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    well I woundn't say Julia's technical skill - especially jumping technique - is "superb" or great. I love her posture and overall skills but I'm not impressed by her jumps. Adelina could do better, Liza could do far better, if we're comparing these three Russian ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    But I think there are other qualities beside her technical skills are superb and extremely rare at her age.

    The expressions, the presentations, the interpretations, the use of the arms up to her fingertips, the smooth natural ease she made transitions between each elements along with the music notes, relentlessly and seamlessly are things you just can't teach. She got it all and at only age 13.

    Even if if her flexibility and jumps were to suffer during the growth spurt, I think she got enough rare qualities to remain competitive. Her PCS is going to be incredible that one.

    Seeing somehow Mirai were able to keep her crazy flexibility, I am hopeful for this one.
    ITA with qualities of Lipniskaya. She is the best talent since Yuna Kim, in a class above Sotnikova and Tukatmisheva just like Kim was against likes of Asada in my opinion.

    One thing I disagree is about her uber flexibility. A good stretch is nice to see, but emphasizing it too much makes a program look like a circus routine and distracts attention from her actual skating. I would prefer to see her focus more on stuff like musical interpretation and intricate transitions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    ITA with qualities of Lipniskaya. She is the best talent since Yuna Kim, in a class above Sotnikova and Tukatmisheva just like Kim was against likes of Asada in my opinion.

    One thing I disagree is about her uber flexibility. A good stretch is nice to see, but emphasizing it too much makes a program look like a circus routine and distracts attention from her actual skating. I would prefer to see her focus more on stuff like musical interpretation and intricate transitions.
    I think Adelina is better than Julia. Adelina has bigger jumps, and I actually think her presentation is nicer than Julia's. Julias arm movements are jerky. The only thing Julia has over Adelina IMO is better spins and more uber flexibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bek View Post
    I think Adelina is better than Julia. Adelina has bigger jumps, and I actually think her presentation is nicer than Julia's. Julias arm movements are jerky. The only thing Julia has over Adelina IMO is better spins and more uber flexibility.
    Sotnikova and Tuktamisheva are excellent athletes, and I find Sotnikova to be in particular, an extremely disciplined competitor. But that's all they are, nothing more and nothing less at least for now. They get instructions from their choreographers, practice the same thing repeatedly, and put out the routine in competitions.

    In Lipniskaya, I see a little more. I see a capable young performer who is paying details to nuances. I admit that these things are subjective, so I don't have problem with you having different opinions. One thing I'm pretty confident is that, jumping abilities of these girls won't improve that much from now on, but their artistic abilities will grow by leaps and bounds. If I had to choose one with the most potential, I will take Lipniskaya.

    BTW, Tuktamisheva has better jumps than both Sotnikova and Lipniskaya, but as cliché says, there are other important things in skating aside from jumps.

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    I wasn't impressed with her before, because she just seemed like Robo-Sasha (all of the flexibility, none of the charm!), but her skating skills have improved a ton this season. Last season was just not pretty. She's still not up to Adelina's level, let alone some of the other senior ladies, but it's terrific that she's apparently dedicated some amount of time to improving them. It shows in her jump landings, now she's actually getting some flow out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumbleFish View Post
    ITA with qualities of Lipniskaya. She is the best talent since Yuna Kim, in a class above Sotnikova and Tukatmisheva just like Kim was against likes of Asada in my opinion.
    That is some funny comparison. I wouldn't say that! Lol... Kim and Asada are at least the same age and only few months apart. Had Mao been able to competed at the Olympics, Yuna would be there too! Actually given Yuna beat Mao by a massive 24.19 points at the world juniors championship 2006 happend around the same times as the Olympics, it would certainly makes her a far better contender for the hypothetical Gold people seems to have bestowed on Maos had they been both age eligible.

    Julia is only 13, and 2 years younger than Adelina and Liza (massive years in skating). She would be just in time for Sochi I think.

    If I was to bet, I would put my money on her right now.

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    For me it is about potential at this point. There are all sort of prodigies in this world. Those who are capable of executing great many complex skills at a young age beyond their years, and the even more exceptional ones; those made them these skills appear not as skills but a natural part of them. Julia belongs to the latter.

    Yes the nature of performing these skills in public would appear self indulgent because that is what they are told to do, to showcase these incredible moves as much as possible rather than putting on a performance they have matured into. Actually the choreographer had given her so much to do in her program, at such relentless pace, does it really allow her time to think and express?

    I find it totally interesting that her choreographer is Morozov. It felt her choreography and pace are almost an extension of his personality (including self indulgent new rich Russian men sort of excess. If you got a talent like that, of course you want to show off your latest toy as much as possible).

    It felt like there are at least twice more contents and efforts when designing Julia's programs than what he put out there for his non Russian skaters like Miki and Florent, all followed the same templated format.

    By the time Miki completed her super time-consuming spins, Julia would have gone up and down done completed about 3 or 4 things already. It seems utterly crazy and terribly exciting to watch.

    If that is who Morozov is focusing on right now, I would not be surprised Julia will get her own pull within Russia especially given his popularity over there and her own talent strongly on the ascending. Let's see how well she does in her FS.

    Tat has Adelina, Mishin has Liza... who will win?!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    That is some funny comparison. I wouldn't say that! Lol... Kim and Asada are at least the same age and only few months apart. Had Mao been able to competed at the Olympics, Yuna would be there too! Actually given Yuna beat Mao by a massive 24.19 points at the world juniors championship 2006 happend around the same times as the Olympics, it would certainly makes her a far better contender for the hypothetical Gold people seems to have bestowed on Maos had they been both age eligible.
    Mao was pretty much burnt out at that competition. There were speculations that she didn't really want to be there. Can't really blame her after having great success on the senior circuit yet still made to go to juniors worlds due to her age.

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    I just watched this girl's SP from the latest event and was blown away. Her spins are amazing (great layback) and her flexibility is just outstanding. Even Sasha Cohen couldn't get her leg up that high.

    She actually uses her flexibility to add to her transitions the same way that other skaters use their arms. Not many skaters can do that.

    I think Russian ladies skating has really got a bright future, as long as they stay healthy and don't get injured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    Mao was pretty much burnt out at that competition. There were speculations that she didn't really want to be there. Can't really blame her after having great success on the senior circuit yet still made to go to juniors worlds due to her age.
    Well yeah I wouldn't be happy to get my butt kicked either having just proven doing so well @ the seniors

    Burnt out or not, results are results. She was burnt out then, she would have been burnt out at the Olympics also. At the same time had she not proven herself before the Olympics, she wouldn't even been mentioned here as a contender at all. It just to show there's no sure thing in figure skating, otherwise Michelle and Kurt would have been 2x Olympic Champions already.

    How about Julia? So many things can go so wrong, at the time there are so many things are already so right about her. She need good direction and mentoring, otherwise she might very well get burnt out with the way Morozov seems to push her towards more range, rather than refinement especially her basics and need to find her own style like Liza seems to have matured and developed.
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    Julia has definitely made improvements since last season. I found her a bit annoying last season b/c 60% of her skating was pulling her leg up over her head...the flexibility features were impressive the first two times but by the time she did the same thing for the fourth time, it began to hit a nerve.

    She's grown a bit since last year and her overall skating has improved as well. I still wouldn't rank her with Adelina or Liza T at this point. Her 3t-3t is nice, but it can't touch Liza's 3lz-3t or Adelina's 3lz-3lp...at least not yet. She's only 13 which means she won't be senior for at least another year or two, which is wonderful b/c that means she has a lot of room to grow. What she does have them beat on is spins. I hate her leg in her layback but I love her back position and that final vertical Biellmann thingy she does.

    Artistically...eh, I'm not impressed by any of the Russian ladies when it comes to artistry or expression, though I do swoon over Adelina's Black Swan exhibition (awesome!). I think Julia (as well as Adelina and Liza T) would benefit from some better choreography. Her programs aren't horrible but I wouldn't call them good either...they're sufficient at this point. Her presentation is good for so young but she's still rough; just not as rough as some of the others. But again, at 13 years old, she has time to improve. Morosov as a choreographer is dullsville IMO and he's probably holding her back from developing as an artistic skater...hopefully she'll branch out at some point.

    As with all of these girls, puberty is the true test. Julia definitely still has some growing to do, so we'll have to see if she survives that. We've seen a number of skaters' progress come to a screeching halt after puberty...so we'll have to see what Julia can do. For now though, she's the clear cut favorite to win Lombardi and the JGPF...

    In terms of taking Adelina and Liza T on...Julia can be competitive, but I don't see her beating either of them. No one can touch Adelina's speed, height and power in her jumps, and no one can touch Liza T's technique and spark. I do think Julia has a really good shot of making the junior world team this year though...the three of them could easily sweep the podium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post

    I think Russian ladies skating has really got a bright future, as long as they stay healthy and don't get injured.
    The scary thing is the Russians have another extremely talented Junior who will be eligible next year for Juniors. They are literally a factory there..

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    Lisa, Adelina, Julia are prodigies. Technical prodigies, and whoever is healthy and has the strongest nerves will be on top.
    However, I find it hard to be excited about any one of them in particular. I am very excited to see how they develop, what they become. But for now their technical mastery is much ahead of their artistry, and their personalities, though clearly strong, are still developing (perfectly normal, given how young they are). I think it'll be so interesting to see the battle of not only techniques in the future ( all 3 are incredible to my non- professional eye), but also the battle of coaches, the directions that are chosen for them and they themselves choose. Until one of them comes up with her unique style, I am not ubering anybody ( Julia's incredible flexibility is a great asset, but not "a style").
    For now it's easier for me to root for Korobeinikova, or even Shershak ( who I just saw for the first time), because I feel that with Volchkova the technique and presentation are developing hand-in- hand ( that will not help the girls fight for those medals right away... but to me it seems more organic)
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    Something else scary is that (if they get over the puberty hump), as good as they are now, they will still improve!

    Adelina's jumps are huge, she has a lovely presence on the ice, gorgeous lines...imagine her with a clean lutz, more balanced programs, better choreography and better spins...

    Liza T has the best technique of any of the Russian ladies. She difficult combinations, wonderful energy and a spark to her skating...imagine her with better choreography, better posture and spins, and a freakin' triple axel...

    Polina Shelepen has a statuesque presence on the ice, big difficult jumps and great spins...imagine her with more consistency and better skating skills...

    The list goes on and on: Polina Agafonova, Polina Korobeynikova, Julia Lipnitskaya, Rosa Sheveleva...not to mention the ones that are still entering the ranks. It really is like a ladies singles factory in Russia now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    It just to show there's no sure thing in figure skating, otherwise Michelle and Kurt would have been 2x Olympic Champions already.
    I won't argue with that.

    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    How about Julia? So many things can go so wrong, at the time there are so many things are already so right about her. She need good direction and mentoring, otherwise she might very well get burnt out with the way Morozov seems to push her towards more range, rather than refinement especially her basics and need to find her own style like Liza seems to have matured and developed.
    I picked her as most improved skater from last season. Last year, I was only impressed by her flexibility, but this year, I see that she has polished up her basics. But I have to say I'm not sure about Morozov being her choreographer. In recent years, the only Morozov programs I liked were the ones he did for Daisuke. And Dai was smart enough to leave him in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    Lisa, Adelina, Julia are prodigies. Technical prodigies, and whoever is healthy and has the strongest nerves will be on top.
    However, I find it hard to be excited about any one of them in particular. I am very excited to see how they develop, what they become. But for now their technical mastery is much ahead of their artistry, and their personalities, though clearly strong, are still developing (perfectly normal, given how young they are). I think it'll be so interesting to see the battle of not only techniques in the future ( all 3 are incredible to my non- professional eye), but also the battle of coaches, the directions that are chosen for them and they themselves choose. Until one of them comes up with her unique style, I am not ubering anybody ( Julia's incredible flexibility is a great asset, but not "a style").
    For now it's easier for me to root for Korobeinikova, or even Shershak ( who I just saw for the first time), because I feel that with Volchkova the technique and presentation are developing hand-in- hand ( that will not help the girls fight for those medals right away... but to me it seems more organic)
    What you said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk9tingfan View Post
    For now it's easier for me to root for Korobeinikova, or even Shershak ( who I just saw for the first time), because I feel that with Volchkova the technique and presentation are developing hand-in- hand ( that will not help the girls fight for those medals right away... but to me it seems more organic)
    Is that Viktoria Volchkova?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    Is that Viktoria Volchkova?
    Yes. Viktoria is shaping up to be an amazing coach. She may turn out to be a better coach than skater. And Viktoria was quite the skater. In terms of jumps, basic skating skills... Whats stunning is how strong her young skaters are in areas she herself was weak at. Posture, presentation, its clear Viktoria stresses this as a coach if you see her students. Hopefully eventually she'll have a star. The Russians are really lucky to have such a young talented coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bek View Post
    Yes. Viktoria is shaping up to be an amazing coach. She may turn out to be a better coach than skater. And Viktoria was quite the skater. In terms of jumps, basic skating skills... Whats stunning is how strong her young skaters are in areas she herself was weak at. Posture, presentation, its clear Viktoria stresses this as a coach if you see her students. Hopefully eventually she'll have a star. The Russians are really lucky to have such a young talented coach.
    I thought so.

    Yeah, Viktoria was a wonderful jumper, but her style was also very nice too. She was a nice skater to watch. I always preferred her style of skating over Irina's. Who else is she coaching?

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    Volchkova's students (that I can think of right now) are Sofia Biryukova, Polina Korobeynikova, Anna Shershak, Nikita Mikhailov, and Ekaterina Frolova.
    Adelina Sotnikova is the 2014 Olympic champion!

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    Yeah I agree about Polina Korobeinikova, she has a lovely graceful mature quality (style resembles Viktoria) that is different from the Adelina, Liza, Julia. Russia is really spoilt for choice, one for every style preference. We just need a Russian Daisuke (And no, alena does not qualify) and the set is complete.

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