From a casual skating fan perspective my spouse focused on Ting when he first saw her in Juniors last year and again this year in Seniors. He said she was floating around and I would have to agree. In person it doesn't even look like Ting is touching the ice and is floating above it. When she jumps, her position in the air appears so tight and fluid. I really enjoy her skating but I also see the faults (the constant bobbles and stumbles) but to me she has a better package than most of the U.S. skaters. I hate to hype her because I know where this goes... me having to watch her as an uber like Michelle, Sasha and Mirai with my stomach upset the entire time. If anything she reminds me of Karen Kwan but with the harder jumps and I always like watching Karen.I don't get the Ting hype. I have not seen anything that makes me think "WOW" She's a nice skater but so far the skating I have seen has not lived up tot he FSU "Hype". (Which apparently is acceptable unlike the NBC "hype" LOL!)
Everyone’s tired. I mean... you had people singling axels and falling on jumps they had never fallen on during throughout the entire season. Mind you, only a few of the pre-2018 US ladies scored 190+ internationally consistently... and Bradie and Mariah have been scoring 190-210 regularly.It was expected. The talent is there but it had been brought up before how the post 2018 crop of skaters might not be able to “keep up”
Yeah, but you can't really compare scores from before the new GOE spread that took affect this season (aside from the inflation that has occurred the past few years), though Mariah and Bradie have generally been skating well and I'm not ready to write them off after this. It was great to see their clean shorts, especially from Mariah, but they weren't particularly favored to medal here due to the depth of the Japanese field. The real surprise was Elizabet, and it will be interesting to see how she does at worlds. They do have an opportunity to score well at worlds, especially with the state of the Canadian ladies field/volatility of the Russian field. 4CC is so close to US nationals that (even though the competition was in the US) I wasn't exactly holding my breath. Even though Ting is not consistent yet, I do think that she could have gotten burned out at the JR worlds camp, though fans are always complaining that there needs to be more opportunities for internal competitions between US skaters, so I guess we can't have it both ways.Everyone’s tired. I mean... you had people singling axels and falling on jumps they had never fallen on during throughout the entire season. Mind you, only a few of the pre-2018 US ladies scored 190+ internationally consistently... and Bradie and Mariah have been scoring 190-210 regularly.
I don’t think most fans are expecting another Kwan. To me at least Kwan never comes to mind when I look at the current U.S. ladies field nor did it back in the past. IMO it’s just strange that back to back “good” competitions can’t be had. We need to stop using Kwan as an expectation and an excuse.Remember that Bradie and Mariah have only been competing at the World level for a couple seasons. And Ting, Hanna, Alysa are newcomers and still getting used to competing at the highest level. They will have their good days and bad days. Since MK retired, fans (and I'll include myself in this group) have been searching for 'the next great American lady' - I think we need to think about what means today and be realistic about what even the most talented skater will achieve over the course of their career. With the technical demands and increased risks in skating today, it's going to be highly unlikely to have a skater like Michelle Kwan - consistent over many comps over many years. Look at Med and Zag - even they turned out to be human.
I know.. All 3 skaters in the top 3 after the SP didnt even end up on the podium.I have no words... speechless.
Bradie’s UR’s were clear as day on the replay and many were obvious in real time.One thing that seems concerning is that did Bradie get UR calls that weren't UR??? Even Tara and Jonny BOTH were like 'Huh" when watching them back in replay (the UR called jumps) because they dont appear to be UR....
Medieval bun, LOL. I'd like to see her in a Larkin Austman pixie cut. (Intentionally misspelling Larkin for @Vagabond's benefit.) I don't understand why she and her team are so stubborn about making her look like the Farmer's Daughter. https://i.pinimg.com/736x/1c/66/92/1c66929e47c3085ce154397721984c56--loretta-young-the-farmer.jpgI LOVE Bradie's SP..It so suits her... but like Cinderella last year Im not sure R&J is her... its more her than Cinderella....but I think she should stick with intense and fast paced music. I also would love to see a hair change for her. A pony, A bob..something that isn't a bridal or medieval bun.
Yes, she was a little tight. However I would have given the 3-loop full credit and instead judged the *double* loop at the end of the combo as UR. I felt that there was a general inconsistency in UR's that were called or not called throughout the entire ladies event. I would have called Rika's 3-loop as under, for example.Bradie’s UR’s were clear as day on the replay and many were obvious in real time.
I think the focus on presentation makes it harder to land the jumps cleanly. Also, if you watch the first lutz, she goes in with such speed, but then it is hard to get the loop off the end. She slows down a bit to have more control, but doesn’t get all the way around. The other thing about Bradie, is her jumps have often had a small hook on the end. Add the focus on presentation to the stricter calling where 1/4 and more is < and you get what you get.One wonders if it is a mental game, Bradie was labeled as the one U.S. lady that didn’t UR her jumps but lacked in presentation, but once she worked on presentation those carrots soon followed.
For Bradie 3lo may depend on the angle. That is not a hill I would die on. I would have given the 2T < and the 2lo <<. I also would have given the 3T <<Yes, she was a little tight. However I would have given the 3-loop full credit and instead judged the *double* loop at the end of the combo as UR. I felt that there was a general inconsistency in UR's that were called or not called throughout the entire ladies event. I would have called Rika's 3-loop as under, for example.