Kristina and Nichol definitely have potential too, I look forward to seeing them on the JGP in the coming season. Krsitina also looks fairly mature and may not have as many growing pains as some of the others because of it. I'm still hoping Rosa will emerge as a bright star too, she is just so adorable and her skating is just lovely
I showed it to a friend of mine whose hearing (in relation to the music - I'm not sure how to phrase it in English) is way better than mine and here is her opinion:
I personally think that what we're witnessing here is what is called Matthew effect (at least in Polish, no idea how it translates into English ).Well, if it had [anything to do with the music], I have missed those moments. I think I would mark her [around 1.5 on IN].
If Mishin doesn't get her working on choreography and interpretation, he will bring up Ludmila Nelidina number 2.
Her jump technique is amazing - I can believe she is going to be landing 3axels and 4toes even.
But she's going to get deservedly marked down on the PCS.
And you'll see by the time she's grown up, she'll get herself some Granny hair done.
Because those girls are so extraordinarily talented and are doing so amazingly technically for their age, it means other aspects of their skating either immediately seem better because of this or are simply overlooked because the jumps are so impressive.
What do people think of Shelepen? Thoughts about whether she will be able to stay among the top? I have very mixed feelings about her, sometimes I find her skating lovely and other times she seems very sloppy. Also I have a feeling puberty may not be so kind to her judging from the length of her legs, she may end up tall and sturdier like Cynthia Phanuef or Carolina Kostner, both of whom struggle with consistency. I'm curious to see how she fares on the SGP, she seems to get docked a bit for PCS even on the junior ranks so I'm wondering if that will continue. Ovcharova has consistently gotten higher PCS than Shelepen this season despite a number of messy skates.
14, I think.
Shelepen needs a personality injection. Her skating is so bland, it's painful.
However, we really need to put the assessment of her skating in a bit better context. First of all, is her speed of world class like Yuna’s or Caro’s? Apparently not. But, her speed is unquestionably excellent for jumps, especially considering her size.
She tends to slow down a bit for elements other than jumps such as spirals (and in the later part of the long program), which is one of the reasons that her ice coverage is not as good as it can be (like Yuna's Arabesque spiral). I assume it is because she does not have good edge work and control yet.
Could she work on them? Absolutely. She can gradually improve them as she seems to be naturally comfortable with speed. In fact, in other LP clips, her edge work and ice coverage are better.
As for musicality, I do not think Liza is going to be another Yuna. Maybe, she does not have a great sense of music. Or, the synchronization issue may arise from the possibility that the choreography is too elaborate and complex for her.
Nonetheless, she articulates so well (for her age) her fingers, wrists, elbows, even shoulders to a degree. She indeed can create lyrical moves with her arms (and, to a lesser degree, the upper body). In my opinion, she is very advanced for her age in that regard. That is why I am a little confused about her artistic disposition. When you watch how she moves with the volume on mute, she can be quite convincing (well, again for her age).
At any rate, a figure skater is not a professional dancer. Yuna, for instance, is an exceptional case regarding musicality and the level of sophistication in artistry (or articulation and elaboration in every move of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, even neck and waist). However, Yuna does not necessarily get higher scores for it than someone who does “reasonably” well in those departments. With more training, I think musicality and artistry will not be hindering factors for Liza.
Regarding posture and extension, it seems they are more or less an issue of flexibility. Liza does not have great flexibility. As she is going to need more muscle in her legs for jumps at the expense of flexibility, it may continue to be a problem for her. However, this is relatively a minor issue affecting spirals and spins, for which other technical aspects such as speed, edges, etc., are judged. Not a critical issue as long as she is willing to work on it.
I find her overall skating quite adequate, to say the least, except musicality and flexibility at this stage of development. With her excellence in jump, she can work on everything else gradually over the long haul.
Yes, she definitely can.
What worries me, however, is the fact Mishin does not seem to pay much attention to anything other than jumps. Plushenko being case in point.
So unless he changes his attitude (and he really should have learned from his mistakes after Plushenko losing Olympic gold on PCS and spin levels), I can't see that happening.
Gachinski has pretty much the same problems (only he's not as talented a jumper as Liza ). He's so rough around the edges and his programs are so bland.
In such a promising field I think skating quality only makes sense when you land (at least some of) your jumps. I was rewatching some Sotnikova performances and she fell like 3 to 4 times in both, which makes it moot to discuss her skating qualities. Ditto for Kostner.