05-15-2013, 10:35 PM
Yuna's 3lo was also a nice jump when she used to attempt it and land it. So maybe it was never a consistent jump for her but she could definitely do it and do it well for a number of years at least. Gracie too is inconsistent with her 3lo but when she lands it it's gorgeous. I think that counts for something. It's not like 3lo is some weak, ugly little jump for either of them, it simply gives them trouble. And the rest of Yuna's jumps are pretty much perfect. I used to think her salchow was not very good but it has improved a whole lot since she started doing 3s in shows and now it's quite a good jump for her, higher with better technique compared to before. Plus she probably has the best 2a technique of anyone in recent years which has become pretty rare, even someone like Gracie does not have great axel technique and other ladies among the top have pretty horrible 2a technique (Lipnitskaya, Czisny, Gao, Zawadzki now falling on it a lot, Wagner used to always get dinged for it, Murakami and Leonova - chronically single it, Sotnikova - often can't control the landing, Ando - even during her prime it was never particularly high/good) and some of these ladies have good technique on other jumps. So the fact that Yuna has good toe jump and edge jumps should count for something because it's pretty rare that a skater excells in both.
05-15-2013, 10:46 PM
Ando's 2 axel was definitely her poorest jump which is strange as one would except in the vein of great Japanese jumpers the axel would be her best jump, and she might even make a push for the 3axel.