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    Quote Originally Posted by BronzeisGolden
    Good point, Jaana. This was not the same kind of competition as SLC or Nagano. These programs were packed with a lot more intricate steps and moves, transitions, etc. I don't think they can accurately be compared. I didn't find anything wrong with Irina or Sasha's comments, but I didn't much care for Hughes's quote. There was some truth in it, but it wasn't classy. It was almost an, "Well, she didn't win with a slam-bang performance like I did, but it was nice." Shizuka delivered a great performance under pressure.....under COP pressure. It is not the same thing. I hope that others don't look on this competition and say, "Well, Shizuka won only because Sasha and Irina faltered under pressure." Shizuka won because she was better than Irina and Sasha in Italy. The end.
    I totally agree. Hughes's quote

    And you can say again Sarah won only because Michelle, Irina, Sasha faltered under the pressure.

    All Hughes comments through this Olympics (a lot against the facts) just show how much brainer she had.

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    It's exactly that! It is one competition, albeit, a personal important one for the contestant. In theory, it is judged on what you do during the competition. I believe that is how it turned out at the top. I'm not so sure about the lower tiers.

    If you've never skated in competition, you have to understand a skater cares about his placement be it 16th or 17th. If you don't understand, imo, you only care about certain skaters and the rest are a waste of time for you. JMO.

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    I can see that. You always want to place the highest you can. For some skaters it's making it to the LP, for others it's the top ten, still for others it's medal or bust. And for a select few it's GOLD or bust.

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    In ice dancing, which doesn't have the big "make or break" elements, it has always been about placement, or where a team is in relations to teams against whom they've competed in the past and how the new teams stack up against them. An Arakawa going from eighth to first at Worlds in unprecendented in dance, even in post-Olympic years where six-eight teams would retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog
    what about Irina? She was AFTER Shizuka.
    I think the nerves got onto Irina, because after Shizuka´s performance she had to produce a clean skate preferably with triple-triples to be able to win. Sasha, Irina and Shizuka were all so close after the short programme, that the freeskate was what decided the result. It was not like in men´s freeskate, LOL.

    I agree with Joe that whether being high up or lower in a competition, the skaters care about their placements
    Last edited by Jaana; 02-26-2006 at 02:52 AM.

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