When you say Patrck is always given more than the benefit of the doubt, what do you mean? Can you demonstrate that factually in the scoring?
I understand why people have patience to speak about Chanboni-style. The way he repeatedly smoothes and cleans the ice is really amazing.
It seems like Chan MUST skate clean, or else, there's always some people saying he shouldn't deserve the mark blah blah blah. It's unfortunate that his 4+3 hit the board...or else...I think he'd have given higher mark, 90?
Nice recovery by Chan. He seem's much better at regaining his composure after a mistake than he was a couple of years ago. And really, no one has his speed and edge quality. That footwork pass going end to end on one foot? Amazing.
I was also SO impressed with Jeremy Abbott. The last time I watched him skate was a couple of seasons back, and he put me to sleep. He looks like a completely different person on the ice now. He was engaging, musical and entertaining. Wow!
Jeremy actually seems to enjoy skating to the peppy music of his SP this year. Since he does well to that, perhaps he should skate to cheery music in the future?
Of course, to some people it's just a messy program.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 12-10-2011 at 11:59 AM.
Patrick is the best of a weak field. He is an excellent skater, and he's extremely strong in footwork and speed/smoothness, which are very highly (over?) rated in the current system. He deserves his wins under the current rubric, whether everyone likes it or not.
However, he will never be considered one of the best of all times because he just falls way too much. No skating legend who is raved about so much has ever hit the ice as much as he does. I remember those in the past falling maybe once in a while, or putting a foot down in a triple occasionally. Patrick will do both in a short program several times a year. Let's hope next year he works on his consistency a little.
Okay, one thing I think Chan missed was his spins on this short program. The first spin and the last spin were not that good, I could see they traveled a bit.
Often when I see a skater fall it seems to come from hesitancy, lack of confidence, or lack of proper technique. Usually when Patrick falls it seems to be from pushing too far - jumping too big, trying for too deep an edge, going too fast. It's more forgivable to me. And Patrick has gotten really good at falling, and can get right back into the program. Plus he's learned that he won't be punished too much in the scores so why not push to the edge and risk a fall.
I do think it's time for him to focus on skating within his considerable abilities and eliminate the fall story line by Sochi.
No one in this world has no faults and negatives you can find and focus on if that's you perogative. But how do you choose your target and why is Chan the jack pot winner as your choice?
Yes, jettasian, I noticed his last spin was subpar for him. But some people have eyes only for falls.
eta. Yes Ivy, that is what I meant by "going beyond", pun intended but seriously that is what Patrick always does.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 12-10-2011 at 12:34 PM.