Many different opinions here. That's healthy for the Sport.
Looking foward to Plush's return.
I was looking flail in online dictionary cause I knew what it meant approximately(I first learnt this word here) but just wondering...
and it gave me this : an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.
now i know
Last edited by Jaana; 03-11-2009 at 08:43 AM.
I've never liked Plushenko's style especially those programs he skated after Yagudin retired (although there were some, for example this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coDu5l-gl9Q). I agree with Jaana his rivals were so weak that he didn't have any motivation to find anything new for his skating. That's why every season we got the same program with different music from Plushenko.
But for me it was obvious that he skated in his own league even if he didn't have Lambiel's spins.
Why would he bother trying anything new? He started doing, IMO, the most difficult jumping pass a person has complete (3A/half loop/3F) and the COP effectively penalises skaters for doing sequences so it's not worth doing it.
He adds a trilpe toe to a jump because he's missed one earlier and loses the GPF on a technicality.
So what would you do if you were him? Work out what you need to put on the ice and repeat as best you can. He had no-one who could compete with him, and a system that stifled some of his own creativity. I'm not surprised the programs became artistically empty and all about business.
Was Plushenko's long nose a factor to some of the fans' rejection to him? The appearence do play a part on people's feelings about a skater, sometimes, people wouldn't even be aware of it. What if his face looked like, let's say, Lambiel's? I am just wondering.
Also, I consider Tanith Belbin to be beautiful, but have never partcularly liked her skating. I know that physical beauty is golden in our society, but come on people. I understand someone being immediately judged upon their appearance. As much as it may be frowned upon, it's only natural. What I absolutely despise is when people continue to judge people based on their appearance after getting to know them, or in this case, watching them.
Just my two cents.
Now back to the main topic...I'm interested to see if Evgeni can get back to his consistent self. He was known for his consistency, but will he be able to get it back?