Whether people are fans or not of Plushenko's skating he should be admired for his accomplishments. Iam sure IF healthy he will attempt to be in Sochi. Not an easy feat with his injuries and longevity in the sport, not to mention be judged with the newer system. I certainly hope he does not cause a chronic or serious problem to his body. Yes both Plushenko and Yagudin were greatly admired and cheered for when they competed at such a high level in Canada. Iam lucky enough to have gotten to live event back then. I still think a healthy Plushenko could be top 5 in Sochi but its unsure if he can be healthy at this point.
I was there. After the fall he was on fire, he is always like that when he made mistake: fight. That is why I love him.
I saw the practice in the morning too. Not in good condition on jumps, but otherwise, stunning to watch. He was fast, light, floating on ice with such elegance and ease. If he could have his health back and hence the jumps back to normal standards, he is still a very strong contender.
He is not too old, simply too injured in Zagreb.
In person he looks very young and fit
leave no stone unturned
^ It was great to meet you there
I was not there in practices and the one he fell, but his morning practice had a quad with low saving, but otherwise the rest of triples were very good, plus the lutz combo was as usual. He was holding his back the whole time but his axels didnt lose a beat. In the 6 min warm up he threw 3z 3t and 3 axel just like that. Bringing them inside the sp is another question and probably he was not as prepared, since he didnt train the whole month after RN I think he didnt make run throughs of his program to be at ease. I hope he stays home as much as is needed and heals properly.I know practices are not to say much since Javier in morning practice was falling flat in every single attempt of quad. I dont know how they jump at 8 am anyway and the rink was freezing cold.
As buttercup said, unfortunately for Plushenko, he trained to be a 6.0 skater but had to compete, for a good part of his career, under COP.
Originally Posted by Buttercup
His spins are not great if you compare him to Lambiel but were perfectly adequate if you compare him to Yagudin or any other 6.0 top skater. The same goes for footwork. His footwork was great if judged by 6.0 standards and he definitely worked very hard to adapt to COP judging system which was implemented right when Plushenko was in his prime!
And yes the COP programs are harder but the competitions under 6.0 were much more difficult.
Let’s remember how costly was any mistake in the SP ! Also the skaters had to do qualifying rounds where they had to skate almost perfect LP because otherwise they had no chance to make the last group for SP which was so important under 6.0.
Do you remember the format used at the Grand Prix Final competitions from 2000 to 2003 when the skaters had to perform two different LP-s, sometimes in the very same day?
I wonder how the COP skaters would fare if the same formats for competitions would be used + zero points awarded for falls + higher marks for 4T-3T (or 4S-3T ) combos
And the sport had better days under 6.0 than under CoP. Better popularity, venues, TV coverage, etc.
Originally Posted by amber68
It's like that movie title, the one and the one-er or somesuch.
Originally Posted by ciocio
Damn to live in a different time zone. I always miss all the fun!
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