They certainly shacked Jeremy in the end. Wow. I sorta get it. You don't want to tell the World that your top competitor isn't going to Worlds (Jeremy could beat Ross and Max internationally at 4CC). But that almost reaffirms that Jeremy probably should've been on the World team but/for....
Max wasn't perfectly flawless on everything, but he landed great quads and triples (perhaps not aesthetically pleasing to your eyes, but are Joubert's, Plush's, and many other skaters' quads all that aesthetically-pleasing?) The mainly gorgeous looking quads I've see have come from Hanyu, Patrick on occasion, Fernandez more consistently -- as well Jeremy's quads have looked beautiful on the rare occasions that he's on with them, and Ross' are not bad-looking either. And in fact, Max is fairly textbook on his quads, he just doesn't have long body lines, so he works with what he's got and that's sure nothing to spit on, IMHO.
Read whatever you wish into my comments, but I'm not saying that Javi isn't a medal contender at Worlds or that it would be easy for lower-ranked guys to beat him, but obviously he isn't unbeatable. Neither are the top three. It's just that if the top three have an off day or make slight mistakes, they clearly tend to still get rewarded by ISU judges.
"Wow. I sorta get it." The rest of the World is so used to beating up on U.S. guys who have artistry in spades, but who don't possess technical consistency or have quads in their arsenal, that a possible change in those reliable circumstances will likely take some getting used to.
In 2011, the U.S. men's number one competitor was foolishly not sent to Worlds by .19 points. That result I disagreed with. This year's U.S. men's result I do not disagree with so much. It is what it is. Would I have hoped and expected it to be different, sure. But in this men's competition, I didn't detect any overt favoritism in the final scores of top skaters. I don't agree with the specifics of marks across the board, but among the top guys, the result is not really that similar to what happened in 2011. Both Ross and Jeremy had the opportunity to win, and the judges were definitely willing to give them the marks, which could have knocked Max into second or third. Although, of course, skating after someone who rocks the house and scores a huge number is not a piece of cake. But this is figure skating, it requires guts for glory.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 01-27-2013 at 09:40 PM.
I do agree that the 6th and 9th place alternate choices are strange. It's too bad that Wesley, Alexander, Keegan, and even Grant and Sean don't have another opportunity to put out their programs this season (even if only in a lighthearted exhibition).
For what it's worth, Max got a 72 in PCS at his senior b (Coupe De Nice) this fall, basically low 7s.
Jesus Christ, Max Aaron and Ross Miner...
Respect to them for landing their jumps but I can't imagine a worse result. Sorry but their skating - that is everything other than jumps - is just extremely boring and mediocre.
The fact Abbott didn't actually skate too badly makes it even more painful.
*goes to cry in a corner*
P.S. There is no way Aaron is going to get 8s if he skates a clean program at Worlds. He'd probably get low 7s (like Kovtun at Euros) at best.
Last edited by Ziggy; 01-27-2013 at 10:54 PM.
Sorry there'll be no Jesus to help out, so get ready for only one spot in Sochi. ;P
Beautiful performance from Alexander Johnson! I really hope this lands him some international assignments next season.