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2012 Worlds: Carolina Kostner, Alena Leonova, and Akiko Suzuki

Updated on March 25, 2015

Carolina Kostner in 2012

Wow! Bravo, Kostner!

That's a brilliant program by Kostner. I like her speed, power and aggressiveness. Basically that's how a skater should skate. It does little matter whether she falls or not. At least top skaters should skate with that speed and power demonstrated in Kostner's skating.

Her free program shows her merits as well as her deficiencies too, however. I can't help chuckling while impressed by Kostner's performance. She looks determined to redeem all her failed jumps in the past with this one.

Kostner throws all the jumps she can. But, at the same time, it's painfully clear that she has nothing else. Kostner has a very desirable bodyline for a skater but unable to utilize it to her advantage. Her moves are all done standing. Her upper body seems perpetually imprisoned. Her spins are just terrible.

Speed, power, jumps and flow are all there but she can't do anything more than that. Kostner here appears a bit similar to Wagner in U.S. Nationals.

Her jumps are +1,+1.+1, double, +1,+2, and 0(sequence). Her PCS is 8.25.

In her short program, her jumps are 0, double, and +1. Her PCS is 7.75.

Carolina Kostner in 2012

Alena Leonova in 2012

In her short program, Leonova's jumps are +1,0 and 0. Her PCS is 7.0.

Leonova shows good speed and good approach to jump, but her jumps are typically stunted like her other elements. That is, she is unable to make them flow throughout the program.

This also coincides with roughness in her jumps. Leonova's jumps show clean landing but they are also chopped.

It is a mystery that Leonova took silver in the 2012 Worlds.

This may indicate that Russian bias had already started much earlier than we thought. There is no reasonable explanation why Leonova could claim silver here.

Leonaova's jumps are +1,-2,-3,-1,-1,0, and 0. Her PCS is 7.0.

Her skating level is much lower than Kostner or Suzuki. Lenova appears able to land jumps but their quality at their best is rough and barely meets ratification, and more importantly her skating is inherently stunted and off balance.

Alena Leonova in 2012

Akiko Suzuki in 2012

Suzuki performs a decent outing here.

Her jumps are +1,+1,0,-2,-1, -3 and 0. Her PCS is 7.75. Her jumps at the beginning of program appear good. Her speed and running edge are noticed. The overall flow appears adequate. However, as the program progresses, her technical proficiency begins to expose its depletion.

Her spins are poor too.

In her short program, her jumps are 0,0 and 0. Her PCS is 7.5.

Akiko Suzuki in 2012

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