other elements.

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    To me, Sasha is the Queen of the 2 Footed Jumps.

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    I believe Sasha's skating is neither brittle or fragile rather I think of her as an unfocused and uncomitted skater. Hmmm, lucky perhaps.

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    If I have to use chose between these two, I would say fragrile. However what she gave me the fragile feeling was not her ice, but when she sit at K&C with TT at 2003 Nationals and Worlds, 2004 with Robin. She looked so disapointed and fragile. Especialy in the interview with Peter when she sit with Michelle and Sarah after Lady's final. She looked so fragil, just make me wanted to hug her.

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    I think some people think she is fragile because she is of small build and very tiny. What people don't see is all that muscle she is hiding.

    Sasha may appear fragile and or brittle but she really isn't.

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    Sasha's skating looks fragile and delicate but it takes a lot of strength to do what she does.
    She is simply stunning and that is how I'd describe her skating
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    I don't know if it's brittle, but I do find her jumps very distracting because of the wobbly landings, flutzing, and sometimes two footed landings (exception: double axel, which she almost always lands well). The rest of her skating is beautiful to watch. She appears fragile because of her small build, except during spins because she gets a lot of speed in them. She does not have the power of some other skaters in her stroking or jumping, but she partly makes up for it by getting into difficult positions and presenting a beautiful picture. However, she does appear brittle when she makes a mistake because the program unravels from that point. I have seen her improve in the last 6 months in that respect though. It may simply have to do with growing up.

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    Fragile or brittle? LOL, I don´t know. All I can say, is that Sasha´s skating and interpretation very, very much pleases my eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy
    Sasha's skating looks fragile and delicate but it takes a lot of strength to do what she does.
    She is simply stunning and that is how I'd describe her skating
    Not sure your description applies to Cohen, now Katia is the one who looks fragile, but has a lot of strength, wow quiet deep strong edges with speed.
    Last edited by gezando; 05-16-2005 at 05:25 PM.

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    hmmm...

    not sure if I think fragile or brittle... more like a series of pretty positions with a dramatic splat somewhere. i just never get the feeling she's having fun, so the descriptive I'd give her is: "ambitious." now how's that for pc?

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    Sasha

    Exquisite is the word that comes to mind when I think of Sasha. We will never see her like again. I firmly believe that. No, her jumps are not solid all the time, and yes, she does two foot them periodically, but even her jumps can be absolutely beautiful. No, she doesn't skate with alot of emotion, but her form and line are so perfect I really don't notice it. It's like when Michelle skates all out with that in the music/moment passion that is so uniquely hers, I don't notice that her layback position isn't the best. Sasha and Michelle's outstanding qualities transcend the ntipciky as far as I am concerned. So Sasha isn't brittle or fragile or perfect, but she is exquisite, unique and mesmerizing.
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    I agree with the term exquisite for Cohen's skating. And she isn't even my favorite skating type

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    Brittle or fragile? Interesting adjectives to describe a skaters style. However, I would think neither - instead I would describe Sasha's skating as flowing and graceful. I suppose the word delicate could also be used, but this girl skates with such bravado she is more like a ballerina on ice. Her extension is phenomenal. She is simply beautiful to watch and other skaters could learn from her wonderful attention to detail - such a pointing her toe and using her arms in interesting positons. Figure skating is not all about jumping, the inbetweens count as well and Sasha does moves in the field to perfection.

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