Last edited by rayhaneh; 11-21-2012 at 02:25 PM.
Where's the none of the above option
but tiny jumps doesn't always mean you will lose them ( her jumps arent that tiny as some forumers here would like),
Julia if Im correct competed in TEB injured and she lost less than a point to Liza on a bad day, true their time might be 2018 not 2014
These girl might not be ready with just another year to prepare
The younger girls have come along to late to be a factor for Sochi i think. Mao and Kim came along the next season after the 2006 Olympics and had time to develop and take over from the older Ladies. So we will get a less then stellar Olympic champion in 2014 with the older Ladies we have now. I mean lets face it Kostner is a two time loser at the Olympics and should have been passed up and retired by now.
unfortunately, it will be hard even for Bronze at Olympics for the younger girls because they sprung up a bit late in mid 2011 Season and have little time for experience I'm sure by 2018, Gracie, Liza , Julia, Zijun etc. will have enough experience and will have their time
I sincerely hope her coaches address this, it is absolutely necessary.
Do you think Korpi is a factor?
If Yuna is committed to her return then she is probably a sure win.If Kostner can find the motivation she could easily place 2nd behind Kim even without a lutz. For sure there is going to be a fight for the bronze. At the way things are going Wagner would get third but you can never count out Asada, Suzuki, Ando, Tuk and Gold.
Re Julia, the fact that Mao, who had one of the biggest jumps in her early years, is now struggling with jumps is telling a lot for her.
everyone thought Liza would lose all her jumps if she fills out, but look at her now ? though attributed to Liza has superb jump technique, Julia has good technique also except for her 2A and Salchow, her flip has improved imo
Last edited by love_skate2011; 11-22-2012 at 06:45 AM.
Clearly Ashley Wagner . . . she is the most entitled skater, after all.
Realistically, I would not bet against Kostner and, besides, she deserves to finally have her Olympic moment to shine. Historically, she has had some of her best skates and results in Russia (think 2005 and 2011 Worlds where she won her 2 World bronze medals).
If Yu-Na Kim's comeback is serious, then she is definitely a contender.
A podium of Kim, Kostner, and Wagner seems probable at this point.
Of the young guns, Elizaveta appears to have the most momentum to create the upset amongst those 3 for the podium.
It's a BIG, BIG IF, I know. Lepisto managed to save her best performance for Vancouver. Hopefully Korpi still has it in her to do the same in Sochi. A clean short with a 3/3 and a solid long with 5 or so triples will get her top 5.
What a weird poll. Surely a blip in the memory in view of the future to come. Unless it is a subtle poll to propagate the unthinkable - this time last year that Ashley/US interests might even *gasp* be a real contender!
No Russians? No Yuna no Mao? Also those who has been going on about Akiko too old, but Carolina is only 2 years younger, and given all her injuries troubles last year, would she able to match the Olympic standards of technical sporting standards? If she wins the Olympics based on last year's performance, sorry to say but this 'sport' might as well get chucked out for Cronyism.
Last edited by os168; 11-22-2012 at 09:30 PM.
I also disagree with you that a mature lady will win because 'the world' wants it. It depends on how they skate and how the judges see it. Where was the world in 1998 and 2002? In 2006 a mature lady won with a so so jump content because there was no 16 year old around to challenge her.
Yu na was a natural artist, and it was not surprising that she was a complete skater at a young age in 2010, as was Michelle at age 17, in 1998 (but she did not win).
if Yu Na is even 75% of her 2010 form she is a mortal lock to win the gold, period. She does not even need to be back at her best, just about three quarters of it. I am almost certain there will be nobody in Sochi even skating at the level Asada and Rochette (especialy Asada) were around the time of Vancouver, and she absolutely killed them there. If she isnt then it becomes interesting. Yu Na at even 60% could have a chance depending how the other ladies are doing, just wouldnt be a lock like if she reaches 75% or hgiher.
I agree Elizaveta might have the best chance of the Russians. I wouldnt count Julia L. out yet but she has alot of work to do. Sotnikova has the most ability right now, but it is looking inreasingly doubtful she has the nerve and toughness of a real champion.