Joshua Farris's 3A-3T and 4T were just wonderful. What a lovely skater, he's very close to becoming a total package. Hopefully this translates well into Srs someday.
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I just watched Farris's program, and I was underwhelmed. Technically it was great, but the choreography and performance left me feeling a bit empty inside. Rach 2 is such beautiful music especially the end of the third movement, and he skated right through it. I know it's early in the season, but he did that last year as well.
MENS COMPETITION - VIDEOS & RESULT
1. Joshua FARRIS (USA) - 218.69 Short Program, Free Skate
2. Keiji TANAKA (JPN) - 182.50 Short Program, Free Skate
3. Roman SADOVSKY (CAN) - 158.77 Short Program, Free Skate
4. Michael Christian MARTINEZ (PHI) - 158.40 Short Program, Free Skate
5. June Hyoung LEE (KOR) - 156.45 Short Program, Free Skate
6. Adian PITKEEV (RUS) - 154.97 Short Program, Free Skate
7. Taichi HONDA (JPN) - 154.65 Short Program, Free Skate
8. Vladislav TARASENKO (RUS) - 151.33 Short Program, Free Skate
9. Martin RAPPE (GER) - 150.16 Short Program, Free Skate
10. Jack NEWBERRY (GBR) - 135.89 Short Program, Free Dance
Protocols - Short Program, Protocols - Free Skate
WOW, Joshua Farris, what a win!!! His freeskate was really enjoyableto watch.
Very impressive. I really am looking forward to '13 Sr. Nationals!
I agree. He is a very promising skater, and I think that, when and if he skates clean, his PCS should improve quite a bit. Not quite on par with Farris, but not far off either. His 3a is very good and I love how he holds the landing positions of his jumps. I wonder if he has 4t and will maybe try it later on in the season? After Yan and Farris, he could be 3rd best among the junior men this season IMO if he can skate up to his potential, unless of course Jason miraculously starts going for and landing the 3a with a lot of success, and if those 2 make mistakes, he has potential to win JGPF, or at least medal. I very much like Tanaka's skating and the style he is developing.
Originally Posted by Snoopy15
As for Farris and skating through the music, I noticed it a little bit too, but I will say that the program seemed to have a lot of changes since JW last season, so I think that probably accounts for most of it. It's early in the season and Josh is likely still getting used to the choreo and layout of it all. He is usually a very expressive skater, so I'm sure this will come through later once he is more comfortable with the program.
I completely agree. I think he suffers from some inexperience, but he has an elegance and effortlessness to his skating that is truly compelling.
Originally Posted by silverlake22
From what I've seen, around a year and a half ago (approximately), there was a Japanese newsclip of an interview about his silver at Junior Worlds and they showed footage of him training the Quad Toe. Granted, it was Quarter-cheated and he fell on his attempts, but, at this point, I think it's just about safe to say he has a Quad Toe, maybe not consistent, but he definitely has it.
I'm honestly tempted to bet that he might surpass either Yan or Farris if he starts skating to his potential. The judges will reward him in time. Even if he doesn't surpass them, he will surely close the gap.
Yes, Farris' Free Program has a lot of changes in the form of adding some VERY difficult transitions (Ex. The steps going into the Second Lutz, the lunge into the Flip, etc). I think he will make this program a masterpiece though. I will say that I'm not nearly as big a fan of the Short though...
Wow! Farris was great! He'll be USA's future! Somehow he made me think about the young Jeremy Abbott. But Farris is much stronger. He has a great potential in developing in the artistic direction as well.