Sasha Cohen 2010 Nationals LP Free Skate – Moonlight Sonata

Sasha Cohen 2010 Nationals LP Free Skate – Moonlight Sonata


>>SHE IS IN FIRST PLACE.>>SOUNDS GOOD.>>ON THE ICE NOW, REPRESENTING ORANGE COUNTY FIGURE SKATING CLUB, SASHA COHEN.>>Tom: SOME FINAL WORDS FROM HER COACH, JOHN NICKS. AWAY FROM COMPETITION NEARLY FOUR YEARS. AERASED SOME OF THE DOUBTS WITH THE SHORT PROGRAM, IN SECOND PLACE. LONG PROGRAM, HER BIGGEST HURDLE. SMOO ♪♪>>Scott: THE LAST FOUR YEARS, SHE’S BEEN IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS OF AUDIENCES. BUT NONE LIKE THIS. OPENING COMBINATION. TRIPLE LUTZ AND A DOUBLE TOE. TRIPLE LUTZ. A LITTLE TWO-FOOT ON THE TAKEUP AND STEP OUT. SHE CAN’T AFFORD TO MAKE ANY TECHNICAL ERRORS.>>Sandra: SLIGHT STUMBLE THERE. SHE’S PRETTY TIGHT.>>Scott: TRIPLE FLIP. AGAIN, ANOTHER TWO-FOOT. EACH OF THOSE TWO FOOTS, ANY SLIGHT FAILURE ON LANDINGS, IT’S CALLED RATE OF EXECUTION. THEY CAN TAKE POINTS OFF.>>Sandra: UP TO THE DISCRETION OF THE JUDGE, THOUGH.>>Scott: TRIPLE LOOP. ANOTHER TWO-FOOTED LANDING. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ANOTHER TWO FOOT. THIS TIME WITH A FALL. SO BRAVE TO COME BACK TO THIS WORLD AFTER SUCH A LONG PERIOD AWAY. ♪♪ ♪♪>>Sandra: I THINK WHAT’S HURT HER THE MOST IS THE FACT THAT THIS IS HER FIRST COMPETITION OF THE SEASON. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GREAT HAD SHE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THIS OUT OF HER SYSTEM SEVERAL MONTHS AGO.>>Scott: I WAS JUST THINKING JUST THAT.>>Tom: SHE SCRATCHED FROM A COUPLE OF WOULD-BE COMPETITIONS.>>Sandra: THAT’S RIGHT. BECAUSE IT’S ALL THERE.>>Scott: SHE’S IN PHENOMENAL CONDITION. AND THE JUMPS ARE THERE. EVERYTHING IS THERE. THE PERFORMANCE ABILITY, LIKE NO OTHER. IT’S JUST, YOU CAN’T MAKE MISTAKES LIKE THIS AGAINST A STRONG FIELD OF WOMEN LIKE THIS.>>Sandra: AND YOU CAN’T EXPECT FOR THE FAIRY TALE TO COME TRUE AND STEP ON THE ICE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND BE PERFECT WITHOUT PRACTICE. YOU CAN’T DO IT.>>Scott: EXQUISITE ATHLETE, ARTIST, ENTERTAINER. I WISH SHE WOULD HAVE HAD THAT PERFORMANCE COMING INTO THIS ONE. A LOT OF COSTLY ERRORS.>>Tom: WELL, IT HAS TO BE A BITTERSWEET MOMENT. CREDIT FOR COMING BACK AND HEARING THE APPLAUSE OF THE AUDIENCE. FEELING THE COMPETITIVE FIRE AGAIN.>>Sandra: I BELIEVE THAT SHE DID DO THIS FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS.>>Scott: ABSOLUTELY.>>Sandra: SHE JUST WANTED TO PUT HERSELF IN THIS POSITION AGAIN, TO FACE A CHALLENGE. THERE WERE NO ULTERIOR MOTIVES HERE. AND THAT’S WHY IT WAS SO ENTHRALLING THAT SHE ACTUALLY HAD THE NERVE TO DO THIS.>>Scott: IT’S ABOUT THE PROCESS. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PROCESS OF PREPARING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. AND YOU HOPE IT GOES WELL. SO MANY THINGS CAN HAPPEN. BUT WHAT AN EXQUISITE, AGAIN, ARTIST. THERE’S NO ONE THAT SKATES LIKE HER IN THE WORLD. AND YOU WANT SO BADLY FOR HER TO PUT DOWN HER BEST PERFORMANCE AND MAKE THE STRONGEST CASE POSSIBLE TO MAKE ANOTHER OLYMPIC TEAM. BUT I CAN’T SEE HOW THAT CAN BE ENOUGH.>>Tom: WE SAW BRIAN BOITANO TELLING ALISSA CZISNY, DON’T GIVE UP. SHE GAI IT HER BEST SHOT.>>Sandra: I THINK THAT’S THE REASON SHE DID COME BACK AND SHE DID TRY.>>Scott: EVEN WITH THE MISTAKES, SHE DIDN’T BACK OFF OF ANYTHING. SHE WENT FOR THE NEXT THING, THE NEXT THING AND THE NEXT THING. I’VE SEEN HER SO MANY TIMES ON THE ROAD. AND HER PERSONALITY THERE IS EFFERVESCENT. SHE IS KIND OF THE GLUE, THE MORALE OFFICER ON TOUR. AND TO SEE HER SO COMPOSED AND SO CALM. THE WORLD IS RUSHING AROUND HER.>>DO YOU GUYS HAVE ANY WATER BACK THERE?

100 thoughts on “Sasha Cohen 2010 Nationals LP Free Skate – Moonlight Sonata

  1. can any skaters out there explain to me why figure skaters never straighten their knees? i've done dance and rhythmic gymnastics and it's always drilled into my head to have straight knees, and i never see it in figure skating.

  2. couldn't agree with you more! My parents were complaining about it the other night when Evan Lysacek won the gold at the Olympics…they said it's too hard for the athletes anymore

  3. I teared up a little bit during this number…it wasn't a program for competition – it was a number; total performance…it was beautiful regardless of the technical errors

  4. She did one of her worst performances at crunch time : / and it sucks because she's better than most of the skaters out there, she just can't d the jumps when she needs them most.

  5. I don't think this programme – the choreography and music – do her any justice at all. It's completely underwhelming and lacking in any dynamism. Her earlier programmes all had amazing 'wow factor': Romeo and Juliet, Rachmaninov, Swan Lake…this programme just isn't of the same standard and I think that's what was Sasha's undoing. I still think she's an absolutely beautiful skater, and I far prefer to watch her than any other skater at the moment.

  6. I'm still glad she tried. I would love to see her keep going. She might not make it to the next Olympics, but she could make a run for Worlds next year.

  7. It doesn't matter what place she came in, or how many jumps she messed up on. The pure fact that she had the will and determination to come back is absolutely awe-inspiring. The lady commentator in the short program was right: this is a brave thing to do. She will now always be remembered as Sasha Cohen, who came back after 4 years, something no one else has ever done. And we can all admire her for that.

  8. boring routine….. no sympathy is needed. tessa virtue did the most ground-breaking routine to the ice dance world with a chronic excertion injury on the same season, sasha only had like one jump perfect (double axel), the rest is like wobbly and such. she was over-scored. don't get me wrong though, i'm like the biggest fan of her style since for the longest time, but this is disappointment to me. no real feelings at all.

  9. Her jumps are so weak. :/
    I know Sasha prefers to practice her spins and spirals and not her jumps, and it's REALLY showing here. If she actually practiced her jumps more she'd be so much better at them.

  10. @dancerfigskater4
    I'm on team Sasha too!!! She didn't screw up in 2006, she just had a fall on a jump and stepped out of the other jump. Anything could happen in skating!!!
    This LP at Nationals wasn't her best, but I still love her skating, she's got more artistry than any skater who can consistently land triple-triples will ever have!!!

  11. Sasha is my favorite skater, and favorite inspiration. I want to skate on Moonlight Sonata someday, and I'm sad for her that it didn't work. Although she probably forced the smile, she was graceful from the start to her ending spin. I really hope I can see her in 2013 at the Worlds… they're gonna be very close to where I live! Go Sasha!

  12. this music makes me nervous… it's like too quiet and is waiting sasha to make mistakes or something. i think sasha needs a long program music that she will get into and forget about all the eyes watching her.

  13. She would've been a lot better if she had put this performance on a few years ago. She's just getting too old to land all of those triples like she to. Also, does any know if there is some kind of exception? They said that this is her first competition of the season, how? Wouldn't she have to compete in regionals and sectionals first? Or is there some kind of rule that if you've won nationals before, you don't have to do sectionals and regionals?

  14. @yalda96

    ummmmm, maybe you haven't watched any of Sasha Cohen's other programs. This is the FIRST program (and perhaps her last) where she's smiling the WHOLE time.

  15. @yalda96 Hail2…'s point. Normally you see Sasha perform with a TRUE smile on her face or excitement. You can tell she doesn't feel like she's on top of the world today. She's not really smiling. She looks like she had a bad practice or something and she doesn't feel confident. Don't get me wrong- I love Sasha, but you just tell it's not a real smile.

  16. @strawberrykiwi20a what do u mean shes too old to land these triple jumps?! irina slutskaya was 26 years old when she won the 2005 world championships doing 7 triple jumps including the triple lutz-triple loop combinitaion.
    joannie rochette was 24 years old when she won the bronze at the 2010 olympics. the problem is not her age, its her lack of practice!

  17. @1203456789 Yeah… You're probably right i think about that. I've heard a lot of people say that 26 is kinda old to be competing(but how would i know, i'm not 26). I bet it she did have more practice and a few more competitions this season then she would've skated a lot better.

  18. this may sound horrible, but i do not mean this in an insulting way to her.. to me it look like there is a bit of a strength issue, and i feel this way throughout her career. She is gorgeous and tiny, but I feel like she could have benefited from maybe a little bit more muscle. Throughout her career I feel like she seemed a bit too frail, and some of those mistakes in the program seemed like she just didn't have the muscle to hold on the them. I don't mean she should have gotten huge…

  19. … but look at aliona's body (the german pair girl). She is tiny but she is ripped and you see how she holds on to even those huge throws. I think Sasha is one of the most beautiful skaters ever, but just didn't look like she would have the strength in her body required to pull off these really strenuous moves sometimes…

    again, i have absolutely NOTHING against sasha.. love her!

  20. I think what Scott and Pegi said about if she had been able to step back out on the competition Ice a couple months before this, she would have kicked some serious butt at Nationals! It was a pleasure to see her return…I know exactly how hard it must have been for her to make this come back…I hope she surprises us and keeps with it, i'd love to see her at Nationals and Worlds again, maybe even the Olympics! 🙂

  21. She is an extraordinary talent; she skates beautifully and her effort is always 110%. She is no doubt the world's greatest skater, but the moment she loses concentration, she hits the floor or misses a landing! Focus Sash!!!! <3

  22. @Karosanyo it's not polite to praise sasha so highly by putting done another skater who is in fact an olympic gold medalist and a friend of sasha's. i think yuna's artistry is quite remarkable and in no way pretentious. but i do agree about your opinions on sasha.

  23. @Karosanyo i am a fan of michelle's as well. yuna also even said that no one, even she cannot be better than michelle but i don't think so. michelle has great heart. she skates with passion and you can tell how much she loves figure skating but for me thats as far as it goes. she was always conservative. always played it safe. triple lutz- double toe or 3 toe-3 toe. yuna is arguably one of the best technical skaters ever so therefore if she makes a mistake its understandable. i'm sure if

  24. @Karosanyo she would be falling all over the place. yuna also had multiple back and hip injurys when she entered into the senior circuit (which is why she won worlds only in 2009) but she still medaled at every event to this day. she has the most beautiful choreography and she portrays it well through her long arms and legs. sure she doesnt have the best spirals & spins but she has the best ice coverage and speed in her spirals. the spins she does are also my favorite types of spins.

  25. @Karosanyo i also think yuna is consistent as well and still shes only 20 and has been on the senior circuit only for a few years while michelle is done. i do not think she is sloppy at all but i see what you mean. i think she doesnt have the best posture that sasha has but thats her style. yuna is far more of a lyrical & musical skater than michelle she can skate to anything whether its a tango, a pop song, a classical song, etc. she also is the fastest skater with the most ice coverage.

  26. @Karosanyo yuna can do the triple loop but its not very consistent. i've watched most of michelle's long programs and i love tosca & scheherazade. michelle does NOT have more musicality than yuna at ALL. yuna is the most lyrical skater of all time. there is no doubt about that. not saying she is the most artistic but no one can interpret music as well as her (michelle said this too). yuna also skated many clean free skates i dont think your aware of any of her perfs other than major competitions

  27. @Karosanyo yuna may not have the strongest step sequence but its definitely not because she is running out of speed. i dont understand why you think michelle is such a versatile & artistic skater. she doesnt have the hardest spinning positions or the most beautiful, they aren't fast or perfectly centered either. her spiral also lasted for about 7 seconds and it was usually only 1 or 2 positions unlike yuna or sasha who did a few and held them longer.

  28. @Karosanyo and btw, when you say her 09 lp was sloppy your kind of putting michelle down because she had very similar moves and got her inspiration from michelle's program even to her dress.dont get me wrong, michelle is definitely in the top 5 skaters in history but i think ppl give her too much credit even when i believe there were skaters far superior to her in many aspects during her time

  29. It makes me mad when people diss on Sasha Cohen for fall or any mistakes. What they dont know it that even doing ANY of that is a challenge. It take SO much practice to get it down and you dedicate you life to that. I <3 YOU SASHA!

  30. If it was Sasha cohen that went to the olympics, she would've got a medal for the US at figure skating. But still shes always my olympic hero

  31. if you dont skate you dont understand how hard it is and how much dedication it takes to be a figure skater. Skating is my life, i dont go to school i have to do it online, i had to give up my life for my dream, and sasha is my role model, and yall dont understand how hard skating really is. go try it sometime. I LOVE YOU SASHA<3

  32. poor sasha 🙁 she was SO great, and every competition she rocked the short, but could never keep together during the long. anyways, she is beautiful to watch and truly one of the all time greats, even without a major international title to her name

  33. I miss this kind of lines, poses and beuty that you cant find in the world of skating today!! Sasha was and will be incredible for ever!!

  34. She'd prepared two glorious Olympic-worthy programs. I don't get how she couldn't have been awarded a wildcard or something with her experience and SP result.

  35. Sandra and Scott are right….she should have started in the grand prix and any pro am that the ISU sanctions…She made the same mistake as Midori Ito when she tried to make her Olympic comeback.

  36. She is Just amazing! i think the only problem here is her skates… either they arent broken in yet, or she didnt get a chance to sharpen them? but she is still amazing >V<

  37. So sad that her Nationals fell apart in the long program. Her short was truly a thing of beauty and she commanded that ice. I wish they had chosen different music for her long skate because she always skated best with upbeat music. She was really able to get into her skate when it was set to fast paced music, it seemed to help pull her along. Either way she is amazing and I miss her skating.

  38. And you're absolutely correct however given that Sasha has had some beautiful costumes in the past, this one was not flattering. I would agree that d cups would be bad lol

  39. I am just watching this today.1/28/2013… If Sasha was a great jumper, she would have been named the greatest skater ever… She is still my favorite skater,. Her beauty, gracefulness, artistic ability, her body lines in her skating can not be beaten by even today skaters. I dont have a favorite skater 2day. Have seen great female jumpers but that is all they had 2 offer with arms frailing around while skating. They are gone and not remembered. Sasha is still an icon on the ice.

  40. Aw! This was a definitely a tough skate for Sasha. First comp of the season is always going to be difficult. She's such a lovely skater to watch and the potential is definitely there. On another note I've always thought it funny how people always bang on about the costume…Clueless banter from noobs who can't even stand in their skates (I will forgo my thoughts on the difficulty of landing triples) I liked it personally- I can see the connection between the shade, the music and moonlight.

  41. i liked her short at this nationals better…i didn't feel she had the softnest required for this piece…i recognized a couple of other moves from previous programs. good for her for not giving up and coming back though!

  42. That doesn't mean squat if she can't land it in competition. A lot of skaters do jumps in practice that they don't do in competition.

  43. Well, she kinda signed up for that when she chose to be an elite level skater. What about all the skaters who landed all their jumps and did succeed? They worked their butts off. How is Sasha any different, you are making excuses for her. Sasha didn't want to put the work in, which is why she, who had such tremendous potential and faltered

  44. Also when all the judges look at Sasha, she feels that all eyes are on her and she's being judged by her required jumps, aside from artistry. I usually prefer seeing her perform in shows because she can really feel that she's in complete control of her destiny. And, she won't be criticized.

  45. This was terrible. Even her spiral was slow and shaky (during the goddamn 'mandatory change-of-edge'), and subpar extension/amplitude in the arabesque position for her standards

  46. Again she is the most inconsistent skater at this level….she won olympic silver in 2006 but fell twice…

  47. If only she had competed in the grand prix event leading up to Nationals that season… My gosh, what an exquisite program. In fact, if skated perfectly, it probably would have won Nationals that year. Sandra was right : everything was there. The problem was that she was just "tight" that night. Her triple jumps were fully rotated, her spins were the most beautiful and difficult compared to the rest of the field, and her artistry was just like her spiral sequences — without peer.

  48. I don't get it. I just flat don't get it. Sasha didn't get to go to the Olympics and Wagner did? Sasha is the most artistic of any skater in that time (the young Russian girl is sooooo good) and as far as I'm concerned wasn't just a two time Olympian….she was/is the **true** winner of the Bronze in 2002. Figure skating is way too subjective to be a real sport but Sasha Cohen is an honest sportswoman~!

  49. Sasha has the potential to succeed in high levels of competition, she has all the ropes to win but she retain herself to express her full potential artistic performance. One can win only if she can train her mental for a winning closure.

  50. Not only skin and bone but she almost looked like she was experiencing muscle weakness during that spiral… Low potassium, maybe.

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