Thoughts on the top ladies after the season & looking forward to what's next
DON’T FORGET ABOUT….
JULIA LIPNITSKYA: Oh, my little Russian baby, what happened to you this season? The amount of potential is this child is mind blowing but she had a terrible year, with her jump technique completely escaping her. She looked absolutely miserable - on and off the ice. It is amazing how much her reputation has changed in one season. If you would've asked me about her last September, I would've picked her as a favorite for World title and she didn't even make the team? I'm hoping next year she'll be the Liza T of this season and make an incredible comeback. She has too much talent to waste and I truly enjoy her skating. Reports have said that she is getting new programs for the new season. With the formatting for the Grand Prix series, she should still get two assignments and I’d really like to see what she comes up with. It would certainly be VERY interesting to watch her compete at her best with the Lenas and Lizas of the world. She can emote and perform well, but it’s that jump technique and mental toughness that we have to hope she worked on in the off season.
ADELINA SOTNIKOVA: Word on the street is that this Russian is going to come back next season. Well...I will believe it when I see it. But-It would certainly be interesting if she did, though. The drama would certainly go up several notches if the Olympic champ finally competed again. Not to mention that she’s just ANOTHER Russian lady competing for international competition spots. It’s hard to say how much of an impact she could have on the competition next year since its been so long since we’ve seen her skate. I do not envy her, though, as much will be expected of her if she comes back- and many people will be talking if she does not skate well. Fair or unfair, she has something to prove after the Sochi controversy.
MIRAI NAGASU: Mirai ended her rocky season with a huge letdown. At Nationals, she suffered a bizarre and dramatic fall in the long program and we’ve heard very little about her since. I didn’t really feel any passion from Mirai this season. I loved her program choices, but she just seemed to be going through the motions. I don’t even know what to say about Mirai’s fall at Nationals...she went from grit to distraught to relief to smiles to…. I don’t even know what. I give her credit for powering through, but the whole thing was odd to say the least . She recently wrote on her blog that she is a fighter and will fight to get to the top next season.I do love Mirai’s skating, but she’s always lacked the emotional and mental consistency to show the everyone that she really does have a fight in her. We shall see what next year brings...
MAO ASADA: The three-time World Champ recently announced a comeback to competitive skating. She is such a legend in the sport that watching her skate again could be truly magical. I would be highly interested in seeing her compete against Liza T- triple axel V. triple axel. I think Liza has better jump technique overall, but Mao has the complete package that Liza lacks. Here’s hoping that the Mao that returns is an even better version of Mao of the past. The competition in the ladies field would certainly be hot if Mao is on next season.
EVGENIA MEDVEDEVA: This junior World champ has made it official that she will compete fully as a senior next season. She dominated the junior circuit this year, without any falls on the ice. Her season’s best short program score was fifth highest of any lady competing- senior or junior,so she’s got the goods to score high. She’s just yet ANOTHER Russian name that could put herself into the medal mix for next year.. She should also get two Grand Prix events so she could make a name for herself very early on. I’m hoping her programs and packaging take a step up from this year, so she can present more mature skating.
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