Wow, just 3 more weeks and Evan would be competitive worthy? If that is true this is so sad - about the injury/ surgery and how close he is to being competitive worthy. but sarcasm or not why do I doubt this is anything but a pr comment. Give me a year and I will be ready for the Olympics. Of course I have to learn how to skate first
I knew this was coming I guess, but still...I am disappointed...
Same here, Deedee. You never know: Plushenko claimed he was coming back in 2010, and he certainly pulled it off. YuNa (fingers crossed) seems well on her way to an effective comeback. Of course I was hopeful for Evan. After all, it's not as if American skaters are so rich in champions right now. If Even rode in like a knight in armor and got us a spot on or even near the podium at Worlds, it would be more than any other U.S. man has done in this Olympic cycle.
I never took Weir's nor Lysacek's comebacks seriously from the start. Just to begin with, obtaining a quad at this age/period of career when one never possessed it in the first place is not normally within the usual capabilities of even a very good skater.
Perhaps Lysacek knew he was facing the ingloriousness of not even getting a medal at Nationals, which was a distinct possibility IMO. If he's smart, this'll be the end of his competitive road (same with Weir). They're not contenders now and they won't be next year. Lysacek would be lucky to finish top five at the next Olympics, let alone defend his OGM.
In addition, there is no comparison between the current level of the men and either the current level of the ladies or the level of the men's competition circa 2009-10. The bar for the guys is insanely high at the moment.
I don't know if he will compete at Worlds but he needs any B event to get minimum score for it.
I'm not saying that Evan is one of the best skaters ever by any means. Certainly on that scale, Plushenko way outranks him. But at this moment, with the state of American men's skating, if Evan could skate as well as he did in 2010 (and I agree that this is doubtful after a long layoff), he's the closest thing we have in this country to a world-class skater. Yes, Abbott is wonderful--in nationals and in the Grand Prix, sometimes. Yes, Miner and Dornbush are potentially good--but forgive me, they've been potentially good for some years now. Weir has passed his prime, and he never had a quad. Refresh my memory. Has any U.S. man gotten into the top 5 since 2010? Into the top 10? So if Evan came along and was actually good (which of course won't happen now, because he's withdrawn--but hypothetically speaking), he'd be a better bet than anyone else we could produce. He'd still have to stand in line behind half a dozen or so skaters from other countries, but at least he'd give us a chance for a top ten finish, especially if he showed his usual steadiness and competitive fire. But it's pointless speculation now. Besides, in terms of preference, the one I'm crossing my fingers for is Daisuke anyway.
I think Miner and Dornbush have also shown that they can potentially compete at a high level, though we'll have to see how the fare at major events before passing judgment on that.
Just 2 words to Evan : CASH IN!!!!!
Yes, he is a competitior but if he skates with errors he doesn't have Tak, Chan or Hanyu skating skills or artistry. A nice Vera Wang costume is going to only go so far. Yes, he could skate cleanly but he never ever had the magic of a super personality on ice Joubert, Plushy or Candelero, classical beautiful skating like Yagudin, Umanov, Peterenko or the artistry of Orser, Buttle, Lambiel. Yes, i freely admit this is just a feeling. I don't wish him bad but I wish he was happy with what he has done and move on. But I do understand it is his life.
Sums up how I feel about it! But I disagree that Evan, had he not withdrawn, could be the best hope that the US has. The man hasn't competed in how many years? And if he skated exactly like he did when he won the Olys he might not even place in the top 10. The world of men's figure skating has evolved alot since 2010. Quite frankly I'm glad this chapter is seemingly over. So much wishful thinking from Evan's fans!! I think - and I could definitely be wrong - that Evan hasn't found anything to replace figure skating. I dont' even know what he's done other than SOI since the Olympics. And at the age of 27 it's time he figures out what he wants to do with his life when he can't skate anymore. It's hard for any athlete to admit his time has passed - especially when so mych of their life has been dedicated to their sport. I agree with senatormls: CASH IN Evan, and move on.
1. Chan 280.98 (2011 WC)
2. Takahashi 276.72 (2012 WTT)
3. Hanyu 264.29 (2012/13 GPF)
4. Plushenko 261.23 (2012 EC)
5. Fernandez 258.62 (2012/13 GPF)
6. Kozuka 258.41 (2011 WC)
7. Lysacek 257.67 (2010 Oly)
15. Weir 238.87 (2010 Oly)
16. Abbott 238.82 (2011/12 GPF)
18. Minor 235.37 (2012 NHK)
19. Rippon 233.04 (2011 SC)
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