I agree, Gachinski is like imitating Plushenko's style which is the goal of Team Sochi
I agree he has very few transitions and gets top scores on it and the other PCS areas. I hope Mishin would develop him as Gachinski and not Plushenko because he looks like a pale imitation of the later.
Skating is a superstar sport. You have to establish your brand first before you get top marks. So Nan has to show his consistency to reap the top marks. Surely he deserved the gold and was under marked for both the SP and LP. He is amazing!
Yuzuru needs to build more upper body strength. He needs to buff up a little to make him look more mature and not boyish looking. The boyish image makes the judges hesitant to give top marks for artistry.
Jeremy is truly one of the best artist of this generation. Masterpiece program!
Congratulations to Jeremy!
However, can I say that I don't really like his new LP? It's beautiful, yes. But it's like a workout music and movements for a ballet practice sesson. I agree with BoP on this one. Most of the time, I felt the movements were meaningless. A typical Yuka Sato skating - so beautiful throughout yet nothing memorable. Good to see his PCS was so high. Hope he could hold on and do better technically next time.
Sad for Hanyu. He started strong and melted down on half way. Love his music!
Oda took himself out of the contention. Why didn't he do a quad? He had it and even did it in SP last year. I felt he was held up.
Wish Gachinski well next time. Don't really like his program.
Nan Song, what a guy! (Haven't had a chance to watch his LP yet.) He won LP but his PCS was about 20 points lower than his TES. He has a lot catch up to do on the PCS department.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 11-05-2011 at 05:13 PM.
ETA: Also I think in the quad-or-no quad debate, it's worth noting that the 3A still matters, especially if you have one as good as Oda's. The reason Nan Song was super amazing is that he did 2 quads AND 2 3A. Compare that to Kevin who also did 2 quads but fell apart on the 3A. Oda managed to score the equivalent of a quad toe jump by scoring super high GOE on both his Triple Axels.
Jeremy also has a solid 3A and that popped 3A, no doubt was to be a 3A-3T combo.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 11-05-2011 at 05:28 PM.
Wow I was watching Artur realizing he was skating to Red Violin and I was taken aback. It was just like he was just skating to nothing imo. It was like the music was just happened to be on. None of the movement to this music made sense. All I can think of is what he should be doing and thinking of Michelle's program which imo would have worked in any system.
His short was actually enjoyable and I was expecting something similar.
Strangely, Jeremy's program is not convincing as it's rather bourgeouis.
Yuzuru is the most wonderful thing happened to men figure skating since Yagudin.
Just watched a few videos.
Jeremy's free program is boring and his jumps are as shaky as usual. But he probably deserved the win here.
Oda's skating skills and the landed jumps are still excellent. But he has made no obvious progress in other areas.
Nan Song had a breakthrough. His jumps were outstanding and he's improving basic skating skills & presentation. He is still quite slow though. A long way to go if he wants to break into the top tier in the world. Definitely deserved the bronze medal.
Shame for Hanyu. He has everything except the stamina. He'll become world champion sooner rather than later.
Gachinski was vastly overscored, especailly in the PCS department. Poor basic skating skills, slow, very little ice coverage, typical 6.0 choreography to save energy for big jumps. How the hell did he get a bronze medal at world championships?
I also quite enjoy Kevin. It's almost like he no longer cares about how judges will score him. He's completely liberated. I think he's now shooting for record book, please audience and himself instead of judges. Maybe miracle will suddently strike him one day and he'll be crowned as world champion? It's possible with 3 quad jumps, 2 3axels...
Last edited by skateflower; 11-05-2011 at 05:54 PM.
OMG, when Jeremy skates like this I have no words, in tears, such a beautiful soul. Now this is the rare case when I think a quad doesn't matter (though he needed that second 3A imho).
This program, choreography routine ranks up there with John Curry imho ~ a male ballerino on ice ~ exquisite, exquisite, exquisite...
And his spins are on a dime (a specialty of the Satos).
Ahhhhh, no words, just soul....
This is the reason why I watch figure skating. Not looking closely at somebody's boots to appreciate allegedly spectacular SS.