I love this LP from Christina, probably my favorite of what I've seen of US Ladies so far. It's such powerful music, and she skates up to it, beautiful dress too. She's keeping last year's SP which together with this LP makes a great total package. I don't generally like it when skaters recycle a program, but 'Close without Touching' really worked for Christina. I agree she needs her 3F-3T back, esp. in the SP. I would be very happy if she got that 3rd spot.
Unrelated, but I thought I saw her riding a bike on campus a few weeks ago. She rides her bike fast, too
oops double post
Gao's coach and choreographer change worked well and that's why she's coming into her own since last season IMO.
In the world...actually my favourite jumpers are Yuna, Caro, and AWagner.
Quite frankly, in my books even Gracie's "jolting" and "stiff" jumps are way more pleasant than Courtney's (in many ways). By that token, imo Gracie's don't have the beauty of Ashley's jumps. But again these are subjective. Just like skating qualities, everyone has their preferences to what jumps should look like.
Last edited by cbd1235; 08-20-2013 at 03:38 AM.
That's why Hicks beat her handily in TES with also 6 triples, because she did two lutzes and flips with no edge calls
ETA: Now that I've just looked, Wang's tech layout also needed tweaking. Six pretty triples at nationals and only 59 TES?
Last edited by jlai; 08-20-2013 at 09:25 AM.
Wang frontloads her combos, that's why her BV is low.
Also I think Christina is going for two 3lo and either two 3t or 3f in her FS, and it seems she will do 3s again this season, so I think it will be 7 triples in the FS so that should help bump up her BV.
A strong 2a is a great asset, though, because it can "easily" be repeated even if a skater is attempting a 7 triple layout.
7 triples and two 2a is hardly easy, but even if one of the triples is doubled, you are still left with 6 + an additional 6.6 points at best.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
Question for the cop experts: To do 7 triples and two 2As, won't one of the jumps have to be 2a-3t, 2A-2A, or a triple jump-2A sequence?
I believe two of the seven jumping passes will have to either have two 2a or both a 2a and a triple.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
Christina until last season, was always hampered by the 2A, she was lucky if she could get ONE of them done without error in a program. Last season it became more solid, is her technique now so solid that she can try multiple 2As in the LP this year?
I really want her to succeed, but I never thought she 'wuzrobbed' especially in relation to Gracie Gold. Gracie's jump content base value was so much higher than Christina's, and Gold is a much better spinner too. Christina will need to find some combination of jumps that will narrow the gap between her competitors. Bringing back a solid 3F-3T and quality 2A would help a great deal.
One thing I dont understand is some of you say when Nagasu is really on she is the best U.S skater since Kwan, she is amazing, she is unbeatable, etc....Well what is an on Nagasu. I would assume the 2010 Olympics which was the competition of Nagasu's life was her on and skating her best. Yet even there she didnt medal, and more importantly she was beaten by 40 points by the winner. How amazing is someone who even when totally "on" is losing to some random skater by 40 points.
Yuna Kim is a "random skater"?
This is Mirai when she was really "on" (even with 3Lz+3T<): http://www.isuresults.com/results/wc2010/SEG003.HTM
Cross-posting from the Champs Camp news thread in GSD:
Christina Gao tweeted:
Excited to show judges and officials my revamped SP this evening! Same music, but want to show how I've grown as a skater. #champscamp"
Last edited by Sylvia; 08-21-2013 at 09:51 PM.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
3Lz, 3Lz, 3F, 3Lo, 3S, 3T, 3T, 2A, 2A
To get this down to 7 elements, she needs to turn two of these into combinations/sequences. To comply with the repeated jumps limit, the two repeated triples (in this example 3Lz and 3T) and one of the 2 axels need to be done in combination/seq. The way it works out, that means she needs either to do a 3-3 plus 2A in combination/sequence with a triple or do two different 3-3 combinations/sequences*.
She could do this by sticking the two 3Toes on the end of the repeated Lutz and any other triple jump. Then she need only do the 2A in a combination/sequence with double jumps, like the example above or this example:
Since few ladies can land two different 3-3 combinations, we are more likely to see a 2A +triple combination/sequence plus one 3-3 combo, with another jump turned into the third combination/sequence with doubles.
For example, this would work
Here is the relevant language from the rules:
"A well balanced Free Skating program for Ladies must contain ...maximum of 7 jump elements (one of which must be an Axel type jump);
"A jump combination may consist of the same or another single, double, triple or quadruple jump. There may be up to three jump combinations or jump sequences in the Free Program. One jump combination could consist of up to three (3) jumps, the other two up to two (2) jumps.
"A Double Axel cannot be included more than two (2) times in total in a Single’s Free Program (as a Solo Jump or a part of Combination / Sequence). Of all the triple and quadruple jumps only two (2) can be repeated and these repetitions must be in either a jump-combination or in a jump sequence."
*edited to add:
Now that I think about it, if a skater had a really good, money in the bank 3-3 combination, is there anything that would prevent her from using it twice? For example, would this work?:
Last edited by Susan M; 08-22-2013 at 12:11 AM.