Here's Kento http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIevQ0hD-Y4
I still love him even though he never skates clean.
Well on his way to winning his 5th National Title. It's half over, only the LP to go now, but what a start!!!! Holy cow, just now saw it on youtube, and I was honestly blown away. Like the other poster said, you have to see him skate in person. I did, twice thus far, with the last time being the most memorable at 2010 Skate America. He's on another level, a whole other plane, both skating wise, and especially charisma wise. Closest comparison, like seeing a young 1956 Elvis Presley on ice skates (though I wasn't born at the time, lol).
GOOOOOOOOOOOOO WARRIOR (aka Mr. Daisuke Takahashi)!!!!!!
Mot, thank you for writing your report while the details were still fresh in your mind. It's such a treat to hear from someone who was right there. I got gooseflesh reading your description of Takahashi's program. I'm going to watch it on YouTube as soon as I get home from work.
Like you, I hope and pray that this performance is only the beginning of a new stage in Daisuke's career, where his restored jumps blend with his new high level of artistry. This man is a skater for the ages. He's already on my Forever List along with Kurt, John Curry, and Alexei. I see no reason to wait until his career is completed for a final evaluation. No matter what he wins or doesn't win in the future, his skating is miles above that of most of his contemporaries. He's an alchemist on ice. When he skates, the music becomes almost a living thing. Go, Daisuke!
Thanks so, so much for the videos and the reports. I can't imagine what it was like in that stadium! Dai, Dai, Dai.... (but really, this is 10, 10, 10). I can't get over what he did in the SP. WOW!
Gloriosky, what a program! That combination jump, that footwork, that final set of spins...what a stupendous performance. Everyone in that stadium was so lucky to be there.
Didn't you all love the yell that the announcer let out when Daisuke hit the second jump of the quad-triple combination? And it was a completely appropriate reaction, considering the occasion.
Here is the interview with Nakamura and his thoughts on JN, taken a couple of months ago: http://www.japanskates.com/interview...terview_en.htm
Takahashi is an amazing performer, he is not only a genius when it comes to dancing on ice, he gives life to his chosen music. Aside from Jeremy Abbott, I feel Takahashi has the most captivating style on ice, to me. As far as the technical aspects are concerned, I feel he leaves the door wide open. Despite this being a clean skate, none of his jumps had any wow effect. They were solid, but just that, nothing more. The rest of program, including spins will not be competitive against some other skaters internationally, especially not against Patrick Chan. I wish Takahashi will reconsider the inclusion of layback spins in his repertoire, they don't suit him and don't showcase him very well. He also needs more attack and speed or else, it will be hard for him to be competitive against Chan on the PCS. That is, unless he can manage to close the gap on SS and TR, I don't think his style will be able to carry him. If both Takahashi and Chan skate clean SP with identical jump content, I feel there is still no chance for Takahashi to win because of the technical difference between the two. Chan is a much stronger skater technically overall, to beat him, you can't just equate his jump content, you have to surpass him on the BV or else it would be virtually impossible to beat him.