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2004 Worlds: Shizuka Arakawa, Sasha Cohen, and Michelle Kwan

Updated on March 10, 2015

Shizuka Arakawa in 2004

Arakawa shows a solid basic in her skating.

However, her moves are premature and her jumping technique also needs more training.

Her Jumps are -1,-1,-1, 0, 0, and 0. Her PCS is 7.75.

Arakawa is superior to Kwan in terms of the properties of components, while her skating is more blunt and less definitive than Kwan's.

Arakawa's program here is not necessarily technically excellent but musically very decent. The program is yet to be matured, but also shows a great potential.

Shizuka Arakawa in 2004

Her jumps are -2,0 and 0. Her PCS is 7.5.

Her body moves are not good enough but she manages well the flow of the program.

However, as her stiff upper body demonstrates, Arakawa still has a polishing issue. Nevertheless, her skating is healthy and shows a great potential.

Arakawa's moves are characterized by lack of lightness, definiteness, and bluntness. That's why at times, she appears moving with some unwanted weight.

Sasha Cohen in 2004

Her jumps are -2,-2,-1,0,-1,-1, 0 and -3. Her PCS is 7.5.

I think Cohen has improved a lot here. Although her jumps are still in much need compared to her peers, her program seems well managed.

It's hard to tell which is more deficient between Arakawa's blunt skating and Cohen's weak jumps.

Sasha Cohen in 2004

Her jumps are -1, -1, and 0. Her PCS is 7.75.

I think among Cohen's programs this is the strongest one so far. Cohen shows a remarkable confidence in her move.

Although Cohen's kicking habit on takeoff is subject to -2 penalty, I've decided to be lenient due to her great flow.

Michelle Kwan in 2004

Her jumps are 0,-1,0,0,0,-1 and double. Her PCS is 8.0.

Although Kwan's over skating is superior to Arakawa's and Cohen's, but her skating is weak in the component property.

This is a decent outing for Kwan, nevertheless.

Michelle Kwan in 2004

Her jumps are -1,-1 and -1. Her PCS is 7.5.

Kwan appears too conservative. Her music is not inspiring. Although Kwan manages the program without any big mistake, this kind of program easily compromises her competitive edge.

The problem is that Kwan's skating is always under her physiological disadvantage, and that requires her to compensate its negative influence one way or another.

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