Sunday, January 6, 2013

Yu-Na's Clean Long



Yu-Na Kim skates a clean long for the second time (third if you count 2007 Cup of Russia) in her career as an elite figure skater. She easily wins the Korean National title.

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  1. Wow! What a difference a few weeks can make - she didn't look winded at all at the end. Great job, Yu-na!

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  2. Wow! Unbelievable!! Watch out Mao & Ashley!! Yuna could win again @ Worlds.

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  3. To be fair to YNK, this makes her 3rd clean LP. She had three clean LPs as a senior: 2007 CoR, 2010 Vancouver Oly., and this competition.

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    1. Yes, all of them scored a world record.

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    2. It depends if you count the Lutz at 2007 CoR as a clean long. It was a scratchy landing. At the Olympics and today, the landings were perfect with great flow, solid edges, etc. Bottom line is she looks great.

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  4. Wow,jealousy does make people ugly.

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    1. Out of curiosity, who has shown jealousy? I see nothing but positive comments towards Yuna here.

      Anyways, Worlds should be pretty exciting this year with Caro and Yuna both surpassing 200 points at their respective Nationals.

      Mao and Ashley both have to up their technical content in order to keep up, which is a good thing as it will motivate them and lead to a higher level of cmpetition than we've seen these last few years.

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    2. Yeah, and over-analyzing makes people look stupid.

      Lovely, lovely performance! I feared that something like the freak fall during SP would happen again, but it didn't. Thank goodness!

      It's a shame her music cuts for both "Kiss of the Vampire" and "Les Miserables" are kind of funky. I've really tried to like those programs, but haven't grown on me like most of her past programs.

      With that said, I'm excited for Worlds! Should be interesting, I think!

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    3. well, i`ve seen alot of negative comments about yuna in the older posts so i sort of understand why you said something about "jealousy" lol

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    4. Not as ugly as her unpointed toes! :p

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    5. I fear she will never point her toes until she retires after Sochi. But you know what? I still prefer Yuna with consistent 3-3 and true Lutz rather than hypothetical Yuna with pointed toes, but ugly flutz with no 3-3 combination.

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  5. So much better than the 1st performance of this - good job!

    I'm not usually one of those to put a big priority on jumps, but man, her jumps are just freaking beautiful.

    Can't say I LOVE the program, but I guess its as good as other top lady's programs this year.

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  6. Nice jumps, but her skating leaves me cold. The music cuts don't help. That said, she is going to win Worlds if she skates like this (even with the SP mistakes).

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    1. ITA, great skater, but leaves me cold as well, the choreography is not that great. i still put michelle kwan as the best performer ever, and i don't think yuna comes close. but yuna has great jumps.

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    2. I really LOVE her skating like Michelle Kwan.
      BEAUTIFUL SKATER <3

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  7. The t in the 3z/3t underrotated? Otherwise, fantastic performance! I've missed her.

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    1. It was rectified. Honestly, if you consider her 3t to be short of rotation, I do wonder how many of other ladies' second toeloop could be considered as "safe".

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    2. Look at the angle of the skating leg the moment her toe pick hits the ice and compare it to the angle she lands--she lands right at the quarter turn. A little under-rotated but still fully valid according to the rules.

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  8. her ass is so tight, you could eat lunch off of it!

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  9. Superb!!!
    Music, Speed, choreography, the flow and gracefulness is just stunning. Hope to see you compete at the Olympics in 2014!!!

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    1. What a perfect performance! Those jumps and her graceful footwork. GO YUNA!!!!

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  10. Beautiful free programme Yuna!! <333

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  11. Yuna Kim is flawless every time she skates, incredible!!!

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    1. No she isn't (flawless every time she skates). She usually makes mistakes, especially in her long program. That is why this skate is remarkable.

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  12. Like several others, her program leaves me cold. But the height on her jumps is awesome! However, I am somewhat bothered by the trend today for women to leave out a jump they don't like -- in Yuna's case, the triple lutz. It seems to me that if you are to be a world or Olympic champion, you should perform each of the jumps. I remember Kristi Yamaguchi had an awful time with triple salchows and didn't like that jump at all. However, she did it in the Olympics and she did it well. Of course, the women weren't doing triple-triples then, but still . . .

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    1. I meant the triple LOOP, not triple lutz. Sorry!

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    2. You mean the triple loop? ;)

      I had wondered that as well, until someone had pointed out that she has an old injury that gets aggravated whenever she performs that jump. So in the long run, it's better to leave it out or else she'll go the way of Tara Lipinski (too many triple loops) after she turned pro.

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    3. I feel the same way, although I definitely take the point about injury. All the more reason that I am inclined to count her 2007 CoR performance as clean - because it had the loop in it, making it a program (and likely her only) with both five different triples and seven triples overall.

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  13. Well, let's not forget Kristi's 3lz-3t in the long at Albertville- women were doing 3-3's then. And she didn't do her triple salchow well, not even at all- she doubled it. And she practically fell on Yuna's nemesis jump, the triple loop.
    Anyways, an all 5 triple Yuna would be sweet- it would free her to do a 7 triple program. A clean 7 triple Yuna with a 3lz-3t would win every event from now till Sochi by a mile, it would actually be uneventful unless Mao, Caro, Gracie, Ashley, the Russians, dramatically improve their jumps, PCS, overall skating, and it still wouldn't be enough.

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  14. Yuna, bring your 3Lo!
    Sad because her 2A-3T >>>>> 3S-2T.

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  15. Her big ice coverage.

    fancam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdP46nafCGU

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  16. I agree that I would like for her to do a triple loop, just so she has the fell set of triples. However, the technical content she put out on the ice is still some of the best we've seen. (I still take issue with the "short" lutz entrance, because I grew up being told a lutz should have a long back outside edge entrance; but then again, I've never skated competitively a day in my life... It obviously works for her, so, whatever!)

    Did anyone read the comments? I'm living for the comments from the "butthurt" Russian fan who thought their embroys would have the Sochi title locked up right now. Seriously even IF its a shade of her former self, it's better than most ANYTHING being done right now. Someone pass the Yu-Na Crack! I'm ready for this ride again!

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    1. Her short entrance to 3 Lz is not a huge problem if she can jump & land it correctly. I don't know about others, but I really like her backspiral transition she does for her 2nd triple lutz in the program. I know a lot of other girls just do a long set-up and nothing else before doing harder jumps like Flip and Lutz.

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  17. Like many others, I'm not completely sold on these programs. Don't get me wrong - I am a HUGE fan of Kim Yuna (she actually got me back into watching figure skating after a long, LONG hiatus) - but her programs this season aren't as inspired (don't know if this is the right word) as those of previous seasons. I wish she had continued using Giselle and Homage this season. Those two programs would have been absolutely phenomenal when skated cleanly. However, I can't complain. We're lucky that a talent such as Yuna has come back even after winning every competition there is to win. Hopefully her comeback will give the other FS Ladies the hint that its time to up the ante on the difficulty of jumps, and cease the monotony that is the current Ladies FS scene.

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    1. I especially wish she had kept Giselle. The music cuts to that were perfect, and I thought the choreography was crisp and inspired. I think part of her difficulty in these programs, or at least her program, is her comparative lack of speed. Hopefully, that'll increase and the program's excitement value along with it.

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  18. Man..she's gotta leave David Wilson. He's losing the magic,or he already has,sadly. All the programs choreographed by him this season leave me cold. It's really shame that such a great skater like Yuna is wasting one of her last two seasons on performing the boring program.

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    1. Agree, why she not trying other choreographer? she is some kind of obsessed with him. IMO, Camerlengo would bring renewed vigor to her program.

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    2. Yuna & Wilson harmany perfect!!! Long Forever!!!

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  19. Besides, I like all her programs made by other choreographers. Tom Dickson,Sandra Bezic and Jeff Buttle, they did a great job.

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    1. Jeff Buttle!I hope She would work with Jeff Buttle next season.

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    2. How about the great Russian choreographer, Tatiana Tarasova? Couldn't she give Yu-Na programs like Mao Asada's Bells of Moscow or Yagudin's Iron Man? Those two programs were history-making masterpieces and I would love to see the similar result from their collaboration.

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  20. No way. When I heard her commentations at 2007 Coc , She highly complimented Yuna about her musicality and techniques. she even told she was very impressed by ''El tango de Roxanne''

    But, after she became Mao's coach, she has been hostile to Yuna. That's natural!!!!

    I doubt she will choreograph Yuna's program.

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    1. Tarasova was a commentator at 2007 GPF, too. When I watch it again, I'm surprised by her quality of expertise on Yuna. When she is not biased, she is a real expert in skating.

      But, she is a human. Understandable.

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  21. I think Wilson still has it based on other programs by Wilson this season (Chan's La Bohème program). I even enjoy Hanyu's program Notre-Dame de Paris by Wilson although I rather see someone else skate it. Yu na's program just happens to be one of his misses. I wish Yu na would skate her Homage to Korea program again this season since she didn't skate it much that season before she left.

    Jeff Buttle, Pasquale Camerlengo would be awesome for Yu n

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  22. She had a moment at the end of the step sequence to connect to the music, and there is just zero effort on her part. Don't be so quick to jump on the choreography if the skater isn't invested in the movement to begin with.

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  23. Amazing talent, amazing athleticism. Welcome back!

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    1. Sooooooooooooo touched.

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  24. She is very consistent and has an innate elegance.
    I think her decision of return is not just for her own self.
    I respect her dedication and hard work.
    There will always be pressures and expectations, but her presence is only good for this sport.

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  25. OMG, look at her speed and rink coverage!
    Amazzzzzing Yuna!! :)

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  26. SHE IS SO SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. I think people are nitpicking. There is way more choreography in this than Kostner and Asada's programs, and the in-between skating is quite intricate. Stop nitpicking the program just to have something to say. Her programs are both pretty good. Maybe people don't want another year or two of a certain skater dominating everything and basically winning by default, but if she can skate like this even with one fall on a Salchow or something, she's doing to demolish pretty much everyone on the scene easily.

    I'm starting to wonder if the YouTube trolls learned English are are making it over to this blog cause there aren't so many posts that end up with people parroting each other like this, filling up the comment section with drivel many of us can do without...

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    1. Congratulations. It is apparent that you passed your English classes. Would you like us fellow trolls to give you a certificate and a box of chocolates?

      Oh, and what else would you like us to stop doing? Grovel and gush about Yuna's every actions? Perhaps yours as well. I am sure we'd all be willing to oblige to your requests, Queen Troll. :)

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  28. ...I'm Korean and I'm sorry for what I'm not good at English,

    I think she is not the same as before, 08-09 / 09-10 season.
    But, nonetheless, she is seen as the most competitive competetion.
    i hope She will clean sp, fs at the World Championships and add up to her another gold medal.
    at that time, she was received this tribute.

    "If someone asked me who they should look at (across the generations)
    I would say Janet Lynn, Dorothy Hamill, Katarina Witt and definitely Yuna. There isn't a move Yuna makes that doesn't give her points, "
    -Robin Cousins
    "Certainly, it has taken women's skating to another level. Technically and artistry The whole package."
    -Kristi Yamaguchi
    I have never seen a skater with such a combination of artistry and athleticism.
    -Michelle Kwan

    to haters. just want know it :)
    i just hope that... fact from the past time wont distortion..

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  29. whatever they say, the history will remember you. i Hope you will not be shaken.

    "Never have athlete and artist been more perfectly balanced than they are with Kim. Never has a skater with both those qualities displayed them so flawlessly in the sport's most important competition...So Yu-Na is a champion for her times. And one for all time, as well."
    -LA Times

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  30. I like this FS really a lot. It is very mature and gentle and has a lot of subtle nuances and emotions. It's so comforting that I can watch it over and again.

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