Wow! how nice for him, beating out the football stars!
Woo-hoo! I finally saw his FP thanks to a wonderful GS member. Yay, Jeremy!
Great for Jeremy, and he's the first American to win the GPF. That doesn't say much for the male American skaters for the past - how many years is the GP in action?
ISU Grand Prix Final Men's Champions to date:
2008-2009: Jeremy Abbott USA
2007-2008: Stephane Lambiel SUI
2006-2007: Brian Joubert FRA
2005-2006: Stephane Lambiel SUI
2004-2005: Evgeni Plushenko RUS
2003-2004: Emanuel Sandhu CAN
2002-2003: Evgeni Plushenko RUS
2001-2002: Alexei Yagudin RUS
2000-2001: Evgeni Plushenko RUS
1999-2000: Evgeni Plushenko RUS
1998-1999: Alexei Yagudin RUS (first season it was renamed the "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating")
1997-1998: Ilia Kulik RUS
1996-1997: Elvis Stojko CAN
1995-1996: Alexei Urmanov RUS (called the "ISU Champions Series" in its first season)
Ha ha. Who said FSing is dead. Good for Jeremy. I've really liked him since last year when his LP was my favorite of all of the men. Nicer also that at Nationals this will switch the focus away from the so-called Johnny/Evan rivalry. At least I hope so.
He had a good season. Maybe he will make a splash at worlds.
This is fantastic. Where is Phil Hersh now?
^ Phil is busy drafting a grumpy article about the US ladies.
Abbott wins, skating loses, Chicago keeps word (and seven other things I know) is online, and addresses three points related to figure skating: he credits Abbott for doing so well at GPF, and in a season that has the judges really cracking down on errors; he refers to the injury/illness bug that has led to B/A, DelSchoe and Joubert being sidelined; and he criticizes Speedy and the ISU for not being concerned that "the new judging system has overtaxed skaters' bodies to the point that they either retire prematurely, like Switzerland's Stephane Lambiel and Canada's Jeffrey Buttle, or miss competitions with one injury after another."
Nothing on the US ladies, and IMO all three points are appropriate under the circumstances.
Last edited by Buttercup; 12-18-2008 at 03:34 PM.
didn't Stephane's injuries happen BEFORE the CoP was mainstreamed?
Hersh also seems to forget that Buttle retired at the age of 25 after a long career - loads of guys retire at that age, before and after COP. Plus Buttle wasn't suffering from any massive injuries at that point as far as we know.
Hersh also seems to forget that Yagudin retired at 22, without COP. Abt suffered from countless injuries - without COP. Kwan suffered from injuries without COP. Baiul, Lipinski and Hughes all retired before officially coming of age.
Browning also seemed to have some pretty big injuries when he was competing... granted he was one of the more 'technical' skaters... but still... I think you can list just as many BIG INJURIES in 6.0 skaters who didn't touch the CoP.
And Jeff retired on a high note. You can't fault him for that. He's not the first skater to "take the gold and run" worlds or olympics. There's nothing wrong with that.