She has had programs choreographed by Tom Dickson in the past, but I don't think she has worked with him on a regular basis like Savoie, Jahnke, Abbott.
And Sasha is most definitely emaciated looking, people get confused because she has short legs and doesn't have the classic ballerina look that Mao or Min-Jung or Alissa have, but she is definitely THIN - too thin, IMO. At nationals last season I remember Sasha giving Mirai a hug and Mirai looked like Venus Williams in comparison to Sasha...
Announce that her retirement is imminent. Maybe the judges will give her some sympathy points.
I think maybe nothing having programs where she's fanning herself might help.... the arena crew gets fooled into changing the arena temperatures for the other competitors...
Perhaps a better ballet teacher and a choreographer/coach who'd help her bring what she has learned out on the ice?
She needs to look in the mirror and see what good lines are (and aren't) and work like crazy to achieve them.
A bit more flow to her skating would be nice too which means some basics classes.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Her neck is not growing.
Her back is not getting fixed.
Not with all the ballet lessons in the world.
She'd best fix what is fixable: her speed and her spins.
Her feet are what bothers me the most. Rachael, point your toes...please!
^ Her toes are better than Ms. Kim's...
Ahh...there are none so good that they cannot improve.
I think Yuna's spirals are known as Speed and edge control,Ice coverage than point toes.
I will take Yuna's spirals anydays then most senior ladies except Mirai and Mao's =P
Last edited by Lookingood; 11-27-2010 at 04:18 PM.
^I think they're speaking about Yu-Na's toe point in general, which is nonexistent (I say this as one of her fans btw). It's not nitpicking. There was an interview with Orser before the O's and he spoke of his frustration with Kim's lack of toe point. I think he said that she told him she didn't like to point her toe. Does anyone else remember that interview.
Getting back on topic, I really don't see Flatt getting better lines and positions, no matter how many dance classes she takes. Getting more speed in her skating might be obtainable at this point.
"If people are looking for guarantees, they should buy appliances at Sears and stay away from human relationships."~Prancer
I agree with those who say we won't see major changes from Flatt. She won't become a powerful skater like Midori or Irina, nor uber-bendy and balletic like Mirai or Sasha.
I do think she can make some improvements on her speed, her line, her edges as she matures, but they'll be incremental changes, not a dramatic transformation.
I would say out of the current crop of skaters, she's the most maxed out on her potential. But rather than think of that as a weakness, I think it's a compliment. She's made the most of what she can do, she's the only lady landing the great majority of her jumps, skating cleanly, selling her character pieces, rotating her difficult jumps and combos, doing a great reverse direction spin. She has quite a bit to be proud of, even if she's never world champion.
Last edited by Lookingood; 11-27-2010 at 05:12 PM. Reason: Double post