All the American men have to show they can consistently land quads. But seriously U.S. fed politically has at least the last 10 to 15 years had to play catch up with Canadian, Russian and now Japanese feds.
Originally Posted by SerpentineSteps
Hanyu came in as current World bronze medal holder, and Kozuka has rep too, so it's a given they came in rated higher in the judges minds than all the American guys. But seriously, Abbott should be talked about in the same breath with the top guys. IMHO, Abbott is a better all-around skater. Again, he needs to show it consistently and since he has faltered in big moments, that rep has helped to hold Abbott down. But also, U.S. fed is often clueless politically.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 10-20-2012 at 12:41 AM.
Rewatching, I'm seeing more of the genius of that 3A (Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but those with more technical knowledge will hopefully get me.)
Did you all see how the counter, the airtime, and the exiting edge were, exactly on the music? Getting a 3A that big is praiseworthy, adding a counter immediately preceding it is mind-boggling, but doing all of that exactly to the music (allowing no room for error/hesitation)? Unheard of.
^^ I hope a youtube clip surfaces soon to rewatch. The live stream wasn't great. Hanyu didn't perform his sp this well at Finlandia but he still won that event overall with his fp. The move to Orser is looking good at this point.
Hanyu still needs to mature. I don't care how well he performed to CoP standards. With as high a score as that this early in the season (which puts the comp out of reach btw -- he could call in his fp), where does Hanyu have to go for the rest of the season? Stay on autopilot? I guess we'll find out.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 10-20-2012 at 12:46 AM.
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