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- Jul 3, 2018
Kaori's Lutz was a definite inside edge. A flat edge looks different. JFed has not been calling her Lutz edge all season, so it was not a surprise they would do the same at NHK.Somebody called Higuchi a Japanese Tuktamysheva and I see why but it’s a different scenario. Liza HAS to attempt triple axels (plural) against the quadsters (and an in form Kostornaia) in her country. Higuchi needs the triple axel to have a shot of challenging an in-form Kihira but she can hang with Sakamoto who didn’t do any triple axel or quad - just strong jumping. Sakamoto was totally overscored on PCS but I actually think her lutz has improved more than others are giving credit for. Maybe it still deserves a ! but it’s not an “e” to me. I still can’t quite get behind Sakamoto’s skating though - it’s still too unrefined and the arm movements are still too mechanical and there’s an awkwardness about her. Some parts of her SP are just a little too wild - sometimes I couldn’t tell in her footwork if she was about to stumble or if was intentional. I will say though her speed has improved so much and she is more confident. And the distance on that 2A, wowzers.
JFed usually has one favorite they push.
JFed has not been as strict with calls as they once were years ago, a few seasons ago they would have given everyone an edge call. Now they barely do that despite many Flutzes and Lips at NHK, even they are starting to learn to play the political game albeit slow. They still give carrots, but ignore edges nowadays and if they call an edge it's usally a !.