U.S. Ladies [#5]: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Vagabond, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. brightphoton

    brightphoton New Member

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    Her classes and so I've heard, her grades. Anyone can look up the course schedule at Stanford, find her class listing and times if they so wanted to meet her. No, it won't happen because she's not as famous or rich as say, Shawn Johnson. Like I said, people are increasingly open about sharing information and tend not to think of the potential consequences.
  2. Hedwig

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    You seem to think about it too much. :rolleyes:
  3. Vagabond

    Vagabond Well-Known Member

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    I think stalking is a very real possibility. So is having people consider you boastful if you tell the whole world that you got straight "A's" in high school. So too (in the case of some skaters, not necessarily Flatt) is a long-lasting surrender of privacy and self-esteem.

    Katy Taylor's USFSA bio still says she "wants a hot pink Hummer H3." Chances are it isn't going away. Anyone -- prospective employers, neighbors, landlords, co-workers, fellow congregants, etc. -- will be able to find what she blabbed to someone back when she was fifteen. Do you think she's going to feel good about having said that when she's 35?
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Here's my standard reply to this question that always seems to pop up whenever Katy Taylor's name is brought up ;):
    According to this archived January 2008 Houston Chronicle article on Katy Taylor:
    Taylor will turn 23 in October - hard to believe!

    BTW, @SarahandDrew tweeted last week:
    "Congratulations to Katy Taylor on the birth of her daughter, Autumn Lynn, two days ago."
    :)
  5. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    Katy Taylor had a baby?! :eek:
  6. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

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    Wow! I feel old! Congratulations!
  7. valyrian

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    In the case of Rachael, I'm pretty sure she doesn't sit down and write press releases about her grades, or design graphics for NBC showing her classes. Katy made one remark when she was sixteen that people leapt on because it was funny. Mirai has said a bunch of interesting-but-normal-for-a-girl-her-age things, and sometimes it feels that Icenetwork/Frank/whoever her agent is took the opportunity to shop her around as a sensitive artiste on the basis of her talking like a typical creative teenager. I don't think it's fair to assume that Rachael or Katy or Mirai or any young skater (especially a young female skater) has personal control of their media narrative, and to get annoyed at them because their agents/the media have decided to use one aspect of their lives as a theme strikes me as fairly ridiculous. And really, there are much, much worse things to have on the internet.

    More on-topic: I'm a bit annoyed at USFSA that they set Courtney Hicks and Angela Wang face-to-face at Lake Placid, but what's done is done. I'm quite hopeful that Angela will get another JGP assignment, and I think she has the talent to medal at the JGPF or even at Junior Worlds. I'm also much more impressed by Leah Keiser at Golden West than I thought I would be. THe program needs more mileage, obviously, but in my opinion she was hitting the musical accents well and I'm looking forward to seeing her again. :)
  8. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Hicks' jump layout in the free skate at the Lake Placid JGP bothers me. She didn't do a 3 jump combination and she did a 3loop sequence. [And the same happened at Glacier Falls.] If she did a 3loop2toe2loop and then a 2axel - 2axel sequence, she could maximise her points. Why didn't she?!
  9. olympic

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    More importantly, why isn't her free leg straight on the Camel Spin, and why doesn't she simply chack the Biellmann :p
  10. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I've been told that Keiser plans to skate the Junior version of her FS tonight at Golden West in preparation for her upcoming JGP. So that means she will take the automatic time deduction since the Senior FS is 30 seconds longer than Junior.
  11. Nomad

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    Because she knows it annoys you. :p
  12. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Those things annoy me too :mad:
  13. Triple Butz

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    I couldn't decide which biellmann, if you can even call them as such, was more cringe worthy- Wang's or Hicks'!
  14. pinky166

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    Angela's biellmann is not that bad, she just has short legs and her back is not incredibly bendy, so that doesn't help. Courtney's is by far worse, but has actually improved a little bit since before her injury. Ashley Cain's biellmann is yucky too.
  15. flipforsynchro

    flipforsynchro New Member

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    I haven't watched Angela much, but does she usually go out of control on her biellmann?
  16. skfan

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    ^yes it's happened before. not every time. i can't say i'm the most seasoned observer or her skating, but it seems to me that... maybe 3 times out of 5 there is no centering problem. and even when she does lose centering it is usually less noticeable than at last year's nationals or this year's lake placid JGP LP.

    it's happened often enough, though, that it's high time to fix it and quit giving away points. i'd prefer they make it work without resorting to the hair cutter--i am not a fan of the hair cutter spin. wish i could see the beauty in it, and the I-spin too, but sadly i lack this level of enlightenment :D

    i would prefer that angela polish up her spins in general, and trade in the multiple catch-foot spin she's done for years for one that looks more aesthetic and better fits her level of flexibility... if it's not possible to address the flexibility without giving up jump stability.

    i feel terribly nitpicky writing this. skaters are expected to do so many things well. but if any tweaking will ruin her beautiful layback spin, then please don't change a thing! i love that layback spin. and i like the nice, classic sit spin position too--quite rare nowadays.


    ETA angela's bielmann is not especially great but it's not ugly to me--some of the positions that other skaters choose to highlight their flexibility are far more.. hard on the eyes. IMO.
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  17. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Finlandia Trophy entries were published by the competition organizer today and Mirai Nagasu is on the list as the 1 U.S. lady.

    ETA: Rachael Flatt is scheduled to compete at the Skate St. Moritz club competition in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 16 (both short and long programs on the same day).
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  18. jlai

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    Sylvia and (deleted member) like this.
  19. olympic

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    :rofl:

    But seriously, I've never gone through a range of totally liking or disliking a relatively unknown skater's program (unknown meaning she is not top-ranked as of now). I'm thrilled by the lift she gets in her jumps which look effortless and she's got 'the look', down to the hair and make-up, to be an ice queen. But then I'm totally :scream: over her leg positions on her spins and some of her choreographic moves (I'll assume the latter has more to do with the fact that we are early in the season).
  20. icellist

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    :cheer: Here's hoping to Mirai getting 2 Sr B's if she doesn't get 2 GP assignments.
    :cheer: And another one hoping that Mirai skates like why know she can and beats Julia Lipnitskaia :EVILLE:
  21. Coco

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    Yes! I love that competition, thrilled she's going as it usually turns out to be one of the more competitive Senior B's. It will be a good test for her, plus it seems to get a great crowd.
  22. pinky166

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    Yes for sure! Now she also doesn't have to do regionals which gives another PACs lady a chance to advance to sectionals and then Nationals. Still hoping she gets a 2nd GP assignment though..
  23. skfan

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    i like this. good for mirai, good for the pacific coast ladies! :D
  24. flipforsynchro

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    Her and Hicks and Cain should ditch the Biellmann. I hate being nitpicky because skaters have SO much that they need to focus on at once, but certain moves should just not be done.

    And I love hair cutters, but only if done like Gracie and not like Carolina. Btw how old is Angela?
  25. falling_dance

    falling_dance The Scarlet Unlettered

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    She's 16. Her birthdate is July 30, 1996.
  26. query5

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    courtney got gifted at lake placid due to her previous injury, she double footed her jumps in the short and long and didn't get taken off for them like she should.

    they way they allow certain U.S. skaters to get away with their jumps like, courtney, agnes, ashley, mirai, gracie and not get caught doesn't help me to follow them or the current crop, shows they are pushing, favoring those skaters no matter what,
    only pulls me further away from the sport
  27. kwanatic

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    I agree that some of Courtney's jumps looked a little short and they might have been. I mean, do they even have slo-replay at the JGP events? I think hers look short b/c she tends to hook some of her landings...what I mean is her exiting edge curves inward sharply. I prefer a nice outward riding edge. Courtney jumps really big but her jumps aren't very pretty to me. Sometimes they look a little wild and unrestrained in the air and on the landings...just like the rest of her skating. I hope she gains some fluidity and finesse as she gets older.

    They do let skaters get away with calls on occasion (especially US skaters at competitions held in the US), but more often than not they are penalized.
  28. Jammers

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    Why include Gracie and Agnes in that list? When they are both on those two are among the best jumpers in the world and they rotate their jumps.
  29. Marco

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    ITA about the hook landings. She really needs to refine her technique and timing - she rushes her takeoffs and her jumps are just not pretty, even if high.

    If the little stylistic details are not fixed under Nicks, it doesn't look good that they can be fixed elsewhere.
  30. chipso1

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    Courtney is not with Nicks anymore. Her new coach is Scott Wendland.
  31. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Scott Wendland was Courtney Hicks' coach when she was 5th in Novice at 2010 Nationals.

    It's been fixed.
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    Despite what viewers say about Courtney, she had the highest pcs at Lake Placid for the lp.She must
    have been exciting to watch live

    Thx. Sylvia!
  33. kwanatic

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    The judges were a bit more generous b/c of that whole "home ice" advantage. Courtney skates with good speed and has pretty good transitions...so those scores should be decent. But in terms of aesthetically pleasing skating, she's not very good. Like Marco said, she needs to refine her technique. In addition to that, she needs to work on her lines, control and overall presentation. She has time to correct these things and I really hope she does. However, if Nicks couldn't help smooth her out, I doubt if Wendland will be able to.
  34. skfan

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    ^ hmmm.... i don't know about that. a famous coach might have a lot of students, though we know mr. nicks is quite strict about who he takes on as a student.

    anyway, few people had heard of kori ade before jason brown caught everyone's eye, right? :)

    me, i'd like to think the right combo of personalities and logistics make all the difference-- probably because it makes me sad when people say things like, if mr. frank carroll couldn't help mirai, how can wendy olson (sp)? :)

    re: courtney's PCS from lake placid. i don't like to extrapolate what a skater's performance must have been like from the judges scores, because that assumes the judges' scores always accurately reflect what actually happened on ice. judges are human, they can err, too. i've also seen instances of skaters' PCS changing when the #1 skater from their country retire and now they are suddenly the clear #1 from country X, so... *shrugs*
  35. jlai

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    Courtney got nearly 49 points in pcs last year in Australia, so if there is inflation
    for any reason, it is not by much.

    I also found her a bit stiff, but I'd add that video viewing sometimes exaggerates flaws that are not so glaring live (cough...Rachael). Anyway, she has things to improve for sure, though at the same time I am glad she is not a baby ballerina
  36. leapfrogonice

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    Glad to see Mirai getting Finlandia. Who is her coach now?

    Agree that this is a good thing for the many talented ladies hoping to emerge from Pacific Coasts and make it to Omaha.
  37. chipso1

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    Through the first two weeks of the international season...

    2012-13 U.S. Ladies -- Top International Scores

    1. Courtney HICKS (153.77), JGP Lake Placid
    2. Angela WANG (150.40), JGP Lake Placid
    3. Kiri BAGA (142.22), JGP Lake Placid
    4. Vanessa LAM (140.89), JGP Courchevel
    5. Ashley CAIN (136.51), JGP Courchevel

    Upcoming (confirmed) assignments:
    • U.S. Int'l Classic (Gracie GOLD, Agnes ZAWADZKI)
    • JGP Linz (Samantha CESARIO, Hannah MILLER)
    • JGP Istanbul (Nina JIANG, Leah KEISER)
    • JGP Bled (Courtney HICKS, Barbie LONG)
    • Nebelhorn Trophy (Caroline ZHANG)
    • Finlandia Trophy (Mirai NAGASU)
  38. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Yasmin Siraj competed at and won the Senior Ladies event at the Middle Atlantics club competition this past weekend in NYC, scoring 90.63 in the FS and 146.63 total (her season high score to date). I really like her new "Seven Years in Tibet" FS - she expresses the lyrical music very well, IMO. She turned out of her first 3Lz and put a hand down on her 2nd 3Lz but it was encouraging to see her land this jump that she was falling on at Liberty in July.

    Rachael Flatt is scheduled to compete at the Skate St. Moritz club competition in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 16 (both short and long programs on the same day).

    See my post and related Champs Camp article link earlier in this thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=3669169#post3669169
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  39. Marco

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    Is Wagner not to publicly debut her programs until the GPs?
  40. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Wagner debuted her SP at the Michael Weiss Foundation show this past Saturday (see the thread in GSD for reports and photos) and she is scheduled to debut her FS at the Japan Open on Oct 6.