Daisuke Takahashi & Yuzuru Hanyu getting emotional after Mao Asada’s FS
I swear, there should be a Confessions of a Figure Skater movie!!! Oh the things I think about when I’m ice-deprived. HAHAHA. BUUUUT I AM GOING TO BE BACK SOON THOUGH. LIKE LEGIT BACK. I’M GOING TO TRAIN AGAIN!!!!! THIS IS IT GUYSSSSSSSS. AFTER 4 MONTHS. DON’T WANNA JINX IT BUT I’M JUST SO EXCITED.
"As far as I know, figure skating is not just a competition among countries or contenders. It’s not a solitary competition with myself, either. Though I’m still in the process to learn and realize what skating really is, what I know right now is that the most important thing in figure skating is the connection with the audience. So I hope that I and everyone watching my performances will not feel joy or sorry accompanied by the colors of the medals, but share joy and happiness that I’ll deliver through the music and my performances."
Meryl, Charlie & Yuna/Mao (they went to McDonalds after the pic with Mao omg)
Okay the only performance I’ve watched (that I cared about anyway) was Mao Asada’s freeskate. I haven’t watched Yuna’s Olympics performance but I certainly love Asada’s program more. Also, I’ve read many articles comparing Adelina’s and Yuna’s fs. Can’t say anything since I haven’t watched them yet but I really really hope they skated better than Mao.
And I just have to say this, I have seen many posts saying that people should not hate Adelina (and I agree) but honestly, I’ve read through her tags, and Yuna’s, but I haven’t seen any post HATING her. And most of the posts I’ve read were about the unfair scoring. But okay if there’s anyone hating her, then stop being immature please. I’ve seen her previous performances and she’s good. Personally, I still love watching Yuna perform because she’s the most graceful skater I’ve ever seen… And this is probably why most people (including me) like her more. Apparently, grace is easier to appreciate than technicality, especially for non-skaters. But figure skating is much more than that.
And I think I speak for the rest of the figure skating community when I say that Yuna doesn’t need another gold medal to prove herself to the world. Just like how Mao’s perfect freeskate speaks MUCH MORE than her short. They’re already queens, and no one can take that away from them. :)
20 February 2014
MY HEART BREAKS FOR MAO ASADA. :((
- Russia had a home advantage
- Sotnikova’s Previous Scores
175.98 at World Champions (March 2013)
173.30 at Grand Prix Final (December 2013)
224.59 at Sochi Winter Olympics (February 2014)
Although the Russian skater is absolutely wonderful at what she does, it is physically impossible to improve/gain 51.29 points in a mere 2-month time period (link of her scores)
- Sotnikova stumbled on her freestyle. Kim never did. Although Adelina MAY have had a “more difficult” routine than Yuna, Yuna’s executions were clearly superior. (the gif below is of Sotnikova stumbling)
- To those who think Adelina deserved gold: How would you explain the fact that Adelina got higher marks than Asada Mao, who landed EIGHT triple jumples (including a triple axel)? What? Are you saying that Adelina had higher technical components than Yuna? Then explain how Asada got 144 points (with clean jumps) and Sotnikova got 149 points (with NOT clean jumps). Please. Fact: Sotnikova was inflated. Yuna Kim and Asada Mao were underscored.
- Sotnikova’s score for Sochi was just below that of Yuna’s legendary Vancouver performance. No matter how “amazing” Adelina’s performance may have been, it was not good enough to nearly match the score of Yuna’s record-setting performance. This proves that the scoring was rigged. THIS VIDEO proves just that. It is a comparison of Yuna Kim’s 2010 Vancouver Olympic jump and Adelina Sotnikova’s 2014 Sochi Olympic jump. You be the judge. Do they really compare?
- 'The practice of sport is a human right.' Everyone should be able to play sport 'without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.' - The Olympic Charter, established by de Coubertin. Regardless of anyone's nationality, the Olympics is about fair sportsmanship. The judges of Sochi 2014 Ladies' Figure Skating were not very mature as they gave into racial bias.
- One judge gave Yuna Kim a “0” on her Short Program. Look for yourself (click HERE)
- American skating insiders are questioning the Sochi judges: “Judges from the United States and South Korea, as well as two other Western judges, were not chosen by draw to work the women’s long program after being on the women’s short program panel the night before. Two of their replacements were Ukrainian Yuri Balkov, who was kicked out of judging for a year after being tape-recorded trying to fix the Nagano ice dancing competition by a Canadian judge, and Alla Shekhovtseva, a Russian judge who is married to the Russian federation’s president. Other Eastern Europeans were on the panel as well.” (link)
- Opinion: Considering the fact that Yuna Kim took a TWO YEAR break from competitive skating since her 2010 Olympics, I think she did a hell of a job. She maintained her perfection.
- ESPN Official Website News Article titled “Home Cooking”, “Home-Ice Advantage”
- NBC Olympics (twitter account) hints that they, too, are questioning the result
- Olympics Researcher at NBC, Alex Goldberger tweeted, “Adelina Sotnikova was excellent tonight, but Kim Yuna was robbed.”
- CBC Commentary: “That’s a shock…Did you see that coming” (of Sotnikova winning) ”Well I think I saw a medal coming, I’m just not sure we thought it was going to be that one” ”As caught up in the moment as I was… I’m still stuck on quality of skating that Yuna Kim has, and the moments where you see jarring images during Sotnikova that she’s not ready yet …The judges have their job and I really look forward to looking at it again so I can see it with fresh eyes but yes I am sitting here a little stunned”
- Bil Plaschke (LA Sports Columnist) tweeted: note the words “leader…perfect…didn’t win… unbelievable… scandal… wrong… nearly perfect”
- New York Times: “Comparing the Jumps of Sotnikova and Yu-na” included rating of Sotnikova’s Triple Flip and Double axel as “Poor” in the free program and Yu-na’s ratings consisted of Good only.
- Ashley Wagner, an American figure skater who finished seventh:
”People don’t want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean…To be completely honest, this sport needs fans and needs people who want to watch it. People do not want to watch a sport where they see someone skate lights out and they can’t depend on that person to be the one who pulls through. People need to be held accountable… They need to get rid of the anonymous judging" (the article can be found HERE)
- Ollie Williams (An Olympics Sports Reporter for BBC Reporting from Sochi):
- "It’s sad that I just presumed Sotnikova was going to get a boost (in points) because this was in Russia," former U.S. Olympic figure skating coach Audrey Weisiger said in a phone interview. "Isn’t it sad that I automatically thought that? Not one person in skating I’ve talked to said that’s the way it should have gone."
- "I was surprised with the result," Joseph Inman, a top international judge who was on the women’s panel at the 2002 Olympics, said in a telephone interview.
- Katarina Witt (German Figure Skater) “Shame Gold Medal, Yuna Kim is a real queen”
- Terra Findlay (Canadian ice dancer) “I’m speechless. Yuna Kim, you are a queen”
- Jamie Sale (World+ Olympic Gold Medalist) tweeted, “I would have had Yuna 1, Carolina 2 and Adelina 3”
- Owen Gibson (Guardian Chief Sports Correspondent) tweeted: “Russian Adelina Sotnikova beats Yuna Kim to gold in the figure skating. I’m no expert but I reckon we’re in for a judging controversy…”
- Joannie Rochette (Canadian Olympic Figure Skater) tweeted:
- Take a look at her charity contributions. The list is endless (link). Kim donated more than $1.7 million as of Oct 2009 and is continuing her effort in many ways.
- PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION: OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO JUDGING DECISIONS OF WOMEN’S FIGURE SKATING AND DEMAND RE-JUDGMENT AT THE SOCHI OLYMPICS (CLICK HERE)
- The whole world, even the Russians, agrees that Yuna Kim was robbed of her gold medal.
- Sochi 2014 was Yuna Kim’s last performance as a professional figure skater.
- Yuna Kim was flawless. This is a fact, not an opinion. She cleanly landed all her jumps.
- A masterpost of Kim’s highlight programs can be found by clicking HERE
Adelina Sotnikova unfortunately won’t be remembered for her gold, but the girl who robbed Yuna Kim of her rightful place. Watch out, Russia. You are forgetting that the next winter Olympics (2018) is in Korea.
"Russia may have given a gold medal to Sotnikova but the rest of the world has given it to Yuna Kim." —@ChocopieK on Twitter
Yuna may have won silver, but she will always be gold to the world.
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Okay I haven’t watched the ladies’ programs yet but reading this makes me feel bad for Yuna, Mao and even for Adelina. READ.
Mao Asada: First woman to land eight triple jumps and one of each type of jump, including a triple axel, in a free skate || 2014 Olympics
So I’ve been skating for the past four(?) months on and off, and without any training. I’ve decided to take a skating break for a few weeks and then come back for good. I think I’ve already wasted a lot of time and I don’t want to anymore. I want to start landing single jumps and do some pretty cool spins. I’ve been stuck for so long. :( I miss my skating buddies and my coach. Ugh. Can’t wait to go back.