Brian's SP is awesome!
Brian's SP is awesome!
Sometimes I think I lost something really important to me, and it turns out I already ate it.
mia joy - Yes I understand that if your first free jumps are 4t/3t, 3a and 4s, there is not exactly room for lots of choreography or transitions.
But there's still things you can do. Stroking to the beat, little touches like head/arm/back movements, etc. So that it looks better than just crossovers/progressives into the jumps.
That total lack of attention to detail is what pisses me off most with Joubert. Because he pretty much has everything else - the skating skills, the speed and even his posture is quite decent.
And in the SP, Najarro made him pay more attention to detail and put a lot of choreography in the program. Even before and in-between preparations for the big jumps.
I guess with the FS, stamina is much more of an issue, so Joubert is keeping it much simpler.
Or it's just David Wilson's choreo being dull and lackluster.
Or maybe the choreo was much richer originally but Brian took most of it out already.
Oh well, I have to say I am somewhat dissapointed.
I can see progress with the SP (even if the program doesn't look ready yet and the fact Brian is struggling to keep up with the music might mean a lot of the choreo goes out before Euros :/) but the FS looks very much "same old, same old."
Of course, it was his first competition, both programs might look much better a few months down the line (unless he takes all the choreo out ;D).
I finally had the chance to watch both programs, and I actually quite like both of them.
My take on the LP is that it just doesn't have enough miles on it yet. I'm thinking and hoping that, with time and practice, it's just going to keep getting better and better. On top of that, the video seemed a little fast to me, so I'm also wondering if maybe it looked better and seemed more finished in person.
I have only seen the SP but I was pleased that he didn't do the previous type of cheap gimmicky crap he has done in the past. It did have a theme and he stuck to it. There was a bit too much choreography done standing on the spot, but I really liked his circular steps - some very nice edges shown there. I agree with PB that he didn't let mistakes get in the way of an overall good performance.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
BRAVO BRIAN! I'm impressed that he's finally addressing his weaknesses and making an attempt to include transitions in his programs. I love his music choices and his new style of movement. I think these are the best programs he's ever had and I'm cheering for him this season! I'm very interested to see how he progresses as the season goes on.
I just love him haha hope he's gonna do great next season!
WOW, Joubert's SP is awesome by his standards. Best program he's ever had IMO. Still far too much two-foot skating for my liking but for once he at least looks committed to the choreography and has some detail in a program.
Also, it is much easier skating in Poitiers now. For years, I did not train with Véronique, yet she was there all the time, as she was teaching at the rink. We did not exchange a word for several years, and it was so tense. Now I do not need to put any energy there, and I can devote it completely to skating instead.
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
SP is probably Joubert's best yet. He gets HUGE props from me for being willing to adapt and improve his musicality and artistry and not just expect the quad to win it for him.
FP still needs some work but it's a good start, especially compared to his FPs the last couple years. Hopefully he sticks with it and puts in the time and work to improve it and maximize his points. COMBOS! Get those double-toes and loops in there!
I wish him the best this coming season- he's a true competitor and it's great to see him bounce back after the disappointment the Olympics must have been (twice).
Love the short and the long has potential. After how many years of FSU fan whining (!?) it finally appears Brian has gotten out of his overused musical box.
Is there a link to the LP somewhere in this thread? I can't seem to locate it...or maybe I'm just lazy xp