Who Is The Best Male Skater In Japan?
Last year, Kozuka was showered with this title. This year Takahashi has it. Next year, Hanyu might take it. There is a thread talking about closing gap between Takahashi and Chan. What about Hanyu? Isn't Hanyu the one who has the best technical abilities of all Japanese men? Has Oda past his prime? How close Mura and Machida to the top? Personally, I think Takahashi is the most mature skater of them all, but he isn't the best any more in over all skating.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 03-05-2012 at 11:20 AM.
Dai is the most versatile, that's for sure. Skater as a total being not only competition-wise, he's the best.
Kozuka is gaining some "it" factor and soon can be the best, but not yet.
Hanyu has more potential to be the best than Kozuka but we still have to wait and see.
Nobu, he's having a hard time of his life .... I hope he recovers. His Chaplin at TEB was a gem! At that one instance (though only then) he was the best of all Japanese men... he needs to exceed that performance to make a real comeback.
Last edited by sorcerer; 03-05-2012 at 12:08 PM.
Kozuka is still my favorite, but he needs more big tricks he can rely on.
Dai will probably place highest at this years worlds, but I sort of feel like he skating at his upper limit technically. Also I think he should lose 1/2 a point everytime he slides his hand along his cheek and then rolls his head.
Hanyu seems ready to break out and he's at the age where he starts adding bulk instead of height. He should get stronger and with better endurance soon. I think he has a complete package of technique and presentation
Oda seems done to me
Mura I like a lot but haven't seen enough to understand his current trajectory
Machida is all about the jumps, don't care his programs usually, seems he'll be a 3 to 6 ranked skater usually, though we've seen skaters break out of that rut before
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
[QUOTE=ivy;622898]Dai will probably place highest at this years worlds, but I sort of feel like he skating at his upper limit technically. Also I think he should lose 1/2 a point everytime he slides his hand along his cheek and then rolls his head. /QUOTE]
Agree... starting next season!!
Dai is still the best overall but Hanyu will be taking charge soon.
Right now I would say Dai but by the time we get to Sochi it may be a different story.