Likewise, I seriously doubt Evan could duplicate Evgeny's program in the jump aspect. After all, he did fall hard on his *** trying to attempt a 4toe at Nationals, a 4toe attempt that was downgraded to a triple and with a fall.I seriously doubt if Plushy now or even when he was young could duplicate Evan's program. Plushy has been frontloading programs going back to when he was 15.
Maybe it is Mishin's belief that it is necessary to get the big tricks over with at the start - but that has become an outdated strategy in recent years.
Evan actually skates better and looks to get stronger in the second half of his LP and Plushy looks the opposite.
Interesting to see if the Russians will show programs with better pacing in the future - and take advantage of the 2nd half jump bonus.