Just want to add this is my dream podium
Except I'd probably have Hanyu and Patrick reversed. Sorry I live for my art more than my sport (that's why i have no business being a judge but a fan) and I am sooooo very chuffed for Hanyu and his Romeo and Juliet program with the highest TES score complete with the 3S at the end. I have always express Hanyu has brought a fresh raw edge with utter abandonment to his performance only reckless youth of a sunny and courageous disposition are capable of. Hanyu took this program to a whole other level of authenticity that has whiff of melancholy through out that simply lingers in the silent moments of music that I thought he realized very well. His age being so similar to Romeo in the story surely also helps. Maybe having been through a lot over these past 12 months brought a whole other level to his emotional maturity. I was totally choked up for him in the end to see how utterly spent he was after given out his all, came back fighting through the freak fall during the foot sequence. It is just nice to see his talent and hard work properly rewarded and recogised by the judges finally, and to make it sweeter, totally appreciated by the knowledgeable audience who knows plenty about their 'amour' even before the score got read out. It is undoubtedly the 2012 world championship moment for me to remember fondly.
I thought Patrick was the rightful winner of the competition, but the judges are certainly making it very difficult for fans of his to consistently have to stand up for him in the face of questionable judging. Hanyu and Dai had higher base scores in their program than patrick which they performed with better interpretation, musicality in their choreography, good skating skills as well Dai actually goes out clean. Patrick won purely by PCS this time round with Time violation, and deduction for the falls and even as much I have always appreciate Patrick and his skills, I though Dai and Hanyu deserve better today. Nick and Chris of UK Eurosport complained since the short program and continued to at FS scores and I'd have to agree with them in this case. What would Dai have to do to win over Patrick Chan?
Maybe they should add an extra criteria to award others who are able to perform their program clean as oppose to penalize the mistakes by approximation.
Well done Brian Joubert!! I have no words...except Kuodos. 4th is pretty good but others were just better on the day.