Russian Nationals, Men Short Results
I am totally on how Magerovsky ended up that high, but I looked up the notes and he seemed to be clean. Still most of the other results are equally
Detalied report tomorrow
Oh, no! What happened to Gryazev?
Maybe there is some hope for Klimkin,
Anna, thank you so much for all your wonderful reports. The play-by-play and commentary really gives us a sense of the performances
Griazev is toast. Under 6.0, you can't come back from 11th to 2nd place, even if you win the competition.
He seems to be a very inconsistent skater--he was 9th in the SP and 10th in the FS at Skate Canada, then won the SP and finished 3rd in the FS at Cup of China, for a bronze medal finish.
The Japanese federation is sending a lady skater who finished 6th at Nationals, based more on reputation and marketability than any performances on the GP circuit this year (Ando). You think the Russian federation is above sending Griazev over Magerovsky, Dobrin, Uspenski, should he manage to pull up to fifth or sixth after the long program?
Sorry to disappoint you, but I think they would choose Klimkin if he skates a decent LP.
Yeah, I would think/hope so also. But if Klimkin and whoever else goes to Euros crashes and burns? I could see it happening. Hopefully Klimkin will have a great competition.
Originally Posted by Shanti
It's all about Plushenko.
After Johnny had his Nationals disaster, he had to work hard to prove himself. Griazev would need to do the same if he were to ever come back to elite sport.
Griazev placed high at SA or SC I don't remember. But his humps and skating were very sluggish, and he is still a JR level skater.
He crashed and burned at Skate Canada, he placed third at Cup of China after leading with the short program. Not bad for a "junior skater".
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
Placements aside, what I've seen of him, his carriage and basic stroking seem really juniorish, right down to apparently forgetting his program and doing the same element three times in a row at last years Europeans (or was that worlds?) I forget the exact details (maybe it wasn't three times) but TT did not look pleased.
Originally Posted by Kasey
Oh, and go Klimkin! (aka the Russian skater who's really interesting to watch)
I actually think Griazev has all of the necessary skills - watch him doing program run-throughs at practice and it's evident, which is why he seems to have such high respect from other top skaters. Yet, he does have a habit (whether it's nerves, injury, whatever) of not being able to consistently display those skills on the senior level. This is very disappointing if they do not send him to Euros and Torino.
Having seen both programs from Euros, and both from worlds last year, I have no clue what you mean by this. Can you clarify?
Originally Posted by Mafke
Oh, and I like Klimkin as well, so will be happy with at least one skater going on this season.