Sunday, September 4, 2011
This and That
Mariya Livchikova gave us this wonderful floor routine to capture gold on floor at the Ghent World Cup. The Ukrainians are always the truly pretty ones.
Much has gone on since the last time we caught up. While we do need to hold one another and mourn the Beluification of Ana Porgras, we need to focus on all of the wonderful beam routines we had together.
As we head to Worlds, we notice that Viktoria Komova will be peaking for a strong showing. With 4-5 competitive routines under her belt on bars and beam, she is starting to get in top form. Vika looked sloppy and sluggish on bars(for her, not by American standards) during prelims in Ghent, but she came back with one of her best efforts to take the title over Wu Liufang and Jiang Yuyuan.
Vika did fall off beam, but she has had several successful outings. Though far from a weakness, it is not her strongest event.
Wu Liufang won't be left off the World Team again if she keeps performing like this.
Evgeny Plushenko performed at a Russian Test Skate. There are moments in the program when his artistry looks improved and then he erases it by flailing with more alacrity than ever before. His jumps look strong, but he no longer has the air of invincibility.
It appears that Ksenia Makarova's new coach is emphasizing the need to get up in the air before she rotates her jumps. It will take some serious work if she ever wants to make another World Team. May the force be with her to erase Polina Shelepen from our hearts and minds.
Sui and Han won another Junior Grand Prix event with their senior-level tricks, junior-level skating skills and novice-level sophistication.
Igor Shpilband proved his political mettle to his pupils by scoring a berth to Skate Canada for Madison Chock and Evan Bates. He is proving that he meant what he said about 'going places' when he "allegedly" had Evan Bates dump his longtime partner in order to climb the mountain of success in the world of ice dance.
A wonderful feature on Tamara Moskvina.
Courtney Hicks aims for the top.
Imagine if she were given usual Russian training in ballet and choreography. There is no excuse for such unfinished skating with a body that is suited for the sport. That also goes for Courtney Hicks' dangling free leg.