But why would Emily deserve that SA spot over ladies who have competed at Nationals the past two years, had good international results, and have already done one or more summer preps? Alexe Gilles and Becky Bereswill have just one GP event each, they both medaled in the JGPF, and they both have competed already this summer with good results. Seems to me these ladies are more deserving of the SA spot than Emily.
There's also a flip side to this- Emily Hughes is a MUCH more recognizable name overall than either Gilles or Bereswill, and one must keep in mind that this is a televised event, and the more big names available for promotion, the more eyeballs that can be drawn. I mean, I don't even really know who those two are- all I know is that Becky's a fellow Houstonian
Anyway, in the big scheme of things, it's probably only fair to give the spot to any of the American ladies who currently have only one GP event and do well in it (assuming they can be ready on short notice).
However, the quad bunch, Plushenko, Lambiel, and Takahashi are coming back. The younger generations are a year more mature and are chasing their dreams too. The up coming season will be packed with high technical skills and high level jumps.
On the artistic side, Lambiel's artistry is more and more polished, and near the top. Plushenko would go all the way out to bring the fire on ice (at least I believe so). Takahashi was a natural artistic skater. Joubert might finally put on his A level artistry. The only skater in about top 15 who is a bit weak on artistic abilities is Lysacek. But he has his strength, consistency, and determination.
Such field can hardly be called "weak". No, the coming season is strong for men. So strong that I couldn't even figure out who will be the strongest competitor. I just love it!
Also you even concede Lysacek is "a bit weak on artistic abilities". The guy also didnt do any quad in either program in winning last years Worlds though, he rarely hits one in the first place, has a dicey triple axel, and far from the best quality jumps you will see either. Yet this guy is World Champion last year. Need I say anymore. "strength, consistency, and determination" as your only real assets should not be enough to make a World Champion if it were any kind of decent field with any sort of strong and reliable leaders.
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It is a stink if Emily were to get the spot, and I have nothing against her personally. But Alexi and Becky are part of the next wave, and should have two GPs to encourage their progress. Emily will do her usual 'stop the music. and take a long straight entry into her toe jumps' She will not or maybe she can not do transitions into jumps. Also she has a history of URs. Nothing special about the rest of her skating, imo. She has her work cut out for her at Eastern Sectionals. If she shows marked improvements, then she deserves a crack at the US Nationals. Who knows? she might make the Oly Team. I think she may just be a sweeheart for some fans, but that is not enough to win championships.
Meanwhile let us build up our stock pile of talented skaters and allow Alexei or Becky to nab that TBD at SA.
One thing that we can all agree on, I'm sure, is that Em has a lot of work to do to become competitive with America's best once again. I like her show skating but was not at all impressed with her one showing last year. In a way she fell just as far down as Kimmie- may as well have taken the year off for college (where her focus was, and should have been).
Curious to see what happens this year with her- hopefully she'll actually be able to compete at Nats this time.
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I am not a deep analyser of FS, but I know what I like and admire what these men are doing well with my COP-eyes.
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I have to confess that the first person I think of when I look at this thread is Elvis Stojko. If anybody defines mental toughness, perseverance, longevity, the true heart of a warrior/gladiator/champion/dog soldier/et al, it is he! Competed in 4 Olympics (finishing 6th, 2nd, 2nd, 8th), while injured no less.for the latter two. In fact, if it had been up to me he would have been a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist. But, alas, I'm just a mere mortal.
Elvis is the one that set the Quad Standard, it is because of him that we had such great skates from Kulik, Yagudin, and Plushenko. I often wonder if Elvis had been born in Russia if things would have turned out differently. But fate is fate, and so it is written.
My other favorite, Evgeni, reminds me of Elvis so much. My hope is that he can continue where Elvis left off, do what Elvis was unable to do, become a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist! Follow in the footsteps of legendary skaters Dick Button & Gillis Grafstrom - the former is the only man to have won 2 Olympic Gold Medals & the latter is the only man in history to have won 3 Olympic Gold Medals - also Evgeni would be only the second man in history to have won more than 2 Olympic Medals. I will be cheering him on all the way to make the impossible possible!
I love it when records are broken - it's historical - aka Michael Phelps breaking Mark Spitz's record last summer was one for the ages!!!!!!!!! I can still feel the goosebumps, to have lived to see that, wow.
Needless to say, such historical moments are rare and far in between (e.g. Katarina Witt still holds the record of being only the second woman in history to have won 2 Olympic Gold Medals; Sonja Henie holding the record at 3; it took 52 years for that feat to happen).
Once again, I take my hat off to all these remarkable Titans of this sport I love so much.
I think part of the comeback is for the gold. I do think they have more than just an outside shot at World's. They might not be the outright favorites, but I'd definitely rank them at 2nd if not 1st for medal placement. Other than the Germans, I don't think the other teams have the same performance factor of S/Z. For whatever reasons, the other 2 Chinese teams have not broken the performance barrier and they have not looked nearly as elegant as S/Z or the Germans. To be frank, I really don't remember the 2nd and 3rd place teams' performances at the last few Worlds for pairs. I definitely don't see any of the American pairs teams on the podium.
I guess we'll wait and see what shape everyone's in a couple of months!
In honor of one of my favorite male skaters of all-time ~ Elvis Stojko ~ I repeat what Al Sharpton said about Michael Jackson at his memorial (& which applies to Elvis as well):
Elvis never stopped...Elvis Never Stopped...ELVIS NEVER STOPPED!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYlV-V6rfHQ (4 minutes into his fantastic speech)