Looks like three-fall programs from top skaters are not uncommon.
Last edited by bekalc; 10-21-2012 at 10:40 AM.
Well if we are being fair here, Abbott was even more inflated than Chan. Look at his pcs to the others in the freeskate; Chan looks like a clean skate compared to those marks. Okay exaggerating a bit but trusting this isn't the home nation advantage Abbott was gifted and then some in the long for pcs. I think jeremy could win worlds and olympics but I in some ways I don't want him too. I would hate to see him "pull it together" at the right time and snatch the gold from someone who has also worked hard but been consistent for the most part. But skating and life isn't fair or just. But it could happen. You can tell he is so talented.
It's the Yu-Na Kim gambit. Have Brian Orser as your coach, break a world record in the short, bomb the long, and still come out with a good score. It's a shame it only works in Skate America.
I didn't get to watch last night and haven't seen videos yet....but I am so happy to hear about Kazuka and Machida; so sad to hear about Hanyu and Abbot - especially Abbot as Hanyu, I feel, has youth on his side (although the asthma must make that tricky and difficult). I am an Abbot uber - so I really, really hope that this competition doesn't set him back with the work he has been doing with the sports psychologist, and I really hope that whatever his physical ailments/injuries, he is able to recuperate quickly.
I've been following Armin Mahbanoozadeh with some interest this year. He really does have a quality of movement and performance that's wonderful to see. I hope that he has better luck the rest of the year to really stay injury free and really go after his goals this year. Even though he missed the quad and the second triple axel in his long, he still managed to make most of his jumping passes and on a strained ankle- that's really good.
His style of movement reminds me of Paul Wylie- really stretched out lines with great dynamic energy. So much more mature in presentation than Ross Miner or Richard Dornbush. And with Jeremy's hit or miss track record and Evan's uncertain status I think the men's field is really open this year. I hope he makes a good showing at Nationals and makes it to more international competitions this year.
It's a shame that someone so talented hasn't had more opportunity on the international stage to really work out the kinks and gain more experience and exposure performing under pressure.