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Figure Skating Champions SURVIVOR: Ladies QUARTER-FINAL (WITH POLL)

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by SamuraiK, Jul 7, 2012.

Who is the weakest link?

Poll closed Jul 12, 2012.
  1. Michelle Kwan

    31 vote(s)
  2. Irina Slutskaya

    107 vote(s)
  3. Mao Asada

    174 vote(s)
  4. Yuna Kim

    46 vote(s)
  1. museksk8r

    museksk8r Holding an edge and looking dangerously sexy

    Voting Mao Asada again.
  2. Olesh

    Olesh New Member

    My vote is for Kim
  3. Excidra

    Excidra Well-Known Member


    I guess I am voting for Moa this round..
  4. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Added poll
  5. gingercrush

    gingercrush Well-Known Member

    I voted for Irina and hope others follow. I've succumbed myself in the knowledge Asada will go this round or next.
  6. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    Mao, definitely, in this round. Hell, I think she should have gone a few rounds ago, lovely skater though she is.
  7. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    THANK YOU:cheer2::cheer2:
  8. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Mao. Mao is a great skater, but the other 3 are all time great skaters.
  9. bartek

    bartek Active Member

    Yes there is heaven and earth between Irina and Mao. Slutskaya is a superior skater. The only side of skating Mao is better at then Irina is her line/stretch/posture and artistry but the latter one is very subjective.

    Technically Irina is a better skater. User judgejudy has already provided the comparison of their jumps and spins so I'm not repeating that. Irina has also better skating skills.

    Besides technical aspect, Irina has better consistency (Asada even in her prime years used to be a bit inconsistent), longevity, a lot more titles.

    I completely don't understand why your "little rant" about Yu-Na would get on my nerves??? What's more, it's you who is "soo overly sensitive" person, if there ever was one :lol:
  10. bartek

    bartek Active Member

    I still hope Mao can join this group.
  11. crankyintheAM

    crankyintheAM Member

    I love Mao, but I love Irina more. I'll wait to vote.
  12. RD

    RD Well-Known Member

  13. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member

    NO SKATER, and I really mean NO skater, has gotten more hype then yuna kim, and if anyone hasn't live up to the hype it's her, having the judges, and a (flawed) system that totally boosted her scores, and still only delievering a few clean skates in her career (through not having half of the the difficulty or the risky programs that Asada had) That's not living up to the hype!

    so if you are voting according to who hasn't lived up to the hype you'r vote should rather go to kim.[/QUOTE]

    NO $KATER has gotten more hype then Mao Osada. ISU even changed rules for her that ppl called it 'Mao rule'. Her Olympic free program had UR and Poped jumps but she still got 131.72. Her fans always insisted her programs're the most difficult or risky in figure skating history but protocols revealed me they're not that different with other skaters. (i.e. Her TES at 2010 NHK trophy Free skating was mere 32.23.)

    So if you are voting according to who hasn't lived up to the hype you'r vote should rather go to Asama.

    Mimic. :lol:
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  14. Macassar88

    Macassar88 Well-Known Member

    Bye Mao! Sorry!
  15. Macassar88

    Macassar88 Well-Known Member

    Let's see if she can get her act together and fix all her UR's and edge problems. I'm not expecting much, but she's still a beautiful skater. Just not at the same caliber as other champions.
  16. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    Irina. I made my case a few rounds ago.

    She had one season where she was skating as a complete skater (2000), and once she made it back to the top, she went back to the old boxy, hunchy, stiff, Irina.
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  17. galaxy

    galaxy Active Member


    Everyone is entitled to his opinion. Do you know actually there's a tacit agreement and understanding throughout Japanese figure skating world that the rules before Vancouber Olys were made to hamper Mao?:p Like edge calls rule (wrong edges had been ignored for a long time before) made right after 2007 Worlds, and insanely strict ur punishments that got more and more harsh toward Vancouber. Other ladies were just involved in them. They became more and more discouraged to challenge difficult things, and came to prefer playing it safe. Strangely enough, ISU immediately loosened the punishments right after Vancouber Olys finished, raised base values of 3A and 4, and finally allowed ladies to do 3A instead of 2A in SP. But it was too late as it was after Vancouber Oly was over. Again, everyone is entitled to his opinion. They can think whatever they want. You can't blame them to do that.

    You raised Mao's score at 2010 NHK as an example, when she was relearning jumps from scratch and when all her jumps were in a total mess.
    And you didn't even write her name correctly, like Osada and Asama.:p
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  18. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    All 4 of the Ladies remaining on the list have been recipients of exaggerated, at times annoying, hype. Since yuna is the only one of the 4 to pull off the ogm, I'd say she's probably the least of the 4 to not live up to the hype.
  19. Aren

    Aren New Member

    I voted for Asada.
  20. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    We're getting down to the nitty-gritty now!:D

    So, of the four left, Irina is my least favorite. I'm a fan who needs both sides of skating: the technical and the artistic. There should be a balance between the two. Irina was a very lopsided skater IMO. She had speed and harder combos for a stretch...but nothing else. No kind of grace, extension, line, posture, elegance or anything remotely similar to those. She did have energy and charisma, but that wasn't enough to gloss over the eyesore that was the rest of her sloppy, unattractive skating.

    Having said that, given her longevity, consistency, competitiveness and her record, I can't vote for Irina this round. It's tough because I absolutely HATE her skating:mad:...but since she retired, I've gained a new level of respect and appreciation for her. So I can't vote for her.

    On the technical side of things, Michelle is the weakest of the remaining skaters. However, her record speaks for itself. With nothing more than 3t-3t she dominated the national and world stage during her career. Complain about her lack of difficulty but the point is she didn't need it. She played to her strengths and it paid off...moving on, that leaves Yu-Na and Mao.

    When it comes to preference, I'm on the fence. I really love both skaters. IMO, Yu-Na fully reached her potential as a figure skater...but I don't believe that Mao has. Switching to Tatiana Tarasova was the biggest mistake of Mao's career IMO. Tatiana took one of the most technically skilled, artistically capable skaters in the world and turned her into a one-trick Russian-diva pony. She set Mao back two years in terms of her development as a skater and Mao is still paying for it right now.

    Mao's qualities are amazing: line, extension, posture, fluidity, gracefulness, flexibility and that incredible airy, ethereal quality that no other skater in the world has. She's an amazing and special kind of skater.

    I figured with Yu-Na out these last few years that it would be Mao's time to reaffirm herself as the top skater in the world...she has not done that and in this weakened field of skaters, that's a problem. Mao is in a rebuilding phase but, competitively, you have to stay in the race and she hasn't done that on the world stage. I won't even go into things like her lutz technique or her lack of a salchow b/c IMO that doesn't even matter in the grand scheme of things...it's what she's done overall. She's accomplished a lot but for some reason her record doesn't stand out as much as it should. I think it's b/c of Mao's consistency in comparison to the other 3. The success rate of her all of her jumps (including her famed 3A) has suffered over these last few years and she's been very erratic in terms of her placements...she's missed the world podium the last two times in a row behind people who she should not be losing to.

    In a way it's unfair b/c she's still competing and her story is still being written but against these final skaters, I have to pick Mao to go. :(
  21. brilliant9

    brilliant9 Member

    Oh dear that was the sarcasm of Amy03's remark. Of course he knows Asada's correct name :lol:
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  22. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member

    3A instead of 2A in SP was allowed from 2009 - 2010 season. That's why Mao could do 3A+2T in SP at Vancouver. And raising base value of 3A after the Games also was not the first time ever. (IIRC: in 2008, from 7.5 to 8.2. in 2010, from 8.2 to 9.2.)

  23. Keftiu

    Keftiu New Member

    I think Asada should be out. When she won the title of World Champion, she slided out badly on the ice.
    it was so disastrous that I thought she couldn't won the competition. but she won the first place, anyway.
    when it comes to the suitability for the champion, Irina should be superior to Asada.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
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  24. RumbleFish

    RumbleFish New Member

    Not true. Miss Asada did her 3A-2T as a combination during 2009-2010 season. 3A was allowed as a required axel jump for ladies short program from the 2010-2011 season.

    It was considered a gift to Miss Asada nonetheless, because she was the only lady attempting 3A in the short program. In conjunction with "giving 50% for cheated jumps rule" it opened the door for her to gain more points by doing her underrotated 3A instead of 2A in the sp.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012
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  25. pani

    pani Well-Known Member

    I think if voting was hold after OG Mao had better results in this game :)
  26. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Since this round has a foregone conclusion, I'm going to vote for who I personally enjoy least in terms of aesthetics and what I appreciate in figure skating. Sorry Irina. That said, she was an amazing jumper and her 2005 season was absolutely inspiring to see.
  27. AndyWarhol

    AndyWarhol Well-Known Member

    I voted for Irina... as tactical move to try and saved Asada!
  28. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Still 46 votes to save Mao, lol.
  29. RunnersHigh

    RunnersHigh Well-Known Member


    You're right! It's my bad. 3A instead of 2A in SP was from 2010-2011. I'd like to pay for this. if you and galaxy wanna :40beers: :rockstar: or :coffee:, keep in touch with me. It's totally on me.
  30. robinhood

    robinhood Active Member

    I vote for Michelle :yawn::coffee: