Well, I agree with Mathman and Spun. It's not a matter of jazz or how old you can be when you choose jazz numbers. Rachael's LP does not sell. I'm not sure what's she's trying to be - cute? Sexy? Sensual? The program achieves neither. Her new SP on the other hand was one of the best moves a skater has done this season. I think Rachael has a sort of soulfulness and inner glow and just needs to let that shine through. She tries really hard and the acting stuff but it doesn't really bring out Rachael herself.
About Patrick, I also don't see that he skates through his music. In terms of movement itself, he definitely seems to listen to it and hits his notes. The problem is that he is not a natural performer like Daisuke or Ryan so his expression sort of ranges from blank to a little forced. You can see him trying though. From the point of view of competition, I see that as a minor weakness and I agree with Skatefiguring that he if does what he did at nationals he'll be unbeatable at worlds.
Also to be frank, I am not in love with Lori's programs for him. I do think the Phantom of the Opera one has some of those nice intricate moments and accents that Lori is so good at but it's not the most memorable choreo I've ever seen by a long shot. His SP was meant to get him to perform a bit more and while I think Patrick is rather good at some of the whimsy, the overall program gets on my nerves almost as much as Rachael's SP. A matter of taste, I suppose.
Last edited by fscric; 02-26-2011 at 04:09 PM.
It's one of those PCs that shouldn't be there along with Skating Abiity. They belong in Performance. JMO.
I do project Chan's chances of winning the Worlds this year as very high. Yes the ice is slippery but ultimately it's the mental strength that determines how much of a skater's known abilities he will bring on that slippery ice on that day of competition. I see Chan and Takahashi as the two strongest competitors today who can bring their best or close to it when the chips are down, in which case Chan's TES will blow Takahashi away even if Dai performed as well as at last worlds, the difference being the quads - Chan's 3 4Ts vs Takahashi's one underotated and two footed 4F.
Takahashi has the home advantage. He will have rabid crowd support and no jet lag. For the veteran the crowd's crazy love will likely be a tremendous energizer more than a pressure. He would love nothing more than winning the WC at home. He also usually peaks at season's end at the most important competition.
Chan is on a great projectory of his own. Riding on the specular success at the Nationals, which was a culmination of studied hard work, he may still have to peak yet. He has overcome putting the quads in competitions, landing them beautifully and going on to the rest of the programs without adverse after effects. He has figured out the pre-skate mental preparation that works great for him. This season he has also learned how to travel so he is less likely to be dragged down like he used to when competing overseas. He skipped the 4CC so he could be better rested and prepared for Worlds, even though he spent much of recent weeks doing community works in Canada. He still has room to improve that he wants to work on, and we know what he wants he gets, as far as skating techniques are concerned.
I look forward to the showdown. Some other skaters have the skills to surprise though they are not as reliable and driven as Chan and Takahashi at the biggest events. However, they are in the running and cannot be written out. I expect one Canadian and two Japanese at the podium, unless two of the top Men bombed, allowing a dark horse to rise up.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 02-26-2011 at 07:27 PM.