But I don't quite get it: I guess, I don't read a huge amount of skating commentary or twitters, etc., but even I can see that the opinion Plushenko expressed was not exactly an uncommon one (whether one agrees with it or not). So, what is the big deal, anyway?
What hard evidence you are talking about? He did mentioned four major mistakes in Chan's LP in his interview. As of the twitter, I thought there is a limit on how many words you can pack into it?
And for all other professionals who expressed the same opinion as Plushenko did, i.e. Elderidge, Gao etc., what extra hard evidence do they need? I think one skater put it beautifully, "I don't understand my own sport!" So now figure skating is in such a precarious state, that no athlete can voice their opinion/concern/confusion without writing an essay to back it up?
Oh, please! I don't think you haven't read his comment yet. He has put himself into a hot water by refering Chan's win to Canadian federation's political win.
...Talk about Patrick Chan doesn't have a mouth guard!