Yes -- Dick compared Plush to Astaire (to which I agree)! Dick has always been high on Pluschenko, except for the comment about Nijinsky coming out of his grave if he knew about the Nijinsky LP a couple of years ago!
Originally Posted by FreeKatie
I believe that Dick had to do a little 'trash-talking' about Plushenko only to appease the idiots sitting beside him in the commentating booth, who have always had it out against Russian skaters of any kind. In other words, Dick wanted to get out of the booth alive.
I think Dick was just being honest. He's always been a fan of complete, artistic programs and those are not the programs that Plushenko delivers. And Scott Hamilton was praising Plushenko like crazy after his just-decent short, then finally he came to his senses after the just-decent LP and noted that Plushenko was severley lacking in choreography. I don't think any of the commentators sounded biased, they made fair and objective comments.
Originally Posted by Frau Muller
Now, don't accuse Dick of being mealy mouthed or a hypocrite. In the 44 years that Button has been commentating, I don't think he has ever been known to hold back on his true opinion. You should check out Button's commentating the Cirque program at the GPF in 2001 (?).
Button has had many things to say about Plushenko's "applied" arm movements. I don't see how anyone could take Plushy's flailing frenzies seriously. He is a great athlete and deserved his win. However, IMO, Plushenko has the worst arms of any male champion that I have seen. Even the old stiff armed approach was better than all that flapping.
Last edited by SusanBeth; 02-17-2006 at 12:50 PM.
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