Remember those annoying bird-creatures from Power Rangers: The Movie?
That's what Evan looks like. Brilliant costume.
Enough with the black already, Evan. The gloves and flutter ruffles are ghoulish.
But it's an outstanding program and I applaud the choice of music. So commanding and suited to his style. It adds to his skating instead of distracting and detracting from it, as with Oda's.
I'm really surprised Oda scored as well as he did with that program. Maybe they'll hate Chaplin. (Kidding.)
Loved everything about Evan. Costume suited music and choreography, music and choreography suited Evan's style. He's an extroverted bravura skater and the program plays to his strengths. I guess it's more that Lysacek isn't very popular with some posters and when you don't care for someone's skating you won't like what they come up with, even when it's a good showing for them. That's how I felt about Navka/Kostomarov, for example, I could see that some of it was objectively good, but it just never interested me.
I have no prediction about Evan and the quad. He's said his decision will be based on consistency in training, and I've not seen any of his training nor heard any reports, I guess we'll all find out tomorrow. With the improved GOEs and PCSs that he's achieving he may not need it either.
Really strategy time in the FS for sure. Could come down to who's strongest mentally. In that dept. my $$ on Evan.
As someone said, if many of the posters here were judges, the "poor guy would always finish last." He's a better skater than he's given credit for in some circles.I guess it's more that Lysacek isn't very popular with some posters and when you don't care for someone's skating you won't like what they come up with, even when it's a good showing for them.
It's not necessary that everyone likes the same skater/style. As always, different strokes for different folks. But it would be nice if the nay-sayers could do so a little less harshly. They all work very hard to get where they are and at the very least deserve respect.
If they don't start putting the Quad out there, they are fools. Both of them. They will need it this season, Plushenko is no Joubert, who hands out Gold medals through stupid strategies and French nerves.
Oda normally only makes those kind of mistakes at big competitions like Worlds. He's always been fairly consistent at the GP series. Besides, Morozov commented that the Japanese Federation use to write on a peice of paper and order Oda to do certain jumps right before the free skate, which may be why the boy would get so confused. It seems like Morozov has put a stop to this one.
I think you are right about Oda and co deciding after Evan skates - unless he feels he needs to try it anyway. He already has a gold in the GP so he may want to put the quad out there. Who knows? It's not certain that Oda will skate clean for that matter. He's been known to fold and falter now and again. Not sure if he's put his "head" issues completely behind him.
Besides, I think its worth it for Oda to go for the quad this time. I mean he normally rotates it even if he falls, so he'll probably net 5 points which is actually a bit more than he'd get for a double axel. And if he does everything else clean it may not hurt his PCS all that much. I mean maybe a little bit, because it may lessen some of the impact, BUT, I can't see the judges penalizing him that much for attempting the quad.
Oda needs to do the Quad in every competition for the rest of the season. Not only in the LP, but also in the SP.
It's true that, even if he falls on the Quad, he always gets the rotation.
If he plans a 4Toe-3Toe in the SP and falls on the Quad, he can always just add the 3Toe onto his "solo" jump later in the program.
Still, the risk is definitely worth it if he wants to go for the Gold Medal at Olympics.
Last edited by bekalc; 10-30-2009 at 08:55 PM.