I think Gao's overall skating has improved a lot too, although I feel this is much more apparent in her LP than in her SP, where she still seemed a bit gangly and awkward. She was graceful in the LP though so that's good to see.
Gong and Cesario I felt always had a lot of potential, and now that they have both improved their jumps so much, it's really apparent just how talented they both are.
Kimmie was hyped as a Jr and although she did not have a long career, I would say she exceeded expectations, becoming a national and world champion and an Olympian.
What setbacks for Michelle are you talking about??
At this point in her career, Mirai is not as successful as Kimmie.
My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
That layback was gorgeous...what a shame that injury has ruined her position in that spin.
But she can do camel spins in both directions and get other features on the "wrong direction" spin. How many other skaters can claim that?
Everyone makes the most of their own abilities.
But can they do a difficult position or an edge change, or, say, 8 revolutions, in the clockwise spin?
Klimkin maybe (I found one example that seemed to be trying for an outside edge, might or might not have counted in IJS)
Kwan ?? not that I'm aware of
And also Fontana. At Turin Olympics she was doing both the camel and sit in her reverse direction IIRC. (NOt that it adds further under IJS, but it's got to be difficult - and the only other person I remember doing it was John CUrry)
Actually it does -- reversing direction within a spin (camel or sit only as of this year) is a feature in and of itself. Of course they need to be held for 3 revolutions, which Fontana didn't do but I don't remember what the rules about that were in 2006. And two features are needed for level 2, although they can be achieved in the regular direction, as Fontana did.And also Fontana. At Turin Olympics she was doing both the camel and sit in her reverse direction IIRC. (NOt that it adds further under IJS,
Anyway the point is that Flatt has exhibited some advanced spinning skills that few other skaters have used. So even if she isn't the fastest spinner in the world and doesn't have the flexibility of some of her competitors, she does have other ways to get some extra points out of her spins.
BTW, I know she's not a senior lady yet, but Nina Jiang apparently had a pretty good showing in her JGP debut SP, landing a 3t-3t, 3lo, 2a. Wheee!
And Nina Jiang's fellow teammate at the Courchevel JGP, Yasmin Siraj, is in 6th after the SP (to Jiang's 3rd), reportedly falling on 3Lz (no combo) and doubling her planned 3Lo. (See the JGP Courchevel thread in the Kiss and Cry forum for more info.)
Phil Hersh tweeted earlier today: https://twitter.com/olyphil/status/22197052025
ETA: Nagasu IS at Champs Camp (I will go post in the Champs Camp thread in GSD: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...04#post2855804 )Just learned skater Mirai Nagasu, 4th in Oly, has been off ice about 6 weeks with stress frac in foot. Supposed to be back by Sept. 1
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re: Flatt - she got the COP points which I am sure is all she cared about. I don't think it contradicted my opinion that she was a mediocre spinner. For example Bonaly was also known for doing relatively difficult spins during her competitive times.
Coming off a stress fracture of her own, Kiri Baga scored 116.73 for her programs at the MN State Championships last weekend. Pretty respectable for her season debut, and for just getting over an injury.