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2015 Rostelecom Cup: free programs

Updated on November 25, 2015

In fact, I enjoyed this competition except for the fact that the results were all fabricated by the ISU and its judges.

Obviously, the competition is between Edmunds and Hongo. Either of them is a rightful winner, if judged fraud-free.

But I am pleased to see Elena's progress and Adelina's return. Things I don't like, especially about Adelia, is that she has a wrong idea about performance since Sochi.

And Russian skaters seem to follow her footsteps. Pulling off a drama stunt takes you nowhere. Come on, girls. Don't fool yourself. Just focus on your train and learn how to manage your body.

Rika Hongo is wonderful here. Her skating is not much rooted in line and extension, but strong and healthy. It's also powerful. How different she looks from Russian skaters! That's how you should skate.

But Hongo is weak in detail. That is, her skating heavily relies on technical elements. Her jumps are 0, double, -3,-1,0, -3, and 0. Her PCS is 7.5.

I think Polina did a decent job here.

Compared to Rika Hongo, Polina is more sophisticated and delicate. Her expressiveness stands out. She is a typical lyrical skater.

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

I am pleased to see her smile happily, but at the same time I don't want her deluded too.

Now it seems Elena has almost shaken off her junior stuffs. She still has issues with jumping technique such as her kicking habit before takeoff and cuddling in the air.

But she seems able to skate without ugly jagged motions.

She is still not capable of driving the momentum to the full, but these days I am pretty much content with her progress.

Her jumps are -2,-1,-1,-3,-1,-1 and -1. Her PCS is 7.0.

Well, you notice how Adelina drives her momentum throughout the program.

That's what I like her about. That's what qualifies her for 7.0 average PCS. Adelina is solid in 7.0.

But her problem is poor execution and low skill. While her skating shows good strength and pace, her moves are rough and far from being in quality.

If Adelina were sophisticated like Polina at her best, that qualifies her for 8.0 average PCS. Yes, that's a very difficult feat. It will take her some years. In other words if Polina has Adelina's strength and pace, she will break 8.0 PCS too.

Here Adelina's skating skills are too poor to earn extra carrots.

Her jumps are -3,0,-1,-2, double, -1 and -3. Her PCS is 7.0.

She is a lovely kid. She is very talented too.

But her skating is in junior level.

Her jumps are -1,-1,-1,-1,-2,-2 and -3. Her PCS is 6.75.

Evgenia shows good speed and good air position, but she, like her compatriots, has flawed jumping techniques, which disqualifies her for GOE.

Her jumps and moves comprehensively lack integration, continuity, and completeness. That is, she is unable to create seamless connectivity. For example, her takeoff cannot be done by one sweep.

More importantly, she is unable to weave the momentum into her moves. Her momentum and her body members constantly collide throughout the program.

Evgenia is not a medalist in this event. I don't mind Russia claims many medals to their heart's content. What I am worried is that this may give a talented figure skater like her a wrong idea.

If Evegenia thinks that's the way she is supposed to skate, then she will soon be anther Russian laughing stock.

Who do you think is the winner of free competition in the 2015 Rostelecom Cup?

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