Wow, Hanyu beat Takahashi in SS.
Wow, Hanyu beat Takahashi in SS.
Yan Han is an amazing talent. I think he deserves a better program.
I was very meh about most of the skating today. I actually think the top 3 SP skates at Euros were more exciting than the top 3 here, and Takahashi's new SP is underwhelming.
Judges ran out of room and judging ability, it looks like to me. Richard is fortunate to be in third place, since he had the slight hand down, but he was very good on everything else and his PCS is better than everyone he's in front of except Takahashi and Ten (on a good day). Apparently Dai did not have enough mileage on his new sp to pull out a better performance. I wouldn't bet against Dai doing a better job in the lp. Nan Song might have deserved to be a bit higher, but he still needs to improve his presentation skills as well. Seems like if you are a way out of sight jumper as Han Yan is, and you go clean, the judges overlook minor weak areas and go haywire with the scoring.
Denis Ten is exquisite but very inconsistent technically. He's someone who's had the opportunity to go to Worlds year after year, and it's still taking him time to manage his nerves under pressure. Yet, the judges love him and will give him the marks. Reynolds has got the quads working for him (especially at his Nats), but he's still not the complete package.
Ross is an all-around very pleasing skater to watch. He's got excellent technical skills, good spins, straight back and great posture and lines. His carriage is good too (altho' a bit stiff). He definitely can improve on presentation, but he's no slouch there either even tho' he's often harshly judged in that area. I don't think Song, Mura, Han or Reynolds are better than Ross in terms of PCS. Denis is definitely better than Ross artistically, but Denis' downfall is his technical inconsistencies because he has beautiful jumps if he can land them cleanly. This season, Ross' programs are great vehicles for him with wonderful choreography. Despite skating early, had Ross not popped his quad, he should IMO, be in front of Song, Reynolds, Ten and Mura.
Max is new on the scene internationally, but he's also a great jumper. Neither Han, Mura, Reynolds, Ten or Song have got anything on Max in the jumping department, but Max needs to go clean, because it looks like he's gonna be a whipping boy re PCS. But, we shall see what happens in the long program.
Lots of guys loaded for bear, and out to push each other and themselves.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 02-08-2013 at 08:29 AM.
The FS tomorrow should be great, less than a 10-pt spread between 1st and 8th. Maybe Han Yan doing so well is a sign from the skate gods that he should've been allowed to move up to seniors
WHY MOROZOV?!!!! *cries*
Takahashi is unmatched in terms of using his whole body to express the music, soft cat-like movements, he can interpret music like no other.
And he gets a new empty craptastic SP from Morozov where nothing really happens until the lovely circular step sequence towards the end...
I can understand why it's been done. To not burden him with too much choreo and let him execute his elements cleanly. That is Morozov's trademark, after all. But it makes me weep. Takahashi deserves much much better.
And he's only 16! With some more polishing (better choreography, some more expression) he can become the most successful Chinese skater to date, IMO.
I liked Christopher Caluza the most. Lovely basic skating, quite elegant and sold his complex choreography incredibly well.
Moonlight should have been saved for another year. It's too late in the year to be changing to another SP Even Dai's spins were lacking. In the last one, he travelled badly. He was gifted to be as high up as he is.
^No, I don't want Moonlight Sonata to be his SP next year. It is his last season and Olympics. I don't want it to be the SP next season, and I don't think it will be. It's true, they shouldn't have changed the program this late. But what's done now is done.
I hope I'm wrong though.
IMO, han yan's goe was underscored
(missed at 3lz3t)
(missed at 3a)
Last edited by venlac; 02-08-2013 at 08:53 AM.
As for Han Yan, 3lutz/3toe did not have a lot of flow coming out so that GOE mark is ok, I think. 4toe was slightly over the toe on the landing (and again, steps?) so that GOE mark is ok too. 3axel was marked ok, definitely deserved +2 for the huge distance it covered and the solid landing with good speed out.
If both Hanyu and Yan had steps preceding the 4toe, then I think all of those GOE marks are definitely acceptable.
Im another in support of Martinez!! That performance was my favourite of the event, a nice 3a and those spins were really something, that biellmann position was so extended! and he is actually from the phillipines!
Dornbush was also great I love that program to with or without you and it was great to see it skated like that