Well, Kostner's flip in the short should also have been downgraded and her pop of the loop in the free was and should have been much more costly than Czisny's fall on the lutz. Kostner was not that much faster than Czisny at that competition, but Czisny did have much better spins and harder triples. All things considered I would probably have given it to Czisny too. IMO Leonova was a solid 5th.
Alissa is a much better spinner than Sasha IMO - one of the best in the world. Yes, Sasha always struck beautiful positions. But there more to a good spin than just that.I love Sasha but I have to disagree that she has beautiful positions in any of her non-flexy spins. Alissa's camel has a beautiful arched position - a lot better than Sasha's.
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I think we can all agree that Mirai was better at the same age, has more potential, and SHOULD end up being a better and more successful skater than Joannie in the long run. However the point is up to now she is not and has never been the better skater. If she doesnt end up as it, it means she has probably underachieved which would be unfortunate. However while it is not too late for her each season seems to cast more questions on whether Nagasu will fulfill her potential or not.
As for the Czisny comparision as I said both Rochette and Czisny skating their best Joannie would crush her. If Joannie went to Worlds this year and skated a clean short with just one fall in the long as Alissa did she probably would have won given the field and skating, as opposed to coming 5th as Alissa did. I am surprised anyone is even suggesting Czisny is better than her, other than just really liking her skating for certain individuals.
I first noticed Joannie back around 2003 and told everyone she was going to be a star. She was inconsistent then, but there was a glimmer of greatness.
I think she is the most well-rounded female skater in the world. She has a full complement of triples, minus the Axel (something you can't say about Yu-Na), demonstrated an ability to skate to various types of music (she probably has the most varied competitive program music of any top skater).
Her carriage and stroking are also solid. She doesn't have the flexibility of say, Alissa Czisny, and probably never will. But that doesn't keep her from working the system and getting level 4s on her spins (aside from the layback in the SP).
I actually think she had one of the most ambitious programs planned - 7 triples and two double Axels, especially with many of them coming after the halfway point in her programs.
On top of all, she has tremendous focus (as evidenced at the Olympics). I hope we can see her skate again soon.
I think the best thing about Joannie is that she has textbook technique on all of her jumps, and one of the few skaters I would use to illustrate the difference between a flip and lutz to someone who didn't know.
I agree with all_empty - the phrase that first comes to mind when I think of Joannie is "well-rounded". Other than her jump technique, I never felt she had the best _____ in the world, but at the same time she wasn't sorely lacking in any area as well.
I think the only gripe I'd have about her skating is that she has great musicality, but I never felt like she really "sold" her programs. I think her Jimi Hendrix Little Wing short was daring and well-choreographed, but it seemed like it she never really got into the music.
the thing about Joannie is that she's a professional, It must've been really hard for her to perform a couple of days after losing her mother, She did it exceptionally though. http://www.olympic.org/figure-skating
6 triples total for Mao Sp& Lp , Joannie 9 triples total Sp&Lp few step out but still landed her all triple jumps.
I have no idea why joannie was bit Overrated, her score well deserved!
To me its just Mirai nagasu was Undermarked!.
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It is up the judges to apply it.
Having said that, Joannie is one of those skaters with beautiful posture so I am not sure why people would criticise her for it. She looks fabulous in a halter neck showing her back. If she had bad posture that would show it up.
But I have always found her an organic skater - that it comes across as very natural. Her musicality is quite superb. Her programs have attention to detail and she shows a great musical understanding as she works not only with the nuances of the music but also the phrasing (that is taking the time to give what she is expressing it's full value). For me she has probably presented the most complete packages of all the ladies in recent years.
All that probably belies that fact that she has probably worked her butt off to get there.
And I think out of all the skaters competing, she really has presented herself off the ice in a most professional and intelligent manner. She wrote a piece on her blog a while ago about the development of one of her programs. It was excellent and really conveyed what a mature and thoughtful person she is.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
1. Mao gave up atleast 10 points in the LP with two major mistakes- a singled triple and another downgraded one.
2. Mao did not attempt all the other triples, she focused on the triple axel to the detriment of some of her other elements.
3. Mao had that Tarasova choreography which wasnt really the best nor did it suit her greatest strengths as an artist.
This thread resurfacing brought me a curiosity. Is Joannie coming back? ever? I wish I could see her competitive skating at least one more season even if she's not aiming for Sochi. I can't still let go of images of her eyes full with joyment and emotions at the Olympics.
Joannie always struck me as being very similar to Michelle Kwan in the deep steady edges, excellent upper body work, musicality...AND even in body type (which may explain the above). Neither is 'ballet thin' even when at her slimmest, with shortish muscular legs in relation to a longish torso. Apparently a perfect set of physical factors for beautiful ice skating!
Dick Button Historical Quote of the Month: "With them it's all about the most movement per measure." (commenting on Bestemianova/Bukin, during the 1988 Olympics, Calgary)
Joannie has managed to stay competitive with an adult body. I think that is the challenge to longevity that today's female skaters face. Some skaters make it to the top at an early age like Kimmie, Mirai, and Caroline Z, but they struggle as their body matures. Injuries do in other early achievers such as Tara.