View Poll Results: Who will make Euros/Worlds team?

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  • Kristina Zaseeva

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  • Ksenia Makarova

    8 12.50%
  • Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

    50 78.13%
  • Sofia Biryukova

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  • Polina Shelepen

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  • Polina Korobeinikova

    6 9.38%
  • Polina Agafonova

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlai View Post
    I went back to look at Russia's junior world records in ladies. Between 95 to 01, Russia produced 9 junior world medalists. One became world champion, two became one-time world medalist (Soldatova early in her career and Sokolova much later in her career), one a European medalist (Volchkova) and 5 disappeared soon after winning their junior world medals.

    Russian ladies could be having an unpleasant surprise at London. (NA competition, girls with little competition experience, etc etc.)

    Third lady: Probably Tukt, but I don't consider her 3rd lady
    Some of them nobody ever thought was that good though, even when winning their World junior medals. Ivanova had one of the best World junior careers ever with a gold, 2 silver, and a bronze in years the likes of Slutskaya, Lipinski (who never medaled in either of her 2 world junior appearances), Soldatova, Volchkova, Sokolova, Czako, Arakawa, Gusmeroli, and Suguri and others participated. Yet nobody ever thought she was going to be a star in seniors, it was clear she was one of those always destined to be a great junior skater who would probably fade away or remain rooted in the crowd in seniors. Even she apparently thought so as 2 years after winning World Juniors she was still competing there, as opposed to Tara Lipinski who was 4th and 5th at the 2 World Juniors she was 2nd and 1st, and was by then a World, Olympic, U.S, and 2 time Grand Prix final Champion. She knew she was never going to do anything much at Senior Worlds, probably never even make it there given the Russian depth, so rack up those Junior medals, LOL!

    The whole podium that swept the 96 Junior Worlds with Tara Lipinski 5th never looked that promising as far as their Senior careers went. Oblasova who won in 2001 over Ann Patrice McDonough (a skater who never made it higher than 4th in the U.S) never looked that talented either, and didnt she drop to something like 10th the next year. This group is different in that people see huge potential to do great in Seniors, and right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    The whole podium that swept the 96 Junior Worlds with Tara Lipinski 5th never looked that promising as far as their Senior careers went. Oblasova who won in 2001 over Ann Patrice McDonough (a skater who never made it higher than 4th in the U.S) never looked that talented either, and didnt she drop to something like 10th the next year. This group is different in that people see huge potential to do great in Seniors, and right away.
    Yes, great potential in senior as long as their bodies allow them to be competitive. Remember Caroline Zhang, supposed to be the next great thing.
    Tuk's body has changed, I hope she can fix her jumps. She is so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    Yes, great potential in senior as long as their bodies allow them to be competitive. Remember Caroline Zhang, supposed to be the next great thing.
    Tuk's body has changed, I hope she can fix her jumps. She is so good.
    True, they might end up not fulfilling that potential (which would be sad). One can never tell for sure. However my point is the Russian ladies that won medals at the World Juniors that period never looked to have much potential apart from Slutskaya, who did obviously go on to be a great and quite dominant skater. This makes them totally different than this group who everyone feels has huge potential. Sokolova, Volchkova, and Soldatova if anything did a bit better than expected as Seniors, while the rest were always no hopers as Seniors regardless of their junior success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiK View Post
    Thats great for Polina K. but is not something to hang onto when it comes to the RUS fed deciding who to favour on nationals. Polina bombs way too much at least one program.
    Im happy for her win in Cup of Nice, I didn't even expected her to podium there with her SP meltdown
    true Polina is a longshot of going to Worlds again, her meltdown last year probably will give a bad taste to her from her Fed

    I see Leonova, Adelina and Liza , none of the others are more consistent

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    Barring major miracles or disasters, Leonova, Tuk and Sot appear to be the most reasonable selection even before the season started.

    Polina K has a lot to prove before she could knock down Leonova.

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    2013 World team- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Adelina Sotnikova, Alena Leonova
    2014 Olympic team- Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Adelina Sotnikova, Julia Lipnitskaya

    I will be surprised if the teams above does not happen.

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    My money's on Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva, and Leonova for 2013. Leonova will probably have to fight for her spot in 2014.
    My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.

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    Most likely elizaveta will take the spot. But she has had her bad days like all these skaters. Makarova could get slightly higher components that might push her up, but she would have to land at least some triples. Also polina korobeinikova could easily even win nationals if she put together 2 clean programs. She got good scores in Nice recently but once again had a terrible short.

    In the end I think it will be Elizabeth but it really could be any of them except agafanova and zaseeva

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    I've been trying to compare in my mind whether the Russian wonderbabies are more like 08-09 US wonderbabies (Nagasu, Zhang, Wagner, Flatt ) or Japanese wonderbabies (2002-2006) (Mao, Miki, Yukina, etc.). They are clearly not as good as the Japanese girls (the Japanese girls were trendsetters in terms of jumps (3A, quad sal), plus they have good basics). The Russians are closer to US wonderbabies except there are more of the Russian ones, so the Russian girls may be more successsful.

    ETA: The Russian girls are trained on elements that currently scores well (2A+3T), unlike Mao and Miki who actually tried crazy hard stuff as juniors or at the beginning or their senior career.
    Last edited by jlai; 11-03-2012 at 06:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlai View Post
    I've been trying to compare in my mind whether the Russian wonderbabies are more like 08-09 US wonderbabies (Nagasu, Zhang, Wagner, Flatt ) or Japanese wonderbabies (2002-2006) (Mao, Miki, Yukina, etc.). They are clearly not as good as the Japanese girls (the Japanese girls were trendsetters in terms of jumps (3A, quad sal), plus they have good basics). They are closer to US wonerbabies except there are more of the Russian ones, so the Russian girls may be more successsful.
    Absolutely, they are between. Not so great basics, but rotate fastly, flexible, so, they can jump and spin.
    The problem is always about puberty for those girls with flexibility but no great basics.

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    The key to the Russian team, IMHO, is going to be whether Leonova can recover from Skate America. The team needs a veteran/leader; if Leonova is having a bad season, bad news to the team.

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