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    ImaginaryPogue, the moment a 4-fall Abbott beats a skater of Oda's and Rippon's caliber when they skate well will result in him being crucified, I have no doubt. However, I don't see that happening, as the judges clearly don't have an Abbott lovefest like they do with Chan. How low of you to even compare the scenario with Chan to Abbott! Patrick gets PCS in the 8s and 9s always, whether he falls 4 times or not, and you're gonna try to rip on Jeremy for receiving 7s when he deserves way better. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

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    Joubert has to win TEB to make it to the GPF. And it won't be easy. Joubert has a history of not performing well at home: he has won TEB/Lalique only once, and that was way back in 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    gmyers, for what it's worth, I don't think that Verner's gonna get rid of the quad from his repetoire. Remember, he elected to skip Worlds because he had come to the conclusion that after Skate America, GPF, Nationals, Euros and the Olympics - something was REALLY wrong and he didn't know what. That led to a completely revamped training regime, changing coachs, arenas and countries. I agree with you - winning the way he did doesn't really appeal to me. It was clean and two clean performances for Verner is something to remember, but he won over 4 falls and a COP rule and two falls. I would love to see the Verner of the 2007 Worlds come back, but I think his choice to change everything about how he train means that he's gonna play it safe for a while to see what works, and I think that's the right maneuver. Intriguingly, his two performances (and hopefully the GPF) would go a long way to him reasserting his status as the top European skater this season, and given that this season we wondered if he'd be the top CZECH skater, that's an achievement for sure.
    Well I hope all of this happens to Verner but a 100% Verner. It is just after the Olympic champion said "quad next time" over and over and it never happened I just wonder about these people who say "quad next time." The next time tends to not come and a quad is not just something you add as has been said by Stojko when discussing Todd Eldredge back in the 90's. I don't really know anything about his coach. Is the GPF too soon? Will Euros be too important? Will Worlds be too important? for quads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    Can someone explain Abbot's interpretation in his short program. It looked like he was trying to be a snake. his hand movements were weird and made the program look uncomfortable. People on this forum have been saying that he is in a different league to all of the other skaters. please explain. I find his movements contrived and without meaning.
    That piece was mystifying to me also. I used the word sinuous. Hope he gets in Final so we get another look. The choreography was not your ordinary figure skating performance. I like innovation especially at the Interpretation level. He did fine What was the name of that music?

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    ImaginaryPogue, the moment a 4-fall Abbott beats a skater of Oda's and Rippon's caliber when they skate well will result in him being crucified, I have no doubt. However, I don't see that happening, as the judges clearly don't have an Abbott lovefest like they do with Chan. How low of you to even compare the scenario with Chan to Abbott! Patrick gets PCS in the 8s and 9s always, whether he falls 4 times or not, and you're gonna try to rip on Jeremy for receiving 7s when he deserves way better. Seriously, what is wrong with you?
    Jeremy doesn't deserve high PCS when he falls all over the place and is generally messy. And I know some people were watching the competition live said that Jeremy was much slower than not only Chan but also Verner in person. Menshov too. Jeremy does have nice choregraphy and transitions though but...

    As for Verner and Evan, we are talking about two extremely different skaters. Evan was never consistent on his quad, and he didn't have the greatest technique, given he could win without one its understandable why Evan didn't go for it. I think Tomas' situation isn't the same. And I find the I'll only be happy when Tomas is 100% to be a bit meh. Tomas was skating horrifically last season, and know he's making changes and improving. Baby steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bekalc View Post
    Jeremy doesn't deserve high PCS when he falls all over the place and is generally messy.
    I was speaking in general. Jeremy didn't even get a majority of 8s and 9s in NHK even when his only major mistake was popping a 3Axel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i love to skate View Post
    You missed his point entirely. Jeremy received the same PCS for his clean short program and his messy 2 fall free skate. Yet, not a word has been brought up about this. Everyone is complaining that Patrick's PCS are too high for having mistakes in his program. Yet Jeremy's mistakes did not seem to affect his PCS either. Why are people not complaining about that?

    Also, public opinion seems to be that it is horrendous that a three fall free program wins silver but it's okay that 2 fall program with under-rotations won bronze?
    Chan received an under-rotation too and did an illegal combination, but how convenient of you to overlook those facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Chan received an under-rotation too, but how convenient of you to overlook that fact.
    Jeremy had three. Patrick had one...

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    I agree with the judges. Jeremy's LP is better designed than his SP. Life is Beautiful fits him so much better than flamenco does, not only in the costuming but also the mood and overall packaging and construction of the program. The LP far better emphasizes Abbott's strengths than his SP does, so it's right to award his LP with better PCS than his SP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    ImaginaryPogue, the moment a 4-fall Abbott beats a skater of Oda's and Rippon's caliber when they skate well will result in him being crucified, I have no doubt. However, I don't see that happening, as the judges clearly don't have an Abbott lovefest like they do with Chan. How low of you to even compare the scenario with Chan to Abbott! Patrick gets PCS in the 8s and 9s always, whether he falls 4 times or not, and you're gonna try to rip on Jeremy for receiving 7s when he deserves way better. Seriously, what is wrong with you?
    1. People are commenting that it's ridiculous for Chan to score high PCS despite his high number of falls. TRUE or FALSE

    2. gkelly and wallylutz have both taken the time to explain repeatedly that falls don't always lower PCS, as structured currently. TRUE or FALSE

    3. People don't listen, and make the same comments. TRUE or FALSE

    4. However, people are selective in whom they make the comments about. TRUE or FALSE

    5. People suggested that Chan's PCS should've been much lower (without much knowledge of where, how or why, of course) at Skate Canada due to his falls. TRUE or FALSE

    6. To me, if you believe that visible errors in the manner of falls and step-outs should seriously detract from his PCS, it stands to reason that an Abbott with multiple errors including falls should suffer as compared to a clean Abbott TRUE or FALSE

    7. That didn't happen as represented here by a direct comparison of his short and long programs. TRUE or FALSE

    8. If you choose to do a direct comparison between his NHK long program (no falls, though I forget the actual content, but it was one or two popped jumps and an UR) and CoR LP, you notice his PCS staying remarkably the same (mid to high 7s). TRUE or FALSE

    9. Ergo, it stands to reason that it's not so much a biased loved fest that benefits Chan solely to the exclusion of all others, but is something systemic in the rules. TRUE or FALSE

    10. If you're still disappinted/confused and/or think I'm an idiot, don't bother responding, as my sense of logic clearly clashes with your own. Just add me to ignore.

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    Abbott's PCS are always too low to begin with, especialy compared to the most overscored skater of all time- Patrick Chan. So if his PCS with mistakes is the same as with clean, it just means he needs to make mistakes to get fair PCS for him I guess, since for a clean performance they were too low to begin with . Abbott did not fall 4 times, he fell twice, and he only won bronze with a 4th in the LP. Chan fell 4 times and would have won another grand prix without doing an extra combination. Dumb comparision in everyway, hence why nobody looks at Abbott's perfectly reasonably if not slightly harsh scores with the disdain of Chan's typically outrageous scores.
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    Imaginary, I also have been MEH at some of the Abbott scores I've seen for messy programs. For example, I disagreed with him being so close to Rippon at Senior Worlds.

    Tired of multiple falls getting big scores. Lambiel is frankly another one. It was ridiculous that Lambiel was so close to Olympic bronze with the combined technical programs he gave in the short and long. I adore Stephane as a skater, but I've never been so glad to see a skater turn pro.

    I completely agree in general that Patrick is hardly the only skater who is allowed to be extremely messy.
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    pangtongfan, thanks for your response. Apologies for the error in your name earlier.

    bekalc, I'd be interested in a system that promotes risk taking, punishes major errors, acknowledges general overall difficulty, while at the same time promoting the PCS values very much. Too bad I think that's virtually impossible.

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    In the end the final results of this particular competition were probably right, unlike Skate Canada. As outrageously overscored as Chan was he probably deserved 2nd. I dont think Abbott's LP was better, nor his SP all things considered (though he shouldnt have been almost 5 points back in the short). The only ridiculous thing was he was so close to winning. At Skate Canada he should have been 3rd or off the podium though. Here atleast by some miracle his final placing was right. The extra combination was an act of god who saved the skating World from witnessing yet another travesty on this years grand prix IMHO.

    The mens field is really weak right now, which also benefits Chan and others doing so well with so many mistakes right now.

    The mens field could certainly use Evan Lysacek back around now. Chan would have to skate clean to beat Evan. No more getting away with 4 fall programs and winning, or anything close to that. I actually like Chan's skating more than Evan's so hopefully he would manage to start doing it, but if he didnt, well out of luck, no more winning with falls.
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    What's really shocking is Chan's fans aren't even pleased when their skater gets outrageous gifts from the judges so they have to pick on the bronze medalist who placed freakin' 4th in the LP when their sloppy 4 fall hero very nearly won another GP event, only losing to a rule technicality of doing too many combos. UNBELIEVABLE!

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