What we do know is that Kurt Browning, whose skills really were made for the IJS, said around the time of the Medal Winners Open that making the adjustment is hard. And while it's true that Kurt is older and had been out of competition for years, I think adjusting to the current system was challenging for the 6.0 skaters, which makes it all the more impressive that Plushenko was able to do so relatively well.
Wasn't Cop applied in 2003-2004 for the Gps? So this is its tenth season now. So under Cop Plush has won gps, gpf, 4 out of his 7 European golds, 2 out of his 3 Olympic medals.
I would say he adjusted pretty well.
^^^^^Plush is one of the few, the proud, who can make that statement, for sure
Geez, I am not bashing Plushenko when I praise Yagudin. I didn't even mention him. I know you're a diehard Plushenko fan, but trust me, you'll know when I'm criticizing him and then you can accordingly give a rebuttal.
He lost to Sandhu basically cause he did a 3rd combo there instead of two. That was 9 years ago.
His not doing a 3 jump combo was a risk he took because he was the only one doing quad triples so people left out quads he left out 3 jump combos. Now he does 3 jump combo but not really quad combos.
He was too injured to do even single quad at EC. But in RN he did 4-2 (probably initial plan was 4-3) in SP (I think......). If his plan is to use 2 quads in LP, one of them normally will be in Combo.His not doing a 3 jump combo was a risk he took because he was the only one doing quad triples so people left out quads he left out 3 jump combos. Now he does 3 jump combo but not really quad combos.
Now the most important thing is his health, without it, he cannot do much.
I was going back to last season mostly. The free skates. The issues of his health are paramount now for sure.
There is an interview of Tarasova and between other things she says that practice doesnt have the adrenaline of competition and Plush should have gone for the quad in sp, than the 3z-3t, because the change of plan made him lost concetration, the funny part she says is that he should have gone for quad in sp cause 3lz-3t is for juniors, and I was thinking, did she watch Vancouver at all?
I know things have changed since then but still I smiled with that comment.
I think something was really wrong with his injury from morning practice till competition cause he landed a quad in practice, even if not good, he usually does better in competition.
Only Yag talks? Still no Osmond? Bring Evan at least... You disappoint me, folks...
On a serious note. They say Plu will stay in an Israel clinic for two weeks. His wife will go tomorrow to Israel. Some Russian docs commented the stuff like three months before he will be able to skate, six month before to jump, etc. I laughed a lot simply because no single operation of this kind was ever done in Russia. What those docs can know. But why not to use Plu name for some extra PR of their clinics . In Kiev and other cities the tickets sale for his shosw is currently unavailable. Which means there won't be any "Just 30" Russia/Ukraine tour in spring. That was expected in the light of recent developments.