If that first sentence was directed at me, it went right over my head. Must have been on the phone again. Frankly, I find there is no comparison between her programs in Moscow and her programs this season. I liked BOTH of her programs last year, I detest both of them this year. Like you said, excidra, different strokes for different folks. I tend not to like powerhouse skating because I think it takes away from the innate overall beauty of figure skating wherer someone will pull themselves into their music and pushes that emotion out there to everyone. For me, I was riveted watching Irina skate last season at Worlds. I ain't so riveted now.You'd think some people would use Moscow as a backdrop when forming such conclusion as "Irina will in Torino no matter what".
I know the best-skater will walk away with the gold medal in Torino, the integrity of skating depends on it.
And if the integrity of skating depends on the best skater walking away with the gold medal, then I hope someone has informed the judges of that. Right now there is no one to challenge Irina, IMO. That could change and I'm not saying it can't. But if the Olys were held next week with a healthy Kwan, Cohen on fire, Arakawa on fire, I still believe Irina would win with her powerhouse skating. Might as well take away the music. What's she using it for anyway? She isn't skating "with it", "to it" or "feeling it", so she doesn't really need it.
And this coming from someone who thought Irina should have won the Olympic gold medal with a crappy LP at the '02 Olys. I also thought Kwan should have won. I didn't think Sarah should have won with one skate-of-a-lifetime, but hey, what else is new?