If you will look at the blurring of the logos on the boards behind S&Z while they go into their first axel, you will see that they are fast. During the second axel, they change direction and skate towards the boards, directly away from the camera. It is impossible to tell from the video how fast they were or were not, just because their direction of travel is parallel to the line of sight of the camera.
If the commentator was working from this video ( most commentators are just using the venue- supplied TV feed-they aren't any more able to tell how fast they are skating during that segment than you and I are.) Judging speed from filmed coverage that focuses on the skater is notoriously unreliable.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 11-15-2009 at 11:45 AM.
... as Doris pointed out you can't truly tell with the coverage provided, were you there and by there I mean 'objectively sitting in your seat' or is there a relative term for that too?
I get where Doris is coming from... Evan has appeared really slow to me this year, but I know from other's comments about having issues photographing him this year that he can't be any slower than in previous years (hardest skater I've tried to photograph, that's for sure). I was merely pointing out in my post before hers that it isn't inconcevable for a skater/team to be slower in ONE competition (OMG! blasphemer!) due to illness or injury
but what do I know it's all objective, there's not relativity.
Relatively speaking, their LP was slower than their SP. However, their SP was wicked fast, so lets not forget that context.
Now, I have a dilemma! I love S/Z's short program but I love P/T's freeskate! Who to cheer for to win OGM!?
pray for another co-gold medal podium?
Haha I hope not! Also, can Z/Z please change their FS outfits? Hao Zhang looks like he's wearing a mankini