Best and Worst Skating Moments of 2012
2013 is upon us, but in the spirit of all the New Year celebrations, I thought that it would be fun to look back on the best (and worst) skating moments of 2012.
Some of the best things for me were:
Daisuke Takahashi's FS at 2012 Nationals
Daisuke's FS at Worlds, and just his "Blues For Klook" program in general
Yuzuru Hanyu's amazing FS at Worlds
Virtue/Moir's "Carmen" program
Mao Asada's beautiful "Swan Lake" program
Johnny Weir's failed "comeback"
Alissa Czisny's injury and disaster at Worlds
Akiko Suzuki losing NHK
What do you think is the best and worst of 2012?
- * -
Best: Daisuke's FS at the World Team Trophy and Ashley Wagner's winning free skates at Skate America and TEB
Worst: Adam Rippon and Nan Song colliding, and Suzuki losing NHK
Hanyu's FS at 2012 Worlds - His ability to refocus and do a 3A+3T right after that shocking fall was impressive
Plushenko signing a letter in opposition to anti-gay legislation; Some westerners could learn from his example
Hanyu's Parisienne Walkways SP - Great choreography, and he executes it so well
Davis/White winning their 4th GPF
Chan getting a much needed reality check
The overall state of ladies skating (but Kim's comeback will hopefully force everyone to get their acts together)
Czisny, 2012 Worlds. Enough said.
The "interesting" judging at Skate Canada International
Best of Calander year 2012
Davis and White
Being in warm San Jose for US Nats and MK's induction
Ashley's hard fall at the GPF
Seeing Lynn K. get cut on the back of her ankle at practice at SA-Kent (thankfully not serious)
Missing Miki Ando
My best and worst of 2012 (warnings for total bias :P)
Artur wins the Euros SP in magnificent style
Joshua demolishes the field at Lake Placid JGP
Joshua and Jason score medals at the Junior World Championships
Jason lands the triple Axel for the first time at the Junior Grand Prix Final
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's mighty performance at Russian Nationals
Chan's surprise that his opponents at Japan Open actually came to compete
Artur's problems with his legs going numb - from March, ongoing
Related: the expression on Artur's face after Worlds/Skate Canada/Cup of Russia
Hearing Plushenko's terrifying tales of defying dr's orders
Joshua's drugged-up skate at the JGPF
Jason's new short program (and costume) *shoves earplugs in*
- Lysacek/Plushenko coming back, potential renewal of rivalry? (even as 2nd strings).
- Competitive Japanese Nationals Men's / dominate in GP series.
- Mao edging Wagner at GPF against odds.
- Weir coming back, publicly asking for donations towards training funds, then calling it quits.
- Nan Song injury.
- Takahiko Kozuka injury.
- Oda no longer keeping up.
- Another dreadful season for Abbott compounded with injury.
- Akiko's sorrow at Nationals (hope she cheers up and use it as motivation).
For me the best.... Plushy's Euros' win - "He's like a warrior in action, isn't he? Back on the battlefield, controlling it" as Nicky Slater said. I won't go so far as to say that the worst is the disappearance of the BESP video from Youtube - blocked by none other than, apparently, the ISU !!!???!!!! - but I will say it made me feel quite.... miffed.
Off the ice
In more or less chronological order:
- Evgeni Plushenko's performance at Euros.
- Ashley Wagner wins US Nats.
- Carolina Kostner, world champion.
- Brian Joubert somehow manages to skate really well at Worlds.
- Pechalat/Bourzat finally medal (and awesome bronze medalists all around) at Worlds.
- Team France and Team Italy at the WTT.
- Carolina Kostner's SP at the WTT.
- Daisuke Takahashi's LP at the WTT.
- Seeing Kurt Browning in an official competition.
- Mao Asada's resurgence and Yuna's return.
- A really meh Euros.
- That we never got to see a great performance of Pina in the ISU Championships.
- The outcome of the men's event at Worlds. I don't know if I find it more disappointing that Chan won the LP or that the audience booed him. Really unfortunate all around.
- Daiksuke Takahashi reuniting with Nikolai Morozov. Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?
- Some of the very unfortunate injuries to good skaters. I am especially worried about Yretha Silete, who'd shown some promise last season, ended the season on a down note at the WTT, and is out for the year with a very serious knee injury.
- Alena Leonova's implosion this season, and I don't even like her that much.
- Volosozhar/Trankov's programs and marks.
- The increasing cookie-cutterization of figure skating. I've found so little to get excited about this season.
ISU has blocked some videos of Plushy, and I don't know why. I was angry because I also adored the ES version.
Originally Posted by LRK
It was nice to see Plushenko come back and do so well at Euros; sad to see all the injuries. I also think on the worst side seeing Patrick make some poor choices with coaching and now struggling is a sad waste of so much talent. At the same time the Japanese men have been a delight. I have to say I don't think Davis and White or Virtue and Moir really have produced a best or worst moment for 2012. They are good but not spectacular and were nver that bad. For worst moments both from a skating and personal perspective seeing the downfall of Alissa Czisny was tragic. Just horrific. It was a good moment to see Ashley Wagner this year in general; she looks really solid. Hanyu has been another best moment at world's and his nationals (2013 but in 2012) Takahashi has looked grand overall and his GPF was like wow.
Best involves Takahashi at Wtt and plushenko at euros and Liza winning Russian nationals.
Worst all involves Mao giving up on doing triples and being rewarded for it
Oh yeah, worst was seeing the Russian ladies and in particular Leonova implode or not meet expectations - very sad.
Hmm, my other post went missing so I will restate it.
I think best moments have to include Plushenko's return from injury and retirement to taking Euros, P and B winning bronze j ust out of sentiment, Kostner winning WGM with regal skates somewhat hurt by lack of big jumps though, the youthfulness of a bronze win by Takahashi and Tran in pairs at world's. The worst moments to me is the demise of Leonova and the lack of ability of the Russian Baby Ballerinas to reach their potential or expectations, Johnny Weir and Evan Lycacek - halted or non existent comebacks, the number of injuries and in particular Weaver and Patrick Chan's demise with coacing problems or poor decision and some rather mediocre skates from such a talented skater. I would have to say Davis and white and Virture and Moir while good skates and programs - not awe inspirinig and certainly not worst.
Mao can basically lose all triples except loop and people say she is having a good year? Lol no one showed a worse collapse on jumps than Mao! Not leonova! What triples can Mao do? Not any consistently. Never did a triple lutz but that is being like kostner. But no triple toe really or flip or salchow or even the loop was inconsistent. The 3a is gone forever and she won an event doing 4 triples in total!
--The emergence of Ashley Wagner as a U.S champion worthy of that title
--Akiko Suzuki's World bronze medal; vindication for an athlete who's been through a lot
--Davis/White's Die Fledermaus free dance; a nearly perfect program
--Plushenko's victorious, fist-pumping return at Europeans :-)
--Caroline Zhang's stirring comeback skates at Nationals/4CC (we won't talk about what's happened since)
--Ross Miner's NHK long program; exciting for American fans
--The stunning debut of Kaetlyn Osmond at Skate Canada: A future force?
--Volosozhar/Trankov's pull-out-all-the-stops free skate at Worlds
--Jeremy Abbott's SPs and LPs, from this season and last: Marvelous
--Daisuke's Blues for Klook: A program I'll remember for a very long time
--Pechalat/Bourzat's audacious & effortlessly sexy Rolling Stones FD
--Virtue/Moir win Worlds over Davis/White :-(
--Chan wins everything despite falling and bobbling his way through last season
--Takahashi/Tran and Marley/Brubaker breakups: More talented pairs bite the dust
--The decline of the Shibutanis
--The overscoring/overhype of the Russian wonderbabies
--Volosozhar/Trankov's mistake-ridden yet embarrassingly well-rewarded run on the Grand Prix
--Alissa Czisny at Worlds: Utter and complete disaster