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Eteri's legacy really isn't going to be all that great when all is said and done. So many injuries and careers cut short.
 

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I kinda wanna get a list for whom has succesfully executed the 3A and the quads in competition, just out of statistical nerd reasons haha.

3A - 1. Midori Ito - 2. Tonya Harding - 3. Liudmila Nelidina - 4. Yukari Nakano - 5. Mao Asada - 6. Elizaveta Tukthamysheva - 7. Mirai Nagasu - 8. Rika Kihira - 9. Alysa Liu - 10. Young You - 11. Alena Kostornaia. (Some domestic performers include Kimmie Meissner, Ayaka Hosoda, Mana Kawabe and probably a few more.)
4S - 1. Miki Ando - 2. Alexandra Trusova - 3. Elizabet Tursynbaeva
4T - 1. Alexandra Trusova - 2. Kamila Valieva
4F - 1. Alexandra Trusova - 2. Anna Shcherbakova
4Lz - 1. Alexandra Trusova - 2. Anna Shcherbakova - 3. Alysa Liu
4Lo - X.

I am probably a bit off on the quads because I simply don't remember who else of the juniors has accomplished what so please help out!
 

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I don't know much about the mechanics of skating. Can someone explain to me why for some skaters it's easier to do a 4Lz over a 4T. Aren't toeloops the simplest? Thinking of Shcherbakova and Liu who seemed to skip over the easier quads and went straight to training the hardest and rarest quads.
 

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I don't know much about the mechanics of skating. Can someone explain to me why for some skaters it's easier to do a 4Lz over a 4T. Aren't toeloops the simplest? Thinking of Shcherbakova and Liu who seemed to skip over the easier quads and went straight to training the hardest and rarest quads.
Because of the BV I think, and I think it's because its easier to "cheat" on a 4Lz rather than a 4T because of the ability to prerotate Lutzes - making it "easier" in a way since they don't have to exactly complete all the revolutions. I may be wrong though.

Edit: Of course there's also the possibility where some skaters have perfect Lutz technique and it makes doing the 4Lz much easier for them.
 

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Kaori Sakamoto has tried a 4T in a domestic competition. Deemed a downgrade, but it seems that she is working on that alongside a 3A.

It seems that Wakaba Higuchi will debut her 3A at Worlds.

Rika Kihira has her 3Lz back and will be readding it to her programs at 4CC. Her aim is to perfectly execute the 4S by Worlds.
 

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Yuzu was sublime, broke his own SP WR. I thought he deserved 113 tho but it's fine.

Men's SP
1. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN 111.82
2. Boyang Jin CHN 95.83
3. Jason Brown USA 94.71
4. Keegan Messing CAN 94.03
5. Yuma Kagiyama JPN 91.61
6. Junhwan Cha KOR 90.37

The last two groups in general were phenomenal, nearly everyone went clean.

Rika was the highlight of the ladies SP as usual, so glad her Lutz is finally back.
 

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Rika Kihira defends her 4CC title with Young You second, despite popping her first 3A attempt into a single. Bradie Tennell wins her first major medal with a bronze (0.26 behind You).

Higuchi tried 3A and Sakamoto attempted 4T, but both fell. Wakaba's 3A was deemed fully rotated whereas Kaori's quad was downgraded.

Kihira's program: 3S, 1A, 3Lz, 3A2T, 3F3T2T, 3F3T, 3Lo
You's program: 3A, 3Lz3T, 3Lo, 3Lz1Eu3S, 2A3T, 3F(ur), 2A
Tennell's program: 3Lz3T, 2A, 3S, 2A, 3Lz3T, 3F2T2Lo, 3Lo

LADIES FINAL
1. Rika Kihira JPN 232.34
2. Young You KOR 223.23
3. Bradie Tennell USA 222.97
4. Wakaba Higuchi JPN 207.46
5. Kaori Sakamoto JPN 202.79
 

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PCS rears its ugly head again. Based on the judges Young You is a different class of skater to Karen Chen, but I found the latter's performance so much more captivating. I love Kaori but don't think she deserved her PCS this time either.
 

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Hanyu wins 4CC gold and completes the Grand Slam of Figure Skating, winning every possible major competition there is in both seniors and juniors.

He won despite making a few major errors, with a stepout on 4Lz and a fall on his 4T.

Jason Brown wins a silver medal, his best ever showing at an international competition.

Yuma Kagiyama wins the bronze.
 

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Wow indeed Han Yan's La La Land is beautiful!

Like the fact that Higuchi attempted 3A and Sakamoto 4T. Wakaba was really close, her 2A has always been divine and she really should be able to get it done soon. Kaori was a bit off axis it seemed. Also wonder if Rika will finally be able to land the 4S at worlds.
 

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Challenge Cup is next week and both Kihira and Uno are in the entry lists.

Rika has said she'll be attempting the 4S this event as a test/warm-up for worlds. Considering the rest of the field and the advantage she'll have over them if she lands a clean SP (easily >10 points), she should go all out in her FS.
 

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Japan wins both men's and women's singles at Challenge Cup as expected

Rika's layout: 3S, 3A2T, 3Lz, 3A, 3F3T, 3Lz2T2Lo, 3Lo.
Didn't try 4S because she felt that she wasn't ready for it yet, so I don't think we'll see it at worlds. Though if she can skate this program equally well (or even better) at worlds, she probably wouldn't need it to podium especially if she can also lay down a flawless SP. This was her best free skate of the season imo. PCS is pretty great considering there's only 7 judges here (71+), 85 TES. Her best FS score of the season so far with a 156.38.

Yuhana Yokoi finished in second; also skated clean with a 141+, unfortunately didn't perform to her best in nationals to take the worlds spot. Her layout: 2A, 3F, 3Lo, 3Lz, 3S3T, 3Lz2Lo, 2A3T2Lo.
 

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I don't know much about the mechanics of skating. Can someone explain to me why for some skaters it's easier to do a 4Lz over a 4T. Aren't toeloops the simplest? Thinking of Shcherbakova and Liu who seemed to skip over the easier quads and went straight to training the hardest and rarest quads.
Because of the BV I think, and I think it's because its easier to "cheat" on a 4Lz rather than a 4T because of the ability to prerotate Lutzes - making it "easier" in a way since they don't have to exactly complete all the revolutions. I may be wrong though.

Edit: Of course there's also the possibility where some skaters have perfect Lutz technique and it makes doing the 4Lz much easier for them.
I think Shcherbakova broke her leg on a quad toe, which might be why she's hesitant to perform it these days.

Speaking of lovely La La Lands, Marin Honda's is just exquisite. I wish I knew what her deal was. She is still such a gorgeous skater even as a shadow of her junior glory. It's a damn shame things didn't work out for her. I've heard she's not the hardest worker, but I wonder how much that is inhibiting her? Like, if she started training harder than anyone, could she get anywhere near where she used to be? Or is it just a matter of having lost her consistency and ability to rotate the jumps? Figure skating is oh so fickle.
 

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Junior Worlds are on today, men's SP just concluded

Love love love Yuma Kagiyama and Andrew Torgashev. Just two glorious skaters when they hit everything in their program perfectly. Shun Sato's skating doesn't do anything for me, imo he's the male version of Trusova. I'm indifferent towards Mozalev, I like him but compared to Kagiyama and Torgashev he's a class lower imo.

Men's SP
1. Yuma Kagiyama JPN 85.82
2. Andrei Mozalev RUS 84.31
3. Andrew Torgashev USA 81.50
4. Aleksandr Selevko EST 80.87
5. Shun Sato JPN 79.30
6. Daniel Grassl ITA 78.91
 
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