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Yu-Na, Carolina & Mao: A Comparison

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by kwanatic, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    I have complimented Yu Na in the past only to find myself being attacked for not liking her enough. This was a turn off. I think there are holes in Yu Na's skating (some missing jumps, weak spin-spiral positions, etc.), but generally her positive GOEs on what she does well and deserved across the board 8.75 PCS usually should put her in first place if she omits nothing and others do not do extreme perfectly executed backloading or perform 3A ... I certainly put her above Kostner. Mao is Yu Na's Slutskaya.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
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  2. sonya71

    sonya71 New Member

    The first post of this thread was interesting. I generally agree, except:

    - Salchow: Carolina > Mao > Yu-Na
    Yuna's salchow is most likely more reliable than Mao's right now, but Yuna's salchow technique is not good, while Mao's is now really good. It's just a matter of time now before Mao lands her salchow more securely.

    Skating Skills: Carolina >=Mao > Yu-Na
    Yuna is fast, but alot of her speed is generated by 5-6 crossovers. Mao may be slightly slower, but she generates her speed effortlessly. Carolina's skating skills are incredible, but Mao is lighter across the ice.

    And an addition:

    Triple Axel: Mao > everyone else
  3. MCC

    MCC New Member

    Poor Yuna.. became the inferior skater among the three all of a sudden.
  4. Jenny81

    Jenny81 Active Member

    OMG!!!!!! :rofl:
  5. FSUSF

    FSUSF New Member

    Pre-rotated Triple Axel: Mao > everyone else
    Under-rotated Triple Axel: Mao > everyone else
  6. Jebrista

    Jebrista Active Member

    I'm not even sure what telegraphing jumps means. Can you please tell me?
  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    :shuffle: :slinkaway

    Here's one definition: http://iceskatingresources.org/TelegraphingJumps.html

    BTW, I've always liked the "old-fashioned" long backwards glide into a triple Lutz, followed by a deepening of the outside edge on takeoff (Paul Wylie's, for example), and think if it's done well, with no perceptible loss of speed or wobbling, then it demonstrates superior edge control and should not be penalized with negative GOE.

    ETA: I just watched Kostner's opening 3Lz in her Europeans FS (long backwards glide entry with no loss of speed) and am glad she was rewarded by the judges with +1 to +3 GOE (+1.20 GOE points added).
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  8. Jebrista

    Jebrista Active Member


    Thank you very much
  9. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    Glad to see so much discussion was generated by my little assessment, though I will admit it got a little snippy back there. :)

    With 4CC out of the way and all of the great skating that took place there, I'm more excited than ever for worlds. No, Mao didn't rotate everything she attempted but she did stand up (no falls) and she went for it. I think that's very admirable. Taking the deductions may be worth it b/c even though it wasn't perfect I thought the performance and the program (minus that damn new dress!) were absolutely beautiful.

    It's funny b/c I feel like Mao has turned the tables a bit. Whereas before it was all in Yu-Na's hands (ie. if Yu-Na is clean, she'll will), given what Mao has done I think the power has shifted. If Mao is clean or is able to hit the majority of her big tricks, can Yu-Na beat her?
  10. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    For me, the real highlight, and pure joy of 4CC is Akiko Suzuki. :cheer2:
    So, what comparison with the 3 skaters of this thread ? :saint:
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  11. Shaia

    Shaia Active Member


    Quality over quantity.
  12. miki88

    miki88 Active Member

    Thanks for starting the thread; your analysis was well thought out and agree with most of them. I think Yuna still has the edge but the competition got a little tighter and more exciting since Mao upgraded her game. I am also curious on how Kostner (current World Champion) will stack up in PCS when she competes against Yuna. If they are both clean, is there a possibility for Kostner, who I believe has the best choreographed programs of the season, to get higher PCS than Yuna?
  13. Li'Kitsu

    Li'Kitsu Well-Known Member

    I like Yuna, and by no means I'm saying Mao or Caro are a sure bet for worlds in London, but how most of Yunas fans are still so sure she'll win if everyone is clean is quite a suprise to me. By now, my money would be on her too, but that's because I think she's the most likely one to be clean. If all these three woman are spot on, it's going to be very close.

    For this "quality over quantity" argument: quality in what?
    Spins? No. Steps? No. Choreography? No. Interpretation? No.
    So I guess it's about the jumps here.
    What Yuna really has over Mao is the quality of the toe-jumps, mainly the amazing flow-out she has out of them added to the great ice coverage. That's true. But it's not as if Mao's jumps didn't have nice qualities to them too. Additionally, Yunas Salchow isn't as technically perfect as her toe-jumps, and since Mao has reworked her technique, her Salchow can compare. She's not as consistent yet (that's why I'd give that jump to Yuna by now), but the quality is there when she lands it. For the Axel, Mao's 2A is at least on the same level as Yuna's - arguably a tiny bit better, but not much anyway.
    So Yuna has better quality in three jumps, meaning in five of her jumping passes out of 10 overall (two in the SP, three in the LP). That is suppossed to be enough to cancel out two additional triples Mao does? Especially if one of them is a 3A. And Yuna doesn't have the Loop.

    Anyway, at least for the LP, I think if everyone was clean, the winner would be Caro (although Mao is my favorite, I'd love for Caro to win since so many people are starting the Yuna vs. Mao battle again :rolleyes: ).
    Caro seems to have 7 triples planned, and her jumping quality is on Yunas level - but she has the Loop. So she'd beat Yuna in the jumps by having a higher BV and equal GOE. Yuan is a slightly better spinner, but Caro has better steps and spirals. Most of all, Caro should have the highest PCS. Best SS, good choreo, very musicial and a great feel for the music. It's just that Caro would be behind in the SP at this point.
  14. karlon

    karlon New Member

    what the...?
    salchow is one of most weakest jumps of mao.
    even Success rate is lower than 50%
    (By the way, among her jumps success rate is higher than 50%, only 3loop, 3flip)
  15. kwanatic

    kwanatic Well-Known Member

    Do you have stats? I ask b/c I did jump percentages for Sasha Cohen a few years back and it was interesting to see which jumps had a high success rate...
  16. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    Sorry to say this but all I see from (seemingly) Yuna fans' posts are just saying Yuna is better no matter what, even insulting the posters who actually gave thought-out opinions. What about giving reasonable analysis to support your arguments?
  17. theguitarist

    theguitarist New Member

  18. FSUSF

    FSUSF New Member

  19. theguitarist

    theguitarist New Member

    I'm sorry but are you a moderator, l'etoile? It's an innocent question. I don't come here often enough to know who's who. I find your exasperation as well as concern a bit exaggerated. Maybe as the fans of the reigning Olympic champion, Yuna fans including myself do not feel they need to defend their star with overly drawn-out arguments or analysis. Let the fans of the challengers fill those shoes. Just relax. Happy fans = good fans.
  20. maharbabackward

    maharbabackward Member

    I think that the two largest advantages that Yuna Kim has over her competitors is the SP and also her consistency. In the SP, she will do a 3Z-3T with +GOE. Mao can counter that with her 3A but that is not as guaranteed whereas YK is almost certain. Carolina has to do a 3F-3T combination to be able to not be several points behind going into the LP.. which is also a big if. Sure, she can get level 4 footwork with +GOE but that will not cover her technical deficiencies. In the LP, who has the chance of being clean? I would say Mao has a huge chance of being competitive with her planned routine but she has yet to hit. We can argue about who has the best PCS, spins, and footwork but at the end of the day its the jumps that will seperate all of the. And its not the salchow either, but the huge big ticket jumps. It will not matter if Kostner's salchow is the best, if she is not hitting the 3-3s and all the jumps for that matter. So a big advantage to Yuna Kim.
  21. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Well, that's easy. However, some people have no problem putting the Olympic silver medalist and the two-time World champion and the reigning World Champion on the spot.
  22. umronnie

    umronnie Well-Known Member

    I agree that it will all come down to the jumps, or - in other words - who will make the least mistakes.

    All these ladies have good spins and great footwork. They are all planning level 4s and will probably get them (maybe a couple of 3s throughout the competition). They will get great GOE on all non-jump elements, and good GoE on most any jump clealy landed and w/o edge call. They will all get great PCS, way above anyoe else. How good GoEs ad PCS for each of them is not something anyone can predict, it is not a matter for analysis - it will come down to the judges assigned and their personal prefereces. I think we can afely assume that the points garnered from PCS and non-jump elemets will be pretty much the same for all three, unless one of them has a meltdown.

    It will come down to the jumps - what they plan, what they can deliver. Starting point - planned content and BV.
    For the SP Asada's planned BV is 34.5, Kim's - 32 and Kostner (with 3T-3T) - 30. Kostner's is the wekest - but only 2 pts from Kim, so not such a huge difference she cannot recover from. If Mao lands the 3A she will have a big advantage, but again, nothing Kim cannot make up.
    The LP layout is a guess, but assume Asada plans the same content as 4CC, Kim the same as NRW (6 triples and 2 2As is her ususal) and Kostner is probably planning for 7 triples, w/2 3Ts and 2 3Ss. Going from there you have a BV of almost 69 pts for Asada, 59 for Kostner and 58 for Kim. Is Mao lands everything she plans she will win, no matter what the others may do, but how likely is she to deliver everything? Not very. In fact, she is the most likely to make mistakes and underrotate or double while Kostner will may fall on a fully-rotated jump - a lesser evil under IJS. Kim is the most dependable of the three, but that is based on an 18-months old record, not recent.

    I would not be laying any money (real or imagined) on the outcome, but I will be mightily surprised if anyone other than these three is on the podium.
  23. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    It will be difficult to defeat Kim, and it's probably depends on her mistakes, but it's not as if it hasn't happened before. 2010 and 2011 Worlds for example. Hypotheticals where everyone skates perfectly is fun, but when was the last time all of the top contenders skated lights-out with minimal mistakes?
  24. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    Mao will get lower GOEs on even her clean jumps than Kim and Kostner will, no question, but GOE has been reduced so it wont be as big a factor as before. I didnt realize she had that huge an edge in BV though, wow that is a major difference.
  25. kathy sullivan

    kathy sullivan Well-Known Member

    I really don't understand Kostner's appeal. YuNa and Mao seem in a whole other class. Kostner has never skated performance that has impressed me. I know her jumps can be great when she is on, and she can obvisously rack up COP points, but the rest of her performance is usually eh for me. Never saw a performance of hers that inspiried me, certainly never saw one I'd watch twice.
  26. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    I used to feel the same way about Kostner. But for some reason, Worlds 2012 LP just hit me.

  27. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    See, I don't see it. I think that is where artistry as a subjective thing comes in :) Like many others in this thread, I think Yu-Na's best programs were Lark Ascending and Tango de Roxanne back in 2007. I remember seeing her SP at 2007 Worlds, being completely wowed and amazed at how much artistic potential she had. Sadly, that's where it began and ended for me. Danse Macabre came close. Bond Girl was a cheap imitation of that. Der Fliedermaus, Miss Saigon, Scheherezade & Gershwin were, imo, generic and rather forgettable. I honestly have no memory of Yu-Na's Olympic LP except that it was clean. I think she's a good performer - but that's about it.

    BTW - I know we disagree, but I appreciate you taking your time to explain your opinions and really think it through so nicely :)

    I didn't either, for a while - she seemed so Bambi like and sloppy! But since 2011 Worlds, Carolina has been a revelation to me. Her skating has become so much more mature, controlled and polished. Her musicality and interpretation has improved by leaps and bounds. I think she's very modern, unique and refreshing. Of course, her basic skating is beautiful on its own.

    Anyway, I don't htink it's a foregone conclusion. Yu-Na is usually pretty clean in the SP, but her LPs usually have at least one mistake or two.
  28. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  29. FSfan107

    FSfan107 Well-Known Member

    I actually think Carolina's musical interpretation and overall presentation are superior to both Mao and Yu-Na. I'd rank them: 1. Carolina 2. Mao 3. Yu-Na

    Yu-Na's programs aren't impressing me this year so far. It doesn't feel like she is connected with the music.
  30. kathy sullivan

    kathy sullivan Well-Known Member