MVO = Maribel Vincent Owens.
But she does not look 5'3.
Maybe more like 4'11 or 5'0.
Some posters get very excited talking about the height and growth of these young skaters
Interesting that Adelina did not top Flatt's score at US Natls from last season.
I am very curious about the scores we will see at US Natls this season.
If Flatt is clean will US judges score her high enough to break Yuna's scoring record
Anything is possible at Natls
http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010832.htm Adelina is listed as 160 cm (5'3") and http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00010705.htm Liza is 156 cm (5'1.5"). I feel like Russian people on average are taller than most Americans though, average women in Russia are around 5'6" (168 cm) so that may be how tall Adelina and Liza end up, but nowadays a lot of skaters are that height and taller but still successful.
Back to topic: I agree that the Russian Babes turned out to be over-rated, even though they are still among the best at present. Let's see them post-puberty, in a couple of years.
Unfair downgrades? I think she's very lucky her double axel was given full credit.
The best about these young girls is the fact that most of them have solid basics and jumps. Adelina's and Liza's jumps are textbook (except Adelina's lutz), high, fully rotated, with difficult entrances. TAT compared Sotnikova's jumps with Slutskaya, said she jumps the same way. The same can be said about Rosa Sheveleva and Sofia. Tutberidze's girls (Shelepen and Lipnitskaya) lack it a little, but improving and don't have Zhang's issues or something, Polina also jumps very high and with ease, her jumps are fully rotated. When she missed her 2A-3T she went and did 3Lz-3T instead like it was nothing. Julia rotates very fast in the air and is unique, because she has both jumps and flexibility like this. TAT said that Lipnitskaya has the same structure of the hips as Sasha Cohen and it's very rare. She also noted that Julia can do the second jump of combinations even better than the first.
Puberty is the question, but when you have great basics it's easier and I think most of them will stay. And you know, if they already so good in 14 y.o. or so, we can only imagine how good they can be few years later both technically and artistically
Actually, Christina received several downgrades on her jumps, primarily flip and lutz last year.
The judges think that she is far from Adelina and Liza's level even when they arent clean, as the JGPF shows.
Again with the exception of winning Worlds in 1999 and a couple good years Butyrskaya was never a top contender.
Besides Slutskaya and Butyrskaya. Sokolova won a Worlds silver. Soldatova won a bronze. Volchkova was also close to the medals a few times.
Russia use to have 3 ladies for Worlds consistently.
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However, I disagree that that the Russian Babes turned out to be over-rated. How many girls at your nationals do triple-triple combinations? There is a reason why the Russian babes won so many medals at junior grand prix this season.