Hiii! So a lot of people say Medvedeva's programs are full of transition and different steps and read your guide with steps and stuff and I still don't get anything 😔 Could you just point out some?
Hi there, sorry for the longest delay - stupid me saved the answer as a draft and then promptly proceeded to forget about it.
Re: Janny’s transition, first, you’d want to keep in mind that when talking about transition, we’re looking for those turns and steps outside of step sequences and choreographic sequences. You’d want to check those moments when the skater moves from one technical element to the next. Do they skate mostly on one foot or two? Do they change directions (backward and forward and clockwise and counterclockwise) or do they skate along a simple curve? Do they make use of a variety of turns and steps and other moves in the field or do they rely mostly on crossovers? Do they incorporate body movements into their transition or do they keep their upper body mostly still? Do they have a natural flow in and out of each element or does it look more like they are just travelling from one stop to the next? If the camerawork permits, check also for their ice coverage, does the skater make full use of the ice surface or stay within a narrow area?
So now we can have a look at Janny’s transition to see if she satisfies those criteria. Here’s how she enters and exits the triple loop in her SP last season:
Multiple one-foot turns on entry, change of edge and turn on exit, bonus point for body movements on those turns as well. Flow, I’d say it’s pretty good, Janny’s jumps don’t have the prettiest takeoff but her landings are always very secure with a nice running edge.
Here’s how she enters and exits the double Axel:
One-foot turn and curve movement with a nice leg swing on entry, again, immediate edge change on exit, nice speed out of the jump and good flow right back into the program, also check the box on body movements.
You might also want to have a look at Janny’s transition into elements other than jumps. Below is how she enters her spins (that one on the right in which Janny goes from a spiral straight into a layback spin is one of my favorite moves of hers):
Basically, as you watch Janny closely you will see there are very few moments when she just moves on her blades for the sake of getting somewhere, there is always something extra going on, be it an arm swing or an edge change or any other choreographic move to advance a story line. Her skating is always intentional and deliberate and she’s undeniably the leading expert at fully using the code of points to her advantage. I can understand why some people would find such a style disagreeable, but personally I see it as solid proof of Janny’s maturity and confidence - both of which are all the more incredible when you consider the fact that our two-time World Champion is still just 17 years of age :)