02-26-2010, 09:04 AM
THANK YOU, YANA RUDKOVSKAYA, FOR BEING THE IMPETUS BEHIND THE KING'S RETURN TO THE ICE!!!!!!!
Lol, yes, I've been doing some research on The King's beautiful wife, Yana, and all she did to encourage The King to return to the ice this past year. I can't thank her enough ~ Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Yana! ~ because without her we would have never had the pleasure of Mr. Plushenko's magnificent return to the ice this past year, and all the joy & pleasure & thrills he has given us. It makes me feel truly humble.
I can't imagine what Yana must have had to endure this past year while her husband was focused & set on his return to the Olympic ice. Not many wives would have been as encouraging & selfless & devoted as Yana has been. My only hope is that she continues to encourage him to return to the ice in Sochi in 2014 ~ their mutual gorgeous homeland ~ the site of the first Olympic Winter Games to be held in Russia.
In honor of Mrs. Plushenko, whom I think looks like one of America's most stunning actresses from the 1960's ~ Carroll Baker (click here: http://www.biocrawler.com/w/images/1...rrollBaker.jpg) ~ I give you Yana & The King together:
***Always By His Side, Always Supporting Him!****
02-26-2010, 09:24 AM
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
nb, I've never been a Plushenko fan, but I do mean the following in a positive way.
1. His comeback was amazing, actually I'm more impressed that he got back real sitspins than the quad, but that's me. he should be proud that he could manage to medal at three consecutive olympics - given the current state of things that's far more impressive than many earlier achievements that involve more wins.
2. I think the kwantifiable link has part of the problem (though that's more a symptom than the problem). The real problem was I don't think he had anyone who could tell him he wasnt making the best, or even very good, choices. I don't think even Mishin was able/willing to. Part of the role of coach (IMO) is to bring you back down to earth when you start to think you can do no wrong. If the coach won't or can't, you're setting yourself up for the judges to do so.
3. CoP is a demanding mistress and you can't turn your back on her for a minute. I think the whole Plushenko team was preparing more for 2006 or 2007 worlds instead of 2010 olympics. Winning under CoP requires keeping up with your math homework and his team fell behind, Lyacek's team kept up with theirs. Like CoP or hate it (I do more of the latter) to win you have to skate for the system as it is at any particular time and not what you wish it is or think it should be.
4. As for the other link. Yeah, there has been, is and will be politics in skating but something tells me Mishin and Plusehnko both play that game with gusto (in other words they're not helpless lambs surrounded by wolves but part of the wolf pack fighting for their share of the prey). That's not a dig, I assume every medalist has people playing politics for them. It's not enough to win, but it's necessary if you want to stay in the mix.
5. If Plushenko goes to worlds (I for one hope he does) he needs to apply what he's learned. If he's serious about competing at Sochi (as opposed to lighting the torch - I think he'd be a great choice for that honor) he needs to have people keeping up with CoP and figuring out how to maximize his strengths with regards to it however it happens to be at that time.
02-26-2010, 10:05 AM
leave no stone unturned
02-26-2010, 10:13 AM
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
uh .... you linked to it (as "Plushenko's problem", look at the address)
Originally Posted by seniorita;480151
02-26-2010, 03:54 PM
02-26-2010, 05:08 PM
leave no stone unturned
02-27-2010, 05:01 PM
I was just thinking how great it would be if Russia still had an imperial family, like Japan still does, and of course Britian, and some of the smaller principalities. It would make the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games that much more special IMHO, solely in terms of opulence & splendor. As with Shizuka Arakawa's 1998 Winter Olympic FS, wherein the Emperor & Empress of Japan attended to see her perform, I could imagine a similar scenario at the figure skating event in 2014, in particular as regards The King, lol. *smile*
Yes, I have a romantic view of Russia, always have, most likely inspired by movies, Disney, books, et al (lol, kinda like they have of America). I'm sure the reality will be something much much different, especially since the Fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Everything went down after that, especially their notable sports regime in gymnastics. Hopefully one day they will be the power in the world they used to be.
Here's hoping a great Worlds for The King, and a thread in his honor every year hence, though I think it unrealistic unless he actually competes, which I honestly don't see happening until at least a year before the next Olympics in Sochi, Russia!
Until then, Au Revoir, Zhenya, au revoir.
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES, KING, GOOOOOOOO EP!!!!!!!!
02-27-2010, 05:37 PM