Russian tv report on the Fed Cup (the Sochi arena is beautiful): http://www.1tv.ru/news/social/217088
Pushkash & Guerreiro article (from what I've understood it's mainly about the coaching change): http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20121008/622169767.html
Article about the pairs @ the Fed Cup (I think it confirms the blogger's info that Bezmarternykh got injuried): http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20121007/621974784.html
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take notice at 1:17 - after triple toe loop and at 2:16 after spin. That's exactly what Marco described Lipnitskaya is doing.
And here another program
0:40 after their jump combination
and again at 3:04 after their axel
So in this years FS two side-by-side jump elements and in both they do it and in this years SP one side-by-side jump element and they again do it.
Last edited by hanca; 10-08-2012 at 05:38 PM.
So a lot of GachInskis problems were level one spins because he landed a quad and 3a's
after the jump is completed. Are you suggesting they do this as a balance check? Is it more aesthetically pleasing or is it just another way the choreographer exits a skill? There aren't many creative ways out of a skill for a choreographer to come up with. But a skater should be penalized for it just because you don't like it.
I think Lipnitskaya is doing this to strategically cover up her lack of flow, but it has ironically highlighted the problem.
Anyone who can exit an element with flow would definitely want to show it off:
I like it just as much as placing your free leg on the ice behind you or swinging it around. The fact that some people don't like it is a difference in choreography not a problem with their execution of the element.
I never said that I believe it should be marked down, but I do think they do it because they find it easier to build up the speed that way, which is a weakness. But not as important weakness to deduct for it. Like Yu-Na's lack of turn out in spirals. Maybe ugly, annoying, but acceptable.
My coach would not let me do that. But they can afford it because they are elite skaters.
Levels aside, this looks a lot more polished than the Russian Test Skates - so they are really improving. Im sure they'll get their levels up for the GP.
This is an amazing FD for them. I like it more each time I see it. When I watched it, I was so caught up in watching them, I didnt really notice the elements - usually that's all I notice as most dancers just skate element to element - or that's what it seems like. This really creates a mood.
It's such a shame they waited so long to make a change - I can only imagine what they'd be like now if they had gone to Zhulin 2 years ago!