Kim Yu Na
Last edited by antmanb; 03-30-2011 at 02:49 PM.
Levels aside (who cares really) I guess, in short, you don't like Yu-Na's inverted camel, am I right?
The poll results look pretty reasonable so far but I'm a bit surprised that so few votes have gone to skaters other than Michelle and Yuna, I'm sure the other skaters must have their fan bases too.
Last edited by jatale; 03-30-2011 at 07:33 PM.
I think Yuna's position is brilliant and very few people in the world achieve a good position. Several of those people in the world achieve the good position on roller skates and one person achieves a good position on figure skates. Pointing out irrelevant facts does not lessen what those on roller skates achieve IMO.
My favourite inverted camel position of all time was Christina Czako's in her Adams Family LP. But that was BYK so yo've probably never heard of her
Last edited by antmanb; 03-30-2011 at 06:16 PM.
I'm not sure, though, if "dominanting" is the same as "always winning". Michelle, I think, is such a dominant skater because she was at the top -- a serious contender for gold, as well as a medalist -- in every event for almost a decade, even if she didn't win them all. She was the target at whom everyone else aimed their best ... and when she lost, it would be to some of the most technically advanced programs ever in the ladies event. Nothing (except a torn hip) could keep Michelle off the podium -- not illness (at Worlds '99), broken boots (Worlds '01), or streakers (Worlds, '04). Yu-Na may equal, or even surpass, this record, but she hasn't been competing long enough yet.
96 Centennial on Ice- lost to Slutskaya and Butyrskaya. The 3 women landed 5, 4, and 4 triples each.
97 U.S Nationals, GP final, Worlds- lost all 3 times to Lipinski. OK Lipinski did do one of hardest programs as far as jump layout ever for ladies, but Kwan beat herself with errors each time, especialy Nationals and GP final.
98 Olympics- OK here you are definitely right.
99 Worlds- shockingly lost to Butyrskaya due to a sequence of errors.
2000 Grand Prix final- OK here you are definitely right.
2000-2001 season losses to Slutskaya- Honestly I dont remember Slutskaya skating spectacularly in any of her wins over Michelle. She didnt skate a clean long program in any of them, and she never landed a clean triple-triple or more than 1 triple in any of them. Michelle landed 1 less triple each time I believe though, and the judges seemed mostly focused on that.
2001-2002 season losses to Slutksaya (6 in a row I believe) - similar story to 2000-2001 although at the GP final Kwan was definitely robbed, and Irina did land one triple-triple at Goodwill Games). At 2002 Worlds Irina won with a safe but clean 6 triple effort after Kwan botched her short program, and at the Olympics she beat Kwan with a rather subpar effort after Kwan fell.
2004 and 2005 Worlds- needless to say alot of problems for Kwan at both events which were the result of her dissapointing placing, as both times she finished directly behind a not so great performance which should have been easily beatable (Cohen in 2004 and Kostner in 2005).
In 2004, it was horrible QR and time deduction in the SP that caused to be in such a deficit going into the LP. I know it was the last time 6.0 was being used in a championship so the judges were being a bit lenient with the scoring, but it goes to show that despite all of that Kwan still managed to place second in the LP and was one ordinal away from winning the LP with only 5 triples. Of course based on technical merit alone, Kwan shouldn't have been close to Arakawa (that said, although I much prefer Arakawa's 2004 Turandot to her 2006 one, I preferred Kwan's program and skating overall despite it being far from her personal best, so I can see the argument for presentation).
In 2005, it was the QR and Kwan's inexperience with COP and her rising hip problem that did her in. She still managed to place 3rd in the SP and LP though. Despite what people thought about the COP (at least that particular COP) working against Kwan's strengths, she still managed to be competitive overall.
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I thought the judging of Worlds 2004 was pretty bad in some ways. Arakawa I thought was held up bigtime in the short but held down bigtime in the long despie that she won it. Her short program was mediocre and should have been 4th or lower. No way should she have been placed over Ando or Kwan. Her long was stupendous though and should have been showered with 6.0s given how the scoring at that years Worlds was, and had straight 1st place ordinals. Kwan's long program was quite good too, but even Cohen being placed over Shizuka by 3 of the 9 counting judges with that lame performance was awful. Kostner's long program was a train wreck and got a 5.9 for technical merit and placed 5th ahead of the European Champion.
The thing about the 2005 Worlds more than her 4th place showing though was that she was never competitive with Slutskaya or Cohen at all it seemed, as those two seemed to open up a chasm on all the others this year. That was what surprised people the most. Of course those two had the most experience under COP and had tailor made their programs and skating for it.
I find it ironic the one time she skated a decent free skate at Worlds (2010, in Torino no less), she was not held up.
Re 2004 Worlds - didn't Shiz ur the back-ends of both 3-3s? Perhaps this and the fact she was the 1st skater are the reasons why no 6.0s were thrown out.
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I'm disappointed that Butyrskaya isn't an option. She delivered one of the very few 7-triple performances to win Worlds.
Her technique was also fantastic - yes, she let the nerves get to her in competition, causing her to have misses and stiff jumps. But when she was "on" like at '99 Worlds, '00 Worlds SP, '98 - '00 Europeans, etc. her jumps were awesome. She was also able to truly interpret the music. She gets my vote.
Why would Butyrskaya be an option when she beat Kwan only 2 times in their 8 years competing against each other, was generally dominated in her own era by Kwan, Slutskaya, Lipinski, Chen, Hughes, and Cohen, was only even a contender for the gold medal 2 or 3 times her whole long senior career, won only 3 World medals and no Olympic medals, never won the GP final, was not a standout either technically, artistically, or in terms of consistency, was gangly and awkward overall, and blew it badly in her two of her three biggest long programs ever- when trying to defend her World title in 2000 and trying to win an Olympic medal in 1998. Even if she were more consistent she wouldnt be that great a skater though if she had defended her World title in 2000 her rep for the final 2 seasons might have carried her to a brighter overall career, especialy provided she miracelously pulled out some clean long programs which she almost never did anyway.
If you have Butyrskaya as an option you might as well have Jill Trenary or Surya Bonaly. They are skaters of about her level of success, importance in their own time, and overall ability and consistency.
^The 7 triple comment is pretty curious to me too. Hasn't every single ladies champ since 91 landed a 6 or 7 triple LP. Even if you include 89 and 90, wasn't Jill the only one with less than 6. One extra triple that plenty of others like Kwan, Lipinski, Meisner etc.. did anyway, just seems like such a petty detail to focus on. At that rate, why not just list Kimmie in the poll and give us all a good chuckle!
ETA: oh, maybe Baiul in 93 and Yuka in 94 only did 5? Lulu in 95 I guess was only 5. Boy, there really was a dip there.