The Finalists and the substitutes - MEN
(In order of qualification)
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Wicked Yankee Girl
Last year the US had 3 guys in the GPF (Weir, Lysacek & Abbott). This year, no one :(
I'm really surprised by this; I really thought one of Abbott and Rippon would have easily found his way to the final.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
Yeah, I much prefer to see Abbott in the Final too. I expected Mroz or Amodio to be the spoiler for him, neither of whose skating and programs I care much about. Abbott has the skills and the program(s) - I like his LP very much - and should be peaking in his career now rather than headcasing. Well, the CoR might be the one time thing this season and hopefully he progresses instead of peaking too soon again.
I see the GPF as a 4 way race. Let's see who will bring it that day.
I've just checked last year's entry to GPF for men:
1 Nobunari ODA JPN 15+15=30 482.11
2 Evan LYSACEK USA 13+15=28 469.89
3 Brian JOUBERT FRA 9+15=24 440.09
4 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 7+15=22 441.44
5 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN 9+13=22 445.60
6 Johnny WEIR USA 9+13=22 416.25
7 Tomas VERNER CZE 13+7 =20 424.02
8 Michal BREZINA CZE 11+9=20 419.80
9 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 13+4=17 401.13
This year's qualifiers for GPF in men:
1 Takahiko KOZUKA JPN 15 + 15 = 30 481.58
2 Daisuke TAKAHASHI JPN 15 + 15 = 30 461.86
3 Patrick CHAN CAN 15 + 13 = 28 466.73
4 Tomas VERNER CZE 11 + 15 = 26 445.12
5 Nobunari ODA JPN 13 + 13 = 26 462.61
6 Florent AMODIO FRA 11 + 13 = 24 443.15
7 Jeremy ABBOTT USA 13 + 11 = 24 435.40
8 Brandon MROZ USA 13 + 11 = 24 431.11
9 Adam RIPPON USA 11 + 9 = 20 436.16
By comparing, I think the result of this year's GP series are pretty optimistic. Has the men's skating this year worse than last year? I don't see it. Kozuka is soaring to the sky. Verner is rising. Abbott remains the same.
I think the stigma associated with casting your vote here in GS for Patrick Chan is going to be worse than coming out of the closet.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
And why would coming out of the closet be bad? Consideration fail.
Originally Posted by wallylutz
It's not bad, that's your word, not mine. However, it's never easy and often is something that comes after years of internal struggle with one self, just ask anyone who had to deal with it. Clearly, this is not something you had to go through. As a tongue-in-cheek analogy, I am saying the GS stigma is greater for embracing Chan than coming out.
Originally Posted by burntBREAD
Takahiko, Dai, and Nobi will battle it out for supremacy. My money goes to Takahiko, because he wont get flustered and will be his cool self. Patrick and Vernon, more than likely will have their errors in their programs, and Florent is just an Oly Winner in waiting.