> Although I think it's been on tv everywhere, just in case....
> For the first time ever, I caught myself actually enjoying -- without
> any nitpicking at all -- a Cohen program. Happened right in the
> middle of it. I was shocked when I realized this. :)
Hee. Same here. I thought she seemed relaxed and focused and, for the first
time in years, truly confident and not over-eager. It was the best I've seen
> was nice, particularly after the men's programs (which weren't quite
> the debacle of last year, but still uncomfortably close to that --
> what the heck is going on?) to see so many good women's programs.
> Kirk, Kwan, Cohen, Corwin -- happy happy happy as Laurie would say.
At least someone was skating well! Men's last year seemed worse. But this
wasn't pretty, with the exceptions of Weir and Savoie.
> (Discussion of scores follows) -- I don't quite see how anyone could
> have given Kwan higher scores than Cohen but (shrug) I guess better
> edging goes a long way. And Kwan's spiral is better, IMO. But
> overall, I thought Cohen looked really secure out there -- the edges
> seemed better than usual, the jumps looked really nice, the footwork
> looked more difficult (to me, anyway).
She wasn't reaching for the moon, which she tends to do. I still don't get a
great feel of warmth from her, but she got closer to joy this time, which is
nice to see. As for the scores, I thought Sasha should have been in first
but WOW, was she overscored! I mean, she skated fairly early and what the
judges were telling Michelle was, you're going to have to skate one of your
magical programs to even be competitive here. That seemed a little much to
me. That said, for the first time, I thought Sasha should have been in
I can't believe I wrote that.
As for the edges, her spirals seem more secure, and did she leave out the
stupid SashaSkid? Seemed like she did. Jump-wise, though, she does NOT have
better technique than Michelle -- her flutz was more pronounced than ever
(of course, that means she's finally on an edge. Heh), and the slo-mo of her
flip showed a HUUUGE s-curve going in, instead of a beautiful inside edge.
Really wobbly. I think her jump landings were more secure than usual, but I
dearly wish she had some softness there. Maybe Robin can help her with that.
I wonder about the coaching
> change -- it's possible that maybe Cohen needs just more positiveness,
> more support. And goodness knows Wagner seems nurturing and
> supportive. It might be that Cohen's main problem is not being a
> headstrong diva, but being too *** herself, focusing too much on
> the end result rather than the process. Wagner might be able to snap
> her out of that. (Thinking positively, here). At any rate, Cohen
> seemed like her head was in a good place, and I hope that's the case.
> And this has got to be a confidence builder.
Same here. Seemed to be just what she needed. Maybe being with a coach who
doesn't have an army of skaters is a good thing for her. It seemed
originally, when she went to Tarasova, that it would be good for her to be
practicing with great skaters but maybe it made her reach for something
outside of herself. She competed against everyone but herself, and that led
to mistakes. She certainly seemed more settled this time, and she and Robin
have a good rapport. Who knew Sasha Cohen needed to be nurtured???
> Kwan was good, certainly, given that she's not competed in some time.
> She did not seem relaxed, though -- of course, that too could be due
> to the long break. (And I guess few of these skaters are really
> relaxed -- though some might appear that way). But more than usual,
> she seemed really explicitly determined to get through the program.
> (Of course, the music sort of lends itself to that sort of
I thought she seemed a bit tight, too, and determined, catching up to the
program at times instead of mastering it. In person, though, her ice
coverage, edging and quality of skating is SO impressive, even when she
makes mistakes. Her movements go with the music, whatever the tempo. I'd
love to see Sasha pick this up.
> I was really very pleased for Kirk, Corwin, and Nikodinov. And what a
> nice happy dance Corwin did at the end of her program. :) And, though
> I generally don't notice how skaters look -- I don't even notice much
> about costumes (though Cohen's short program costume is indeed
> dreadful) -- let me just say that I think Kirk just lights up the ice,
> both in her skating and her appearance. A few years back, she was
> just incredibly consistent....and I'm glad to see her getting back on
WOW, was she lovely! And the crowd adored her! I loved seeing that. A
wonderful program for her. And Angela... thank God!!! Hopefully she can just
stay steady for the long program. Ann-Patrice seems to have Sasha's
problem -- she isn't enjoying herself, or doesn't seem to be. Jenny's the
total opposite. She is really blossoming.
> The commentating was unusually good, I thought. But what the heck was
>*** babbling on about someone's heart -- and how attractive she was?
> But other than that, all the commentators seemed unusually specific
> about identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the programs.
At one point*** made me scream at him and I blocked out when it was. But
it was some icky comment like that. I just wish they'd stop talking about
Sasha's superior technique when all the mean is flexibility and how straight
her back is. I mean, that's fine, she's certainly got both going for her,
but superior technique indicates a mastery of edging as well as well pointed
feet and she isn't there yet.
> The men's -- well, I miss Todd Eldredge. That's all I can think to
> say, in sum. So many of these skaters are so interesting, and have
> such great potential -- and absolutely no consistency.
You had to go and mention Todd!!!
> And what's the
> deal with Goebel? I don't skate much, so I'm pretty clueless about
> boots, but according to the commentators, it would be really unlikely
> that it would take 13 boot changes to find a boot that works....that
> something else has to be going on. But what could it be? Can a
> skater just lose it like that, in such a relatively short period of
> time? Has there been other similar cases in the past?
Seems to me that he had boot problems, they caused other problems, and he is
fixed on thinking that he still has boot problems. Boots and blades that
don't fit correctly don't just affect the jumps, they affect everything
else, too. He isn't tripping all over himself in the footwork or spins.
Seems like it has to be mental at this point. I felt really bad for him. And
is it evil to be happy that Weiss isn't in the top three?