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Jeddah

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  1. Jeddah

    Gymnastics

    The Most Hated Gymnast in the NCAA What a ridiculous article. Why don’t people like MyKayla Skinner? Well, for me it’s the blatant racism she showed towards Gabby. And I definitely don’t think she’s a better gymnast than Kyla Ross. Come on.
  2. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    I do! I said something similar about pairs a few posts back, but I don’t understand the complaints about lack of artistry. I think Scott’s a jerk, but Virtue/Moir will be talked about for a long time. All three teams that medaled at the Olympics had programs completely different from each other, and they all had artistry. I like the scoring system. Pre-ISJ, North American teams didn’t stand a chance. This scoring system made it possible for non-Russians to win.
  3. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    That explains it then!
  4. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    I’m surprised Nathan competed at World Team Trophy instead of just focusing on school after Worlds. Maybe he’s just that competitive that he really wanted to be there. I’ve always thought of WTT as a fun event, and not one the top skaters feel the need to go to. Maybe the team event in the Olympics is changing the way WTT is viewed now. I haven’t watched any of it, but it sounds like a lot of the skaters really delivered!
  5. I guess agree to disagree on this. I definitely have seen people complaining that the writers consider Dean unimportant to the story.
  6. I said people complain that the writers made him unimportant. Is that really that different than people complaining he has nothing to do?
  7. There are many complaints that the writers make Dean look stupid, uncultured, and unimportant. Does that mean Dean actually is stupid, uncultured, and unimportant? I certainly don’t think so, but the argument you’re making goes both ways.
  8. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    One studio that lets girls start pointe at 11 is a lot different than saying the top schools make girls wait and many dancers start in their teens, which is what you said before. I think skaters from France are doing okay... But I do love the stories of skaters who excel despite being one of the few skaters from their country. I agree with you on that.
  9. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    Deanna and Nate broke up. That’s a shame. I always felt like they had a lot of potential, and her comeback was such a good story.
  10. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    I do. I just disagree with you about what that means. It’s a straw man argument to say nobody cares about these kids. That is not true. Here’s a cute video from a few years ago of NYCB dancers as kids. Look how many of them are ten years old in pointe shoes. And they are in arguably the best ballet company in the world. Many of these dancers have been in NYCB a long time. Starting pointe at a young age did not ruin their life or ballet career in any way. It set them up to be successful professional ballerinas.
  11. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    Tara gets mentioned a lot in these conversations. She appears not to have any long-term effects of her hip injuries. She’s always in heels on the NBC broadcast! Now with her adult perspective twenty years later, she’s not wishing she could trade in all of her career achievements so she could have avoided hip surgery. She seemed overjoyed for Alysa. She didn’t watch it and think “She should’t be doing this! We must protect this girl from one day having to have hip surgery!” There is definitely balance needed, obviously. But it’s wrong to decide for these athletes outright that they can’t go for their dreams because of an abundance of caution. With the right coaching and technique, it can be done safely. Also, I think pairs is waaaaay more dangerous than anything the singles skaters are doing. I think it’s interesting that ballet gets brought up I’m these discussions. There are definitely ballerinas dancing professionally who started pointe at young ages. They would not be professional dancers if they had waited until they were 12 years old to try on pointe shoes. Misty Copeland is the very rare talent who can just start dancing at age 15 and make it professionally. There are dancers who burn out as teenagers. There are dancers who just stop dancing because they want to. There are dancers who have 20 year careers in professional companies. It really comes down to having good teachers and technique, the drive for it, plus sheer luck. I know plenty of people who started pointe as kids, and none of them had injuries that affect their adult lives in any way. (Although they do have ugly, calloused toes that make pedicures embarrassing. 😉 ).
  12. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    Everyone I listed in my example is an adult. I absolutely understand people’s issues with certain coaches and training methods. But I see a lot of complaints about quads/triple axels, or even jumps in pairs, ruining the sport. It’s not the jumps that are the problem.
  13. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    It would be a huge step backwards if pairs started doing double jumps instead of triples. Sure, it would help the lower level pairs like the Knierims who botch their jumps every time, but why lower the standards? And I don’t think there’s no artistry anymore. Savchenko/Massot and Sui/Han are gorgeous teams who have it all. I truly don’t understand how anyone could watch them and complain that there’s no artistry. I think I’m in the minority on this board because I love the technical content. Mirai landing that clean triple axel? Nathan doing six quads? Elizabet landing a quad? I want more of that! That’s how sports move forward.
  14. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    But she is 19. Everyone seems to be saying only little girls can do quads. That isn’t true. It just makes me really uncomfortable that everyone is talking about her body like she’s a child. I try very hard not to judge these skaters’ bodies. If someone is short and thin and can do a quad, who am I to complain about the way she looks?
  15. Jeddah

    Figure Skating

    I’m not really understanding the complaints about only young girls being able to do quads. Tyrsynbaeva is 19. She’s an adult who can do a quad.
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