I can't imagine praying for any skater, but to each their own...:indiff:
I have seen Evan live 3 times, and I was always a fan before, but even more so after seeing him live. Evan really "sells it" if you know what I mean. He is comitted to bringing it every time he skates and his hard work and dedication have paid off. I think that he keeps improving- more every season. I don't know how anyone could not respect his determination and drive.
Go Evan! Gold in 2010!
I am a huge Evan fan, but sorry, he does not have the best technique out there right now. His triple axel got a little better this year, but the technique in nowhere near Joubert's or Chan's. All his other triples are very strong and clean, no changes of edge or anything, but still I can name at least a handful of other men skating right now who have better technique.
While I'm no expert and I adore Evan - I don't think he has perfect technique. Even I cringe when he goes into his triple axel. Seriously that is one wonky take off and landing.... not pretty. (He gets great air, though)
They aren't rethinking their gameplan just because Mr. Lysacek won a gold medal. That's not diminishing Evan's win in the slightest - it's just reality.
So I don't know how his gold medal has given American's anything. Has he made the country safer? brought about world peace? fixed the ozone layer? Maybe then you could argue he's done something for everyone. But no such luck (though if he has and I didn't know then I stand corrected).
Yes I'm being a little less than fangirly. There are many posters on here who can point you do my Evan gushfests, but I guess the realist in me just can't quite put him on that high a pedestal. The more involved with skating I get, the more I realize they're all pretty natural down to earth everyday people with the special talent of skating. Sometimes they win, sometimes they don't, and not everyone is going to like the same skater. That's what makes the sport great.
I think ALL of the skaters deserve some level of respect, and it's not based on medal count. They open themselves up to a whole lot of crap just for taking center ice. The medals are just extra.
Last edited by Tonichelle; 05-12-2009 at 12:26 AM.
I think Evan`s made a great step forward this season, both artistically and technically ! Artistically: he`s almost stopped, at last, to flail his arms which always was a waste of his strength in addition to it was not nice at all, all his movements are so much smoother now, he has become a truly interesting out there on the ice; technically: he executes all the elements so confidently, has fine spins/footwork, skates in a good speed! What to his jumping problems, well, he has, thank God, an excellent coach and there is quite enough time till Olys to fix his jumps, I am quite sure he will! I think he may become a new Olympic champion!
I quite agree! and Evan would be the first to say the same. In fact, he has ofter expressed his respect and admiration for his fellow competitors!
Last edited by merrybari; 05-12-2009 at 11:24 AM.
You're right, facts can't gush. But the first post in this thread consists mostly of what sounds like hero-worship.