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The Greatest Jumper

Updated on August 12, 2014

Yuna Kim: the greatest jumper in the ladies figure skating

There are many great jumpers in the history of ladies figure skating.

First comes Midori Ito, followed by Elaine Zayak or Linda Fratianne etc.

Especially Ito's jump shows incomparable height, speed and power, which even embarrasses men.

For some, Tonya Harding is the greatest jumper too, who landed triple axel in the competition like Ito.

Jump technique has evolved in time. Therefore, it is naturally expected to have better jumpers today than a decade or more ago.

Unfortunately, no skaters today show in jumping more talent than Midori Ito or Linda Fratianne - except one skater.

Her name is Yuna Kim.

If Yuna Kim was not known particularly for jumping ability, that's because competition system doesn't fully reflect Kim's jump in terms of quality.

Strictly speaking, Kim's jump quality, more often than not, shoots out of GOE chart compared to her peers.

Midori Ito's jump

Which feature in Ito's jump do you think is better than Kim's?

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Midori Ito: the most powerful jumper ever in the ladies figure skating history

Ito was once famous for her jump height, power and easiness, but her jumps often lacked of detail and precision, especially lack of compatibility with other elements.

In other words Ito's jump is one sided; it lopsidedly appeals to power, despite its unprecedented skillfulness.

On the other hand, Kim's jump is ideal for the ladies figure skating.

Kim's jump may be lower than Ito's but it traveled longer and was even faster than Ito's at takeoff , optimized with contextual lines and flows.

When Kim emerged in 2007 Worlds, Dick Button, a master technician, who had been also known for his biting sarcasm and eloquent criticism, spluttered all over the quality of Kim's jump.

It is Kim's marvelous precision that will be remembered in the years to come. Kim's jump shows rare quality; it's almost of a surgical blade precision.

Skaters have a few lucky moments in lifetime when they succeed in landing in a fantastic fashion, but Kim has only a few times in which her jump seems to have lost a small alignment.

Yuna Kim's jumps

Which in Kim's jump do you think is better than Ito's?

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Although I laid out a definition of figure skating jumper above, you are still welcomed to defer.

Now in your definition of jumper, answer the question below.

Who do you think is a better jumper between Midori Ito and Yuna Kim according to your own definition of jumper?

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