He didn't look starved to me either.
He didn't look starved to me either.
I would imagine doing well in your two GP events and possibly making the GPF would be a great confidence booster for any skater. I don't think skipping that would be good thing. And wondering about why figure skating is so difficult- I think it's more mentally and psychologically stressful than other sports. In team sports it's not all on you. In other individual sports, like swimming and running, everything you do is not nitpicked half to death by judges. Performance/arty sports seem so much more stressful to me because of the judging of every little thing you do.
You know, the more I think about it, the more it seems like skipping the Grand Prix is a viable strategy for Johnny after all.
Eyes on the prize. He could start serious training in the fall, aiming to peak at U.S. Nationals. With two good skates in Spokane, it's off to Vancouver, where anything can happen.
I think at this stage of Johnny's career he does not really need feedback from international judges. He knows what the IJS requires, he knows the difference between a level 3 and a level 4, he knows that a triple Lutz gets 6 points, he knows the difference between a good skate and a bad.
Conversely, I don't think the international judges need to see Johnny at Grand Prtix events in order to give a fair evaluation of his performance at the Olympics, should he make the team.
Johnny could try it - an all or nothing approach. One very good skate at Natls could get him a ticket to Vnacouver. But that would be it - the ol' one and done. Seems like a somewhat desperate measure to me and not very difficult for US Skating officials to see his strategy. If he wasn't at his best at Natls, or had to withdrawl that would officially end any chance for him to get to Vancouver.
Of course short of winning Grand Prix title he is in that situation already. Atleast a very good GP season gives him something to fall back on if he is in a precarious position after Natls. Like 3rd place with Evan in 4th as was already mentioned.
In my opinion, it would be a very poor strategy for Johnny to skip the GP series. That will leave him with only one competition before the Olympics and programs always need adjustments between competitions. He will not get any feedback from international judges which is very detrimental. If Johnny just skates Nationals in 2010 it will have been a full year since he competed. - a horrible idea in an Olympic year.
I have a question, call me stupid. but did Johnny come out and state he didn't want to do a Grand Prix Event this season?
Or was this just started as a question by a fan on the assumption, that Johnny is good/ and for (so-called)health reasons, he shouldn't do one.
Because if it is the latter question, than it doesn't matter what we as fans think because Johnny will do GP. If it is the first one, I think it will hurt Johnny if he doesn't do one (unless it is a major health issue that requires surgery).
I don't know. I guess I was thinking of Michelle Kwan. Michelle did not do any Grand Prix events at all after 2002 Skate America. She just waltzed into Nationals with the attitude, "I'm Michelle Kwan, you're not -- what are you doing here at my annual re-coronation and love-in party?"
In my humble opinion, Johnny (and everyone else, for that matter), needs to approach nationals with the mind-set, "I'm here to win the national championship, not to finish third or fourth and try to sneak onto the Olympic team by the back door."
It seems strange that top-notch skaters and their top-notch coaches and top-notch support teams wouldn't know the rules of the IJS backward and forward.
To me, that right there is a condemnation of the IJS. If the people who are most intimately involved in the sport cannot figure out whether this lift is legal or whether that spin is a level four, there is something wrong somewhere.
As to whether a lift, spin or footwork passage is level 4 or not, well, there are countless instances where coaches' interpretations of the rules do not correspond with technical panels'. (Interpreting what constitutes level 4 footwork is practically a cottage industry.) Monitoring during summer comps, senior Bs, GPs, etc. all cut down on the possibility of leaving points on the table at the most important events, i.e., 2010 nationals; worlds; and Olympics.
In this article from last week you can see that Johnny's next competition will be GP series in fall. That means he has no intention to skip it.
Michelle Kwan stopped doing the GP because it was too hard for her to stay in top shape throughout a long season, given the hip injury which got worse and worse as the years went by. She had stopped trying to do 3/3s, loops and layback spins because they put too much strain on her hip and back.