Last edited by Bluebonnet; 12-03-2012 at 10:30 AM.
Yes, they absolutely should push Hanyu over Takahashi. Hanyu is beyond a rising star; he's a future legend.
He has good PCS (which will only improve over time thanks to both improvement and reputation)
His TES potential is amazing. His jumps are much better than Takahashi's.
He's the most talented, complete 17-year-old since Plushenko. Actually, I think he's better than Plushenko was at 17. Heck, I'll say what I really think. I think he may be the best 17-year-old the men's side has ever seen.
Now, ice is slippery and the mind can play games, so no one can predict the future, but as he has yet to reach the best age for men, the future looks extremely bright. He deserves their full support.
Last edited by Riemann; 12-03-2012 at 11:32 PM.
Welcome, Riemann! (Great username. ) Post often, post long.
Then just take another performance from Plushenko when he was 17.Originally Posted by let's talk
Your approach isn't any better than Riemanns. Placements correspond to the rest of the field too, and not just to one skaters talent. And with 17, Plushenko had already two senior seasons under his belt - Hanyu didn't make it to worlds 2011 only for this ridiculously strong japanese mens field (which should be getting like 6 spots for worlds, not 3).
There is merit to what Riemann said, if you like it or not - f.e. Hanyu is still 17 and just introduced a second quad. (I mean the statement in relation to Plushenko - I don't agree at all the JSF should push Hanyu over Takahashi. They should simply support both of them, plus Kozuka).
I wish the JSF would promote kozuka more. He is may favorite japanese skater.
Hanyu at his age is better than Plushenko was at the same age. Just get over it. The sport has evolved and people are learning more and more at a younger age. Of course, what makes Hanyu so special in addition to the technical ability is his ability to understand music and perform and hit amazing positions. Quite a few people at 17 these days are technically stronger than Plushenko was at 17, but they all lack the performance/artistic ability Plushenko had. Except for Hanyu.