I don't get why Balde is on the list. I don't remember when a skater who is on the 18th (!) place and who is not local ended up in gala. Besides, there was nothing interesting to watch- slow double jumps jumper.
Misha Ge has his own share of Japanese fans, I believe. He even tweeted that he held a fan meeting with his Japanese fans.
Dai is still stressed out and looked very exhausted, both emotionally and physically. Steps, spins were mindblowing, jumps were vey high, 3A especially (but with so). Yet, less sharpy moves in general and not as in hot move as we are accustomed to see. He actually looked kind of pale.
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Yuzu screwed up with jumps, 3A wasn't rotated at all and ended up on the knee. Slow spins and breathing very heavily when he finished.
I's so unusual to see both J-guys skating so early in gala.
ZHURANKOV, COULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP?! No one is interested in your stupid unprofessional opinion.
I absolutely loved Christina's routine when she performed it at the gala in France, largely because of the pitch invasion by Gilles, Poirier and Verner.
But, I didn't like it today. Why? Well, there were too many skaters involved in the pitch invasion! It was fun when there were 4 on the ice doing the silly dance, but 10 just looked a mess. Especially since they were not standing in any organised fashion. At least in Paris they were standing in a line!
Personally, I would have had it more similar to the French performance, with Piper and Paul coming on again. And, since Tomas wasn't there (wrong continent!), I would have replaced him with either Misha (well, he was doing Gangnam Style for his gala routine!) or Kanako (she would have been good fun, and it would have pleased the local fans!)
As for Misha's routine, I know he wanted to stamp his own mark on an over-used tune by using a different version of the song. But, I don't like remixes at the best of times. And I really didn't like that remix of Gangnam Style!
But, overall, a great gala
In general I’m a bit shocked because I’ve already red somewhere on GS that some people think maybe Hanyu will retire after Sochi… . while I hope with all my heart he will have a long and legendary career like his japanese senpai fellow
Depends on how healthy he really is. I don't know, I want him to continue - of course. But if his health and life quality is on the line here, it is understandable that he won't go on. I think it also depends on what the results in Sochi are. Winning the OGM robs him of the ultimate goal, at a very early stage in his career. :D After that it is hard to keep the motivation going, especially if you're not THAT healthy to begin with.
as I've already written in an old post, his former coach was perfectly able to handle him and his asthma, protecting him against overworking and preventing severe injuries, and that's why he had an AMAZING TRAJECTORY OF TALENT... and all these achievements have been reached without money and facilities...
while actually we're talking about his health and life quality which are on the line, as you perfectly said..
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Assuming the story about why Ge and Balde were picked is true...
Ge and Balde probably got invited for the same reason Tomas Verner sometimes gets invited regardless of placement: they're entertaining, they have fun gala numbers rather than recycled competitive programs/interchangeable Adele stuff, and they can get the crowd involved. Maybe someone within the ISU finally understood that galas should have public appeal.
Miche Ge is much more fun than the vast majority of skaters today, and Balde is a good performer too. I'd be happy to see them in a gala.
Last edited by Buttercup; 02-11-2013 at 04:31 PM.
^ I still have to ask, what legitimate business is it of the ISU to say, put this skater in the gala and not that?
And I still have the question, when we say "the ISU made them do it," who exactly are we talking about? Cinquanta? Dore? The "Gala Subcommittee of ISU Championships Committee?