Besides that, there is a sports thrill to a skater who hits eight jumping passes, bam, bam, bam, without falling. I find myself keeping count. Is this his sixth jumping pass? Yay! Two more to go! Yay! Last one -- I'm on the edge of my seat! Just skip it, seven is enough! Oh no, I can't look!
Upon second viewing on TV, I think Sorcerer's Apprentice will be a great program for Oda. He needs to bring the energy from that last step sequence to the whole program.
Let's say you have a 90% chance of landing any particular jump. So you start out with only a 43% probability of running the table. It looks like a sucker's bet, right? But then...BAM! you hit that opening quad. Suddenly your odds jump to 48%. BAM! triple Axel. he odds tilt in your favor at 53%. You're on a roll. Triple Lutz-triple toe, 59%. Triple flip, 66! Triple loop, 73! Will he do it? It's still touch and go. Triple Salchow/2T/2Lo (81), second triple Lutz!!!! It's a mere double Axel to go, at 9 to 1 odds in your favor, but the skategods are cruel and there's many a slip twixt cup and lip.
That was what was so cool about Michelle Kwan. She fall didn't fall down, and she saved that second triple Lutz for the very last jump, just for a tease. "Oh, Mathman, you know I wouldn't let you down. Now watch me draw to an inside straight."
Personally I never liked Oda's skating and still dont. I find his skating style immature and unpolished. There is a reason he is the only top Japanese who has never won a World medal, and why he has been bypassed to the point he has at best only a 20% shot to even make their Sochi Olympic team. While everyone knows I am far from a Chan fan and I did think Oda deserved to beat Chan hands down at Skate Canada 2010, I think the result of Chan placing above Oda was fine, as was their PCS comparatively.
I sometimes wonder what would happen if Oda switches to the camp of Orser. Can Brain Orser, Tracy Wilson, Jeffrey Buttle and David Wilson do wonder on Oda's stagnated artistic development?
In the end I can live with a mistake but messy, messy programs NO. Its destroying the sport to let people get away with it because it suggests that actual performance doesn't matter.
Where's the drama if Daisuke skates close to clean and Chan's messy and Chan still wins the free (I'm fine with Chan winning if he has a lead in the short) but really even the free-that was a better performance.
People keep saying its not figure jumping-true but its not figuring falling either. And having to hear Chan fans argue "rotations" Just about did it for me.
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