My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
Alissa Czisny For the Win! I saw when Jeremy posted that, as his tweets also get posted to his Facebook. He also said haters can exit on the left, lol
"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
I have no idea if it will last, but Joubert just has to get it together and all will be perfect! (well.. no.. but.. better)
So is it too late for Eman to make a comeback?
I don't think Czisny was a headcase. I think she was a techniquecase.
As for Frank trying to change Kostner's technique, her flip technique was to do the flip as if it was an isolated jump in practice, skate forward 2/3 the length of the rink for speed while completely upright with no arm movements then jump. It deserved a net neg 0.25 GOEs and/or 0.25 off in CH every time she did it. Any coach would try to add arm movements before it.
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Although....I'm never impressed with "younger talents." I've been a figure skating fan forever and there's ALWAYS some little girl on the verge of taking the world by storm. It rarely happens. Both Czisny and Kostner have seen them come and go and they both still manage to wrack up a win here and there while the "young talent" is splatting their way to not even being in the Final.
For a while I thought I was alone here. I ALWAYS think she is overmarked. As someone else termed it, she's basically the "female Patrick Chan".Kostner I've never gotten and have always thought she was substantially overmarked.
And I agree here. I've been following for less than ten years and ALREADY I have realized that it's really rare for the young ones to live up to all the hype.Although....I'm never impressed with "younger talents." I've been a figure skating fan forever and there's ALWAYS some little girl on the verge of taking the world by storm. It rarely happens. Both Czisny and Kostner have seen them come and go and they both still manage to wrack up a win here and there while the "young talent" is splatting their way to not even being in the Final.
anyway, she has great skating skills, nowadays better than her jumps IMO, but she used to have also great jumps!
look at this combination, back in 2004: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98pNQBU02I
She had all the triples, and it's just in the last two seasons (and at 2005 euros and 2006 olympics) that she has struggled with them. This year she hasn't lutz and flip, but it's due to the injury.
I think that from 2008/2009 onward she and her staff approached in the worst manner the Olympics, adding only extra stress, pressure and criticism on her. So, returning to Oberstdorf and flying under the radar has helped her a lot IMO, and this year she's skating with new motivations and passion.
And her jumping content is low, but it's also quite sufficient in Europe whether one likes or no the fact.
As for Alissa, I'm just happy to see her skating again like that and I truly hope that she'll be at Worlds! I think for her is a little part of tecnique, and a lot of new motivations and trainings methods, so her coaching change it seems a very good thing.
For Tomas also, his coach changing seems to have worked out very well: I hope that he can be back on the Euro podium again!
I agree with mrinalini that this is a post-Olympic season phenomenon. It's a combination of less pressure on Alissa & Carolina plus less competition from the other ladies:
(1) No Olympic season pressure on Alissa or Carolina
(2) No pressure for Carolina to do her two most difficult jumps
(3) Yu-Na out of the GP this season
(4) Mao is under construction
(5) Joannie isn't competing
(6) Miki is a little burned out, injured, and changed her SP just before GPF
(7) Rachael and Mirai have been getting <, << and -GOE on their 3F's and 3Lz's due to right foot injuries
(8) Akiko and Kanako don't get the high PCS of Alissa or Carolina, so they would have to skate clean. . . which they didn't.
Japan, the U.S. and even China are also not without promising young skaters who may eventually become forces to contend with come Sochi.
On Europeans, if you can get enough points with fewer or less difficult jumps, that's just the way it is in a competition. Hopefully, Kostner will get that surgery and get her jumps back and for now she has developed very nice artistry. I enjoyed watching her GPF programs. Can't say that I enjoyed watching her fly around and jump mostly sloppy in the past. I think the injury has helped her think about all the other elements besides jumps and now she is a more artistic, expressive, and complete skater.