Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Russian Nationals: Young Divas Free Skate
My apologies for the tacky and sloppy skating you are about to witness. Plenty of newer fans are crazy about the Russian Ladies. While I refuse to acknowledge the existence of the Russian Men, I will post these as many of them at least leave an impression one way or the other. They are distinguishable. Unfortunately, Ksenia Makarova was unable to defend her title. The Russian Ladies will enter worlds hoping to secure three spots for a day when the senior ladies are talent...it can only help the seniors to have that third spot around. They will certainly need to up their game.
Mishin's influence continues to eat away at Russian skating. While the ladies certainly do not enjoy a storied tradition, the number of gloves and tacky-Volchkova knockoffs is disturbing.. There are a few hidden gems in this bunch.
Long Program Scores
1. Adelina Sotnikova (197.44)
2. Alena Leonova (187.68)
3. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (180.71)
4. Julia Lipnitskaya (176.27)
5. Ksenia Makarova (173.91)
Videos after the jump.