Loved Weir's program and the fact that he almost landed the quad. Good for him. He can only go up from here.
Dornbush, major improvement from last year's disaster. Good for him. Nationals is going to be awesome.
The histrionics that some people think Hanyu indulges in would be considered shameful by a Japanese man. It is contrary to their culture. It looks to me as though he can't get his breath during the latter part of his free program and finishes on courage alone. The body doesn't respond well to lack of oxygen, no matter how determined you are. I believe that some children outgrow this condition, and I hope he will be one of them.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-06-2012 at 05:12 PM.
I like Javier’s FS. I think his FS is much more well choreographed than his SP. His SP totally shows he can’t dance and he has rigid arms, while the FS is smartly choreographed that hides his weaknesses. The costume and the choreography minimize arm movements and add a lot of comical parts so he can interact with the audience and make them laugh. Javier has pulled comical parts off in the past, so that really help his interpretation in this FS.
But Javier still needs to work on his skating skills—with an ankle injury and exhausted body Hanyu’s skating is already worse than usual, but he still beat Javier on skating skills. Also, Javier’s SS is not that better than Dornbush but gets higher PCS than Dornbush, so Javier is kinda overscored.
It's my understanding that Hanyu suffers from asthma, which explains his breathlessness at the end of his free skates. Maybe it isn't pleasant to watch him struggle to breathe, but it's far more unpleasant for him, and there isn't much he can do about it.
Cut the guy a break, folks!
I can remember the nasty criticism Charlie White and Alex Shibutani received at 4CC because of their struggles to breathe at altitude. Turned out both men have asthma too.
Last edited by chuckm; 10-06-2012 at 04:07 PM.
/\ Seriously..What I find "unbecoming" are the derogatory comments.
When you think about it -- it's pretty amazing that Hanyu has done so much despite the asthma.
I don't think it's a big deal what Yuzuru did at the end of his program. He was tired and had a little fun at a little drama. A little on ice personality from a young skater. It's not a sin or a shame, just a little expressiveness and relief, after an outstanding performance, a successful completion of a demanding program on its debut.