I am so sad for Dai, But you know what? He said that he can not quit this way!!
Yes, Dai is skating to Sochi. I am so glad.
I started to think that this incident must be a divine intervention so that Dai will skate to gold in Sochi. He said that he checked his blades and tightened up the screws as usual before going to bed. What else can you think of ? It is god's work!
I always see god hands, when he skates, do you?
Anyway, so happy for Kozuka, perfect program at worlds. But his PCS should be higher than that. I saw him live and to my surprise, he seems to be levitating on ice just about quarter of an inch. So smooth and so beautiful. His skating skills is defensively as good as chan's. IMO.
He is only 21. if he works on his expression a bit more, I guess his future is really bright.
Stay classy, Daisuke!"I have to work really hard to compete against the younger skaters. I might not be able to stay on the top, but I will give it my best, thinking that it will be a good life experience for me."
Patrick's PCS in SP got 3.75 higher than Kozuka's. His PCS in LP got 9.26 higher. Total he got 13.01 higher than Kozuka's PCS. But Patrick's final score is 280.98. Kozuka's final score is 258.41. The difference is 22.57. If you take all Patrick's advantage in PCS away, Patrick is still 22.57 - 13.01 = 9.56 higher in total score than Kozuka's. Patrick is still the gold medal winner.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 04-29-2011 at 12:15 AM.
I think aftertherain was only talking about the Long Program. BTW, I believe Kozuka deserved to win the LP, but I actually would have put Chan a little bit ahead in PCS.
Well, Gachinsky still has a ways to go in terms of equalling the basic skating skills of the top contenders, IMO, but none of the others reached out and grabbed it, so the bronze is his fair and square.
I find his choreography and whole look to be old-fashioned. I would like to see him do some better, less affected choreography. With his facility to land even wonky jumps, he is a talent to be sure. I just hope that under Mishin he doesn't stall out where he is now artistically.
Oda has got to be the most frustrating skater to coach. He keeps making those silly mistakes, again and again, not counting his jumps properly and taking himself out of contention. He clearly had, I think, the third best freeskate, but due to losing all those points with the disallowed jump combo torpedoes himself.
Kozuka has improved a lot already in terms of presentation, and his skating skills are certainly not in doubt. Great performance.
Chan was stunning. I just hope he's being smart about training his jumps, so as not to injure/cause some kind of chronic condition that so many of the men seem to suffer from the pounding they take on the quads and axels. Socchi is still a ways off, and it's a long time for him to keep on top of his game. But what a magnificent championship for him!
Rotten luck for the two Japanese men. My heart goes out to Daisuke who has been my favourite male singles skater ever since Stephane retired from competitive skating. I'm so glad to hear that he isn't quitting, though.
Patrick was phenomenal out there. I've always been overwhelmed by his skating and underwhelmed by his program, but this time the former was good enough to make me forget the shortcomings of the latter. I think he'll dominate the next quadrennial, with that kind of skating skill and a reliable quad he'll be very hard to beat.
Personally, I'm ambivalent about this possibility. The last thing I want to hear when watching skating are the most popular pop songs of the moment. I already cringed a bit hearing Britney, Kesha and Gaga repeatedly played in the background in between programs.
Anyways, commentators for Universal Sports are Andrea Joyce and Peter Carruthers.