In Sweden, commentators of long standing Roger Blomqvist and Lotta Falkenbäck (former Swedish figureskating champion) were totally convinced Plushenko was the winner and used a word basically meaning that he was impossible to match and in a class by himself - when they saw the score they let out an audible gasp - they were stunned he didn't win!
The commentators of German Eurosport were pretty sure that Plushenko has won and actually it was the same explanation I thought it would be.
They said that Plush was a bit wobbly on almost all jumps but he didn't make any big mistakes so the big combo of 4-3 should make up for the shaky jumps. They added that he isn't the one with the best components but that Lysacek isn't the one who wins competitions because of his components [which in the end didn't happen because if I remember correctly they were pretty even and he won on the technical side] like Kozuka, Takahashi or Chan.
Then they talked how amazing his comeback was and that he achieved something not a lot of other skaters have and that it wasn't very common that comeback skaters end up on the top of the podium (->1994). When the results came up Schamberger (the expert, former German ice dance champion) said "Oh no, that can't be true".
I have to say that I can't really say how biased they are. Lysacek isn't their favorite skater but they always respected what he did, which means they didn't talk him down like they sometimes do with others. Actually I think they like him more since he won Worlds last year and they really liked his performance in L.A., unfortunately I haven't watched his skate with German commentary. On the other hand they are usually quite supportive of Plushenko, even what I remember of the time for years ago. Probably 'supportive' isn't the right word, it's kinda hard to explain. They have a very high respect for his technical abilities and his accomplishments, already eight years ago but back in SLC they preferred Yagudin way over Plushenko so I think it has something to do with his success and they doubted for quite a long time that he would really come back and that it wasn't a PR-thing
So in the end I would say that their liking of the skaters is pretty even with a tendency to Plushenko
I watched the actual competition on Foxtel and I can't really remember what they said but I think they thought Plushenko won, can't remember if they gave an explanation but in the end they were okay with the result.
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a Japanese coach Kumiko Sato, the wife of Nobuo Sato, who coachs kozuka and is also Yuka Sato's mother, said Evan deserved the gold.
but she emphasized that if junior skaters ' follow' him, there would be no future in the men's figure skaing.
Takeshi Honda said ,'Plushenko jumed the quads for the future of figure skating. I am sad becouse i spent my skating life in the QUADS TIME. In my personal view, quads should be more evaluated.
I think all the Japanese commentator think Evan deserved the gold, but they dont like the trend that quadless skaters can tend to win.
I've kind of started thinking like gymnastics.
If there were individual events, like jumping, spinning, footwork, etc, then Plush or Weir would have won jumping, Lambiel spinning, Takahashi or Chan footwork, etc.
But figure skating is like the 'all round' competition. And on that night, Evan was the best all round competitor. No, he wouldn't have won anything if it was based on individual aspects of the sport, but putting it all together, he was good enough in all areas to be tops overall.
I live in the U.S. but I am able to watch a channel from Mexico. A few days, after the competition, I watched a reshowing of the men's competition. They showed all the programs from the top men, but rearranged the programs so that Lysack and Plushenko's programs were back to back. The four commentators after seeing the two programs, still felt that Plushenko should have won. They compared them and said that their skating is similiar (I think they meant that both tend to concentrate on the techincal side of skating). One of the commentators, mentioned that both had problems with the entries to their jumps. However, they believed that Plushenko was technically superior and had greater presence, comand than Evan. But, in the end, they felt that it came to whom you prefer. They had been surprised that Plushenko lost, but could understand why Evan won
Since it was a reshowing, they also included messages sent by Mexican fans. All of them thought Plushenko should have one. There was one that criticized the biased commentary by American commentators.
I don't buy the whole "without the quad, men skating will die" argument. Were going to keep putting more and more pressure on these younger skaters until one of them get hurt bad