I believe it was the ISU that did not give Plushenko a chance to compete for one of the past two seasons. Considering that he is pretty much held up with tape and string at this point, I won't hold his selective participation in events against him. But maybe he'll surprise us and claim the open host slot for Rostel - it could be quite instructive to see two great skaters face off (and two equally great politikking federations, too).
Jaana, luck has nothing to do with it; Plushenko is simply a tremendous competitor, and has excellent Mishin-taught jump technique. Which is why he's hard to beat even when off-form and struggling with injuries. And are you really suggesting that he is the only top skater who gets a reputation bonus, and none of your favorites ever do? That's either naive or disingenuous.
With bonus marks and all, he killed the Lp at euros this year anyway.
Plush vs Hanyu is the most I m waiting next season. If Hanyu beats him, I m looking forward to both their reaction.
^ sorry I thought you meant in general. For one season post Vancouver he was uneligible, not that he would compete anyway. And last season he was not like in a condition to compete full season. In any case he is in a different carreer point than the ones you mentioned. I believe Yuna will have few competitions too till Sochi.
FWIW, my psychic source says Plushenko will go to Sochi Olympics but the medalists will be Chan, Kozuka, and Gachinski. Takahashi and Abbott, who will win 2013 Worlds Silver, will retire and not go to Sochi. Kozuka is back up on top after the disappointing past season.
Take it with your salt but please don't kill the messenger.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 07-10-2012 at 07:28 AM. Reason: Gachinski deserves to have his name spelled correctly.
I think Plushenko will compete just enough to qualify for Sochi. It is wise to conserve and preserve.