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.