I'll have to review my recording of Kaetlyns SP again to verify, but I thought Tracy Wilson commented "she had won all her practices, it was no surprise she won Nebelhorn". Does anyone know what she meant by "winning practices"?
ETA: Just checked, Tracy's exact words were... "She won every practice. That was not by accident, her win at the Nebelhorn"
Last edited by rvi5; 11-03-2012 at 12:53 AM.
The judges can and do attend the practices so they have a better idea of what the range is.
If Kaetlyn 'won' her practices (which is just an expression) she likely outskated everyone with consistant jumps and well done complete programs, and made herself stand out.
Tracy must have seen her practices and noticed her too. If she was skating that well in her practises, then it would be no surprise to her that she skated that well in the competition.
Last edited by googooeyes; 11-02-2012 at 03:52 PM.
Also after all of the skaters' music is played, there's still time left for free-form practice, and that's where singles skaters generally try their jumps. A skater who is hitting jumps consistently will get the attention of the judges, as will a skater who is struggling.
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