Overall Opinions of NHK 2010
I watched on the computer and Univeral Sport Chanel. I'm not all that on Takahashi's bandwagon, don't see him as a good presenter, but he is definitely good competitor. There was another Japanese boy - quite frail - but had excellent technique and good body language. Will look forward to seeing him again. Abbott is always good at the beginning of the season, and he will be in the Finals, but he will fade at Worlds and maybe Nats.
I feel sorry for Kevin vd Perren. He was once a contender.
Nice to see Rachael without those chipmonk cheeks. Katy Couric got rid of them some time ago. Rachael did well, as did Carolina, but the Ladies just don't get to me. It's all a rehash of what they've done before. I think Mao is getting bored as Yu Na did at Worlds.2010.
I think Pang and Tong will go gold right up to, and include Sochi.
Bravo for Weaver and Poje. It's time for them to shine. Sorry, but Charlie does not get to me.
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
How is placing 5th at Worlds considered bombing? Jeremy's one of the reasons the US can send 3 men to Worlds in Japan. Yes, he's had the potential to medal at Worlds before; he could have easily won the World title in 2009 if he had gone clean in both segments and he could have won World gold or silver in 2010 if he had been completely clean both segments there too, but he has never delivered a 2010 World SP performance a la Nobunari Oda - that is bombing when you single every one of your planned jumps and fail to advance to the LP.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
Last edited by museksk8r; 10-24-2010 at 05:32 PM.
Most of the segments could have been better, but it was the first competition of the season. The ladies seems really up in the air right now, what with Mao down in 8th place and Kostner back on top (weird). I'd hoped for more from Ashley Wagner. As for KVDP not being a contender anymore, I think it's obvious that he's suffered under COP, as his non-jump elements are not the best. They may have improved slightly from last year though? Maybe? In dance, my thought that Ilynikh and Katsalapov (sp?) had been overhyped was somewhat shown to be true. I'm more interested in the Shibutanis, actually. I hope Weaver and Poje can make the World team this year. It would be sad with this much improvement if they didn't. Nothing stuck in my mind that much about pairs - it was a rather lackluster event.
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