Plushy should forget about quads and try to improve in other areas. By the end of his carrer he can afford to do something really, really crazy, like skating only with triples, but to a nice program. I would love to see great footwork, beautiful choreography, everybody knows he can jump.
We'll see his upcoming Russian Nationals in which he will not put quad in his programs. How will he do against Gachinski and Menshov? Then we'll have better ideas.
I hope he improves other aspects of his skating besides the jumps. I know I use to enjoy his overall skating before he started doing all this flailing. He certainly has it. Otherwise I hope his score truly reflect what he puts out on the ice. No high scores for transitions that aren't really there.
By the way, this Plushenko interview was dated on Oct.24, 2011. But I didn't see it anywhere on this board:
I wonder what triple jump he will do out of steps. The Lutz worked well. 3F+3T might get an "e" but maybe not at Russian nationals. All jumps done well likely to get +2 or 3 GOE and he rarely went below level 3 spin or steps and if done well all +2 or 3 GOE and his PCS would be good like 9's. Gachinski would get like 8's and maybe Menshov 7's or 8's. If they landed quad combos both Gachinski and Menshov would get a bonus and maybe they could beat him in the tech score but maybe GOE on TES could still make Plushenko the winner there.
The latest interview on Plushenko (published on Dec.6, 2011):
I used google translate to learn that he plans to compete without a quad at Russian Nationals. But still plan to insert multiple quads in international competitions.
So we don't know what's the SP music yet.A short program - no Vanessa Mae. But a funny and interesting music, very beautiful, deep and emotional. It consists of two parts: the first - very melodic and soulful, while the latter - very fast. Its all know, is a classic. But in the process.
Once again, I'm not afraid to lose. Figure skating goes forward, I want to be with him. Anything can happen: not enough sleep, injury, something else. And I'm ready for it.That's the reason.I just have had a very good teacher. For example, Elvis Stojko. When I first came to international ice, he finished his career, was four-time world champion. And in 15 years, I went to his first "Grand Prix" and just started to perform in competition quad. And then if you did a quad, you will automatically win - with a clean box, of course. So Stojko came up to me and held out his hand and wished me luck.
It was just some fantasy! Four-time world champion extended his hand to me, a young pup, knowing that he can beat him! For me it was a huge boost. I was equal to such great athletes and great people. But as time goes by, now equal to me. Hello, class. That's why I'm trying something else to do, people to remember me after 10 - 20 years. To say, Plushenko - it was a decent skater. Now some people have called me a legend, yet somehow. That is to continue to call (smiles).
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Isn't that amazing that all these veterans, Plushenko, Takahashi, Joubert, and Abbott, want to continue to Sochi?!
Julia Sebestyen may have been the oldest ladies medalist in a GP: she was 28 when she won the bronze at 2009 SA.
ETA: Tatiana Malinina was also a 28 yeal old GP medalist - a winner, in fact!
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Maria Butyrskaya won two GP events in fall 2001 at age 29.
Thanks everybody for all the latest info. on Zhenya.
So no Vanessa Mae, no problema, I'm just glad via Evgeni I found this amazing violinist! Seriously, she's in another realm all her own, to revolutionize the music industry by merging her electric violin with classical and come out with this amazing sound is truly unbelieveable. This past week has been pure bliss listening to her music (she's now on my MP3 permanently). And now I know a little bit of why Zhenya likes Edvin Marton so much ~ the violin.
Lol, and now I'm actually looking forward to what Mr. Marton has to offer for the FS. After all, he did have a hand in Evgeni's signature program ~ Tribute To Nijinsky. So I will give him the benefit of the doubt. My respect for violinists via Vanessa Mae has reached another level.
That said, now I'm even more curious to see Zhenya's SP. Three more weeks to go, and counting... :angel: