Well, everyone's opinion is subjective so I don't think it is necessary to convince others
Last edited by l'etoile; 02-11-2013 at 08:16 AM.
I have always thought both Mao and YuNa were extremely talented and interesting to watch (for some reason I never took to Carolina's skating all that much. But for me Mao's 4CC's program made me excited and inspired for the first time in years. Her program while not perfect was just magical. It was the first time since Michelle left the scene and COP was ushered in that I have watched a performance of anyone more then once. I could watch the ending to her program over and over. For me she reached that magical formula of musicality, dance, technique, passion and beauty that I have missed so much over the last 6 years. I honestly thought I would never see a performance that would inspire me to watch repeatedly ever again - she just reached a level where the whole equaled more than the sum of its parts and that is when I get captivated. While YuNa has had some remarkable skates - I've never felt that from her, although I know others have.
I'm glad that I'm not the only one who is tired of Wilson's choreography. I think his choreography can be just as generic as Lori's. Wish Hanyu can go back to the choreographer for his Romeo and Juliet LP. I would have liked to see Yuna work more with Tom Dickson. Danse Macabre was more popular but Tango Roxanne is the better program. I have never been a fan of Kostner but I have developed a sense of new found respect for her since last season because of the interesting choreography. She really seems to spend a lot of time on her choreography and interpretation of the music. I love both of her programs this season and I think she has the best interpretation of the ladies now.
For me, the best female skater in the past few years in terms of musicality, dance, interpretation, passion, commitment to the choreography, and pure movement has been Akiko Suzuki...no question. IMO, no other female skater compares to her in that respect.
Last edited by karlon; 02-11-2013 at 03:35 PM.
Personally, I don't see anything special in Yuna's Danse Macabre at all. When I first heard she was going to skate to that music I was so excited as it seemed an absolutely perfect chice for her, but when I actually saw the program it was such a letdown. Not Yuna's fault, she did quite a good job selling it, but the choreography was very disappointing to me.
I still think Tango de Roxane and Lark Asceding were Yuna's best programs and nothing has come even close since.
As far as artistry is concerned, I completely agree with oleada. Yuna's interpretation usually leaves me cold as it often feels too choreographed and superficial. At 2007 Worlds SP though, I thought she was fantastic!
Interestingly, when I saw her Tango again in a show recently I thought it was not nearly as impressive performance-wise as it was 5 years ago. Maybe it's difficult to compare a show and a big competition like Worlds, especially since she probably didn't get to practice the program much before that show, but then one could expect she would be more free and expressive and able to bring that program to a new level with the maturity and experience she has now. Unfortunately, I didn't see it.
Anyway, I think she is a better skater overall now and even her lines got much better since, so she obviously must have been working on that, even if there is still a lot left to be desired in that department.
I would say the overriding difference (as far as scoring is concerned) is that Yuna has both a correct lutz and flip, she does them with great consistency and big GOE, and tacks a 3toe at the end of them with ease. And because her 3-3 is not 3toe-3toe, she can also add on a valuable 2A-3t in the LP , which she also does with great consistency and +GOE. This is such a HUGE scoring advantage for her, it cannot be overstated.
As has been mentioned, she doesn't have the full complement of jumps (loop is mostly awol), often makes a mistake or two, but with all these high quality 3Zs and 3Fs , and a 3-3 and a 2A-3T in the repetoire, she ends up pretty much ahead of Carolina (low base value on jumps in recent years) and Mao (low base value and/or underrotations and low GOE).
That said, I do think we got some fantastic musicality out of Mao and Carolina in recent years when the were focusing on overall program quality, sometimes at the expense of jump content. Mao's footwork this year looks tailor made for Swan Lake, Carolina's for Bolero. Yuna's looks like the same generic 'Wilson /Yuna" that could have been placed in any of her programs over the last decade. Still, Yuna's footwork is complex, fast, covers the ice and she invests her whole body into her footwork, it's just not as muscially special as the other two's. I think Carolina has the best skating skills, and Mao has the best stretch and body positions, and both invest more into distinct artistry than Yuna (what we've seen of the programs this year). These are great qualities , but they don't lead to huge scoring advantages in COP, the way Yuna's jumps do.
in 06~07, i think mao's sp was better than yuna. I think it's Mao's best program
06 ~ 07 sp, nocturn
I think yuna's best program is danse macabre.
08~09 sp, danse macabre
IMO, Mao was ahead until 06~08, yuna was better in 08~10
Anyways I have been very surprised to learn recently that Yuna is not
that well received as I thought. Her jumps are great, yes, but what made me draw into her was mesmerizing expressions and body movement in her programs. Look at the way she sells the bond girl program. The girl can do anything. And she did say after Vancouver that she wanted to improve her artistic ability to a new level which many, including myself, saw in Arirang program.
Is it that Wilson made so generic, boring programs for her? Her tango program afterall was a retouch by him--tango in her junior season is totally different from what we saw in 2007-- Lark Ascending was also his work. Given the close relationship between them, one would think that he is giving works of his best abilities to her.
Is it that Yuna is such a reserved skater that it's so difficult to be invested in her performances in general? Are judges rewarding her with high PCS--actually Yuna has been getting the highest PCS in any competition she entered since 2007-- just for the mere fact that she is landing big jumps very well?
Is it that Yuna doesn't seem to push herself enough? Or is the expectation bar too high? Is she that much artistically not talented compared to Mao and Carolina? Granted, this season these two seem to do so well with more interesting and beautiful programs than any others', probably the best ones they've had in their entire career. But I don't think Yuna's programs this season deserve that much criticisms in comparison.