At the risk of setting off major flamage....
Like others here, I was very disappointed that Josee did not win at
Canadians. But after looking at the tapes again, I really think
that either she or Susan Humphreys should have won.
I'm sure Jennifer Robinson is a nice person and she worked hard
to get to the level she is at. But I find her routines incredibly
dull and her choices of music (or whoever's choices they are) awful.
I would NEVER choose a hokey old piece like Hernando's Hideaway if only
for the fact that judges may be sick of it already from doing Canasta
Her program to me seemed to be mostly filler between jumps, albeit
well executed jumps. And isn't there a rule against "posing" or
staying motionless for a certain length of time during programs?
The opening to her long program is certainly not a "grabber", when
she simply stands there and wiggles.
I see in her programs the same things that I don't like about Elvis
Stojko's programs - the artistic parts are just there to space
the jumps out. Not surprising given that they are coached by the
Both Josee and Susan Humphreys had programs that were much more of
a package, where the movements and the music fit together as a
unified whole that was presented with style and grace. Yes,
both of them fell down, but in the "big picture" I think both of
them gave better performances, in the artistic sense, than did
Robinson. My only problem with Humphreys was that it was last
year's program (although she did do it better than last year :) ).
I'm not going to argue that there would be strategic reasons
(i.e. higher placings) for sending either Chouinard or Humphreys
to worlds, instead of Robinson. I don't like that way of thinking
about the sport....but I would sooner see either of them go because
they are better skaters, IMHO.