Tomorrow will be next JGP. Also, official test skates for senior ladies are coming. It isn't a real competition, it is a test where skaters show their shape. I'm so exited about Evgenia's new program. Her free skate music is Libertango by YoYo Ma
Unlucky draw for Alexandra Trusova. Usually judges don't give high scores in the very beginning. But who cares, since Kostornaya and Sherbakova don't participate no one can touch her. Her technical advantage over other competitors is huge. Take your place in history, Sasha!
“Overall I am pleased with my performances, but I could have done some elements better, even a lot better, and I’m trying to bringing everything to perfection in the course of the season,” Kostornaia commented. “I’ll try to include the triple Axel maybe for the (ISU Junior) Grand Prix Final. Right now it is not very consistent, but I hope to get in good shape,” the 15-year-old added.
Btw, she turned 15 just a few weeks ago. If she was just a few months older she could become olympic champion.
> school year in Russia started this Monday. I saw a lot of sad children with flowers > quoted1
My kids aren't sad, I didn't mean that. I was a bit sad (nostalgic rather), cause when school year starts — it's like — they are getting older all of a sudden (you have to buy them bigger size uniforms, etc). Perhaps that's because my kids' birthdays are in October, when they are turning a year older — I feel like that. Also in Britain in our parks there are a lot of chestnut trees and conkers are being formed right now and getting ripe. And I remember every two years being heavily pregnant with each one of them at this time of the year and them being tiny babies. I just remember walking in the park and picking up conkers, two of my older ones came out with hair exactly like that — ginger, maybe a bit lighter
It's just me being a bit silly and looking back. That's all. Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> It feels like it is still summer in Moscow. I hope it will last a bit longer. > quoted1
It's still summer here as well — 23C in London today, Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> It is. It reminds me of my childhood when I was training in CSKA in handball team 3−4 times a week for 2 hours a day. I'd say you daughter's work ethic is close to work ethic of junior athletes. quoted1
Not with her — it's not work ethic. She enjoys a lot of it. I mean — with ballet — she started when she was 2.5 years old (trying to dance when most kids can't even walk properly yet — I mean properly — as they are toddlers). She is 9 now. She has done ballet for the most part of her tiny life. In this time we 've been through all sorts. We had periods when she had gone off it for a while, didn't wanna do it, etc. I remember before her first ballet exam the Headteacher of the ballet school said to me «Victoria won't get Distinction I am afraid, Mrs **********. The highest to aim for is Merit.» But - literally in the last couple of months before the exam she improved. I remember trying to «bribe» her at the time («I will buy you this toy or that toy, whatever, just try your best, etc.»). They don't push kids here you see, if they don't enjoy something — they don't. That's it. The Headteacher of our school dreamt of her own daughter doing ballet and she has perfect physique for it, but her daughter didn't want to, didn't enjoy it, so the Headteacher just accepted it was not her daughter's «thing». In Russia they put pressure on young kids, here they don't. They want them to find their own niche of interests and they believe this is where their best achievement will be. With drama — she has always enjoyed performing. I will see if I will find a couple of short videos of her when she was tiny — ballet and drama — just to show you what I mean — you can see she stands out even at that age. Thing is — nothing in the performing arts world is guaranteed. My husband keeps reminding me of that, saying «she should drop this, and drop that and go to a public (that means private) school and concentrate on her education — Maths, English «(he has a valid point — she is lagging behind our boys with that — a lot, even my littlest one is better in Maths than her), but she is who she is. Even if she doesn't become a famous actress/dancer/singer — whatever — this will help her in some way in life to find her way. That's what I think. Even in the City we have people whose first degree was in Performing Arts and they are some of the best brokers in the square mile — cause of the charisma. Maths, all that shit — is not that important these days — cause the IT support will do all that anyway, everything is done for you these days. Being charismatic and driven is more important. Well — in front office — face to face client jobs anyway. But my husband thinks I am «away with the fairies». That the statistics say that only 5% of performing artists end up with a proper income, the rest — just hang around in provincial theatres performing small parts (roles) and doing odd jobs in between.
Well, Alsexandra was flawless in her short program today. Her artistry is nowhere near Kostornya's level, but her jumps are better and they are effortless. She rotates so fast… she has quads, so she can beat any lady in the world right now, because in figure skating jumps > artistry and skating skills. Thats how she has beaten Kostornaya last year. Today Alexandra won not only in ladies short program. The funny thing is her score is higher than the score of male junior skater who won among boys.
FYI in figure skating males and females are judged differently. Men have advantage, because their 2nd mark (artistry, skating skills, music interpretation ect) is multiplied on *1.2, ladies mark is mulitpied on *0.8. That means if Alexandra competed agains men today her score would be even higher.
Imagine a girl who can run faster than male athletes…