First medals in Figure Skating at YOG

ladyjane

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Jun 26, 2012
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Netherlands
It was rather exciting to watch the figure skating at YOG as there were going to be podium results. I enjoyed both events featured today, the Free Skates in Pairs as well as the men's.

It seems the Canadian subscription to being 4th at a YOG seems destined to continue (I think it was Colonel Green who mentioned it here on one of the threads)...both in Pairs and in men today.

Chris was a bit off in his commentary today, especially in the men's. The crowd was fantastic, supportive, and hopefully less overwhelming to these young skaters.

First off the pairs. As usual some falls, but on the whole it was well skated. I think it was a good experience for the German team, who still have to play catch up a little bit. The same applies to the Ukranian team, whom however did manage to skate without a fall. I I liked watching the Americans who, funnily enough, managed fine on the SBS and throw jumps, more often than not the American nemesis, but had a fall in a lift. That was pretty scary, but I can say 'funnily' because they looked okay and continued skating (for a short while as it was near the end). It did cause them to fall back a bit in the standings. Wang and Huang had (to me) the best costumes of the day, and despite a fall looked pretty good as pirates of the Caribbean. Hurrah for the Canadians who had an excellent skate today and managed to climb in the standings. Not enough for a medal but a lot of promise there. I really am getting old, because when the Georgian couple started to skate I couldn't help but be reminded of Philippe Candeloro's iconic skate at the Olympics in 1998 (!). They also had a fall regrettably, but were 3rd in the FS and 3rd overall. Good for them! Diana and Ilya really showed a lot of promise as well, especially technically, and had nice costumes into the bargain. What shall I say about Apollinariia and Dmitry? Yeah, they need SBS triples in the future, but those throws and also the triple twist were just superb. The height was stupifying. Such a lovely togetherness today in the skate as well. A well deserved win.

The men's event was also well worth the watch. I won't discuss all the skates (there's 15 of them), but will go into my personal highlights/lowlights and the top 3 (which also had a major highlight). I felt really sorry for Daniel Mrazek who experienced a disastrous skate. He still managed to pull off some jumps in the second half of the programme, but it was not his day. Noah Bodenstein from Switzerland did have his. Nice to see the local boy do well before the home crowd. I enjoyed Yudong Chen really picking it up today (he went from 10th to 6th), while Younghyun Cha turned out to be a real performer in the making. Great to see. I was impressed by Aleksa Rakic yesterday, and even more so today. He may not have any quads yet or a triple axel, but he's so elegant and interesting to watch. My little favourite Samsonov was a bit hit and miss today. A quad lutz together with some pops and a fall. A pity, but still a bronze. Mozalev had a good skate, even though there was a fall as well. Not so interesting to watch though. The absolute highlight of the day (and the competition) for me was Yuma Kagyama's skate. A wonderful Free Skate with two quads, great skating altogether and just a treat to watch him perform. I was hoping for him to do well, as he is good in returning from a lower placement, and he nailed it. The Kiss and Cry moment when he and his choreographer (?, I don't know, his father coaches him and this was a woman) realised he had won, was so beautiful and moving.

Great day of Figure Skating. That's all for now.
 

lariko

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Jan 31, 2019
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Canada
I loved pair’s free event more than the short. The music and bright red costumes imo helped Roscher/Schuster to be more watchable, and with McIntosh/Toste, well, I have the same trouble as I have with senior Canadian pairs — love the skating, don’t dig the choice of music. Panfilova and Rylov were on the beat and delivered a great skate. Fingers crossed Mukhamedintzeva and Mironov got selected into JW, if not... well, next season :)

For the men, Rakic deserves huge accolades imo, as well as everyone in the top 8, making it a wonderful event to watch. I loved Cha’s skating, but I also gritted my teeth through it because his white and beautiful costume blended with the white ice for me making it hard to see his wonderful fine details.

With Samsonov, he still fails to convince me that all the beautiful drilled in perfection means something; I still don’t know what he’s trying to say to the world if anything, in this age group of the Russians, I prefer Kutovoy.

I guessed that Mozalev is going to lose gold once he’d missed 3A, but I continue to hope that his ‘I make my own luck’ slow and steady will one day win the race.

The gold deservedly went to Kagiyama, it couldn’t be otherwise after his clean free.
 

chuckm

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Aug 31, 2003
This was the second time in two months that Mozalev and Samsonov were defeated by Japanese skaters: Shun Sato at the JGPF, and Yuma Kagiyama at YOG. And Yuma just missed a medal at JGPF, so this win had to be a triumph for him.
 

lariko

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Canada
This was the second time in two months that Mozalev and Samsonov were defeated by Japanese skaters: Shun Sato at the JGPF, and Yuma Kagiyama at YOG. And Yuma just missed a medal at JGPF, so this win had to be a triumph for him.

Yes, they achieved silver and bronze, which is quite a bit better than Russian gentlemen perform on senior level, while Japanese senior men end on the podium in the senior category. Kagiyama’s win was expected in both events by anyone who did not get onto the Samsonov’s hype train.

If anything, Mozalev’s steady performance is a pleasant surprise. It puzzles me why Samsonov is still presented as favourite to win, given how much he struggled in this season, and shows no signs of improvement. Obviously, I will be happy to be proven wrong, but at this stage it seems unrealistic to expect Samsonov to win...

:scratch2:
 

Step Sequence4

JULLLIEEEEETTTT!
Final Flight
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Jan 12, 2018
The commentary by Chris Howarth really annoyed me today. I thought he was fine at GPF but for some reason not here. not sure why.
 

chuckm

Record Breaker
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Aug 31, 2003
Howarth is so overly enthused by everyone and everything that it grates on one's nerves by halfway through the competition.
 

el henry

Fangirl of men’s spirals and split jumps
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Howarth is so overly enthused by everyone and everything that it grates on one's nerves by halfway through the competition.

I think you must not have heard his commentary on Yuma. Overly enthusiastic is not the word I'd use:laugh:

(then again, I generally like the B ESP guys. Snark and sarcasm is easy, enthusiasm, not so much.)
 
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