I think Yuzuru deserved to win, but I don't feel for his FP. And he still has stamina problem, apparently lost the speed at the end.
Sad for Machida. I heard he changed his shoes after CoC and it didn't work well.
Also, I don't think that they would give him 96 in PCS (6 points more than what he got at the GPF) if they wanted to keep his score down.
I'm glad Dai can think on the spot/came prepared with a plan incase his second quad goes a little wanky. The 2T and 3T switching was great. I'm really happy for him that he won the FS! It was very amazing. That deduction... I mean, he was finished/about to finish. That's a little rough isn't it? =/ Sometimes I really can't agree with the rules.
But I'm really glad that he was able to go clean today. He wasn't fully happy with his GPF win with his FS mistakes and coming in 3rd and all, so I'm glad. Take away national inflation and this skate still would've pulled in the points at an ISU event. Despite coming in second, I think he's walking away with confidence in his FS, which is good for him in the long run.
I hope going to Worlds as Japan's #2 won't affect his scores that much though.
I'm really sad for Kozuka...I would like Mura to go and he's earned it, but his results at his GP events were very very inconsistent. A 1st and an 8th? I don't know if JSF should gamble on this. So I would definitely send him to 4CC to prove he can do this again. If he cracks, I would give him another year to prove he can handle international pressure and move on down the line for Worlds 2013. Although it's tough between Oda and Kozuka considering their gap was also fairly wide...
Can't wait to see the others, thanks in advance for the links!
I honestly feel sad for Kozuka (his programs are always so beautiful and his skating is awesome) and to some extent even for Oda. BUT Mura deserves this. It would be extremely unfair to say, hey, you are inconsistent so even though you're the bronze medalist others have a reputation to keep so you will stay at home. Mura deserves to go to Worlds. He was better than the others and that's what you get.
I agree. Japan's going to get 3 spots to Sochi based on Dai & Hanyu's placements at the worlds. Mura doesn't have to be perfect, and he did EARN his bronze. Kozuka and Oda failed to live up to their potential tonight, and there's nothing they can say about that. The placement was fair based on what they actually did on the ice.
My guess is Top 3 for the Worlds, and Dai, Oda and Kozua for 4CC possibly. (I'm just not sure if they're going to make Hanyu travel back to Canada to train w/ Orser, then come back for 4CC, then go back to Canada for the worlds in Canada)
The Daisuke FS was a charmingly brutal stuff towards all the skaters who had to skate after him. None of them could collect their nerves and power. The overheating audence full of D1SK support left no doubts who they really wanted to win. I admire their feeling of the skater's needs when they 'switched off' their noise to let him concentrate on elements and explode it when it was comfortable for the skater. His expression of music and respect to the paiyng customers made the people once again feel happy for the moment that they were there. Dai's FS was fashionable art flow worthy of the Royal Grand Opera&Ballet House with all its luxury and sophistication. I am waiting for the protocols to see where exactly the shameful judges found the trick to give him the same TES as they gave to Hanyu for his skating of a sick kid with no clean quads and spins with a hunchback material. The 5 points difference in PCS was a too lame move. Hanyu wasn't just slow. He looked like a sick yellowish kid who lost his speed before he started. Not a surprise that now his mother doesn't want him to go anywhere without her. It wasn't like that last season when he was younger and trained with Abe&B/B. Probably the mommy realized too that her kid is being used like a disposable material by JSF and her feeling of a mother is quite understandable. I feel sorry for Hanyu because unlike his Canadan coworker he is a more talented skater to be oversored. He didn't look championshish on the podium when he was looking right at the Dai's side when the officials were gving cups (Fuji TV wasn't generous enough to show more).
I am abnormally happy for Mura. Now he just must use his chance that he got after all his injuries and whatever. Go, man!
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