Oh, and nice try in using the Japanese and American skaters to take the heat, so to speak.
Last edited by Lookingood; 12-29-2010 at 11:41 PM. Reason: I should just ignore
These Russian girls have restored my interest in Ladies again. Anyone or anything can be overhyped, actually if a skater is projected to be the Next Big Thing, it's inevitable for her/ him not to be overhyped to certain extent. Over-excitement can be interpreted as overhyped, maybe some can get carried away in hyperbole when describing these girls, but overall I think it's good for the sport of FS. All of them are impressive in their own ways.
I for one am quite excited at the prospect of watching these girls develop into their individual styles and advance their technique in upcoming seasons. I definitely think Yulia Lipnitskaya will be the one to beat of all these Russian girls. She's built more like a gymnast than a dancer, so I think physically that will also work in her favor. Also, she has a fearless quality on the ice; I like that she just goes for it. But I would like to see less rhythmic gymnast poses on ice in her programs, other than that I think she's wonderful.
On the other hand the gangly Adelina Sotnikova, whom I also love, is already 5'3" and I'm afraid if she grows to be 5'7 or taller, her jumps would be affected. Adelina needs to start drinking vodka to stunt her own growth....just kidding. If she continues to develop the artistic side while retaining strong spins and jumps, she could be incredible.
Liza Tuktamysheva, she's the one that I like the least of what I believe to be the future top three Russian ladies, 3A and all. Though she can prove me wrong by learning to skate to music not through it. Her choreography needs less superfluous arm movements; actually her choreography is a big weakness compared to Adelina or even Yulia. But I guess it's easier to concentrate on jumps if the choreo is less challenging. I have to say however, her jumps are really awesome.
If Adelina is 5'3" at 14 and a half, I doubt she ends up 5'7"+, because she already has had her big growthspurt. More likely she will grow slowly over the next few years and end between 5'4" (163 cm) and 5'6" (168 cm), which is pretty standard for a female figure skater these days.
Last edited by EricRohmer; 12-30-2010 at 04:35 AM.
If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.
That curry must taste pretty bitter.
Honestly though, while MrLucky liberally takes potshots at some of the best female skaters we've had and some of the best that may yet still come, I must admit that I don't expect too much from Tuktamysheva's packaging and programs due to her being under Mishin. She will probably be brilliant and uninspiring (I'm sorry Liza fans)
Sotnikova and Lipnitskaya look the most promising to me.
The question (other than puberty which is an obvious issue) is:
Are they going to manage to develop beyond being jumping beans?
Sotnikova is most likely probably, but she was so totally out of time at Nats, it was painful. She couldn't hit a single accent.
Tuktamysheva's basic skating improved a bit and she's quite expressive and can move to the music but her programs are awful. And yes Mishin isn't very likely to give her better packaging.
Lipnitskaya's programs this year are a big dissapointment. Totally empty, no style. Her upbeat "kiddie" routines from last year were better. If they wanted to make her look more mature, they failed.
Shelepen's choreography was ok but her basics are quite poor and programs looked messy.
Agafonova was just dull and generic.
Yes they are kids, I know. Hence the question: Will the above improve a lot over time?
Leonova blew them all out of the water with her speed, spark and brilliant expression.
Would be nice if any of them ever got to her standard, presentation-wise.
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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Maybe you watched another youtube version (which I also saw) where audio/video were out of sync?
She's got great posture and lines and I like her kneebend so she has all the right basics to become an all-round skater. Just skate to the music next time, please.