I think whatever pain Evan is suffering from this backlash is more than offset by the perks of being an Olympic champion.
If the Dice man had won gold, he'd be the first Japanese man to win gold in figure skating, and the first Japanese athlete to win gold at these games. He'd be heralded as the ultimate hero in Japan and become a huge media sensation. Figure skating is currently a much higher profile sport in Japan than in the US. And unlike in the US, where Evan had to share the spotlight with Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn and other American gold medalists, Daisuke would have the stage all to himself unless a Japanese lady wins gold later. If Daisuke had won, his fans would be too busy going over a mountain of news articles, media appearances and CD releases related to him to worry about any backlash.
Polish commentors on Eurosport were a little underwhelmed by Plushenko's performance (usually they're are very pro-Russian in general and pro-plushenko in particular and if it's close between a NAmerican and Russian they root for the Russian).
The more knowledgeable one said it wasn't up to his euros lp and wasn't sure if he'd done enough to win.
Under no judging system does that skate warrant a personal best. Please.
The "own the podium crap" was an attempt to duplicate the success the Aussies had when they mounted a similar program prior to their Olympics ( They may have gone farther, recruiting athletes and coaches from all over the world.) Any country would pull out all the stops to try to make a good showing at a home games. It has been a boon to athletes in many sports who usually have to scrimp and scrape for every penny of financial support. I'm very glad they had it and hope it won't be completely withdrawn when the games end.
Virtue and Moir overmarked ...
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 02-21-2010 at 03:44 AM.
Since many top skaters are not going to Torino, there's a real possibility this hooligan can win the world title next month to do exactly what he did at this Olys, which is to splat 3a.
I certainly don't hope to see this guy in competitions next season with those ridiculous marks. It's better he just skips the season.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 02-21-2010 at 07:06 AM.
It was funny how the turkish commentator reacted for the result. After Plushenko skated, he was so sure that Plushenko had won the event, started to say how perfect he was, his artistry, his jumps and that he was going to get another gold medal. When the results were announced, he could only say "...and this is not enough. He wins the silver!" , apparently he was in sudden shock. After all, he started to say how perfect Evan was, his artistry and his jumps just like he said about Plushenko lol. No surprise. He still doesn't understand much about figure skating, even though he has been making commentary for more than 10 years.