Based on current USFS selection criteria I would choose JGP too. That's my best ticket to GP. Had senior Bs played a bigger role that might have been different
Is there a reason why Lipnitskaya is doing Dark Eyes AND Romeo and Juliet by Rota?
Although she has better jumps than Cohen did, Lipnitskaya really needs better choreo. Also, she needs to work on her spin positions. She needs to point her toes as well. It kills her line otherwise.
I feel like the scores were a bit inflated for the last group here. Julia was good but 112 seems a little over-the-top, and Miyahara is VERY junior so 105 also seems steep considering her jumps barely left the ice. Samantha's marks were fair, could have even been higher, but I feel like Polina S. and especially Risa were underscored at their events in comparison to the skaters here. If Julia gets 112 for a performance it's a joke that Risa and Polina get around 10 points lower for skates with similar technical content and more maturity .
I don't think the scores matter, pinky, unless they get into a score tiebreak in deciding who goes to Quebec City.
Polina will have at least another chance to score high if not more
Pinky, I agree but I do not have a problem with Lipnitskaia at 112+. She deserves it with 7 triples and L4 spins. I don't have a problem with Hicks' score either (if anything, it should be lower ), but I do have a problem with Shoji's marks. She should have won her event with a really big number. She was a bit shafted. Miyahara was pretty generously scored as well, but her program was more difficult than Cesario's, technically. I don't have a big problem with her being ahead.
Lipnitskaia was also reported to have really good speed by people who were there. She's coming along great.
Julia is a significantly better spinner than both of them, and her jumps are much neater than Shoji's, whose jumps look borderline UR all the time.If Julia gets 112 for a performance it's a joke that Risa and Polina get around 10 points lower for skates with similar technical content and more maturity .
18 for junior GP seems a bit 'old' to me. By age 18, a skater should have matured quite a bit. Katarina Witt won her first OGM at 18, and even had a mature presentation at the senior level!
IMO 17 should be the limit for juniors. When a skater turns 18 he/she should not be allowed in juniors.
Cesario looks very mature, which is not surprising. She does some nice things presentation wise but is not a particularly good spinner.
Miyahara is cute. Like Julia, I hope puberty will not create problems for her.
It's practically impossible to compare Miyahara to Cesario. Cesario's height on her jumps is amazing, and Miyahara barely gets off the ice. Miyahara does have that Suguri-like landing edge.
I've been a fan of Lipnitskaya's since I first saw vids of her two years ago. She appears to have grown and gotten stronger. Not a fan of her axel technique and I suppose it's due to junior time constraints but she just packed way too many leg grabs and quick bendy moves to really make a nice program. But her jumps appear to be stronger this year, which is good, and I love that she skates with a nice back. I've really been impressed with the juniors so far this year. We hardly ever see this difficulty at senior worlds anymore.
Will Lipnitskaya still be a jumping bean after her growth spurt? Something tells me no and the same goes with her flexibility. To many 13 year old's look like world beaters but we know what happens soon after.