I think you raise a good point about the Kwan and Chan.
Originally Posted by FSGMT
Michelle won Silver at Nagano at 17 and Chan has admitted he collapsed under the pressure of it all in Vancouver and wasn't close to the podium.
Michelle is a 5 time WC and two time Olympic medalist.
Chan has a long, long way to go before he ( actually it's his fans I refer to) can think of matching Michelle's competitive record.
Three years ago I predicted Michelle's five WC's would beat both Yuna and Mao's combined WC's.
So far I am still in the game.
Different eras produce different results.
Chan was close to the podium! He could have medaled. He was so sloppy that if he cleaned up he also could have won. Even with being extremely sloppy only 6 points back from bronze in 5th place. Weir was 6 with only a mistake on a spin and not falling and sloppy and time violations. He had the winning kind of program and his 5th place finish could have easily been first.
Chan was not so close to the podium......
Originally Posted by gmyers
A more fair remark might be that he was overscored and should have been placed 6-7-8 in Vancouver.
Getting back to the topic it seems fair to suggest most top skaters hope to add new or better jumps to their programs this season.
Last edited by janetfan; 09-11-2012 at 03:19 PM.
Interesting to see in the year before the Olympics how the bar seems to be on the rise in terms of variety of quads. That said, I would expect 2 cnosistent quad toes (one in combination) will still win the day. The risk and reward trade-off for trying the other entrances does not seem worth it from a points and psychological energy standpoint.
That said, if there is any skater who seems best positioned to say the risk/reward equation has a cushion, it would be Chan. Hope he really goes for it this season because would wonder if such risks - including while training - would make sense to anyone during the Olympic year.
He was 4th in the free skate. If you want to say he was not legimately close to the podium you can say that but he was close. His FS was a mess too just like the SP but all the necessary elements for high scoring was there and he almost made it work for a podium spot.
Originally Posted by janetfan
quads and triple axel-triple toe combos are both on the rise. Chan does have more room to take risk but Takahashi can't be too good like he was in the World Team Troph or Chan have as many problems like no 3A.
Originally Posted by Binthere