Last edited by Tonichelle; 11-13-2011 at 02:17 PM. Reason: fixing an abbreviation
Jettasian, since you've been constantly stating that Daisuke's marks were inflated at this competition, can you please specifically state on which areas/on which elements do you think he was inflated in? I'm not asking you to do this because I'm trying to be snarky, I'm genuinely curious to understand the rationale behind your statements and I think it will make for a very enlightening discussion.
Takahashi was good though again the GOE was so unrestrained and huge and way more than even Chan has recieved. I think this panel did want a rival to Chan in a way. That has been going through my head. Chan's top score with a 4/3 is 93 and Takahashi gets 90. I am glad the 4 flp is moving toward fully rotated and was not << but was even the < a part of the huge Takahashi score inflation here?
Good for Ross Miner and his medal which was not predictable at all
1. Takahashi is a lock for the World team as he'll likely leave the GPF as the highest ranked Japanese man (Oda would have to beat Chan to change that), and I think that one spot is reserved for that person. Miki Ando earned her Olympic spot based on the GP season, though she was behind Asada, Suzuki and Nakano at nationals.
2. Takahashi's improvement from last season is just wonderful. He refused to blame injury or any other issue for his skates, but I do wonder how much a role that had played. Anyway, he's skating with more fluidity than I've seen him before and his programs are a marked improvement over his ones last season. Lots to work on still (three DGs, no quad) but still an epic score. The GOEs weren't that generous, imo. His flawed jumping passes got scored negatively.
3. Echoing evangeline on the choreographed step sequence - just a stunner.
4. I can't wait to see this skated again.
5. Not loving Kozuka's programs this year, though.
Just watch Verner and boy this just wasn't his week. The falls he had was just weird and awkward.
I don't know who should be last Mroz or Konstantin.
Kozuka, OTOH, is facing much discouragement after a very successful season.
OK, I just got to see it on the big-small-screen (NBC television) instead of the small-small-screen. Terry Gannon and Peter Carrouthers on commentary.
1. Mroz wasn't as awful as I expected. He would like to have those pops back, and he needs peppier music for his footwork sequence. He could easily pull it together and make the podium at U.S. Nationals.
2. I retract what I said about Takahashi dropping the quad from the program. If there was ever a fall that did not detract from the overall effectiveness of the performance, that was it.
I can totally see Takahashi challenging Chan. The artist versus the virtuoso.
In terms of Chan, his scores have been always inflated, much more than Takahashi's.
Anyway you can tell how amazing of a performance that was when Peter and Terry stopped commentating after the first minute and of course the absolute giddy praise Peter was giving by the time it was over.
Okay protocol breakdown time, albeit a day late...
Daisuke - 59.67
Taka - 57.63
Ross - 56.84
Tomas - 52.91
Armin - 44.82
Konstantin - 42.97
Brandon - 25.35 (ouch)
Non Jump elements
Taka - 19.04
Samuel - 17.38
Ross - 17.38
Armin - 16.30
Konstantin - 15.60
Brandon - 14.77
Tatsuki - 13.89
Tomas - 10.98 (ick)