Thanks for your input, evangeline. Verner IMO should have received a bronze medal at Worlds in 2007 (I believe it was, I have to check) when he had a fantastic lp. Verner is extremely talented, but he hasn't managed to pull it altogether consistently. Luck, hard work, talent, and unfortunately politics are all factors. Tomas, no matter how talented, has often not been consistent. He hasn't been as favored by the judges either, as has Brezina, and Oda for that matter. Perhaps the judges prefer blazing jumping ability vs artistry and complete skating (even consistency doesn't matter sometimes, as in the case of Brezina's lp here).
Ha ha, kendal, as if it takes a powerful Czech lobby alone for politics in scoring. I don't need to name names, all I need to do is point to Brezina's performance and his marks. Politics is rampant, and what the skaters do on the ice matters as well, but not as much generally as where the judges want to slot skaters. That's why it's important to skate one's best, and then the placements of course are out of the athletes' hands. You actually seem to know more about federation lobbying and politicking than I do.
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ie. Artur's quad, 2x 3A, + triple triple combination are all at beginning of the program..... though not as telegraphed as Plushy's....
Maybe it could be beneficial for Artur to shake up his team a bit. Retain Mishin as a jumping coach, then go overseas for help with choregraphy, spins, etc. Help him expand before it's too late....
Finally got my composure back - it was a competition to remember for more than one reasons.
I kinda blame myself for not including it in my little wish list yesterday that Nobu not to break the Zayak rule. As I wished, he did not do too many combos, just did a wrong combo instead...sigh...
Other wishes came true mostly; Takahiko came back from the 6th extremely strong, Patrick gave us a nearly perfect performance, Brian pulled it together just like he did at the Euros, at least Tomas had a go at 4T, and Daisuke, against all odds, gave me one of the most passionate choreo step sequences of the season on the international stage.
Delighted with Michal's 4th finish at the end of the rather difficult season; after learning what happened at the qualifiers, I did not believe he had his physical strength back yet. Two kinds of the quad landed to boot. He came in the 4th last year, even without a triple-triple combo in the long. What a difference a year can make when you're young!
Also delighted with Artur's performance; it took me a whole season to warm to his long (I always liked his short in a quirky way) but it was a performance well deserved to be rewarded with the score it received. And that boy has a nerve of steel! How old is he? 17? Only one representing Russia in the WC held on home soil? Bravo.
I am of course deeply saddened by what happened to Daisuke. It did not have to happen today. But it did and that's life. I was however impressed by the mental strength he's got now. Too many years have I spent worrying about my most beloved headcase; now I can just say I trust him - no matter what happens, he'll not be beaten by it. And the best thing that has come out of this disaster is that he is now openly talking about continuing to compete. I am not sure whether he'll win any more World or Olympic medals, but a joy of seeing him skating competition programmes will overweigh any disappointments in placements.
Ross Miner! The big hole in my heart that was created when Jeremy missed the spot, has been partially filled by his performance today.
I so wanted Daisuke to steal my heart (again) today, but Brian took it instead by his gutsy performance. In the battle of costumes, Daisuke won though.
And finally, this is what I want to say to Takahiko - thank you for the performance. I'll treasure it for a long time.
To each his own, kendal. If you enjoy Brezina, more power to you and to him, with the judges' help of course. BTW, I'm not making accusations, just observations. The scoring for Brezina's weak performance speaks loud and clear. IF you don't agree with me, that's your right.
I really need to learn Russian!
mot...what a lovely post above, I agree whole heatedly!
He said, 'when I restarted, I knew the podium finish was out of reach, but I still wanted the rest of the programme to be perfect'; but there were errors in the remaining jumps and step sequence. Up until now, he has never made it clear whether he was going to continue his competitive career, but he stated he would try to go to Sochi; 'my motivations is back. I have nothing to lose.'
The screws came off. I thought about continuing the performance, but it was impossible as the blade came off the heel of my boot. I accept the result. I could not give my best performance today. I don't want this to be my last competition in my career. I am thinking of carrying on until Sochi.
What are Dai chances of getting back to the podium??? He is the oldest one of the trio, and frankly speaking his jumps are going downhill. He no longer has the reliable quad (less than 25%), and his jumps getting <. Too many new juniors, + his three country mates + Chan... unlike women you cannot won a medal with just 6-7 clean triples ...or without quad (now that everyone is attempting and landing)