Thanks for posting that!
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
I just now watched it, and in my honest opinion if Stephane skates clean he will win hands down -- his La Traviata program is simply a masterpiece in the likes of John Curry (especially John's "Don Quixote" FS at the 1976 Olympics seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z79TMsYRnEc). I knew Angel Eyes was dangerous, and he just proved it with this new surprise masterpiece. He's the female equivalent of Sasha Cohen.
That said, I just rewatched it again to make sure about his jumps -- looks like he did 6 triples & 2 quads (one with hands down but fully rotated) -- no triple axels (of course b/c of his injury). Btw, loved the jump & flourish he did after the 3/3 combo.! Hmm, his strategy reminds me of Mao Asada, whom is relying on her 3A to make up for the absence of her 3L; whereas Stephane is relying on his 4T to make up for the absence of his 3A. Smart thinking, smart thinking. I wish both of these competitors much luck, as I would love to see them skate their very best at the Olympics Games! May the best man & woman win.
Final note, Stephane needs to skate clean in the SP (same as ALL the other competitors) in order to have a chance at the podium, and that means he m u s t land the quad in the SP because he will already be at a disadvantage without the 3A in the SP. So if he can hang tough there, and then skate clean in the FS, I see noone else touching him, not even Daisuke, Jeremy, Oda, Evan, nor anyone else, not even my beloved Evgeni.