Think this way, Chan's SP was better than Plushenko's world record 91.30 SP, so Chan deserved this.
Serious Business: I agree re Patrick. I don't know about the exact numbers but he certainly deserves to be in the lead, well in the lead with that skate. No mistakes and his quads are breathtaking. I've seen him do a better quad combo this season but the quad itself was so beautiful. He makes the quad look so easy.
I haven't been able to watch a good video of Dai. I'm sure he was terrific to watch and it seems like his mistakes were hardly visible. Too bad he couldn't score higher. I really hope he pulls it all together tomorrow. He's just such a fun skater. More than Patrick, IMO, but Patrick is breathtaking in a different way.
My prediction for tomorrow:
1. Chan. (It's obviously his gold to squander)
2. Takahashi (he seems to be a better long program skater than Oda so I bet he pulls up.)
3. Oda. (Can't wait to see his short program and I hope he keeps it together to stay on the podium. No reason why he shouldn't. It'd be awesome to see him win any medal. It'd be his first world medal no?)
I hope the believers in the one competition Nationals to represent their country at World Competitions will change. We should have had Abbott in there with his Quad. The competition was about Quads. However, Dornbush and Miner did make a statement. Not so for Bradley who used Americana which is a known losing music in international circles. Ask Michael Weiss when he faced a stronger European group. Hamilton did not have the all powerful skaters of today, and he didn't win the FS.
Chan was marvelous! and I am sure the Boards will be praising him to the hilt.
The Japanes boys are like the 3 bears in Goldilocks - Dai is too animated; Taka is too methodical; Oda is just right, although he could have done better here.
The Czech boys are both so musical but faults wont work in a competition. Amodio does a better skate without the bumps and grinds; Joubert, like Taka is too methodical. Gachinksi is a Tech skater only. His performanc showed no musical ability.
Stupid music choreo in a serious major competition: Javier Fernandez wins the award but not good impressions.
It seemed to me that many of the Men got a bit too nervous, like Reynolds, Schultheiss and Contessi.
Best All Round Skater Patrick Chan.
Most Impressive Skater from the lower ranks Hendrickson from Belium
The Short Program is not the Final total. Let's see how it works out in the LP,
THere is really no way Chan can lose this, but I hope Dai and maybe Brian can come back and medal. Not that surprised that the Japnanese men didn't look that dominant. So much stress and exhaustion, pressure...they all had to move training locations.
As a Canadian I am happy to hear that Patrick skated well. I have recorded it and after reading all these posts I will have to go and look at it. As it has been said it is not over yet.
There is the long and many who have problems in the short do much better in the long. I hope all the skaters skate well in the long and then the winner is picked from that.
That way even those who lose can be proud of their skate.
Yes Patrick has the lead now but that lead can be swallowed very quickly if mistakes are made I hope he skates clean in the long also and let the cards fall where they may.
Good luck to all the skaters and especially to the Japanese men they are skating under extreme emotional pressure.
Would have been my placements of these Short Programs. I'd have Chan ahead of Takahashi by 6 or 7 points, not 13.
oh please. as if abbott could have done so much better with that short program that is so unsuited to his amazing talents.
this supporter of 'nationals for all the marbles' is not going to waver because the americans skated well but are in a deep field. there's enough icky politics in skating as it is.