I will eat my hat if Davis and White do not participate enthusiastically in the Olympic team event.
MM, I agree that Davis/White will embrace the Sochi team event. Would not surprise me if one or both of them will lead Team USA as captain(s), as White did at WTT in 2012.
In my post above, I quoted White only in an effort to imagine why any skater performing one or both programs for the team event might have to think about how to conserve some "it" -- whatever "it" is -- for her/his own discipline. Again, I am not an athlete. I was only trying to imagine a skater's approach to the combination of the team and individual competitions.
I guess a skater who has competed both in singles and pair skating at the same event would know something about how to handle the pressure of two sets of medals at stake?
ETA: Did Charlie White compete as a junior in both dance and singles skating? Perhaps that experience will serve him well as D/W skate both for the team and for themselves.
I have yet to hear anything remotely negative from the skaters themselves about the Team Event. I certainly have not heard from any that they intend to sit it out.
I believe "they" who are concerned, doubting, urging non-participation, and so forth are not skaters.
A second chance for an Olympic medal! Who wouldn't be excited.
I think we'll be hearing more from skaters like Yuna, Denis Ten, and others from less competitive federations who WANT to participate, but can't.
Good point. I think it's important to differentiate between:
a) Concern expressed by anxious fans (such as myself, for instance - and why not? - if we can't be overly protective of the wellfare of "our" skaters - what are fans for? )
b) Objections expressed by the skaters themselves.
The skaters should not be tarred with the fans' brush... er... so to speak.
He adds, "See you soon, and see you soon for sure in competition in Sochi 2014."
(I'm mostly paraphrasing an abbreviated version of what he said.)
Plushenko's appeal to Japanese fans! 6th of July, 2013
Published on Jul 6, 2013
If there’s one thing Meryl and I always remind ourselves of when we take the ice to compete, it’s to leave “it” all out on the ice. “It” is the thousands of hours of practice, all of the instruction from our coaches, the love and support from our families, our love for what we do, and our competitive spirits.
Also perhaps Mishin was making reference to the fact that Plushenko will be thirty-one, and the average age of the rest of the field (particularly his main competitors) is considerably younger than that.
CSG! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgEYv36xwNg&noredirect=1 Plu's first jump after surgery
this was his third day in Pinzolo training camp, some tweets from a fan, who travelled there
This morning the weather allowed outside training session and @EvgeniPlushenko probably had an outdoor preparation.He is at the gym now.
Evgeni is working so hard and with so much will that"respect"is not even close to what I think about his being an athlete. Divine strenght.
On ice @EvgeniPlushenko. Too good 2 be real. I am lucky 2 have such a privilege. Cannot explain it but it's just like living the legend.
Double wonderful axel!
And double wonderful smiling salchows!
And double toe loops 3 times!!! Yayyyyyy!
A gorgeous DOUBLE LUTZ. TWICE!
His Axel? A MASTERPIECE. Like Vivaldi Primavera... even when doubled but... He JUST TRIPLED IT! TWICE! A GOD ON EARTH!
I am not answering cause IT TAKES TIME TO RECOVER FROM HEART ATTACKS!
You have no idea...After this unbelievable half an hour of training @EvgeniPlushenko is back at the gym! Somebody stops him! XD! The
and another wittness:
Third day report by lovplush:
If you ask me whether to stay in the ice rink from 9:30 am till 8:00 pm most frozen to have cold just to watch Plush’s last minute shown up training is worth it, I would definitely say: absolutely!!
We arrived at 9:30 am in the morning and waited till 1am, no sign of Plush (not entirely true, he was outside the ice rink for a short while, probably just back from morning training outside). In order not to miss him we stayed in the ice rink during noon. In the afternoon, we saw him in the gym upstairs so we are hoping that he will still train on ice later. Around 7 pm, during the ice resurfacing, he was on the ice. It was the last training session I believe.
The session was still mainly about jumps, after warming up, he did some double salchow jumps, some great ones, some a bit shaky ones. He actually fell two times on the ice when he tried loops and a double jump combination, which totally gave us heart attacks. But he seems feeling fine and not so frustrated at all, most of the times he smiled. Later, he did nice double toes and loops. Then he tried double Luz and after he succeeded it, he had one knee down on the ice and making the pumping gesture to celebrate. Oh boy he was happy.
The great surprise has yet to come: he began to train Axel jump. He did some single ones, then started double axels. Just when I talked to Sara that I thought he now managed all double jumps except flip (he did not train it), he launched for another Axal jump. We all think it would be another great double axels, and Sara was writing twitter describing his masterpiece Axels, he TRIPLED IT!!!!!!! We are in shock!!!! Or in AWE!!! OMG, what we just witnessed?! Plush was very happy too, he raised both his hand and shouted: “UNBELIEVABLE!!!” We applauded for it, cheering for him. And as if he wanted to confirm it, he DID IT AGAIN!!!! BEAUTIFUL TRIPLE AXELS!!!! He was extremely happy. Later he trained a bit SP, then stopped training on ice. He was in the gym after a while but later he came out to play football.
Sara and I are soooooo happy, we decided to have some happy drinks. It was an unbelievable day. And Plushy is amazing.
He is working very seriously. But he said:
"The situation will be more or less clear in august, not earlier.
Of course, I had feeling regarding my conditions after the first jumps training on the ice. Still it's too early to say anything certain."
I close this post with a tweet of his fan, I send to you:
@EvgeniPlushenko ... When the time comes, surprise us, surprise your enemies, and the whole world with your strength&grace! Luv you always
He's already jumping 3As?! If you think that that is the jump in which he fell during his 2013 Euros SP...