I like Hanyu's quad better than Chan's.
It's too bad Chan won after his splatfest in the SP, but really, no one else deserved to win the LP. Everyone was kind of subpar.. good job Chan for landing the quad, though.
Why so many people bashing Chan when he actually did a very good job with the LP? IMO it's way too much. It was a bit surprising for the SP score before seeing the protocol, but it makes a lot more sense after studying the breakdown of points. Chan appears to be a very honest person, not diplomatic at all. He's still young and needs to learn his lessons to be liked by people He didn't give himself high marks. So is it so hard to give him a break? I myself was not totally convinced for the SP scores/placement. But I'm not that much engaged to defend anybody; it's a newly tweaked scoring system anyway. We as audience may as well take some time to get used to it.
Wow. I read all the comments here before watching the event on PVR. I was expecting to see a disaster of a skate from Chan, and stellar skating from everyone else based on the comments ripping Chan to shreds. Then I watched the PVR and this is how I saw the skating:
Javier – REALLY entertaining (and let’s face it, he’s pretty easy on the eyes); no complexity, and ran out of gas in a serious way before the end of the program
Alban – not so much a fan of this, kinda dull, actually; his posture is weird
Patrick – Just wow….a skater in my house commented on just how fast Chan is – only 2 cross-cuts to get all the way across the ice. It is all complex choreography and difficult edges throughout, with jumps along the way. Finally landed a great quad jump. Looking at the scores, he got -3’s for his fall on the 3A. He also got a lot of 0 GEO’s for his jumps. He got -1’s on the jump later in the program. The judges seemed to agree with each other, so I’m not sure how that could have been political or preplanned. So far the only skater that actually skated to his music in a meaningful way. He has such ease of movement in his entire body in this program. Thankfully, with CoP, it takes a WHOLE program to win, not just jumps. Others focus on just jumps. And you can see when a jump is about to happen each time. If they miss some, there is nothing else to garner points. With Chan, he got deducted for the jump he fell on, and paid in GOE on other jumps as well, but all the rest of the stuff is such quality, the points add up. And yes, his footwork at the end did deserve the big GOE. And I watched his brief interview in the Kiss N Cry. I honestly don’t see the fuss. He said he has been working on dance and expression, and he feels like he has more connection with the audience and judges with this program this year. Don’t think there is anything horrid about that comment.
Adam – the other person to skate to his music tonight. Absolutely love his lutz with the arms above the head. But it just doesn’t have the goods of Chan. But I think Rippon is definitely one to watch going forward. Really like him.
Kevin – he is a jumping machine, except when he misses. What was most exciting was to see him start to put some real expression into his skating. He is really young, and I have to think he is going to just keep getting better with age, experience and overall maturity. I wonder if a switch to Mariposa or Cricket would help him on his journey.
Nobunari – it was just boring. He did mostly a good job with his elements, but it looked like it was all business, and was not exciting at all. I can completely see why he did not get the PCS points of Chan. It was not as complex, and was very introspective. Interesting that his technical scores were almost as good as Chan. It's the PCS that make the difference here, and I have to say that Chan's skating skills, edges, speed, linking steps, overall body involvement, complexity of choreography, etc are just superior to anyone else in this competition. By a country mile.
Even if Oda had skated better technically than Chan, he wasn't going to get the PCS scores to put him ahead, no matter how he performed his FS. He knew that from the get-go. Chan's score was so outrageous (for a performance with a fall and mostly wonky jumps) that NO ONE was going to top it.
This competition was NO WAY on a level playing field for all the competitors. Chan was going to win no matter how he skated --- or how anyone else skated, for that matter.
If I were a figure skater from another country, NO WAY would I want to compete at Skate Canada. It's an exercise in futility.
Chan deserved to win the LP, for sure, but his score was still much too high. BTW, the tech specialist was wrong yet again in downgrading Chan's 3-3 combo. It was rotated to at least 1/4 of a turn. The problem was on controlling the landing and the further problem is that the scoring system needs to penalize messy jumps FAR more severely. I'm going to keep repeating that over and over and over and lobbying within ISU until it is fixed.
And, yes, he WAS gifted on the GOE's. The Triple Flip should have been -1 across the board. If you take the proper amount of deduction from that jump, and the proper amount of deduction from the 3Axel fall (you should NOT receive 4.5 points for falling on a terribly-crooked-in-the-air 3Axel attempt), and then decrease his undeserved scores on the Quad and some of the spins and the last footwork sequence, and then finally decrease his PCS to something that is more reflective of the performance...then the total score would have been appropriate. He should have been in the mid 150's (Oda and Rippon were both a bit overscored as well, yes).
RE: the PCS - Patrick deserves extremely high scores for skating skills and, yes he performed better than anyone else at THIS competition in the LP, but Chan's skating still lacks real soul, originality, and connection to the music. I'm going to keep pointing at Takahashi's "Phantom of the Opera" from 2007 Worlds. If you compare the programs, Chan clearly lacks the same level of emotion, interpretation of music, and uniqueness of movement. Chan can do turns and steps brilliantly and move across the ice with ease, but his actual movements don't provide much of a personal statement of expression. Nor do they provide a great reflection of the music. Also, note how Chan ended his program a full second ahead of the music.
I tend to believe some skaters like Chan and Kostner are vastly overrated but apparently their speed, command of the ice and good basics don't come across on a screen as well as they do live. Maybe that's why I always feel that their PCS is too high!
In this case. who do I have to blame? SC or judges or Pchan? Maybe ISU and $peedy?
Did you actually watch the short program too. I have no issue with Chan coming out on top in the free, but I have a huge issue with him coming on top overall. (Yes Oda and Rippon had issues in the free, but its not like they were so much more messier than Chan) And Patrick had count them 3 falls in the short. But is 3 points behind Rippon seriously.Wow. I read all the comments here before watching the event on PVR. I was expecting to see a disaster of a skate from Chan, and stellar skating from everyone else based on the comments ripping Chan to shreds. Then I watched the PVR and this is how I saw the skating:
And here's the thing to Adam Rippon and Oda are not bad skaters. Yes Patrick has great edges, speed etc. But so does Nobunari Oda. And Oda had difficult entries in all of his jumps, and better landings than Patrick and got less GOE (high way robbery).
Adam isn't as good of a basic skater as Oda or Chan, but he's not horrific either. Even if Patrick won by a even lets say a five/six point margin, he didn't deserve to win overall based on his mess in the short.
In THIS competition, there were only 2 skaters that skated with their music: Chan and Rippon. You might want to add Javier, but I don't really count a whole lot of posing as skating, as entertaining as it was. Judging THIS competition, Chan was the class of the field in the LP, and completely deserves the scores he received. He absolutely skated with his music, and he comes across as genuine, from the heart. Of course it will only get better with maturity and age, but even now already, in THIS competition, his PCS deserved to be the best. If I recall correctly, the new updates to the rules means that there is LESS penalty for wonky jumps. I think that had something to do with some Olympic proportion sour grapes from the other side of the world? It's hard to compare scores from competition to competition. The judging panels are different each time. The point is in THIS competition the scores were consistently applied. Again, in an international panel of judges, when all judges come up with basically the same scores, it's pretty hard to say that the scores are "cooked". I'd buy the argument if the judging was all over the map, but it wasn't. Chan is a whole skater. He is coming along with the jumps, including a very clean quad which gives him big points thanks to changes in the system this year, and rocks the house on every other element. With CoP designed to reward the whole skater, it is not a surprise he comes out on top.
Your joking right. Actually while Chan has amazing skating skills, a lot of times his movements have nothing to do with the music and everything to do with fitting some transition in there. And if what you say is correct once again Adam skates with the music and manages not to fall 3 times in his short program in comparision to Chan and only gets 3 points more. Yep 3 points more. Sorry if the rest of us think that its more than a little unfair.In THIS competition, there were only 2 skaters that skated with their music:
And I'm sorry Northern Dancer this is a sport with all kinds of wheeling and dealing going on. And one thing is always clear that there are always questionable HIGH INFLATED scoring for Canadian skaters when skating in Canada.
Last edited by bekalc; 10-31-2010 at 01:13 AM.
I think Oda failed to capture the Gold medal here because he didn't show that he understood his chosen music (IN), a choreography that did not accentuate the highlights of the music (CH), performance with limited emotional involvement based on almost no change in his facial emotion throughout (PE) and transitions that are no where near Chan's level (TR).
The 10 points difference in PCS was instrumental to Oda's loss against Chan so it deserves to be discussed at length here. My observation is that Oda's performance remained mostly at one level - the music did not suit him, it seems as though he was executing those movements b/c someone told him so, not because he wanted to. His choreography in general lacks sophistication b/c he didn't really understand what he was skating to, thus unable to accentuate or better personalize parts of his program to better capture the attention o the audience. There was little to none audience involvement, unable to engage his viewers very much with minor disruptions here and there, including a fall that was not particularly material. Overall, the PE is solid but nothing memorable. Nobody comes close to Chan's ability to execute highly complex transitions as smoothly even though Oda's isn't bad.
It would seem that Chan scoring higher PCS than Oda is entirely justified here IMO.
As for your 2nd claim re: inflated scoring, since you didn't show any evidence to support your claim, one can construed your statement as a slander, therefore, I won't dignify it with a response.
Do anyone think PChan could get this kind of points from COR? Let's see.