I know the new judging system is supposed to be more objective than subjective, but I can't help but wonder if they are holding his remarks about Inman against him....as in birds of a feather stick together? Just grasping I guess.
Maybe. I dunno.
I do think Johnny was undermarked. But maybe this will take the pressure off the LP.
Now he can go and skate without all the expectations, instead of what he did at Nats.
He just better not go and miss the bus again.
Last edited by isk82; 02-17-2010 at 10:55 PM.
You know, I've never thought of Johnny as a skater that wasn't able to adapt to COP. I remember his programs for the 2004-2005 season (Rondo Capriccioso and Otonal) were very CoP friendly, and that season he was winning everything. Also this years programs were designed by David Wilson, who does great programs for CoP. If indeed his coach changed the choreos, and thus eliminated whatever transitions Wilson had come up with (I'm guessing, I don't know if indeed this is what happened), then they only hurt Johnny. And Petrenko, being a technical controler, could have addressed that, don't you think?
If you look at Johnny's TES, it's perfectly competitive with the top guys. Where he can improve slightly, although this is by no means fatal, is he could up the levels of his spins so they ALL reach level 4. Where Johnny needs to improve greatly is executing the planned elements. He cannot afford to pop any jumps, which he is given to do. It's against his nature, but he's better off rotating the jumps and splatting on them than popping them. And if he could fix his lip, even better.
As for his PCS, that's where he's suffering in particular these days, and has lots of room for improvement. An obvious area he can improve is throwing in more transitions. In fact, his SP had more transitions at the beginning of the season, but he stripped it away to improve his consistency. Weir can also try to skate even faster, which helps improve the SS score. As for the rest of the PCS, I think it'd really help him if he had better music and better programs. His current SP and FS have mediocre, even awkward music. The choreography bound to that is never going to be very good. Remember The Swan? That was beautiful music which inspired beautiful choreography which inspired massive PCS. Find better music, and the PCS will improve.
Last edited by DesertRoad; 02-17-2010 at 11:58 PM.
I thought Johnny's SP had more fire in Spokane. It really didn't feel like he was skating all out until his footwork section, and even then it wasn't as big and joyus as Nationals.
The fact of the matter is that Weir lost on technical elements. He lost 2 points for the wrong edge on the flip, and probably would have gained at least 1 point in GOE had he not taken off the wrong edge. This results in a net loss of at least 3 points, and it also cost him a spot in the top 4! Weir has no one to blame but himself. The "e" rule has been in effect for several seasons now. He has had ample time to correct this issue. Miki Ando was another skater with an egregious incorrect take-off edge on her triple flip, but it has since been fixed. He should try a triple loop instead in the short program. The base value is lower, but he wouldn't have all of the negative GOE.
An 83 does not sound off-mark to me. His PB was a 84.60 at the GPF this December, and since he got an edge call on the flip and both the flip and the 3/3 were done very slowly and without his usual flow, i don't find the score off mark. What surprised a lot of people was how far down in the standings he was because of the huge scores some of the other guys were getting. Two judges gave him a 5.50 and a 6.75 for transitions, compared with 6.00 at the lowest for Plushenko (which is rather insane, but lets stay out of that whole drama). His spins and steps got levels 3 and 4, and + GOEs so I don't think he is losing many points there. He skating pretty much his best, and was scored fairly IMO.
Johnny is the 3 number of the USA team now. That is the only reason why he has got such low marks for his perfect SP (inspite the wrong edge).