Dai is one of that kind of a skater nobody really cares if he ... "... has a quad or not ..." ... unlike these certain, v-e-r-y certain!!! US/Canadian-completely-forgetables :boohoo: :boohoo: :boohoo:, he has sooooo much else to offer!!!!!!!
Well I don't see why the quad is so dangerous for Lysacek. If it was so bad for him he wouldn't have tried it at nationals at all. He just can't land them anymore and has used his foot issue to not even try them because he just can't do them anymore. Rather make himself look good. At least takahashi tried a quad flip. You think his knee surgery that required a year off makes it smart for him to do it? He tried because he believed rather lose with an atempt and fail than win without even trying. Maybe that is just diplomacy on his part trying to stay in the middle of pro quad and anti quad people but whatever he is more champion than Lysacek or Buttle will ever be.
2. I certainly think he has difficulty accepting where he is now. Here is a man who holds the LP and Combined Total Record Scores (achieved at 2008 4CC) and received those because he had landed two clean quads in an awesome program. Two years and and injury later, he can barely land one, so it's understandably frustrating for him to be where he is now.
3. I don't really agree that Evan's strategy is better for Dai because Evan couldn't land quads as successfully as Dai did. For Dai, I think, it's more about personal satisfaction with oneself more than it is about trying to win at a limited capacity. I mean, c'mon now, Dai's definitely a more complete package next to Evan and probably didn't need a quad in Vancouver to defeat him, but would he have felt right personally about winning?
hehe, and ya he's never landed the flip, not even in JPN (the same two foots / UR). Also he says in the flow of the competition he is able to perform the jumps better than in practice.
If skating SMART under such scenarios then it would be logical to take out the quad for the best chance at a clean program. However Daisuke's purpose was more than just "skating to win", perhaps the quad attempts in the beginnings of his programs got him pumped up to deliver the spectacular performances. Initially Dai had turned down the JPN skating federation in coming to these worlds citing burnout from Olympics, so again the 4F was a little self motivation / challenge. As Dai has said practicing the quad is a target for next season, it is very important to start doing the quad in competition and "get it out there" (yes he has not landed the jump before / has an extremely low success rate in recent practices). So why not try it here on a grand stage when he has seemingly no pressure, because a win next year in Japan would be even more satisfying and successful for him.
On the other hand we do have conservative skaters who are gun-shy about pulling the trigger on the quad in competition. Some people have questioned when Oda (who does beautiful 4-3-3 in practices), Weir, Březina were in 4-5-6 places at Olympics/Worlds, they could have attempted a quad to give themselves at least a CHANCE to make a splash on the podium. Well they seemed content by staying in their own comfort zones. Maybe had Oda tried the quad in earlier competitions, he would have been able to put it in when he needed it most at the Olympics. (god bless him)
Then again you have skaters like Joubert, Jeremy, Kozuka whom usually do quads in competition, all having their own levels of success and handful of misery. Each skater have their own rationale for attempting quads, I just try to respect their decisions. Anyway yea Evan probably has a better strategy for winning, I am just happy for Dai with staying true to his character and skating on his own terms.
Looking back I am sorta glad that we now have a system to reward different skaters. Sebastien Britten (CAN) back in the day was forced to attempt a 3A at the nationals (a jump to that point he has never landed before) in order to make the world team, and Todd Eldredge late in his career forced to attempt quad in SP just to put himself in contention.
Last edited by bibi24; 03-27-2010 at 06:54 AM.
Thanks guys for interesting discussion! I really appreciate it!
Yeah, and they do have good success rates, esp. Joubert. Sato family would not let you try otherwise, either.Then again you have skaters like Joubert, Jeremy, Kozuka whom usually do quads in competition, all having their own levels of success and misery. Each skater have their own rationale on whether to attempt any quads, and I just try to respect their decisions.
I do not know enough back ground about this. Why did Sebastien Britten back in the day was forced to attempa 3A at Nationals to make the world team even though he never landed it before and Todd Eldredge late in his career forced to attempt quad in SP to put himself in contention? Would you be so kind as to explain a bit?Looking back now I am sorta glad that we have a system now which rewards different skaters. Sebastien Britten (CAN) back in the day was forced to attempt a 3A at the nationals (a jump to that point he has never landed before) in order to make the world team, and Todd Eldredge late in his career forced to attempt quad in SP just to put himself in contention.
Barbara Underhill and Rod Black talked about Britten in the beginning and his second jumping pass,
For a skater to be in contention for Gold, they must place in the top three after the SP (unless the top ranked SP skater falls below 3rd in LP). Now under CoP, you can have more than just the top 3 in contention with points. Also it was a case of an older generation of skaters getting pushed aside by the new wave of top skaters. For Todd he had to learn a new move (quad) at age 30 and that really wasn't going to happen, Scott Hamilton commented on it at SLC 2002.
Anyway most traditional coaches wouldn't allow (recommend) their pupils to attempt jumps they haven't landed in practice, very low success rate, or not worth the risk/return. But there are exceptions (perhaps the coaches know something about their skaters that we don't), also some skaters could go against their coaches' wishes (whether there will be consequences to pay or not that's another story lol).
Last edited by bibi24; 03-27-2010 at 09:48 AM.
Thanks bibi. But I don't quite get what the point is in putting a jump that you've never/rarely landed under the 6.0 system. If you don't land it, it just does not count anyway. I hear that a clean skate mattered more in the old system.