View Poll Results: Does Yuna Kim have a chance for gold against Julia Lipnitskaya?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuzytalent View Post
    I also dont really care what someone who thinks Suzuki is a real threat to Kim, and would beat Kim if both skated cleanly if the judging were fair.
    You must have me confused with someone else because I have never claimed that Suzuki is a threat to Kim realistically; however, Akiko is on my dream podium while Yuna is not . . . maybe that's where you are confused.

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    Kim has not been competing regularly so people seem to have forgotten what a methodical monster she is out there on the ice. You can bet your booty that she is going to lay it all out there come the individual event; of course there is an off chance that she'll make a mistake, but it won't be due to any lack of confidence on her part. Even then, that sort of 'uncontrollable' mistake is unlikely to repeat itself twice, let alone thrice. Kim is a steely competitor who can't be faulted for any lack of effort at an event like the Olympics, and I say this as someone who is not even a fan.

    So of course Julia (and possibly others) can win, just like lightning can strike the same place twice in consecutive days.

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    Based on the scoring so far, I think Kim has to be pretty much foot-perfect to stay ahead of a clean Lipnitskaia. But if Lipnitskaia is not clean, then Kim could again regain the upper hand. Can Julia really go 4-for-4 at these Games?
    "Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode

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    If both Yu Na and Julia skate clean, I think Yu Na will get the upper hand. While Julia's scores may have been a bit inflated, her fs was still ~141 whereas Yu Na had ~148 at last year's worlds. I am comparing the two scores because both correspond to clean performances. Where Yu Na can really distance herself is with a clean short. She does have to bring her A-game though; her performances at Golden Spin and Korean Nationals, while very good, showed some vulnerability.

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    The way the judges have been overscoring Julia, i think Yuna is the only person that can beat her. Im no fan of Yuna, but boy i hope she skates clean because i feel like the judges are ready to give that junior 15yo girl the olympic gold.

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    My concern is that Yuna is coming into the Olympics with no momentum. She's competed in only 2 minor events this season, hasn't faced any real competition, and her actual performances have been fine but unspectacular.

    Whereas Yulia has a ton of momentum. Counting the team event, she has now skated in 7 competitions this season. She's faced all her top competitors except Yuna and has beaten nearly all of them. Her performances have been very impressive in every event. And now, on top of this, she is getting a huge hometown boost from the crowd/judges here in Sochi.

    Momentum is so important in skating, and it's all on Yulia's side, especially after the team event. So I feel worried for Yuna. At the same time, I fully believe that if anyone can turn the tide, it's Yuna.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kuzytalent View Post
    You overrate Julia. Even a clean Sotnikova will beat Julia, so a clean Kim has a couple mistakes over her. A clean Kim will score around 150 in the LP and atleast 5 points higher htan Julia in the short program, so she has a couple mistakes margin over her minimum atleast.
    I'm not overrating her; I'm just going by the scoring trend for Julia in the last two competitions. Prior to the team event a clean Adelina could beat Julia, but Julia has emerged as the darling of these Games which means Adelina might not be able to beat her...I'm just going by the scoring trends we're seeing...

    Julia's PCS have risen steadily and if she throws down two more clean performances they'll go even higher. She's nearly pulled even with Carolina and Mao...if she has another clean SP she'll will pull even with them which will put her right on Yu-Na's heels. Yu-Na isn't known for skating flawless back-to-back programs...she's done it only twice in her career; Julia does it nearly every time she steps on the ice and in front of this Russian crowd, if she goes clean again in the FS, that 141+ will likely rise which will put pressure on Yu-Na to be pristine.

    If Yu-Na is clean she'll win but if she makes a mistake and Julia is clean, I think the judges will give it to Julia. I don't necessarily agree with that but it is the reality of the situation. Yu-Na has quality and maturity; Julia has better spins and harder content in addition to a year worth of momentum and Olympic sensation buzz...she became a bonafide star last week.

    The Russians are itching to give Julia that medal and over-scoring is very easy when the skater is clean. Julia is known for skating cleanly. For that reason if Yu-Na is going to win, she needs to be firing on all cylinders.

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    This poll is funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8ingcoach View Post
    The way the judges have been overscoring Julia, i think Yuna is the only person that can beat her. Im no fan of Yuna, but boy i hope she skates clean because i feel like the judges are ready to give that junior 15yo girl the olympic gold.
    It's amazing how a common injustice and oppression can unite the previously bickering lumpen masses of skating fans.

    Prior to Julia's vertical-seeming scoring trajectory, fans of Caro or Mao saw Yuna as the devil, and vice-versa all around.

    Now, their fans are saying: Hmmm, I may have been a little harsh. Those other old gals are actually not half-bad, considering.

    That is the one good thing that I take away from all of this sordid, inflated mess.

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    I've been a fan of all 3 (Mao, Caro, Yuna) but...

    Caro won't be beating Julia with a 5 triple LP nor her planned easy SP jump content
    Mao won't be beating Julia with neither clean 3As nor 3-3s
    Gold landed similar jumps to Julia, and still placed 11 points behind her.
    Julia's flutz is now somehow worth more than other skaters' true lutz, her roller-derby 2A scored on par with the best.

    ...that really does leave only Yuna to challenge a clean Julia, and Julia has been remarkably consistent. Based on scores Yuna has had in the past, she should still have the edge on Julia. Basically, Yuna's GOE and PCS still edge out Julia's tougher jump content and better spins, but the gap is closing between the them. Julia is unbeleivably consistent, but Yuna is a steely competitor too. If I were putting money on this, I'd still bet Yuna, but Julia is now a legit gold medal contender.
    Last edited by FunnyBut; 02-11-2014 at 04:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk8ingcoach View Post
    i feel like the judges are ready to give that junior 15yo girl the olympic gold.
    and what would be wrong with that?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bardtoob View Post
    This poll is funny.
    Why? You think Lipnitskaya can't win over Yuna?

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    Julia's PCS have risen steadily and if she throws down two more clean performances they'll go even higher. She's nearly pulled even with Carolina and Mao...if she has another clean SP she'll will pull even with them which will put her right on Yu-Na's heels. Yu-Na isn't known for skating flawless back-to-back programs...she's done it only twice in her career; Julia does it nearly every time she steps on the ice and in front of this Russian crowd, if she goes clean again in the FS, that 141+ will likely rise which will put pressure on Yu-Na to be pristine.

    If Yu-Na is clean she'll win but if she makes a mistake and Julia is clean, I think the judges will give it to Julia. I don't necessarily agree with that but it is the reality of the situation. Yu-Na has quality and maturity; Julia has better spins and harder content in addition to a year worth of momentum and Olympic sensation buzz...she became a bonafide star last week.

    The Russians are itching to give Julia that medal and over-scoring is very easy when the skater is clean. Julia is known for skating cleanly. For that reason if Yu-Na is going to win, she needs to be firing on all cylinders.[/QUOTE]







    Exactly my thoughts.......and right after the Team Event, it really seams that Julia has good chances to win. I mean face it: the way the Team Event was scored by the judges......have you seen Plushys (and by the way I really like him!!) program scores? Honestly I watched the men´s over and over again but I really don´t get it, where he got these program scores I mean it really seams, that Julia is not the only one overrated here..... but as a matter of fact....overrated or not Yunas scores this year never even got close to her top scores from the last Olys and Julia now has an absolute confidence Booster in her back with winning team Gold. I really wish Yuna all the best and a lot of strenghth for the competition, but I think she has to go clean to win it.
    Last edited by Irish-Angel; 02-11-2014 at 06:27 PM.

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    I'd have to review Yu-Na's layout for the long program (i believe it's 2 triples + 2 double axels after the halfway mark), but Julia Lipnitskaya backloading the long program with five jump elements after the halfway mark (4 triples + 1 double axel), plus the fact that she'll be attempting 7 triples vs. Kim's 6 could be enough of a technical buffer to compensate for differences in components to win overall (if Lipinitskaya is now at 8.75, Kim would be at mid 9s?).

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    FYI, Yuna's official name is Yuna Kim. No more Yu-Na or Yu Na!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdtkqorl123 View Post
    FYI, Yuna's official name is Yuna Kim. No more Yu-Na or Yu Na!
    Just curious, but official where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    Just curious, but official where?
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?...ly&id=10370624

    EDITORS:

    At the athlete's request, The Associated Press has started referring to the Olympic figure skating champion as Yuna Kim. Kim was previously referred to as Kim Yu-na, which is in AP style for South Korean names when the person has not expressed a preference for an English transliteration.

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    Nick Zaccardi ‏@nzaccardi 5hours ago
    "At the athlete's request, The Associated Press has started referring to the Olympic figure skating champion as Yuna Kim."

    Ollie Williams ‏@OllieW 5hours ago
    @nzaccardi Cannot tell you the delight it brings to have closure on that. I haven't known which version to use for years.

    Nick Zaccardi ‏@nzaccardi 5hours ago
    @OllieW NBC has been Yuna Kim, which took me some getting used to.

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    It's not unusual for judges to score home skaters higher than usual. It's happened in the USA, Canada, Japan. Why is anyone surprised if it's the Russian skaters' turn? If home inflation is there, let it be for everyone.

    However, I don't believe that Julia can beat a nearly clean Yuna or a nearly clean Mao. She could beat a clean Carolina if Carolina does not have the jumps content to challenge the TES of the other three. Right now I see Yuna and the favorite, and Mao & Julia as the closest challengers. Carolina and Gracie are dark horses who could run away with the gold, given the opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdtkqorl123 View Post
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?...ly&id=10370624

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    At the athlete's request, The Associated Press has started referring to the Olympic figure skating champion as Yuna Kim. Kim was previously referred to as Kim Yu-na, which is in AP style for South Korean names when the person has not expressed a preference for an English transliteration.
    Actually, "Kim Yu-Na" isn't a correct transliteration of her Korean name, it's the by-product of an administrative slipup. And I don't believe she has ever used it; IIRC, she has always skated under the names "Yu-Na Kim" or "Yuna Kim" since when she first competed internationally as a novice.

    The correct transliteration of her name from Korean would be 'Kim Yeona'. However, when she applied for her passport, she intended to write her name as 'Yun-a', but the official mis-wrote her name as 'Yu-na'. In Hangul, 'Yeon-a' would properly be spelled "연아" and not "유나." From the 2010–2011 season, her name was registered as 'Yuna Kim' at her ISU profile.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Yuna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Right now Yu na, Mao, Carolina, Julia and Gracie are all in it. Any of these ladies can win the gold on any given day. Yu na is still the favorite, IMO but not as heavy a favorite as she was in 2010.
    Unless all the 4 you listed implode, Gracie would not have a chance at gold. Team event did not have Yuna, Mao, Carolina, Adelina in the mix - the 2nd placement in TE probably would not have happened if any of those ladies were in that competition

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