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[Rostelecom cup] Kiira got 5th place

Totally, Kiira finished overall in 5th place.

will be updated…

Results

FPl. Name Nation Points SP FS
1 Mao ASADA
JPN
183.25 1 1
2 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
180.45 2 2
3 Adelina SOTNIKOVA
RUS
169.75 3 3
4 Sofia BIRYUKOVA
RUS
166.07 4 4
5 Kiira KORPI
FIN
160.92 5 5
6 Haruka IMAI
JPN
154.76 6 6
7 Agnes ZAWADZKI
USA
149.38 7 8
8 Amelie LACOSTE
CAN
148.48 9 7
9 Rachael FLATT
USA
147.63 8 9
10 Christina GAO
USA
117.77 10 10

 

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaebutwZjSY

[Rostelecom Cup] Kiira is 5th after SP

Rostelecom Cup (GP Russia) just started today!

After SP, Kiira is 5th with 55.81 points.

Result details

…will be updated soon!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw_nDoVsgSM

 

After NHK Trophy

Well, first season’s competition has gone. What can we say?

First of all, Kiira’s physical conditions look alright: she appeared in a good shape, it seems she’s got through her problems to foot and back, from this point of view first competition went quite good, we couldn’t reasonably hope more than this. Past year, at this moment Kiira already had two fixtures behind (Nebelhorn and Finlandia Trophy), so for now it just wasn’t fair expecting much more from her.
After that, I must admit Kiira’s performance it’s been a little bit disappointing: as easily predictable, Flip (Kiira loves this jump like a turkey loves Thanksgiving Day…) and even Lutz are vanished, but in my opinion that’s been a wise decision, ‘cause it’s unprofitable inserting in a program kind of jumps so stodgy to her. I think the real problem is that nothing else substituted these jumps: only two triple jumps in a senior program are too few, her final score wasn’t so bad, but the fact is that level of technical skills this year is really very high, because of enormous improvements of some athletes like Ashley Wagner, Alena Leonova, Akiko Suzuki, in addition to well known Carolina Kostner, Mao Asada, Alissa Czisny, without forgetting new promising russian girls like Sotnikova, Tuktamisheva, Biryukova… unfortunately, Technical Elements are too much important in modern skating, and for current judging system. We can debate if this kind of judgment could be right or wrong, but at the moment that’s the way.

Possible solutions? Maybe more combinations (3T+3T wasn’t so good in Sapporo, but she’s able to execute it for sure, or 3S+2T+2Lo, as suggested by Anna in a previous comment, or 3Lo+2T+2Lo, already performed by Kiira in the past season), or more triple jumps she rarely fails, like 3S and 3Lo. Nowadays, it’s impossible reaching higher scores without less than four-five triples in a FS: her summer work on choreography done in Toronto with Shae-Lynn is definitely amazing, Kiira is simply haunting on the ice, and her devastating beauty is always reflecting in Components score, but this is not enough to compete for the podium. I think she absolutely needs to improve her skating skills.

For example, this is FS program presented by Elena Glebova, performed in her last weekend’s victory at Merano Cup, here in Italy (congratulations, Elena):

2A
3Lo
3T+2T+2T
3S+2T
LSp3
SlSt2
ChSp1
3S+2T
2A
3T
FSSp2
CCoSp4

I think this could be a very fitting program for Kiira too, and it could easily assure her more than 100 points, as Elena did.

What’s your opinion about it, guys?

(P.S.: Personally, I did like so much the black dress of FS, whereas for the one dressed in SP I honestly save only the yellow colour…)

Twittets on 2011-11-13

  • Kiira Korpi will not skate at the gala today… so sorry #figureskating #NHK2011 #

[NHK Trophy] Kiira is 6th

Pos. Name Nation Score SP FS
1 Akiko SUZUKI
JPN
185.98 1 2
2 Mao ASADA
JPN
184.19 3 1
3 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
170.68 2 4
4 Ashley WAGNER
USA
165.65 5 3
5 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI
GEO
160.44 4 6
6 Kiira KORPI
FIN
157.53 7 5
7 Mae Berenice MEITE
FRA
143.69 8 7
8 Agnes ZAWADZKI
USA
138.19 6 9
9 Cynthia PHANEUF
CAN
131.82 9 8
10 Shoko ISHIKAWA
JPN
122.14 10 10

http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpjpn2011/SEG004.HTM

Twittets on 2011-11-12

  • From Sapporo! :) Just heading to Makomanai ice arena! Can't wait for Kiira's SP! #figureskating #NHK2011 #
  • From Shin-Chitose airport to a hotel by a highway bus. It was not the best way… taking time with traffic jams… http://t.co/Mwzr2dkw #
  • Ice resurfacing for Ladies' SP… Go, Zamboni, Go!!! #figureskating #NHK2011 #
  • Kiira is 7th place with 53.70 after SP #figureskating #NHK2011 #

[NHK Trophy] Kiira’s 7th after SP

 

Pos. Name Nation Score
1 Akiko SUZUKI
JPN
66.55
2 Alena LEONOVA
RUS
61.76
3 Mao ASADA
JPN
58.42
4 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI
GEO
57.37
5 Ashley WAGNER
USA
55.88
6 Agnes ZAWADZKI
USA
53.84
7 Kiira KORPI
FIN
53.70
8 Mae Berenice MEITE
FRA
52.05
9 Cynthia PHANEUF
CAN
45.42
10 Shoko ISHIKAWA
JPN
45.07

http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpjpn2011/SEG003.HTM

Kiira’s performance has been affected by some problems with Technical Elements: an unusually low score, even on Double Axel, always one of her best jumps. Maybe physical conditions are not perfect, as we feared, anyway podium is only five points away… come on Kiira, skate your heart out tomorrow!

[NHK Trophy] SP Starting Order – Kiira skates 8th


The starting order for Ladies Short Program was announced and

Kiira Korpi will skate 8th, just after Mao Asada.

 

Starting Order / Ladies Short Program

1 Shoko ISHIKAWA JPN
2 Agnes ZAWADZKI USA
3 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA
4 Ashley WAGNER USA
5 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI GEO
6 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN
7 Mao ASADA JPN
8 Kiira KORPI FIN
9 Alena LEONOVA RUS
10 Akiko SUZUKI JPN

[NHK Trophy] coming soon!

Yes, NHK Trophy 2011 is coming soon!

Go Kiira, Go!

Schedule

(Local Time, GMT +09:00)
Fri. 11 Nov.
Ice Dance (SD)     14:55
Pairs (SP)     16:45
Opening on Ice     18:30
Ladies (SP)     19:15

Sat. 12 Nov.
Ice Dance (FD)     12:00
Pairs (FS)     14:05
Men (SP)     16:30
Ladies (FS)     19:00

Sun. 13 Nov.
Men(FS)     12:55
Gala (Exhibition)     15:00

 

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Official site / NHK (in Japanese)

Results site (ISU)