Not only has Kevin reigning as the present Quad King, his over all presentation has improved 50%. He should have no problem if he lands his multiple Quads and skates an improved still program. Maybe even top 5; maybe even podium.
Kevin has the quads and has improved so much in his artistry but something got in his head after making the record book at Skate Canada. Maybe the media-created rivalry with Chan for the Canadian Championships messed him up and it got carried over to 4CC. If he gets mentally straightened out and is able to perform like he can, top ten for sure and possibly top 5.
With his improved presentation, he is so much higher in my book than quad squad members like Bradley and KVDP, and may I say he is more watchable for me than today's Plushenko. Kevin's SC 2010 Gala performance.
Many worry for his 3A under Joanne Mcleod though.
I am so happy for him to go to Worlds after all. Go Kevin! Show 'em!
Last edited by SkateFiguring; 04-17-2011 at 01:27 PM.
Can he do it? Yes. Especially if he lands two quads in his SP.
Will he? It's a deep field, but those he's competing against are just as prone to screwing up as he is. Which makes it unpredictable.
That said, SF, I think Mcleod had a hand in that "media created" rivalry. She certainly promoted it as such.
No double his coach likely talked up her skater. But without Joannie, Tessa and Scott, nor Jessica/Bryce, Chan was the sole headliner so the organizers really were a bit desperate about the promotion for the Cdn Nationals. Thus, the Chan/Reynolds rivalry was played up and Chan made an announcement of doing 2 quads in his LP, all to generate some excitement for the event.
Hopefully, Kevin learned a lession about spotlight and pressure.
If Reynolds does well, I'll be quite happy as I like three spots for the Canadian men (plus it means that Rogozine could get the chance to strut his stuff on the senior circuit). But if there's any coach who really struggles to mentally prepare skaters for the big competition, is McLeod (remember Sandhu?). Given the tsursis of this season, I would be surprised (impressed, but surprised) if Reynolds ended it on a high note.
I'll be honest, I first thought this thread was about van der Perren, as I've generally written Reynolds off this season.
I'm curious...what lesson is that?
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring