Mishin is probably thinking of peaking him at the right time and not to aggravate some injuries
didn't he did the same thing on the road to 2010 Olympics
And I think that's a smart thing. Listen, this is Plushenko. He doesn't need to prove himself. Everyone knows that he's (a) good and (b) almost miraculously still able to summon up his performance magic. What he needs to do now is keep himself safe, fresh, and healthy. He and Mishin are wily warriors, like Odysseus in The Iliad. I'm sure they have thought out a strategy, and I hope it gets Plushy to Worlds so we can see him at his best.
But as you mention it is part of a strategy.
My real question is whether it is the right strategy.
Without doubt Mishin had the wrong strategy in Vancouver. He had the best jumper and most experienced skater but did not win.
I wonder if this will happen again in Sochi due in part to poor strategy.
Real competitors know "you can run but you can't hide."
Mishin appears to feel comfortable hiding until Sochi.
I just hope if he blows it again he will act a bit more sporting.
When we hear "leave no stone unturned" I hope it is about more than just hiding under the stone.
Last edited by janetfan; 08-24-2012 at 10:09 AM.
After this season is Sochi.
Team Russia could certainly use a good skate from Plushy this season at Worlds.
Am sure Yuna is skating at Worlds this season for several reasons.
One would be to help Korea have two Ladies eligible for the Sochi Olympics.
Last edited by janetfan; 08-24-2012 at 10:52 AM.
If I recall correctly, after this years disaster in Nice, he once mentioned that he has to go to the 2013 Worlds. So if it turned out that Artur is not right up for the task, Plushenko will have to compete on the WORLDS. Russia cannot afford to have only one spot for Olympics, Plushenko at least has no problem secure 2 spots and has a good chance of getting the third one.
Another (possible) Euro title for Plushy seems meaningless when looking at the bigger picture for Team Russia and Sochi.
Mishin may want one thing but what about his boss?
What about doing it for the team?
If Gachinsky goes to Worlds it's not so sure what will happen.
Plushy, (by reputation alone) would probably get the job done.
Skipping the GP is understandable. Going to Euros but not Worlds seems beyond strange.
Last edited by janetfan; 08-24-2012 at 11:37 AM.
Considering the situation the Russian men are in, it's certainly in Plushenko's best interest to compete at Worlds if he DOES get the lone spot.
Look at the russian flags!
But he is in good shape today, the JO will be very exciting.
Last edited by plushyfan; 08-28-2012 at 12:11 PM.
At least in 2010 Euros was the tiebreaker of who went to Olympics/ worlds. Though even this year there was a test skate for Makarova to see if she would really go to worlds. So if Plushenko was to win in Russian natnionals but lose to gachinski in euros than probably Gachinski would be frontrunner for worlds possibly though that was not so clear with Makarova. Gachinski could skate clean but few have such horrible PCS as Gachinski does that if worlds was a well skated event he might not crack the top 10. Plushenko could do that with a messy skate. Gachinski can't make one mistake or everyone else gets better PCS.
Gaschinski is inconsistent and even skating well reliant on others skating poorly due to low PCS. I agree he is not safe to hedge your bets on so I imagine the Russian fed. will push Plushenko to do Worlds too. Even if he doesnt medal he could gain Russia 2 spots for Sochi.
Gachinsky has good music and good programmes this season, and his progress is noticeable even early in a season, plus he does two quads and two triple axels in LP, on a top of all these he has quad loop, he did it easily from first attempt at last year Euros at first practice.
Very possible he will win medal at worlds 2013 or most likely win it, if he skates clean, then Russia will have a chance to win two medals in men at Olympics 2014 in Sochi.
Gachinsky will be like Plushenko in 2001, even better, of course if he stays healthy and skates clean.
Plushenko has a lot of work to do to stay ahead of everybody, so far he is achieving very well. His goal is Olympic gold medal in Sochi, and he will do everything ( and he does) to win it fair and square.