World Championships 2017 review: ladies
I continue sharing my impression of World Championships 2017.
I’ve already written about pairs and this part is about ladies.
“One average boy is better than two promising girls”, Alexei Mishin said once. Ironically, these two promising girls were his ticket for this World Championships. Not Russian and not claiming for medals.
Unfortunately, the miraculous Mishin has not helped Zijun Li yet. There’s still an impression that she will fall asleep in the middle of her program. Looking at such fragile girls, it always seems to me that if they are fed at least sometimes, the results will go up.
A low bow to Alexei Mishin for Carolina. I am a realist and I understand that her shape by this time is already a miracle. It’s always a joy to watch Carolina skating (at least for me). Was there at least one not graceful gesture? I doubt it. Low result? Carolina had even worse one. It’s no longer about medals and places. Art probably would be the right word. I’m so happy that World championships 2018 will take place in Italy. Such athlete as Carolina deserves to finish her career with a standing ovation of a home crowd – to spite all enemies.
Seems it was too early to include Laurine Lecavelier into the breakthrough list. Oh, you can never be sure with this girls! It’s a pity, because there is something fresh in her skating. Well, the breakthrough, as for herself, did another girl – Loena Hendrickx. She’s lovely girl with a surprisingly good jumps and beautiful skating. Think I will prolong the membership in the team Hendrickx fan club.
Oh, Anna …… .another heartbreaking performance. I even can’t say that it is new to us … ..just, we really wanted to believe that it was left in the past. I would like to write that it’s ok, happens, there will be a new season and everything will still be … But I do not want to write things I do not believe in. So if the Russian skating federation does not choose Anna for Olympics, I will understand. It will terrybly sad, but I will understand the position of the federation.
Japanese girls lost three spots. Again, I can’t say that it was out of the blue. It was quite predictable since the moment Satoko Miyahara announced her injury. I didn’t have much hope in this trio. Rika is completely not in shape, Wakaba also lacks physical shape for the free program. All the hope was for a positive jumper Mai Mihara … ..who would know…. Japan in sorrow. Next season Japanese National Championships will be heartbreaking.
They should have sent Mao. I doubt that reasult would have been much better. At least the audience would have gotten a lot of pleasure from her skating.
American girls by some miracle saved three spots. Not exactly miracle….I’d say by blinking. Judges generously blinked on all Karen Chen’s and Ashley Wagner’s under rotations. Karen’s underrotstions were visible even from famous Finnish camera angle “somewhere under the ceiling”, but the judges did not notice ;)
What happened to Diva Wagner? At this Worlds Ashley was without spark in her eyes and without mindset to beat everyone. Well, it’s not how it works….and it didn’t work out. By the end of the season, her SP started to look like a nightclub at five in the morning …… someone is already sleeping on the bar, someone is still languidly dancing……… At the far end of the hall they have already started cleaning and the guard would soon ask everyone to leave … ..Beautiful free program also didn’t impress me much….
Ashley, do not be upset, you get a consolation prize personally from me – a victory in the nomination “the best dress of ladies’ event”.
I remembered Elizabet Tursynbayeva only because of her mother and Yuna Kim’s dress. I still don’t understand why they did it, you can put on any dress but you won’t become Yuna.
Well done, Da Bin Choi! In her case it was almost impossible to win two spots for the Olympics. But she was lucky – the others helped and she did not blunder herself.
Nature gave Maria Sotskova grace and refinement. It’s a pity nature didn’t gave her some kind of spark. Her SP was so boring … ..Just this program is not for her, maybe for someone like Adelina. FP is better, but Masha’s clean skating remained at the same place – at the Russian Nationals.
Evgenia Medvedeva – an iron lady of figure skating. Her ability to get the right mindset, to concentrate and show her maximum amazes me. But her programs ……She grew out of her short program not by the end of the season, it was too childish from the beginning. I do not like 13-year-old Carmen, but a girl with…..let’s say a girl with a not childish upper body who jumps on a rope….looks strange and ridiculous. Free program I do not want to comment at all. Mr. Averbukh, do not flatter yourself, Zhenya’s scores is solely her merit. I want to believe that Zhenya and her team understand this too.
And on the background of ropes and sirens wailing there are 4 cool programs of Canadian girls. Not one, not two. but four! Four high class programs that emphasized all the strengths of Kaetlyn and Gabrielle. Such as speed, power, energy and huge jumps. Yes, I’m already sick of Gershwin in blue dresses, but I must admit that it was a great choice. I didn’t believe in two clean performances for both of them. Girls proved that I was wrong. And that’s great! This was the main surprise of the competition for me. A very pleasant one.
To be continued.
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