Monday, November 29, 2010
This and That
Just when I was starting to wonder WTF was up with Yuna Kim, AT Sports released her music information today. They ignored Orser's earlier revelation that Arirang is her long program and acted like it is still news. While I can't wait for the Olympic Champion to express that beautiful folk song, I am rather surprised to learn that she will skate to Giselle for her short program. I also thought line and toe point were hallmarks of a traditional ballet. Perhaps she is finally correcting her flexed feet...as they will stick out. The Koreans may like anything she does, but the rest of us are another story.
Team Kim made such a BFD last spring about her wanting to do something Latin or a Tango (even though she skated to Tango de Roxanne for two seasons.) While Yu-Na was reportedly working with Shae-Lynn Bourne on a short program, both of her competitive programs were indeed done by David Wilson.
It is also curious that AT Sports continues to plan her return to competition at the 2011 World Championships. One would think she'd want to get the jitters and the level evaluation out of the way at Four Continents, but they insist that she'll return to competition at worlds. One would think that she must be planning on being in unreal shape the likes of 2009 TEB after this self-imposes hiatus. If she loses Worlds, the decision not to return at Four Continents will be criticized by everyone in skating and the media.
Yu-Na working with her gays, old and new, on the new programs.
Arirang may very well become the signature Olympic long program we all wish she had.
As for my advice for Giselle, to quote the great Dick Button "point that foot, my dear."
Anastasia Sidorova won the All-Around, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise at Top Gym. Ironically, her weakness on Uneven Bars could benefit her...as she is much stronger on the other events and Mother Russia possesses an enormity of riches on the asymmetric bars.
Nastia Liukin will be on the Biggest Loser tomorrow. No, I'm not make a joke about her being a little round for a competitive gymnast. Nastia will be helping out the contestants and working to stay relevant.
At 10 PM, I'm flipping over to CBS to catch Dave Durante, Sasha Artemev, Wes Haagensen and Steve McCain shirtless at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Frankly, the gymnastics ratings would be much better if they competed like that.
The men from Illinois on PBars at their recent intrasquad.
Paul Ruggeri's near brush with death:
Note: The coaches posted this video on their youtube video as a recruiting method to show parents and gymnasts alike just how up-to-date their training center is.
Oregon State's recent exhibition:
The Boomer Sooners are hosting an intrasquad (open to the public) on Friday at 6:45 PM.