This field is just
This field is just
Queen Tut, Sotnikova and Leonova with a Euros team of Leonova, Makarova and Biryukova.
"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine."
B- Sotnikova (unless Lipnitskaya can sneak in)
(4, 5 are important since Tuk & Sot/Lipnit cannot be on the world team)
Last edited by Vash01; 12-06-2011 at 11:52 PM.
I would love for Korobeynikova to sneak onto the Euros or Worlds team. She's got a 3F-3T, 3T-3T, and 2A-3T. She just needs to get more consistent with her jumps. I love the way she moves.
Tuk, Leonova, and Lipnitskaya (has she ever medaled before? I know she's been top 5).
This field is really deep I think everyone but Medvedeva has a triple-triple.
Three wonder babies sweep the podium!
Adelina / Yulia
Polina K / Polina S
Elena Radionova or Lipnitskaya
although for euro and worlds
I would to have either of Polina Korobeynikova, Shelepen, Biryukova and Leonova
I think Alena is going to win nationals and Liza in 2nd and Adelina in 3rd.
"You're in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
- Dr. Seuss"
I think this might be Leonova's year to win, she has yet to be Russian champion, and she's already beaten Tuktamisheva and Sotnikova this season, the only wunderkind left for her to beat is Lipnitskaya.
Very impressed with Korobeynikova at the GPF. I prefer her to Shelepen and would love to see her make the Euros and Worlds team this year and think she could feasibly beat out Shelepen at nationals - when she's on her jumps are just as good and the rest of her skating is superior IMO. I think a clean Korobeynikova can beat Shelepen, Biryukova, and Makarova at nationals, which would put her on both the Euros and Worlds teams (theoretically) regardless of the placements of Tuk, Lip, and Sot. But Shelepen has been very consistent this season and Biryukova and Makarova are older with more senior/intl experience, meaning if the fed might prefer to send one of them if they skate decently at nationals. But ugh Ksenia's been skating poorly all season and her FS is utter crap and Shelepen has a nice body line and nice jumps but the rest of her skating leaves me cold. I do like Biryukova, but at this point Korobeynikova has more content, only issue is her consistency. But I really hope she goes to Euros at least.
Polina K is good but not great IMO. I love Biryukova and I think she's a contendor for a Euros medal for sure if she goes. Shelepen is also very strong and a Euros medal contendor. Has Polina K. ever beaten either? Last year at Nationals Biryukova was 6th, Shelepen 7th, and Koro 10th. At junior Nationals, Shelepen won silver, Biryukova 6th, and Koro finished 11th.
As far as ISU high scores go-
11 166.07 Sofia BIRYUKOVA
13 162.34 Polina SHELEPEN
27 151.18 Polina KOROBEYNIKOVA
After 5 stages of the Russian Cup- the top scores are:
So any way you slice it- Koro finishes behind at this point. I'd be pretty surprised if she made it to Euros or Worlds...but she's not too far off either.
I want Leonova to win Nationals. She showed great determination to stay relevant, and I admire that. I also would love Alena to finally win a medal at Europeans ( silver would be nice- Gold, in my mind, should go to Kostner).
I think Russian Nationals podium will be Alena, Liza, Adelina; with Alena, Polina Shelepen' and ? ( Korobeinikova or Biryukova) going to Europeans. I prefer Korobeinikova, but I like them both.
improving my ballad- like lines
Will be interesting to see how high the scores go at nats given all the technical fire power that is a given, but the more balanced pcs marks given out internationally
Tuk, Leonova & Lip. I think that Lip will win, although I personally prefer Tuk, when all skate cleanly.
Gosh, it's amazing how Makarova has fallen in people's estimations this season. I guess that diamonds are not a girl's best friend?
Dick Button Historical Quote of the Month: "Good grief, what have we wrought on the world? Oh my, oh my, OH MY!" (commenting on Tara Lipinsky's free skate, at the 1997 U.S. Nationals)
can i pick Ovcharova?