You are so ridiculously deluded. You need to realize that figure skating has been in existence long before Yuna Kim was born and there have been/are MANY skaters who have made a stronger artstic impression than she ever did and you need to stop blaming people who are simply not THAT impressed by her in that respect. Perhaps get out there and watch more figure skating would help?!
Aussie Willy and l'etoile, thank you for understanding what I mean. And yes, I have been saying similar things about Yuna because the aspects of her skating that keep me from being a die hard fan haven't really improved. Every season that she competes I look for that change and every season I am disappointed.
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My point was to reassert that while I agree with you that emotions are not judged as part of Choreography, they are judged as part of Performance. Then for some unknown reason you stated you had uncertainty on your part and that there is a PCS category of "Performance Execution" [sic], and that it's "not just performance" (an assertion that no one made.)
If you are going to try to "correct" someone, at least be correct.
I also expect her to be much improved expression-wise. She must have focused at least 80% of her efforts in regaining her technical skills in the last few months, given her long break. Had she simply been in maintenance mode, she would have had more time to focus on and refine her choreography and performance. But based on what we know, she's spent most of her efforts rebuilding her stamina, retraining spins and refining jumps. I think now she's reached a point where she can concentrate more of her training time on musicality and expression for the next two months leading up to Worlds.
I have been following this thread closely and my feelings have shifted from being extremely proud of Yuna's accomplishment to a big disappointment when reading some of the exchanges that happened in this thread. I am really saddened by the fact that some posters whose opinions I respect deeply were treated the way they were for expressing an opinion.
I am a huge Yuna fan (see my user name) but I would be the first to say that Yuna's performances at Korean nationals, to me, were not yet at her peak artistic standard. That does not take away from the fact that they were brilliant performances, technically outstanding, and got me tearing up at the end out of happiness for her and all her fans, especially in Korea, in that great moment. But, artistically, for me, the performances were "just" very good in comparison to her previous level. It is understandable that she woukd have been more focused on the technical side, especially after that much time away. In fact, as far as timing is concerned, this feels more like a summer competition for Yuna. I fully expect her to be at her artistic peak come worlds. There was already a huge difference from NRW, as far as i could see.
So, i encourage Yuna fans to take a deep breath and not interpret any criticism of Yuna as an attack on her. Like all great skaters, she has strengths and weaknesses. Yuna herself acknowledged that she is not perfect and that, as of NRW three weeks ago, she was still more focused on the technical side. Programs take time to grow. Besides, no matter how much we, her fans, like her skating, some people, while still acknowledging her technical prowess, will not be as emotionally attached to it as we are. As far as I could tell, all posters were very complimentary of her achievement.
Let's all enjoy these historical moments because, unfortunately for us Yuna fans, there aren't many of those left.
I believe those who go after her and her fandom repeatedly with the same pattern and contents, in many occasions in concerted efforts, are strongly tied by nationality or (Japanese) nationalistic origin. I suspect many of them are with fake or misleading identities or multiple ids, and I experienced a ghost nic responding to my post in this forum.
About Aussie Willy, read my posts. I’ve never conceded to her self-implied identity. I actually think I nailed her.
So much drama. LOL.
I'm a Yuna fan. Obviously. But I agree that Yuna is not known for her good lines or flexibility. I think it's a valid criticism. I think she will never have a good line like Alissa, Mao or Michelle, so I just give up on that.
As for her LP, I can understand why some are having a hard time liking this program. It's underwhelming I guess. But I appreciate her skate here. It's so rare when skated clean in LP. You could see she's a competitor and based from her interviews I'm liking her fire after the competition.
Wish Yuna the very best.
I think that someone who works as hard as Yuna to become the best jumper in woman's skating IMO, could certainly improve the line, toes, layback, etc., if she chose, if she thought it was important and/or if she were pushed by the judges. Just to think how many more of us would get onto the Yuna train if she did! I think that someone like her could do almost anything in skating, which means I hold her to a very high standard, the standard she sets herself with her work ethic and her stunning technical ability.
But one thing is definitely a lie: that I don't like Yuna, the person. I have nothing but respect and admiration for her athleticism and persistence. She is not just coming back, she is coming back very strong, not a half-a$$ed comeback that some attempt. Some sadly delusional statements here. Oh well. That's FSU.
from Speedy Death
It's like watching a pack of piranhas fight for food. A title with "Yuna" and bam! The fish are there.
I adore Yuna's 3-3 consistency, her arms, and the spark she has in some of her programs; the (lack of) flexibility, layback, and toe-points, I'm not a fan of. Overall, I don't feel any way in particular about her - I appreciate her hard work and look forward to what she'll accomplish in the next 14 months.
I wonder if anyone would ever ask her about her layback and feet though, as an open, no-judgment, super peaceful kind of conversation. Like IceAlisa said, I'm sure it's not without thought, and I'm curious why. This conversation is probably an impossible fantasy.