Eek...by the time next season comes around I may only be watching dance.
Eek...by the time next season comes around I may only be watching dance.
Art & Sport, When I commented that "the Yanks are coming back" it was a reference to how our mens standings in the world had faltered since Lysacek & Weir retired. I've just been looking at the SB list & Ross is 11th, Max is now 13th, Ricky is 14th. Abbott is 18th, 13 year old Nathan Chen is 21st, Josh is 22nd & Jason is 33rd. The latter 2 still may move up. Judging in skating goes in cycles. As to your list of great stylists, I believe only Kurt Browning ever landed quads in competition. Times change & in case you are thinking I don't appreciate the great stylists, it was because of Peggy Fleming, John Curry & Toller Cranston that I first became drawn into figure skating.
As far as the difference between Kevin and Max artistically, it's there yes, but fairly minimal. Kinda like the difference between the Jets in West Side Story (street toughs with macho modern dance swagger), and young male ballet students jete-ing down the street after school to avoid being bullied. Neither even approach the artistic expertise of Jeremy Abbott, Toller Cranston, John Curry or Robin Cousins. Not even in the neighborhood.
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Congratulations to the medalists! Especially Kevin, and Han at his major senior debut.
I find Hanyu has improved his PCS aspect of skating greatly this season but I still don't find him exciting, as great a natural talent that he is. Takahashi was in his own league here PCS wise but it wasn't his night at all.
Kevin has improved his PCS over the last two seasons at the expense of his jump consistency. So great to see him finally putting it all together. What an accomplishment for his persistence! Most of all, I figure his haircut earned him about 10 PCS points when judges could see his face. I am one of the few who had no issue with his hair over the years but now I think he should have tamed it a lot sooner.
I postulated that GPF or around then was the cycle turning time for skaters, Takahashi being one of those peaking then. I'll keep watching to see it would bear out.
As far as times changing, that's the conundrum. This sport has not really changed for the better. It's just jumping to a new and crazy tune, and a chaotic math-inspired rhythm. The only thing fresh about it, is the young starry-eyed hard-working dreamers who have to conform to rules created for the most part by clueless, doddering old non-skaters. That's a fact. What's even sadder is that the sport's best and brightest are thrown on the scrap heap with not much to do except try to make comebacks, go into coaching, go back to school, look for commentating jobs or skating-related merchandising ventures, reality tv shows, or find a productive life completely outside of skating.
Figure skating is a sport (never-mind art these days) that feeds upon the energy, dreams, desires, sweat, blood, tears, and bodies of its young. The sport doesn't care about it's fans and it doesn't care about it's athletes either, because there's apparently always more coming up when TPTB no longer have use for the so-called "stagnant oldies."
great job kevin reynolds in the free--keep it up.
good job to yuzuru and han yan.
good job u.sa. to max and richard, and ross.
"Whoever is left standing wins" (art&sport) Really, I remember many times when Chan didn't stand and won, and all the ensuing complaints and discussions on the boards that that should not be. That being said, there does seem to be a change about that going on. Standing is a skating skill, isn't it? By the way, I do not consider Reynolds as one of the "newbies". He persevered and has improved significantly. Seems he was a very late bloomer.
Some of the young guns will develop artistry; some will not. When Curry and Cranston competed, how many of their contemporaries were any where near them as far as artistry goes. There is room for all kinds of skaters and each can be appreciated for what he can bring to the table. The ones who have it "all" are very rare. The list of artistic skaters you came up with is quite small compared to all the men who have competed in that time.
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Hey, merrywidow! If those are the skaters that hooked you into skating, then we must be about the same age. Those were my favorites, too. Including, of course, Dorothy Hamill. The 1976 Innsbrook Games was the beginning of a long love affair with skating for a small boy, cheering with his family in front of a small hand-me-down color TV. Very fond memories.
Regarding the TES/PCS discussion. I do think that a good technical skate can boost PCS scores. In a way, it makes sense. I'm sure that landing those quads in a competition program makes a skater stand a little taller, stroke more confidently, project to the audience in a more meaningful way.
On the other hand, we've seen skaters visibly deflate when the jumps aren't going well, and it shouldn't be a surprise when the PCS are lower.
I don't know the intricacies of CH, SS, etc... but we all know when a skater is "on" and delivers a difficult skate flawlessly... and the crowd leaps to it's feet... and the skater pumps his fist and looks like he's conquered the world... how can that not result in better component marks... contrasted to when a good skater struggles, perhaps falls, slows or otherwise appears cautious, and looks crestfallen during his bow?
Yes, I think we all realize that Kevin is not a newbie, but he is a groovy new Champion.
As far as "standing" being a SS, ummm, apparently not-falls, hands-down jump landings, and falls with completed revolutions count way more, much more than actual artistry. We can thank a "speed-skater" led sport for that, IMHO.
I think during the time of Cranston and Curry there are plenty of forgotten skaters who possessed artistry and complete skating skills (due to having to practice figures). That was an era when youtube and the Internet didn't exist so fans never got to know all of the skaters who competed. There was also limited opportunity to make it to the top. It's not that the opportunities to make it are more plentiful now, actually it's still hard because there is more of a depth of talent today, but that doesn't mean that Cranston and Curry were the only artists and complete skaters of their era. Certainly they stood out for their accomplishments and commitment to furthering the artistic ideal.
As far as names I came up with, those are the ones who immediately came to mind. John Misha Petkevich, Charlie Tickner, Tom Dickson (even Brian Boitano with his Sandra Bezic-choreographed Les Patineurs short program) are other names. Rudy Galindo was an artist and athlete who put it all together late in his career. Scott Williams was a wonderful skater, with an absolutely divine professional career in which he had the opportunity to grow as an artist. Fat chance of that happening for today's skaters. The Battle of the Brians in 1988 certainly trumps most of the battles among men today both artistically and athletically because those guys were complete skaters.
During the ladies event, the Eurosport guy's comment that Gracie's 3/3 was "as good as gold," was cheesy and inaccurate. And, his monotone comment that "Osmond's personality was shooting across the ice," was lame at best, and at worst it seemed to jinx her on her next jumping pass.
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