The Loena Hendrickx appreciation thread

AngieNikodinovLove

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Love her, love her, love her!!!

She should finally have a thread of her own!

I have been waiting years!!! Years I tell ya! What a fabulous free skate. I haven’t even checked protocols yet - did she finish third in the free skate?

I always get nervous when they put both hands over their head in the jumps like Amber used to and Hannah Harrell and she landed all those jumps in that position.

And her spins are delicious. I’m so thrilled for her. I was hoping for a top six finish after what I saw in the Netherlands two weeks ago. And it happened and more!

So happy for her and also Jorik!!
 

Sylvia

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Loena's happy message after Worlds :): https://www.instagram.com/p/CM-Nu8PJqLE/
After so many setbacks, never giving up and working my ass off to come back! That’s what I showed last week and I’m so damn proud of my achievement. The love for figure skating is simply enormous! Believe in yourself and make it happen. It may be difficult now but if the love is big enough you can achieve anything. Go chase your dreams ✨💕
Overwhelmed by the massive number of messages I got, thank you all for the support, it means a lot! 🥺
I've been a longtime fan of Loena's and tweeted this feature on her before Worlds:

Interview with Loena after she won Challenge Cup in The Hague last month:

Article after her triumphant return home :) (her 6-min. TV interview is embedded, along with her brother Jorik's):
Google translated excerpts:
A few days after her 5th place at the world championships, Loena Hendrickx is back in circles on the ice. Next year's Winter Games in Beijing are her next goal. "An Olympic medal is a childhood dream, but let me stay injury-free first and foremost," asks the 21-year-old figure skater.
A few days after her 5th place at the world championship, Loena Hendrickx is still shining. We meet her on the outdoor track just across the border in Eindhoven.
"Given the circumstances, this is the best place for me to train at the moment", Hendrickx explains. "Normally after a championship there is a rest period, but now I wanted to feel the ice for a while."
"Loena has a lot of potential", adds her brother and coach Jorik Hendrickx.
"At the World Cup she skated on a world level, but we stay on the ice with 2 skates", he winks.
The coach is not yet thinking of an Olympic medal. "Loena was 5th at the World Cup, but you are also dependent on other participants. I think a top 8 at the Games is realistic. And I prefer to remain realistic."
"If Loena skates flawlessly again, we'll see", concludes Jorik Hendrickx, who himself was on the Olympic ice twice. He placed 16th in 2014 and 14th in 2018.
 

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Loena is a prime example of a skater who has put in the work (kinda like Rochette several years back).

A few years ago I wasn't sure she'd break through as she didn't have a full and reliable set of triples, but now they're big and consistent.

Her performances and placement pleasantly surprised me here.

I don't know if she can medal at Europeans given the strength of the Russian ladies, but I can see her medaling on a GP and some other competitions.
 

Colonel Green

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Loena is a prime example of a skater who has put in the work (kinda like Rochette several years back).

A few years ago I wasn't sure she'd break through as she didn't have a full and reliable set of triples, but now they're big and consistent.

Her performances and placement pleasantly surprised me here.

I don't know if she can medal at Europeans given the strength of the Russian ladies, but I can see her medaling on a GP and some other competitions.
The lack of a triple loop is her biggest problem as far as aiming for the big medals goes, I think. The judges like her enough that if she had that extra triple in the free she’d be closer to the regular range where you can take advantage of the ultra-C skaters messing up a bit.
 

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Loena is a prime example of a skater who has put in the work (kinda like Rochette several years back).

A few years ago I wasn't sure she'd break through as she didn't have a full and reliable set of triples, but now they're big and consistent.

Her performances and placement pleasantly surprised me here.

I don't know if she can medal at Europeans given the strength of the Russian ladies, but I can see her medaling on a GP and some other competitions.
Frankly, there are only a couple of Russian ladies I would put in front of Hendrickx
 

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