Bluebonnet just made my point. Plushenko was a great skater. Not my cup of tea ever but one cannot follow figure skating without having respect for what he's accomplished. But........he's getting long in the tooth, he's had multiple physical problems, multiple surgeries on his back, etc. etc. and I don't understand this almost addiction to maintaining he's going to be a strong contender for the OGM in Sochi. There's really no CURRENT proof of that! You know....if he wins it! WOW. FANTASTIC. But some people just need to face reality and just hope that he's physically well enough to compete! Right now at this moment I think that would be a major accomplishment in itself.
As for Chan's place in history. It's going to be a good one. It's only the people that continue to harp about the scoring system and the inequity of it and pick the performance apart and compare it ad nauseum to everybody else's that don't see the forest for the trees. MOST people have no clue about all that stuff - they just know Patrick Chan won his third World Gold Medal. And that's probably how it's going to be remembered. Now if he comes in 14th in Sochi, that will be remembered as well.
As I keep saying......it really doens't matter right now what anybody did in London because the year starts over. Denis Ten might have had the skate of his life and will never return to that greatness. Jeremy Abbott could come back strong. Brian Joubert might have a good skate left in him. Dai might pretend he's skating on younger legs or someone deep down in the pack this year could come forward and blow them all away....including Plushenko and Chan! Or the men's competition at Sochi could mirror the results at Worlds this year. Who knows.
There is more recent proof that plushenko has more good skates for 2014 then there was at this same time in 2009!!! Obviously the retort to that he is older now with more surgery and injury and he has a whole artificial thing in his spine so there's that!! But he had tons of medical procedures before Torino.
So no one is buying this crap anymore.
It didn't matter how many quads he would do or how clean he would skate, judges would cut his marks there or there and keep him out of reach the gold. One can understand the frastration of the skater.
He has none. Only 1 uncontroversial World title and 1 uncontroversial Grand Prix final. Take that a step further, only 1 unscandalous World title and only 1 unscandalous Grand Prix final title. His place in history is on par with someone like Maria Butyrskaya as far as legitimate achievements go.As for Chan's place in history.
I think the chances of even seeing Plushenko on the ice at Sochi are pretty slim.
But I agree with his assessment of the outcome of the mens' event at this Worlds.
Chan is a terrific skater--when he delivers. He did not do that this time. His winning was unfortunate and only makes FS look bad. The system needs an overhaul, as something like this cannot happen at the Olympics. It would be a disaster for the sport.
Patrick has to be the weakest 3 time World champion ever in terms of his actual skates to win those championships.
Wow. People are just mean. And let's be fair. If Patrick's wins should be overhauled or taken back then so should Evan's OGM. He does not have style or pcs. His spins aren't that great. His footwork is not stellar. His jumps had no quads. And his personality is at best pleasant but no real strong charisma. Kimmie Meisner then also should be taken back - pretty good technique or jumps in 2006 but that's it. Maria Butyrskaya was a legitimate win. She stole it from Michelle Kwan and did two solid performances. Moreso than Kimmie or Sasha Cohen. all those whineres from SLC brought this new scoring system on and now we whine again. The fact it has been already tweaked and even scores changed for certain jumps just kills the legitimacy. I do think we are killing the sport with our whining which gets outu to the public. If the diehards or blowhards are whining and complainaing about the scoring system then really why sould anyone else car or want to watch skating . I am not sure have Denis Ten win the event lacking techincial skills and artistry is the answer. And I still ask why all the whining about Patrick's wins when we have seen many of the medals won by the Americans as being questionable. There have been weak medallists and winners for years. If patrick's three wins are weak then that says alot about the competition as to their weaknesses.
Seriously, stop trying to defend this absurd victory. Chan is the most beautiful thing ever on earth, but please, trying to prove that he actually deserved this title is not honest or reasonable.
Plushenko is far to be the only one. PChan became an object for mocking in the RuNet: http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/f...fe/435993.html and not there only. He should seriously consider to retire. Because even he skates clean, good and win farely whatever event, his image in fs history is beyond any repair.
I want to think on a bigger scale. Is ISU some oriental autocracy? Where no one has the authority to say any single word on what is going on?