Thank you Paula for posting the article links that you have posted.
Two things from this article stood out to me.
#1. Elvis quote: "I don’t know what they’re scoring out there."
To that I say, maybe you should study the COP judging system a little closer.
#2. Article Writer Barnas quote: "With the next Olympics in Russia -- in 2014 in Sochi -- this is a critical period for the nation to get its figure skating future back on track. First things first, though: They need to get serious about the new points system, which awards the complete skater, not just the best jumper."
This writer is so right!
What drives me crazy about all this "risk" talk from Stojko and Pluschenko himself is that they neglect to mention that beyond trying a "risky" quad - Pluschenko opted out of doing an "easier" 3flip in his program and instead, did a 2axel for one of his jumping passes.Where in the sport do you not risk and play it safe and you win? It’s that simple.
While Pluschenko might be able to do quads consistently, he's hardly the superb technician or deserving winner that some are making him out to be when he doesn't even attempt a full arsenal of jumps in his programs.
Good grief. Since when has figure skating been all about a four-revolution jump?
As much as I have always enjoyed Elvis' skating, I am disappointed by his remarks lately. Figure skating should never be all about one jump! Give me balanced skating anyday.
I had also enjoyed Plushy's skating for many years, but I am now totally put off by his arrogance.
What did Pluschenko think all he had to do was show up step out on the ice and get the gold handed to him on a sliver platter? just saying you don't have to agree it's my opinon. As for what skater A said about skater B who cares they all talk smack about each other always have always will.
So what's going to happen if the Russians don't win Ice Dance are they going to whine & complain they were robbed of the gold....
As for Patrick Chan and his Johnny comment, how long has this brat been in figure skating? If some old lady or young girl made him a crown to wear, let him show his appreciation for her love and support. Obviously someone went through lots of trouble for it and he made someone extremely happy. It's not the first time skaters have worn a funny hat that was given to them (I remember Philippe Candeloro doing that in 1998). Certainly better than those skaters who have attitude problems in the K & C.
I'm sick of this dispute. Lysacek won gold, and it will be his forever. Let's move on!
I agree with dlgffps.
However if anyone can do the quad then I'd like to see Mr Chan prove it!
For me Chan is completely forgettable....
And I would like to see him trying a quad combo since anyone can do a single quad....
How much lower can they sink...