Is anyone really surprised that Plushie withdrew? The timing is perfect -- just after other major players like Johnny and Evan have announced they will not be going to World's. I agree with a previous poster --- with all the posturing that the Russians and Plushie have done with regards to the quad and his supremacy on ice.......everyone will be looking at his program construction and PCS value in nano detail! The new system is no longer 'new' and it is time that all ISU members realize they have to either play the game by CoP or get out. Change is here and maximizing points is the new way to win.
BTW Bet this gives Patrick a big boost.......and a podium position! Then he can retire!
My goodness. This sounds like the Worlds 2010 will truly be the beginning of new era in Men's skating.
Originally Posted by Dodhiyel
Is he the last of the Soviet skaters?
He was born in 1987. Does that mean he is soviet? He would have been 4 when it collapsed.
I would rather see a quad than a spread eagle into a triple flip.
Originally Posted by redhotcoach
leave no stone unturned
Spread eagle into triple has become boring, but ina bauer into a triple in men I like it, Hanyu did a great one in Juniors
I think, the big PR ballon just has collapsed.
As long as he cannot have inflated points, he cannot win. Judges has send him a clear sign, he will get what he deserves.
He is a clever man, and "read" this message.
The atmosphere of the competition will be much better without him.
His poor sportmanship in Vancouver will be remembered....
Last edited by bigdeal; 03-20-2010 at 02:48 PM.
Waiting for on-ice perfection.
I thought it was nerves. He came out strong in 4CC to place OTP at Worlds in 2008. I thought that had to do with nerves as well (the pressure to deliver again). No one will ever know for sure, but I have a feeling Dai won't cope well with being the favorite to win. He's rarely been in that position before (... but of course, I'm hoping I'm proven wrong).
Originally Posted by gmyers
The 4cc/worlds chronology is something that I was missing. Thanks for that because now there is a fuller picture for me. It does seem like a nerves thing so I hope Dai delievers but since Joubert is unsteady and the air has seemingly gone out of the Oda balloon it could be Chan.
Originally Posted by dlgpffps
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Dài has improved with each event his season. At the GP and GPF he was not trained well enough yet after recouperating from his surgery. He skated his best of the season in Vanouver, and was perfect if had not gone for the quad. If he chooses to play to safe like Evan in Torino, but he could win easily. But if he keeps improving at his usual rate he will skate clean with the quad. I hope he can pull it off either way. His both of his programs are favs of mine this season and what a great comeback story.
Of course I really want to see Abbott win the whole thing but i follow him on Twitter and sadly I don't see that happening.
Yes, he puts too much attention elsewhere, such as connecting with his fans.
Originally Posted by Tinymavy15
The Future Mrs. Evan Lysacek
Wow. This comes as a shock. I thought he would come as a consolation prize for the Olympics.
As for Takahashi, he's definitely the favorite now, but when all the top contenders but one are goners, the one left generally feels pressure and doesn't do well. Think of Sasha Cohen in 2006.
The Worlds in an Olympic year are always low key, but it gives the lesser known skaters a chance to come out. I'm personally hoping one of the Americans pulls through!
Originally Posted by jennylovskt
I really hope he does well but I have my doubts about him and Joubert. It really seems that their minds are not in the right place to become world champion, but hopefully I'm wrong or one/both of them will do enough to hang on to a silver or bronze.
Originally Posted by aurora100
Don't be so sure. If your podium will be Joubert, Takahashi and Chan, it will not look such a new era. All have medaled before.
lol The Russian Fed. should just start their own sport of "FIGURE JUMPING." Then they should have a world champion that just lands quads and doesn't have to do any other actual skating skills well. They would have to also make the programs 3 minutes long since there won't be any jumping if it goes beyond that point.
Originally Posted by let`s talk