In the same way, the Formula 1 drivers and their crew do everything to make sure the machines they ride are in tiptop condition, but we all know they sometimes fail.
As I said, I do not skate but I work with physical materials and even with utmost care and vigilance, materials fail and sadly it is unavoidable, because of material fatigue, more than calculated / expected load applied, defects in materials themselves and / or workmanship in production of materials, etc, etc, not all of which are detectable. It is impossible to make things absolutely perfect, no matter how much we try. That is unfortunately a fate we have to live with, when it comes to physical materials.
Highlights for me (be warned, the list is long!) - in no particular order
Opening ceremony & finale - much gratitude for Russian Fed.
Watching Takahiko, Daisuke and Patrick doing a short footwork sequence one after another during the finale - feast to eyes
Miki's & Yuko/Sasha's gala performances - my first time ever experience of welling up while watching gala on small screen
Leonova's LP - especially after following her ups and downs during the season, for me it was the performance of the day
Weaver/Poje SD & FD
Tessa & Scott SD & FD - it was worth waiting for the entire season
Meril & Charlie FD - I was not convinced of this programme until this performance and I am so happy they proved me wrong
Allisa & Carolina - my heart was in my mouth during performances of my most beloved headcases! And they did not meltdown!
Narumi & Mervin SP
Brian's LP - I so wanted Daisuke to steal my heart but Brian took it instead by his gutsy performance
Michal's SP & his 4T & 4S - so looking forward to seeing him back with a vengeance next season!
Ross Miner's LP - new addition to my favourite skaters list
Daisuke's choreo step sequence - one of the most passionate ever. Morozov once said Daisuke executes the last step sequence in the programme as if there was no tomorrow. And it was just like that.
Many skaters in the 1st & 2nd (& 3rd in SP) warm-up groups achieved seasons best scores
Hearing that Daisuke continues to compete with Sochi in sight! - I do not care if he ever medals again or not, as comparing to being able to watch him skate in competitions, results are small potatoes.
Nightmares (that made me cry out in horror) - again, in no particular order
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Getting back on topic....
Best lights out performance:
- Patrick. There's really nothing to say.
- Taka Kozuka...I was insanely impressed
- Virtue/Moir...sure they didn't win, but they looked incredible after such a tough season
- Voloshozar/Trankov...wow, just wow
- Nobu...it broke my heart to see him loose so many marks for such a silly reason
- Pechelat/Bourzat...it seemed that their nerves got the best of them again
- the Canadian singles skaters, with the exception of Patrick...it was scary to see worlds spots slip away like that
- can't say
- Artur Grashinski...really? I don't care how many quads he can land, there is no excuse for those numbers given the complete lack of anything worthy of being called artistry
- watching Weaver and Poje skate two clean programs back to back, and then seeing Kaitlyn looking elated for the first time this season in the kiss and cry
- getting to see North America completely decimate the rest of the world in ice dance
- watching Pechelat/Bourzat go down in the FD...it broke my heart
Most Awesome Moment:
- seeing Patrick win in such a convincing fashion that no one can argue that he didn't deserve it
Most what the...Moment:
- Florent Ammodio's FS with lyrics...I still don't get it
- Savchenko/Szolkowy's pink panther FS...I don't dispute their win for a second, but really, what were they thinking?
Is Japan's anthem really that short? My dad and I were really perplexed by that when they showed Miki's medals ceremony the other night... seemed way too short for an anthem (it also didn't *bounce* like Star Spangled Banner or O Canada, but it was pretty!)
I liked the pairs' podium and the ladies' podium. S/S and V/T were marvelous, and the ladies' event, while not of the highest quality ever, as nonetheless competitive and interesting, with some lovely performances. I was especially please to see Carolina Kostner skate so well - and hold it together after that popped flip.
it could have been worse? Sorry about the watermark, didn't have time to look for a better version.Lowlights
That sad excuse of a Medal Ceremony for Patrick. Not only was there a playing of an edited version of Oh Canada, but they also took their sweet time getting the spotlights on the flags. Every other Gold Medalist/s got their Anthem played in full and got to see the flags from the start, but not the Men. No excuse for that and was bush league!! I said it in the thread and I'll say it again here...
No Gold Medalist ever deserves to be treated that way during their Medal Ceremony!!!
Bonus points if you can name the time and place of the incident.
1992 world series, Atlanta.
^ I dont understand what is supposed to be wrong with this pic. Was there an incident with anthem? All I see is the canadian flag upside down.
The American national anthem is forceful because it actually tells a story about a wartime event. The words were written by Francis Scott Key, who witnessed an attack on an American fort in the War of 1812 and saw in the morning that the American flag still rose above the fort. In fact, in the one verse that's generally sung, the country itself is mentioned only in the last line. The rest of the words are all about the flag. From time to time, people have tried to get our anthem changed to the more contemplative, descriptive "America the Beautiful" (the one with "amber waves of grain" in the words), because "The Star-Spangled Banner" is so martial and really hard to sing--over an octave range at full bellow. But so far it hasn't happened. Sometimes a fierce anthem is a good thing, though. Does anyone know the scene in the movie Casablanca where "The Marseilleise" is played in defiance in a roomful of German soldiers? Every time that scene comes, I sing along. And I stand while I'm singing.
My brother was at the World Cup final in Paris when France beat Brazil.
Today he says his strongest memory of the game was hearing the French Natl anthem and the way the crowd sang it with such amazing spirit.
I find it to be far and away the most stirring of all Natl anthems.
I think once in a major competition (Olympics?) God Save the Queen was played for Canada!
I can't help but feel that the Russians are a bit pissed at Pchiddy's win. His exhibition number has always started in the dark with him already lying on the bench. The Russian made him carry his own bench to centre ice to begin his program. And they started his encore music before he was ready.