Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Competitive Debut of Les Miserables
Yu-Na Kim is in fine jumping for once again, but to me, this program is about as thrilling as the thought of Anne Hathaway singing in our long-anticipated film adaptation. I do not love the program, but Yu-Na appears a bit focused, serious (and thin and tired), and I have hope that she will once again express the music like the true diva that she can be on the ice.
Points wise, the score Yu-Na put up is what happens when you can do a Triple Lutz+Triple Toe, Triple Flip and an extra Triple Lutz in the second half. We simply have not seen it being done by anyone in the last two seasons, especially using the correct edges.
The program is not utilizing the power of the music and I do not find it up to David Wilson's usual standards, especially for his top student. I find the music edit into On My Own substandard and the placement in the choreography to be puzzling. With more mileage, the ending has the potential to come alive, but the third piece of music is unnecessary. Ending to On My Own could be far more effective. She will need to improve her stamina and the final combination spin, but the level 1 should give her enough of a wake up call.
A glittery Schindler's List gray dress is not working for Yu-Na or this program. Her Jef Billings glam image is not coming through. Yu-Na Kim needs to look and dress like the queen, not a competitor.