I didn't care for any of the spins but as a choreographic moment it was awesome... good example.
I think when I say CoP Free Programs are "suffocated" it's because as a whole they rarely seem to be "free." Skaters go into their elements with their brains turned on counting turns, brackets, changing edges in such a concentrated, obvious way that any feeling of freedom is lost.
I really wish that they could just do overall scores in the free program for jumps, spins, and footwork and lessen the restrictions. Let the short program be the highly scrutinized technical program it was meant to be and return the free program to be more up to the skater in terms of what they think is competitive and best showcases their skills.
I don't really know what to think - I don't think Gusmeroli's spins were that great (execution wise) in that long sequence, and there's nothing to stop a skater currently putting all their spins back to back in a programme if it fits with the music and the requirements for all spins are met.
I think it is a striking sequence because it hadn't been done before (or at least rarely). The opening spin combination where she does the back part first was also rarely done and noted by commentators for its difficulty, but under IJS it's more common to see back-forward spins than forward-back because the scoring system encourages it.
I would think that skaters that put all their spins back to back in a programme often would be criticised for not having a balanced programme and doing all their spins in one go.
The only reason it worked for Gusmeroli was because of the music, not so much because of how "free" 6.0 was. If someone skated to a piece of music that lent itself to this kind of long sequence of spins, it woul dbe possible to work something out under the current rules.
I don't remember anyone complaining that Vanessa did "too many spins" or that the program looked too "spin heavy" at the end. Why? It made sense musically and showed originality. People respond to that.
Another example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcXM5s1NcQ
I loved it when Fumie did both a circular and straight-line step sequence in her 2003 long program. She worked with the music and highlighted her strength in speed and steps. It helped her to win the bronze at worlds that year even with some flubbed jumps. Again, I don't remember anyone complaining that there was "too much footwork" in the second half...
Last edited by Triple Butz; 09-28-2012 at 05:10 AM.
Watching that program of Fumie's, I really miss Peggy's commentary!
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds