Four years ago the European ladies (or at least Slute) could actually jump. Now the ladies discipline at Euros is judged according to how pretty the skaters are since all of them botch the majority of their planned triples .
Meier managed Euro silvers and top 6 at Worlds which is pretty much the best she could have done within this quad given she only had 3 real triples and both her 2axels and sit spins were questionable.
It's a pity that Kostner only managed one world silver (and a very controversial one) within this quad. She really could have challeneged Kim and Asada if she was much much much much much more consistent.
Lepisto definitely over-achieved with a Euro title and world medal with the typical 3-4 triples she did [deserved IMO but still...], and as expected Korpi and Elene G both let their appearances got the spotlight with mediocre performances throughout the whole quad.
Looking ahead, I am hoping Lepisto improves in her jumping but have not much further hope on Kostner, Korpi or Elene G. I am thinking at least one but probably no more than two young Russian girls can make a mark on the Euro scene by 2012 but will probably be medal contenders at best at Sochi. My bet is going to be on Makarova, if any Russian lady were to medal at Worlds or Sochi. Perkova is likely to have disappeared by Sochi after missing the world team for a few years and maxing out technically and hmm... artistically this season.
Last edited by Marco; 08-26-2010 at 08:29 AM.
yep, the whole European hope is now in those 10-13 year old Russian girls, if they ever make it to seniors lol
European ladies are terrible these days. You wanna compare them to Americans? better don't. The Americans can at least do some good 3-3 combinations, the only one in Europe actually capable of a 3-3 combination not being 3t-3t is Kostner on her best day. So yeah, the only thing we can do is wait for those Russian girlies to grow up
Was the Olympics supposed to be Sasha's on a silver (golden?) platter? I remember that Worlds was supposed to be. After Olys she said she "would love to win" a world title and I knew she had just jinxed herself. But she must have thought that she could slack off even more since the main contenders weren't at World's. I just don't know why she couldn't pull it together those two times because with those titles she would have been remembered as one of the greatest skaters in history. Now she's just known as someone who talks a big game then fizzles out. The judges clearly wanted to give her the Oly title and all she had to do was stay on her feet. She still got silver which shows you where she would have placed otherwise. It would have been no contest. She had one more shot to pull off a "big one" at World's and still didn't do it, and this one was even easier since many skaters were missing. Shakes head.
Last edited by pinky166; 08-26-2010 at 08:27 PM.
Elene Gedevanishvili: LP @ TEB (and 3T-3T-2T in Euros 10 LP)
Elena Glebova: SP @ Nebelhorn; SP & LP @ SA
Sarah Hecken: SP & LP @ Nebelhorn; SP & LP @ SA
Alëna Leonova: LP @ Finlandia; SP @ CoC
Laura Lepistö: SP @ Finlandia; SP @ Euros 09
Ksenia Makarova: SP & LP @ Coupe de Nice
Some got -GOE, but no UR calls.
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