I voted for Jeff
I voted for Jeff
Even post-2008 Worlds result, my vote is for Daisuke Takahashi. He already has the talent, such a complete skater, but the next two years will be a good chance for him to gain more experience in dealing with the pressure that comes with the expectations placed on an predicted gold medalist rather than that placed on merely a contender. He has demonstrated the ability to upgrade his skills and to re-invent his style with interesting routines time and time again. He also has the humble demeanor that only true champions have. My ideal medal podium for Vancouver would have Daisuke getting the gold, Stephane the silver and perhaps Jeff or Takahiko Kozuka the bronze.
Last edited by stevlin; 07-23-2008 at 07:08 PM.
I feel that Takehito Kozuka might be a bit too early to get on the podium considering his limited experience in senior. But I feel that he has a great chance in 2014.
I also would like to see Jeff on the podium again. I hope that he keeps his amazing clean skate that he did at Worlds. It was really magical. Something magnificent happened to him. What was it, Jeff? You had a tremendous transformation during a few weeks after the 4CC. I heard that he had so many clean programs in his practices that he didn't feel that he could make any mistakes.
I am honestly not so certain if Jeff could keep having clean programs or incorporate a quad because Jeff had been rather inconsistent in his jumps most of the times and had trouble with the quad.
But he proved that he had a great chance shooting the Olympic medal again if he is clean. It might be the case that the increased muscles and longer practice time that he had during the summer have finally shown their effects.
I hope that he could keep his consistency in lutz and 3A and will get fairer PCSs that he has surely deserved. If he could have a consistent quad on top of these, it would be magnificent for him.
I also hope that he won't get too nervous skating at home. He is a sincere person but I hope that he won't feel too much responsibility to please the home crowd.
I am not quite sure if Stephane stays in amature skating. But if he does, I would love to see him on the podium.
Johnny is getting better, too. I think that he still needs to improve a bit to get on the podium without relying on others' failures. But it would be really beautiful if he gets bronze or silver.
I actually think that Tomas may have the biggest chance. He is a rising star. I feel that he'd be mentally strong by nature although he happened to meltdown here and there this season. But once he gets used to skating at big competitions, I think that he's going to be very difficult to beat. He has everything, except for the edge call in flip. His edges quality in his basic skating is simply amazing. I also love his wonderful spins and fabulous steps on top of great jumps.
Last edited by Bennett; 04-05-2008 at 08:55 PM.
He is already perfect (Except just only one - quad)
If he will succeed in Quad, no one is able to defeat him.
Jeff is really really working hard for it,
And He will succeed.
Last edited by wonssoyou; 04-09-2008 at 11:55 PM.
I think Brian Joubert is probably the most consistent skater and has the best chance of winning the Olympics, as long as he doesn't downgrade any of the difficulty within his programs like he did at 08 worlds. Daisuke Takahashi and Stephane Lambiel both have great chances if they don't fall apart.
If Plushenko returns and isn't crippled, I would count him on the podium. The audience knows and likes him, the judges obviously like him if the previous Olympics are any indication; I think he could do it if his body is up to it. The only thing I'd question is his motivation. I mean, even if his 2006 Olympic performance wasn't exactly "WOW"-worthy and he was miles ahead of his nearest competitor, he was still chasing that one title he didn't have. Now that he has it, who knows.
The men's field right now is kind of all over the place. I think it's the first time in a while since there wasn't a real "favorite" or "co-favorites" as in 2002. Many of them have the potential to win if they can hold it together. No one seems to be cranking out good performances consistently though. It all comes down to that one night.
I can't see a guy winning Olympic gold without at least one quad in the whole competition. It probably won't be the endless quad-fest that was Salt Lake City, but unless a lot of people screw up (which I guess is possible), they should get that quad ready.
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IMO, Evgeni will win another Olympic medal if he is physically able to compete by 2010.
Given the absolutely bleh performance in Torino, he may want to make up for it and try a comeback to show he can still do his boyish show-offish style. I have no qualms about his return except he may be hindering another young Russian skater from making his mark.
As for his "show-offish style", you know what they say: if you've got it, flaunt it. Obviously he flaunts it well because his record speaks for itself.
I've never considered the Games to be something where athletes are allowed to take turns participating simply because they know how to skate or do whatever it is they do, I've always thought it was about them having the privilege of competing because they represent the highest level of excellence in their speciality. If Russia has someone in the wings who they feel could outperform Evgeni in the 2010s, then it would seem logical they would allow them to go instead.
Last edited by EvgeniRocks; 06-04-2008 at 02:27 AM.
^Plushenko only has 1 Oly title
I hope Lambiel will keep competing and I would like to see him as a winner, he is so complete artistically and he is very capable of anything, he lacks maybe seld confidence for his jumps, Weir would be nice to reach the podium and I like Verner a lot, and maybe in two years time someone new will pop, who knows!
I r e a l l y dont think so you can tell the Plushenko's performance in OG bleh, of couse it is a personal opinion but some objectivity must be met, no?He has done better performances of Godfather (like 2005 Euros), he was not at all passionate and sacridied his choreography but I remember the mess of the whole final and I think he still seemed an oasis!
And I also do not understand the show-y boy-ish description of his style, firstly he was too young (1998-16 years old) when he started big competitions and since 2002 (when he was 20) he has changed a lot, Tribute to Nijiinski is boy-ish?Or St Petersbourg program? As for the show-y maybe people have a different perspective considering how they watch FS, it is not a sport that excludes entertainment of the audience (if someone can do 1000 quads and spins and makes people feel bored and empty what is the use of FS?), for me show-y are the performances that remind me of Tom Cruise on Mission Impossible No2, like Holywood block busters, still I understand that it is personal aesthetic each skater's style.