[QUOTE=Joesitz;379398]....since we have more or less accepted the Plushenko school of footwork....QUOTE]
I must assume that you are using the royal "we", Joe, because I have *never* accepted the Plyushchenko school of footwork. On the contrary, in years past, I have posted (elsewhere) strong criticism of the sloppiness I saw in it. Finally, he cleaned it up a lot, thank goodness, but a little late in the day for me.
Plyushchenko's specialty is jumping, with a graceful outflow. Lambiel is, I think, the generally acknowledged male leader in spins. Since Lucinda Ruh is the female leader in spins, and they are both Swiss, I am forced to wonder if it is something in the chocolate lololololol. Yagudin's feet were always the feet I loved to watch; I thought of them as "fleet feet". I used to love it, during his eligible competition days, when the camera went to his feet, and his footwork is still the footwork I love best. I think I am not alone in that.
Extraneous stuff during footwork does not interest me; it is the *feet* in footwork that matter to me. The new rules seem to award a lot of armwork during the footwork lol. That is like rewarding standing still during the jumping passes. I am not interested in seeing if someone can pat their head while rubbing their tummy simultaneously, or the figure skating movements that are comparable to that. I want to see neat, graceful, clean, elegant bladework on the ice, done with a swiftness that the skater is truly capable of executing, not sloppy bobbling and cover-ups.
I cannot claim that my opinions are humble, nor do I wish to use that expression. I can only claim that they are mine lololololol--and to be perfectly honest, I really do think that they are worth more than two cents lol. So much for message board cliches...
About Plyushchenko's return, I do not know how it will end, but I think he means to try, at this point, to represent Russia at the coming Olympics. He is also doing some touring, so that will take its toll on training time. His natural rotating/ jump-landing ability is so great, that perhaps he can overcome such disadvantages. I have already taken an interest in some of the younger Russian male skaters, so my attention is more on them, where eligible skating is concerned.