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Thread: Men's Free Skate - Thurs, 18th 8pm EST

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    Where's the vomit emoticon? Seeing all the hyped love and salivation over same old, blah, unmusical, arm flailing, horrible 3Axel technique, quadless, greasehead, labored Evan makes me ashamed to be an American. I'm sorry, I just don't get at all what anyone sees in the guy's skating. I can think of several skaters around the world who are leaps and bounds better than he is. Just because he's a tough competitor doesn't mean he should get high PCS as if he's this great artist on the ice that he is not. I'd rather have anyone win but Evan.

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    can't wait...this is going to be soooo exciting! sending a lot of positive energy to the men.
    I think I'll honestly be ok with anything for the final podium (as long as Plushenko is not on it...highly unlikely, so i'll just go with as long as he's not on top) Don't want to jinx anyone so instead...I hope all of Evan's hard work/determination shows and he skates his best LP, I hope Takahashi just makes it through his LP, a year removed from knee surgery and he looks like he never left, Oda lands everything and keeps himself in the mix, Stephane to spin everyone dizzy and land a clean quad, and for Johnny, what can I say but to skate the best LP he possibly can (the one everyone's been waiting for) so he walks away from Vancouver happy knowing that he let his skating do the talking...oh and one more request, continued fair judging to prove that the quad won't win it for you!

    and definitely if you replace KVDP with Adam Rippon the penultimate group is indeed the final group in 4 years...

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    while i'm not Evan's biggest fan and I prefer most skaters over him from a artistic/aesthetic standpoint, i think the time, dedication, and pure hard work that he puts in preparation at least merits our appreciation. While I cringe when he beats a more artistic skater, no on can really take away the respect i have for him for going after what he wants. So yes, while i agree with you about all the flaws in Evan's performance on the ice, there is no other skater that i can think of that should have our support. It's easy to argue that he's not a great artist and his PCS's seem off, but keep in mind PCS is not a true artistic mark, it scores skaing skills - Lysacek has solid skills, transitions - he has a bunch of them, interpretation - no one gets into their programs as much as him, choreography - lori nichol does an excellent job nad lysacek delivers, performance - i have never seen anyone else skate with as much passion. For the longest time I had a hard time understanding why Evan was getting the PCS marks he has been getting, but when each component is bronken down, it's easy to see why the judges reward him for what he does on the ice. As a person who's studied music and dance for several years, I don't think that Lysacek has exceptional musicality, but he does pick music that works for him, he uses music that has lots of accent and builds to a climax, which reflects his style on the ice. Lysacek definitely uses music that fits his style rather than trying to fit his skating to a certain syle of music.

    but at the end of the day, that's just my two cents...

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    I hope the top 3 stays as is in the order they are. However I don't see Plush winning another gold medal. For one thing, it seems that he is not a favored skater in the judges' eyes and that the "transition campaign" has been successful. Russia also lacks the political muscle to help him out.

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    "Russia also lacks the political muscle to help him out.[/QUOTE]

    Could you explain? Is it as simple as Russia lacking a judge on the free skate panel? Because the political muscle would seem to be hardly ever a question

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    Quote Originally Posted by icebeauty View Post
    I think I'll honestly be ok with anything for the final podium (as long as Plushenko is not on it...highly unlikely, so i'll just go with as long as he's not on top) Don't want to jinx anyone so instead...I hope all of Evan's hard work/determination shows and he skates his best LP, I hope Takahashi just makes it through his LP, a year removed from knee surgery and he looks like he never left, Oda lands everything and keeps himself in the mix, Stephane to spin everyone dizzy and land a clean quad, and for Johnny, what can I say but to skate the best LP he possibly can (the one everyone's been waiting for) so he walks away from Vancouver happy knowing that he let his skating do the talking...oh and one more request, continued fair judging to prove that the quad won't win it for you!
    Ditto. You put it so well.

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    I'm really hoping Evan wins.. I want Lambiel second but I don't know if that's going to happen.. I'd like Plushenko off the podium altogether, like that will ever happen.. I hope Chan medals, but I know he probably won't. I have a feeling the top three might even stay the same.

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    I can't help but notice the parallels between the top three men here in Vancouver and the top three ladies in Turin four years ago. There is a Russian, American, and Japanese skater basically tied for first after the short, with a 6 point lead over the fourth place competitor. Now, Daisuke is no Shizuka in terms of consistency, but for the sake of adhering to the Turin podium:

    1) Daisuke
    2) Evan
    3) Plushenko

    hm, doubt this will happen though

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    My main dream is that Johnny, with less pressure, just skates a fantastic program, and that whatever the marks, he is happy and proud of his skate. And is a bronze really impossible? Depends on what others do, but it doesn't seem he is getting the marks he deserves. Short program marks weren't insanely low, but just a litttle low.

    I don't find much to enjoy in Plushy's skating now. His jumps were once so terrific - now the landings seem very hard and heavy. The jumps and his consistency and energy were always his strengths, but with the jumps looking like they do, the obvious shortfalls are even more glaring.

    I respect Evan's work, consistency and fitness, but he is just not an artistic, expressive skater. I think he has a good chance to medal., and even though he doesn't move me, I would be happy for him.

    I love Daisuke and Oda, and if they skate clean they should beat both Evan and Plusy, but I don't think it will happen.

    Don't get the Lambeil thing at all. Yes, the spins are great, but he often looks awkward and out of control to me. His landings often look like he is about to sit down, and he has no line when he lands - no stretched leg and no lifted upper back. Just not my deal. I do see his strengths, but I love a long line so much. I think he will not stand up, as usual.

    Should be a great night of skating!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lcd View Post
    "Russia also lacks the political muscle to help him out.
    Could you explain? Is it as simple as Russia lacking a judge on the free skate panel? Because the political muscle would seem to be hardly ever a question[/QUOTE]

    IMO, because I don't profess to be an expert on secret judging, Russia would need skaters in other disciplines to "hold down" in favor of biased judging. At least that was the way it seemed in 6.0 judging where supposedly Fassi engineered a deal to hold down Jan Hoffman in men's skating for his skater Robin Cousins and allow Anette Poetsch to win gold in ladies. With North Americans holding favored positions in mens and dance- and the Japanese and Koreans holding favored positions in ladies (and men- but ladies seem to be Japanese focus)- I am not sure what they have to offer in exchange for "favored" judging of Plushenko. As for Evan- US and Canada both have favored ice dance teams- could trade an ice dance gold (to Canada) for a men's gold (US).

    That's just my thinking and with the Olympics in North America, I think North American teams are favored if they deliver the goods. It was like that in Salt Lake City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennett View Post
    He's been extremely consistent in his practice reports and seems relaxed and happy.
    Actually, to me, he looked extremely nervous in his run-throughs before the SP. And according to today's article (http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000004-sph-spo ) Nobunari had a panic fit before his SP, because he was afraid to skate after Lambiel. He thought it would be impossible, and got paralyzed with fear. But Nikolai Morozov told him to believe in all the effort he put into his training, so Nobunari "went to the rink with those words in his heart" and somehow managed not to mess up too badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscilla View Post
    Actually, to me, he looked extremely nervous in his run-throughs before the SP. And according to today's article (http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000004-sph-spo ) Nobunari had a panic fit before his SP, because he was afraid to skate after Lambiel. He thought it would be impossible, and got paralyzed with fear. But Nikolai Morozov told him to believe in all the effort he put into his training, so Nobunari "went to the rink with those words in his heart" and somehow managed not to mess up too badly.
    Oda looked like he was SO focused and nervous during last nights short, more-so than I think I've ever seen him. Hopefully being the next in line outside the group of 90-pointers will give him confidence for a job well done and no pressure for the free skate, which is definitely the stronger of his two programs this year. I wish him the best!

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    I'm sorry, but after seeing Plushenko in his interviews and in the stands, he just seems like and arrogant a@@hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by soogar View Post
    I hope the top 3 stays as is in the order they are. However I don't see Plush winning another gold medal. For one thing, it seems that he is not a favored skater in the judges' eyes and that the "transition campaign" has been successful. Russia also lacks the political muscle to help him out.
    What???? Not favored? Hah, then why is Plushenko in 1st place after the sp? His arm flapping is creepy, he doesn't skate to the music, he acts cocky on the ice, etc. The judges love him. I really hope he does not win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscilla View Post
    Actually, to me, he looked extremely nervous in his run-throughs before the SP. And according to today's article (http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000004-sph-spo ) Nobunari had a panic fit before his SP, because he was afraid to skate after Lambiel. He thought it would be impossible, and got paralyzed with fear. But Nikolai Morozov told him to believe in all the effort he put into his training, so Nobunari "went to the rink with those words in his heart" and somehow managed not to mess up too badly.
    Ah, poor Nobunari , so proud of him for rising above his nerves and delivering a good performance! I wish Brian, Tomas, and Jeremy could have done the same....so sad . But anyways I think Oda might medal here, I know NBC said it's between the top 3 but I don't think that's necessarily true, 5 points is one triple jump or the different between a 3a and a 3a< , this battle is far from over. I'm going to be a nervous wreck tomorrow....

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