View Poll Results: Can she medal in Sochi ?

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    Julia Lipnitskaya's momentum ?

    this looks a bit deja vu to me, Can Julia pull a Tara Lipinski ? she looks to regain her 2011 form
    can she sneak a medal in Sochi ?

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    Yep, most definitely, another exact scenario of 1998. The kid (ala Julia) dethrones the lady (Yuna Kim) at 15, thereby becoming the second? or third? youngest Olympic Champion in history. Take it to the bank. And in her home country of all things!

    And here I was seriously worried at the beginning of the grand prix that Russia was going to have a hard time winning the Team Event because of their ladies finishing 9 & 10 respectively last year at Worlds. But the kid comes through! With V&T (gold) and Julia (gold), plus their top dance team winning bronze last year at Worlds, there's only Evgeni as the ? mark. Still, I think they'll at least secure a medal of any color for the Team Event.

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    Her tech was great -70- and the eurosport commentators are just confirmation what a perfect vehicle Julia has for some better pcs! Just total perfect vehicle! 70 yes and 60 pcs with Suzuki at 66 so I don't know if she can medal but she is banging on the door! Sub 50 tech would be needed from Mao or kostner .

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    She almost fixed her lutz and now she have more flow out of her jumps. Which mean she can get +GOE. She have good programs too. I can see her PCS moving up If she skate like that. But I don't think its going to be enough. Asada, Kostner going to get +70 PCS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Her tech was great -70- and the eurosport commentators are just confirmation what a perfect vehicle Julia has for some better pcs! Just total perfect vehicle! 70 yes and 60 pcs with Suzuki at 66 so I don't know if she can medal but she is banging on the door! Sub 50 tech would be needed from Mao or kostner .
    I can see Julia's PCS climbing a bit, certainly not to Kostner, Mao or Kim levels. But going higher.

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    Tara had already been to two world championships before she won Olympic gold. I don't think the situations are at all similar. In fact, if Julia wins, it'll be far more impressive than what Tara did - beating the reigning Olympic champion and greatest ladies figure skater of the past 30 years without ever going to worlds. Not to take anything away from Tara's incredible skates.

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    There is way more depth in Ladies skating then in 1998. You had Michelle and Tara and then everyone else who were fighting for 3rd.

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    Can she win gold in Sochi (aka pull a Tara)? No. She is super consistent, but Yu Na is herself too consistent to ever make enough mistakes to lose to a much poorer skater than herself like Julia. Given the inconsistency of everyone else she has a chance against everyone else on a given day.

    Can she win a medal in Sochi? Yes, it is possible.

    Will she win a medal in Sochi? I would say 40% likelihood. Possible, but far from certain, and will be more dependent on how Kostner, Asada, Gold, Wagner, skate than how she skates.

    Will she be in Sochi? Yes, pack her bags already. No way she isnt going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    Can she win gold in Sochi (aka pull a Tara)? No. She is super consistent, but Yu Na is herself too consistent to ever make enough mistakes to lose to a much poorer skater than herself like Julia. Given the inconsistency of everyone else she has a chance against everyone else on a given day.

    Can she win a medal in Sochi? Yes, it is possible.

    Will she win a medal in Sochi? I would say 40% likelihood. Possible, but far from certain, and will be more dependent on how Kostner, Asada, Gold, Wagner, skate than how she skates.

    Will she be in Sochi? Yes, pack her bags already. No way she isnt going.
    Well the ice is slippery I think she'd need some help from Kim to win. But who knows where Kim's at. I do think if Kim, Asada, and Kostner don't show up, she's got a shot at the World Title.....But not to jinx her.

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    You never know what can happen. She has the ability to be on the podium. I said 2 years ago she could be on the podium...you never know where the stars will align and who they will align for.... what an amazing thing for Russia (and obviously her) if that happened.

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    I think she has a decent shot at the podium. She is building momentum, she is very consistent, the Olympics are in her home country. Mao and Carolina are pretty much NEVER clean, it just depends on how many mistakes they make. I think we'll see Julia's PCS rise steadily thru the season, and get an additional bump in Sochi. Personally, I'd prefer to see more powerful, mature person with bigger jumps on the podium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bek View Post
    Well the ice is slippery I think she'd need some help from Kim to win. But who knows where Kim's at. I do think if Kim, Asada, and Kostner don't show up, she's got a shot at the World Title.....But not to jinx her.
    We do know Kim never bombs. Only Asada, Kostner, or Ando have ever beaten her since Skate Canada 2006 where she lost to Rochette and Suguri in her debut event. Nobody is a robot and Kim doesnt always skate cleanly, but unless you are good enough to beat Kim making 2 mistakes (which Julia isnt), if you yourself skate cleanly, you will never beat her.

    Anyway at this point there are still quite a few who have a chance of beating a clean Julia. Based on the scoring Gold and Suzuki probably would have (yes I know a clean Gold is super unlikely). That might change as she likely garners higher scores if she keeps up her consistency, and keeps improving. Judges love consistent skaters.

    I agree she could win the post Olympic Worlds.

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    Could we put Julia's competitive spirit into Gracie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    We do know Kim never bombs. Only Asada, Kostner, or Ando have ever beaten her since Skate Canada 2006 where she lost to Rochette and Suguri in her debut event. Nobody is a robot and Kim doesnt always skate cleanly, but unless you are good enough to beat Kim making 2 mistakes (which Julia isnt), if you yourself skate cleanly, you will never beat her.

    Anyway at this point there are still quite a few who have a chance of beating a clean Julia. Based on the scoring Gold and Suzuki probably would have (yes I know a clean Gold is super unlikely). That might change as she likely garners higher scores if she keeps up her consistency, and keeps improving. Judges love consistent skaters.

    I agree she could win the post Olympic Worlds.
    I remember some Yu na bombs.

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    Kim lost the 2010 World title because she completely missed the layback spin in her SP. Anything can happen.

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    Kim was mentally exhausted at those Worlds after the Olympics and should never have even shown up to compete. She didn't look right in the SP and made bizarre mistakes. Guaranteed if Yuna is healthy and trained she won't be screwing up like that again in Sochi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    Kim was mentally exhausted at those Worlds after the Olympics and should never have even shown up to compete. She didn't look right in the SP and made bizarre mistakes. Guaranteed if Yuna is healthy and trained she won't be screwing up like that again in Sochi.
    Well absolutely but you never know what could happen. My suspicion is that Kim won't show up, if Kim's not prepared to win.

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    I expect Yu na to be fully prepared. I don't see Julia winning the gold but a silver or bronze is not out of the question if she continues to skate great and delvers two clean performances in Sochi. If she actually wins (a near impossibility, IMO because it would require a ton of skaters to have a melt down), it would be a Sarah Hughes moment, rather than a Tara Lipinski moment.

    In any case, this was just one competition. Let us see how she skates rest of the season. BTW has Julia gone through puberty already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I expect Yu na to be fully prepared. I don't see Julia winning the gold but a silver or bronze is not out of the question if she continues to skate great and delvers two clean performances in Sochi.
    Exactly and I think that would be like winning Gold for Julia. Even a top 4/5 would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bek View Post
    I remember some Yu na bombs.
    Other than 2010 Worlds I dont remember a competition she ever made more than 2 mistakes which is where my 2 mistakes comment came from:

    2007 Worlds- 2 mistakes overall, 2 falls in LP
    2008 Worlds- 2 mistakes, a fall on lutz in short and single lutz in long
    2009 Worlds- 2 mistakes, a singles salchow, and the last spin discounted
    2011 Worlds- 2 mistakes, a near fall on triple lutz in short, and a singled flip in long

    Then in all the other grand prixs and smaller events I dont remember more than 2 mistakes. Other than maybe 2006 Skate Canada and 2009 Skate America, but dont remember those events too well.

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