ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Who do you think is the winner of the 2012 Worlds?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)