a good article in my opinion, sups up what i was thinking when watching(especially the quad that he now hits in the miidle of arena without the long preparation) a breakdown with all the goods and bads of his new programs and where he stands, actually I like a lot these kind of critisism instead of he flails and jumps kind of comments that lead nowhere and I learn nothing. And while i prefer not to see him at euros i was thinking that it would be good to see where his pcs are internationally and make the appropriate corrections slowly now he has plenty of time.
what snowboating means? I guess it must not be good but i found it funny!
Last edited by seniorita; 12-29-2011 at 08:42 PM.
Very good article and fair. I was surprised these programs were better than his Vancouver skate. One thing I feel is missing is the fact that he loves to skate. i don't think he feels he can beat a perfect Chan skate as Chan is going to be so heavily favored, plus he covers the ice like no one else. But Evgeni can't find something more than loving skating, competing. He is doing this for Russia, as much as himself. It's a good comeback and despite his sometimes kingly remarks, Evgeni is basically a nice guy and a great champion. I am excited for him, and we Americans love a comeback and the underdog. Sorry he will not skate at Euros!
"Showboating" = showing off, calling attention to yourself by flamboyant actions.
I read the article earlier today, and I personally enjoyed it, as I did the Beverly Smith article that was posted right before Russian Nationals.
In fact I'm really starting to enjoy these articles by Jackie Wong, whom I first noticed when he interviewed Lucinda Ruh. And now this one in regards to Zhenya. In fact he made me LOL when he wrote about Evgeni's "flying sit spin", which I honestly never noticed before. :D He pointed out things I failed to notice (bad me). :( (:^D Seriously, I'm glad I watched Zhenya's programs again (before I read this article mind you) because I enjoyed BOTH of them much more the second time around.
The only thing that that left me uneasy, and has been there deep down in my subconscious, is I can see his bias. It's only obvious, which I'm sure no one will mention because of the fear of being PC, but I see it in not only in this article, but the Lucinda Ruh one as well. Jmho.
Great article from Jackie Wang!
Jackie is more knowledgable than many journalists.The entrances to his jumps are getting shorter – you can see it, in particular, in the second triple axel in his free skate, where he takes it on the long side of the rink with much less preparation than he used to. The preparation for the quad toe is also shorter. And he’s got a more seamless integration of his jumps than he used to have.
His step sequences are also much improved – not just a matter of showboating as they used to be, but good musically-driven steps and a few innovative moves mixed in. And while he’s never going to win a spinning competition, he’s learning new tricks – I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do a flying sit before. And again, the point is that he recognizes that he needs to make improvements to be at the top again, and I appreciate that he is making the effort.
That's where I admire Plushenko the most! He is challenging himself! He doesn't sit on his past. He's looking forward to the future. He saw his own weakness and is willing to change and aim the best and actually does it.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 12-30-2011 at 03:15 PM.
Is it really too PC to point out bias and if so, why? Of course he's biased - everyone is. What's impressive is that he's clear-eyed regardless of that bias. So few are.
Point well taken, but where "bias" gets dangerous is when that person is in a position of power and can influence others due to that very bias.
It brings to mind the selection process of choosing a juror here in the United States. They try to eliminate bias as much as possible, to get an impartial juror, so the defendant will have as fair a trial as is humanly possible.
Back on topic, I agree with Bluebonnet in this instance. Nice post.