Last edited by Bluebonnet; 10-09-2012 at 11:39 PM.
I truly hope this is a wake up call to Chan about technical skills and getting a coach. The problem in this world as well as the gift of the world is the great freedom we have. Some obviously "hate" Chan or dislike his skating. Others love him. There is only one Gold medal and everyone wants it and the fans have their favourite. plushy wants anotehr gold is it greed? Maybe but the Russian fans in general want it. You have two complete skaters in Tak and chan and they both want it. "Some say Tak had his day and it is time to move on (Chan lovers probably lol) and others want him to go to Sochi and win (Tak lovers) But only one can get gold. You have Joubert who many would say he has had his 15 minutes now move on but he wants an olympic medal and preferablhy gold. I do miss the purity of love of skating because as much as I love Shen and Zhou it was apparent they just came back for the gold be cause he was injured in 2006 and could only win bronze. AS good asa they were I kind of think that takes something away from the win. Sure we don't really know what is in their hearts (hence, I do believe even the wonderful diplomatic Kwan deep down appreciates when competitors fall - it is horrible to say but human and that would be truthful). I believe Chan and Tak deserve an OGM moreso than Evan did. Sure Evan was a good competitior but people he won and fairly won although it also could have gone to Plushy (the scores show that it was exceptionally close and it could have gone either way). I truly wonder if the pro skating was more profitable, and Japan had hosted the 2011 worlds and Tak won whether Tak would still be around? But I guess that is pointless now. now that I have appreciated their skating I would love to see at Sochi Gold Chan; Silver Tak and Bronze Plushy but somehow I predict the Canadian curse will continue for the Canadian men. I also think on the wake up notion that Skate Canada may want to invite and encourage Buttle to return even as the third skater (and sadly he would be second right now) he's not bad at all especially for the team (triple flip triple toe; triple axel, triple lutz - short). Sure Reynolds sort of has the quads but not much more and they aren't reliable.
"Didn't that coach that he just let go help his jumps?"
I just want to correct what I think is a common misperception. Chan did not fire Krall. Basically Krall left a situation that didn't work for her. I am told by my resources who know the situation that Chan was moving toward a more major role for Johnson and Krall who is used to being a head coach (as well she should) was not on board with being relegated to a 'second-chair' position. How any experienced skating coach could let someone who has never been a skater call the shots beats me; how Chan could expect that it would be agreeable to Krall (if indeed he did expect it) also beats me.
The "second chair' model does not fit Krall's skills, her standing and her experience.
Now, that's Patrick's choice - he set up the situation. Do I personally think he made a mistake? Yes, I do. But that's my opinion.
The fact is that he did not exactly let her go - she wasn't staying.
Last edited by Brandenburg; 10-10-2012 at 08:18 AM.
Or better yet, "Omit the flying entrance to your second change-combination spin!"
That's what cost Mao Asada first place at the Japan Open.
In the CoP, you get credit for everything you do. If you make a mistake your score is lower, but you still get credit for the positive aspects ofthe element. Chan fell on his quad toe, but still ended up with 59% of full base value even after the -3 GOE and the fall deduction. He got credit for a satisfactory preparation and take-off, adequate height and distance, good form in the air and full revolutions.
Mao missed the flying entrance to her spin. She got 0 credit for making the equired revolutions, good speed and centering, required changes of edge and number and quality of positions. Sorry, cowgirl, you fell off your horse. No gold medal for you.