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Thread: Men's Free Program, Sat. Nov. 12 at 10:55 pm EST

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatinginbc View Post
    I hate to admit that I enjoy your sense of humor, provocative yet witty. Always fun to read your stuff.
    Please don't encourage me as I have many warnings already unless you really want to get me banned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carignan View Post
    Daisuke landed 4F during the warm-up.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XPLLRAKWHc
    Maybe the judges used that to score his skate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jettasian View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    Too bad that no Russians will make it to the GPF, otherwise, who knows what other snarky comments will be coming from you? Despite Takahashi getting 90+ for PCS, his total FS score still trails that of Chan's from Skate Canada when he was far from perfect. As for whether Takahashi can duplicate what he has done here in Sapporo, I think it's doubtful. Japan will not be holding any major Championship, save one 4CC, until Sochi. On the other hand, Canada will be hosting this year GPF and the very important pre-Olympic Worlds in 2013. Simply put, Chan is still his own greatest enemy. Takahashi needs to improve his consistency in his FS or else he runs a severe risk of being left home this year now that Hanyu is one the scene (in addition to Oda and Kozuka) and all 3 of them could easily beat Takahashi when he is off as he often was in the last 2 years.
    No way Japan will leave Dai home regardless how he will skate at his national. This competition already shows that they have picked him as the #1 for their country, inflated his score to make him the #1 competitor for Chan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jettasian View Post
    Maybe the judges used that to score his skate.
    Considering Daisuke got all -3 GOE and a UR call on his 4F in the long, I don't think so.

    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallylutz View Post
    That rule had been eliminated since last year and it applied to the Japanese who finished the highest at the GPF, though not necessarily a medalist. So unfortunately, it is no longer possible to qualify through GPF. In any event, it is not a sure thing he will necessarily be the top Japanese man as Oda, Hanyu and Kozuka all still have a chance to qualify. His recent record at GPF has been quite dismal, finishing last in Beijing 2010.
    To be quite frank if I'm the Japanese fed, I want to send Daisuke, Kozuka, and Hanyu to Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    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.
    His improvement from Japan Open just over a month ago is impressive. But as I figured, he and other Japanese skaters' training over the summer was inadequate due to circumstances. (As was Chan's.) The additional month did make a difference. But more importantly I think and also speculated that Tahahashi's motivation last season was weak and uncertain and he could be rejuvenated with new found purpose. His trip to France to seek artistic improvement indicated his new will. With the screw removed from his knee and new skates, he would likely be a different competitor from last season. Of course, he always has new hair and new costume wardrobe.

    Kozuka, OTOH, is facing much discouragement after a very successful season.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jettasian View Post
    No way Japan will leave Dai home regardless how he will skate at his national. This competition already shows that they have picked him as the #1 for their country, inflated his score to make him the #1 competitor for Chan.
    Takahashi's scores will likely drop substantially if he doesn't skate clean and the competitions are held in other countries. Skate Canada and NHK have been notorious in terms of inflating host countries' skaters' scores.

    In terms of Chan, his scores have been always inflated, much more than Takahashi's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    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.
    And watching the 3F...he seem a lot closer to getting it. This time he only got a UR on the 3F instead of the DG he's received on past attempts. I think he can pull it off in due time.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs. P View Post

    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.
    Indeed! I watched the NBC broadcast too and I noticed one of Peter or Terry (couldn't really tell who it was) just giggled in sheer delight when Daisuke was striking the opening poses of his choreographic step sequence.

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    Okay protocol breakdown time, albeit a day late...

    Jumps
    Daisuke - 59.67
    Taka - 57.63
    Samuel -57.14
    Ross - 56.84
    Tomas - 52.91
    Armin - 44.82
    Konstantin - 42.97
    Tatsuki -40.68
    Brandon - 25.35 (ouch)

    Non Jump elements
    Daisuke 20.37
    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)

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