At Euros: Javier Fernandez, GP finalist and Skate Canada winner; Brian Joubert, 4th at 2012 Worlds, with 16 ISU Championship medals to his credit (he was sick during the GP); Florent Amodio, 5th at Worlds, 2012 GP medalist, past European champion.
No, neither of these events is the strongest it's ever been, but there's no need to be insulting. Plushenko must do what he can to conserve his health, he's had numerous injuries and he can't skate a full season; he needs to focus on events that are close to home and offer a great chance for success (also ISU points and minimums, in the case of Euros). He'll face tougher competition than Patrick Chan will at his own Nats, that's for sure. Plushenko's Euros score last year was 3rd on the season's best list, and like it or not, Euros is still a prestige event. So absolutely, he remains a threat - he has Mishin jump technique and is a born competitor. You think the Russian Fed doesn't want Olympic medal no. 4 for him in Sochi, preferably of the golden variety?
That said, I'm not seeing any grand conspiracy behind the posts regarding the interview, as previous posters have suggested.
- It turns out the issue with the World Championship 2013 is closed?
- No, it is not closed. I'm just used to focus on the the nearest goals. Now I think only about the Championship of Russia. After Sochi - I will start thinking about the European Championships. And after him - the World Championship. Everything should be decomposed by shelves.
The most important is his health. He is 30. His main goal is Sochi, in Sochi he will fight with the young changellers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbbfflDE4PE Why did Plushenko miss the Vancouver gol medal?
A Japanese video, and his fans made a signature campaign and they sent it to the ISU. They wanted the revision of the final result. And many people wrote directly to the ISU! So I no wonder, that the ISU has changed the rules, the ISU was under pressure. I know you are an Evan fan, but this is true.
If you read what Mishin said, instead putting your words in his mouth, if you smart, you will understand him.
Mishin said before, Elisaveta should have won GP in France, because she lost in PCS, which is wrong according to him. I will trust him more than anyone else.
Usually he doesn’t say anything like that, probably this time judges “peed in a pickle” big time and then repeated at NHK .
He is not stupid to praise a win with 3 clean jumps.
It always amize me, how people jump, JUST IN CASE
Plushenko just did JO.
May be Mishin was right? when he said quads take a lot of energy.
and if Plushenko wins in Sochi 2012 with 3 clean jumps, please remember what you just said, and be really happy about it
From the competitions he chose to compete, Russian Nationals - despite the long list of pointless enumerations Buttercup added, the fact is that's competition where the top guy from Russia could manage at the 2012 Worlds was a miserable 17th place. I cannot recall that Russia or the former USSR has ever done so poorly in this discipline. And the top ranked Russian guy on the GP circuit this season is a 12th place, with 6 Japanese men placing ahead of him, from a guy who wasn't even on the Russian world team last year. No matter how one wants to sugar coat the state of Russian man skating, it's indisputably in bad shape for a country of such glorious history in this sport. The only way Plushenko could lose the Russian Nationals against such a field is if he accidentally knock himself out by smashing into a board and start rolling on the ice.
If he is healthy enough to do shows and Japan Open, then he can certainly spare the time for World Championship given that travel to Japan is about as far as traveling to London, Canada. Just don't blame people when he doesn't show up but his entourage keeps sending out bravado signals, leading people to speculate as to the real reasons of his no-show.
I'm not exactly sure what the controversy is here. Mr. Mishin says that figure skating must cope with potential of nationalistic bias and reputation scoring.
True, but no reason to pick on Mishin. He is only saying what everyone says when asked to comment on figure skating judging. Cinquanta himself would probably say the same.
I think it is the title of this thread that has channeled the discussion in a funny direction. Maybe it should have been, "Tuktamisheva's coach makes a few platitudes about judging."
If Plushenko decides not to go to Worlds, I believe they have a plan set, if I knew a better plan I would be an Oly champion myself, and if he chooses not to compete against Chan, Hanyu and Daisuke right now I d say its a wise choise, half the game in competitions is based on hype and impressions. Im interested if he competes against Fernandez now. For now it is all a moo point because March is far away and we dont know if he goes yet and is irelevant to the thread.