On speed and jump size alone, Kim. Yama might do many other things better, but she should never be able to close a gap that large.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
I was never much of a fan of Midori Ito . I respected her technical prowess, but didn't see any real grace in her skating.
You don't have to be graceful in figure skating to be fans favorites. Look at Katerina Witt.
Midori's bubbly personality on the ice was infectious. Coupled that with speed and power and you usually had a dynamic performance from her.
I'm not a fan of either ladies. I find Kristi to be boring, while I can't get over Yuna's gross lack of polish. I love how many justify Yuna being a better skater than Kristi because she was "less error-prone"... Really guys? Yuna makes at least one or two mistakes in almost every long program she skates. You can argue Kristi does too, but in all honestly, she made most of her mistakes on the salchow. I'm sure it would be the same with Yuna if she did the loop in every single long program.
BTW I think Kristi is the one with the edge in consistency over Yu Na so far, well maybe not overall but in big events for sure. Yu Na Kim has won only 1 World title which is amazing considering she has basically dominated womens skating for years. She could have won the last 4 Worlds really and made multiple major errors, not just 1, to lose each time.
Last edited by judgejudy27; 04-22-2011 at 07:54 PM.
I think perceptions of popularity are very much dependant on what sites you hang out at Luckily FSU remains for the most part, a place where fans of ALL skaters and much more importantly, fans of skating can hang out.
I do agree that Midori has very few detractors amongst fans or indeed among her peers who all pretty much seemed to worship her. That's because she was a technical virtuoso the likes of which the sport had never seen and almost 20 years after her retirement, no one has really come close to matching her peerless achievements in revolutionising the sport. Plus she had charisma to burn when she was on. Electrifying doesn't even come close Even those commentators who revered artistry above all were dumbstruck by her skating.
ETA: Yes we did see one other such person I think; David Jenkins. He essentially taught himself a triple sal, loop, flip and axel in the 1950's when most top level men were still struggling with double axel. Sure Dick was great and an incredible innovator but when you see the ease and spring in Jenkins skating well, it's just on another level. Sorry to digress
It was a tough choice, but I gave Kristi the edge for the fact that she actually performed/frequently went for ALL the triples save the axel even if her triple sal was inconsistent (instead of leaving the inconsistent jump out completely, the one major grumble I have with COP today). Also, I felt her lines, spirals were frankly superior to YuNa's.
This is a bit like comparing Gala Apples to McIntosh apples; technically, they are the same fruit, but are very different in taste, texture, etc. Both are brilliant skaters. Kristi is definitely a role model and did very well after her OGM, I hope the same will happen for YuNa as she continues in skating.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
floskate, arent you going to vote. I was looking forward to who you would choose.
Last edited by judgejudy27; 04-22-2011 at 08:37 PM.
I was always only luke warm to Kristi as a skater. Thought she was way over-hyped as "the artist" and/or "the total package". I thought Kristi was much more charming and expressive as a dancer on DWTS
I'm luke-warm to Yu-Na as a skater as well. I do admire her gorgeous jumps, and she definitely has the potential to be more expressive than what David Wilson has been giving her.
NM Judy. Just saw your edit
Btw is Ito really more popular than Kristi? Because I hear Kristi's name mentioned far more often than I hear about Midori, but maybe it's just because I usually listen to North American commentators.
Last edited by miki88; 04-22-2011 at 08:57 PM.
Basic skating, edges and musicality - Kristi.
Jumps and spins - Yu Na.
It's a tie for me
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