Go Team Abbott
Gold: Jeremy, because if this happen it will be his best skating ever. A dream come true for me(and him I suppose ). I love the way he moves to the music. Wish his focused face didn't look so grim, though.
Silver: Verner, hehe, I never give up on him
Bronze: Hanyu, it would be awesome. He seems very determined and I bet he has trained hard for this.
Probably the podium will be Chan, Gachinski and Takahashi. But that's all right. I enjoy watching these three as well.
7-10: Fernandez, Amodio , Reynolds and Majorov(so that Schultheiss is a certain for next world's).
and then there are Van der Perren, Joubert, Rippon, Kozuka, Brezina, Liebers, Ten, Song etc. So many to like
Well, if only they skate their best I am satisfied. It's so tough for them and they are trying such hard elements and performances. I fear many mistakes will be made. Men's competitions are incredibly exciting before start, but easily also disappointing when over (iike the SP at Vancouver olympics). I really, really want to see the men excel.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
I just want to see Jeremy and Dai peak here and do what they are capable of.
Wouldn't mind if Hanyu did the same!
What I would LIKE to see:
GOLD Daisuke Takahashi
I love Daisuke's long program this year so much. For me, it's his best program ever: just so brilliant and intense when he skates it well. My fondest wish for the men's event is that Daisuke has the skate of his life in the long program, lands a quad, gets the PCS marks he deserves, and wins his second gold medal. As others have pointed out, his talent completely merits at least 2 World titles. Let this be his second one.
SILVER & BRONZE
I have no strong favorites other than Daisuke. I'd be happy to see any of the following guys win silver or bronze: Kozuka, Abbott, Hanyu, Rippon, Verner, Fernandez, Chan, Ten, or even Joubert. I'm less thrilled with Gachinski, Brezina, and Amodio, but if they skate well, so be it.
I do think Jeremy Abbott has amazing programs this year and is an incredibly talented skater. However, I think all the predictions of him medaling or even winning are . . . optimistic. His record at Worlds/Olympics is not good--there's a lot of bad history there for him to overcome. I think skating two good programs and placing top 5 would add up to a personal victory for him. To hope for more is not realistic in my book. (But, who knows, he may prove me wrong.)
Takahashi's bare-all heart and passion makes him my sentimental favourite here, but I must admit what I want to see most is Chan skate lights out. Because when he does, he is breathtaking and I am in love with his skating (not crazy about his Short, but his Long... ). Chan for Gold and Takahashi for Silver.
Joubert for Bronze because it's his home country and he may retire soon.
Jeremy Abbott's SP got me. It amazed me how he could do it so well on ice! I could ignore his LP of this season and look forward to seeing his new LP next season. I wish he could get on the podium just because he is better than Johnny weir and Johnny weir has had a world bronze and three US national titles.
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'Pogue... I love what you want to see so much , I can hardly begin think of what I want to see. Some of your suggestions for new programs for these guys just send me off on flights of fantasy..
And I couldn't agree more with what you have to say about Dai and Patrick . I never liked the hokey storytelling in Take Five . Maybe it helped Patrick develop more outward expression..but couldn't they have done it off the ice ? But then , to have to suffer it 2 yrs. in a row has been cruel. I like Aranjuez very much , it's really the first time we've seen thoughtful exploration of the music from Patrick.
But for expressiveness , Dai has no match, currently..and he doesn't hold programs over, as a rule .. so each season is a brand new trip.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 03-26-2012 at 02:01 PM.
Clean skates, that's what I would like to see, clean skates.
Good ice, no injuries, every one skates his best, FAIR judging, best win that day. No rep judging. And may the gold medalist stay on his feet and truly win on every element, not just his vaunted skating skills, speed, yada yada. Chan will win, no sense wishing it won't happen. He beats everyone, good skate or 3 falls. So continue to skate clean Patrick and be a worthy, undeniable 2 time champion. Just great skating for 2-10.
Not to mention Jeremy has beaten Evan twice at the US Nationals, and before the Olympics too!
Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
I would like to see Chan breaks more world records, both short and long, just to shut some people up
If he skates well, he probably will break his own records, but there's no way these people are going to shut up lol.
Originally Posted by blainechan
Agree. I wish the best skates from everyone.
Originally Posted by Ravensque
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
1. Jeremy Abbott
2. Tomas Verner
3. Javier Fernandez
4. Daisuke Takahashi
5. Takahiko Kozuka
6. Artur Gachinski
7. Brian Joubert
8. Yuzuru Hanyu
9. Michal Brezina
10. Adam Rippon
11. Patrick Chan
The medal podium is filled with 1st time medalists. USA, Japan, and Czech Republic all earn 3 spots for next year's Worlds. Long-time journey men Abbott and Verner finally fulfill their immense potential at the World Championships. In all honesty though, I wish all 11 of these men could be awarded gold medals; there is so much depth and talent in the men's event. What a treat it is to be a fan of this sport at this time in history!
I've always been a believer in spreading the wealth and long-time competitors finally having their moment that teaches them that all the sacrifice and adversity and hard work was all worth it for THIS moment! I so want that to happen for Jeremy and Tomas! They are too great to never have won a World medal!
Last edited by museksk8r; 03-27-2012 at 11:57 AM.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Jeremy a journeyman? No, no - he's a super-sensitive artiste with all the technical goods who only needs a thicker skin. To peak at the right moment would be nice too.
There was a nice article about Jeremy in the Detroit newspaper yesterday. He gives me the impression that what he really wants to do is give artistic expression, though his skating, to what he feels in his heart and soul. He says these are his two all-time favorite programs, and he just loves practicing and performing them.
Jeremy tries to talk himself up into a competitive frame of mind, but when all is said and done I think he will be happy if he skates his programs the way he wants to skate them.