I agree and hope the guy who skates the best wins.
But no reason to insult the intelligence of the Russian fans or accuse Russians of having no sense of humor. That seems a provincial attitude at best and much worse if I were to be totally honest.
On the other hand the the disrespect Chan showed to Plushy and could not back up last season is not imagined but very real.
Do you think Russians suffer from memory loss?
Even Plushenko has said recently that it's time now for him to learn from some other skaters.
A Russian fan of Patrick who had her picture taken with Patrick in Beijing, said she only liked Patrick and Lambiel but not Plush. She also said Tarasova loved Patrick. Maybe the media created Olympic brouhaha is over and real skating fans appreciate good skating and Russian fans particularly appreciate quad jumps.
I also have this image of Plushy sitting by the boards and giving Patrick the stare.
As far as I recall Evan is the only skater in many years that was not intimidated by Plushy.
There are many skaters that I don't care about but I hope every one would skate as best as they could so that their fans will have something to cheer about; but as a fan of Chan, I wish him the best of luck.
Back to my first comment in this thread: Bradley should aim for gold - so should everyone competing. And it seems he's doing the requisite work in order to improve everything, from the levels of the quality of the jumps, to go along with his pretty remarkable showmanship and audience rapport. Given how many comebacks we've had this season (Carolina Kostner, Alissa Czisny, Shawn Sawyer, Konstantin Menshov, Sarah Meier, Ryan Bradley already; Tomas Verner winning his first GP gold ever, Joubert winning the EC LP after a disappointing opening half to the season), it's almost unfair to hope for anything less than the best for him - he seems like a terrific guy and is definitely a worthy face for American figure skating.
Last edited by ImaginaryPogue; 04-08-2011 at 08:55 PM.
I say he will score in the high 80's (at least) for technical merit if he skates perfectly because that's what the numbers say. There is no arguing against it. The base value for his planned program in terms of technical merit is 85-something. We must assume some +GOE as well for a best-case scenario and, assuming VERY stingy +GOE marks, that puts him at at least he high 80's. If the marks aren't stingy then he could get into the 90's on the technical mark for a best case scenario.
As for the PCS, he will be in the final flight if he skates his SP perfectly, he's the American champion, and he has 2 Quads and 2 Triple Axels in his LP. IF Ryan does the very best he can, the PCS will certainly be at least 75-ish. Nobody has landed 2 Quads and 2 Triple Axels cleanly in a LP since 2004 (AFAIK...although Joubert did do 3 Quads + a Triple Axel at 2006 CoR). There's no way he won't get a decent PCS score out of respect for that accomplishment, even though his basics/transitions are lacking and he doesn't have reputation/momentum on his side. He does have other charms to his performances, it's not like he is just one of the Chinese jumping beans.
Can he do it? Who knows. But I'm looking at a best-case scenario here and I very much disapprove of the way people are saying he has "no chance". Ryan skated very well in the LP at 2010 Nationals, landing 2 clean Quads, and if he goes even further than that at Worlds with the Triple Axels (and does his best in the SP as well), he certainly COULD be on the podium.
Last edited by Blades of Passion; 04-08-2011 at 08:53 PM.
Fans the world over, all appreciate a well skated program with impeccable technique. It's not the medal; it's the Sport that counts.
My personal wish is that Chan and Takahashi fight it out for the gold, and I tend to root a bit more for Takahashi, because I love his work so much. But I do hope that Bradley makes it all the way up to the best he's capable of, though I'm not as emotionally involved with his efforts as I am with Alissa's. If Ryan Bradley does really well, I'll be happy, but if Czisny does really well, I'll be totally thrilled.
My deepest wish is that a splatting Chan does NOT win unless the others are splatting just as badly.
ETA: Not even sure which Russian guy is skating, but I certainly hope he has a great skate. Is it Dmitriev? I don't know him so well, but his Papa is a skating God in my mind
Last edited by janetfan; 04-09-2011 at 10:56 AM.
It's OK if you are supporting the "human zamboni", but hope you can accept other fans might be for someone else.
Maybe some of us even appreciate a clean skate and not some of the slop the CoP is throwing at the diminishing base of US skating fans.
Good job, keep it up and soon no one will be watching and you strange birds from ISU can declare a speed skater as the world champion. :sheesh:
Last edited by janetfan; 04-09-2011 at 05:19 PM.