Top five with no quad would be mind boggling! I am thinking all level 4 non jump elements backloading of all jumps-nothing not in the bonus and like 9.5 all pcs.
Not to mention Plushenko and his back surgery! Though he hasn't come back completely yet, he seems to have done a few jumps. And Takahashi's rebounding from the knee injury is pretty marvelous.
Definitely Hongbo Zhao is a shining example of a comeback that was just about impossible.
I wouldnt be one bit surprised if none of Chan, Lysacek, or Plushenko are on the podium in Sochi. In fact I will be extremely surprised if either Plushenko or Lysacek are on the Sochi podium, and not one bit surprised if neither of them are even at the Games period. Chan is the only one of those three who is a real contender but I could see him coming anywhere from 1st to 5th at this point (I have a feeling it will be 3rd or 4th though).
Wonderful chatter. Evan has that Katarina Witt thing going on in some ways. You wonder how he won - oh no here comes the defenders and attackers lol, with no quad in Vancouver and really not the skating skills or style of Lambiel, Chan or even a Buttle who though not in Vancouver you get the idea. Evan is a good competitor and somehow things go his way so he might get a bit of luck and win nationals or second. His quads are like alot of skaters and we are afraid to say it but all talk but can they do it when it counts. Chan, Fernandez and Reynolds (maybe Plushy if he heals in time) are probably the most consistent but even they make mistakes. Next Joubert, Takahashi, Kozuka, hanyu are fairly solid but Evan has yet to show he has the mettle. It might be best if he tries to make the US team and pull s out or fades into the darkness. I really would like Chan, Takahasi and Hanyu or Fernandez or heck Max or Reynolds to have thier moment in the sun on the podium. But Evan is a figher and Evan is able to seize the day when it counts and Evan is Evan - lucky and seems to skate well enough to do what needs to be done. Don't count him out.
well, he'll have to make it through nationals first, lol
with Max, Dornbush, Farris, even Abbott will be ahead of him
getting into top 6 with the contenders he has, no way unless others implode of course
he may think he is seeking redemption but Aaron is the No.1 American
his chances of making the team is almost the same as Wier
boring quadless Evan can try a quad but at least we'll get to see a rear view form him with that, lol
Yeah Evan might compete at SkAm for the hell of it, but I doubt he does well and if that's the case he won't be at Nationals. Max can muscle his way through any jump and can do two different quads, Joshua already has youth on his side and pristine technique with +2 3a and 3a-3t and is capable of beautiful 4t (maybe now in combo), even with URs Adam's 4lz is worth tons of points and his spins are stronger than Evan, Jason is decent jump wise but also has youth on his side and is exceptional in everything else - no way Evan can match his spin and step GOE (at least, he shouldn't), Richard can do 4s and 4t now and like Joshua his 3a is way stronger than Evan, Ross and Jeremy are more questionable but Ross has likely worked on his technique and his 3a is better than Evan's at least, Jeremy's is a lot better and he's the sentimental favorite so Evan would likely have a hard time beating those 2 healthy even and there are more guys that are dangerous than them, like Messing if he ever skates anywhere close to clean will have huge scores. I think Evan is just up against too much to have a real shot at making a team with 2 spots after 3 years of not competing and coming back from an injury. Plus he's getting old. 27 year old body's don't deal with the wear and tear so well as an 18 year old, even at Nationals, commentators were saying how it's fun to watch the younger guys practice (Joshua was the example but they also may have mentioned Jason, Keegan, maybe Max) because they have a lot of energy and youthful exuberance.
Evan is actually 28 now.
He'll have to beat Aaaron, Dornbush, Miner and Abbott
and I expect Farris to competitive in his senior debut
Wier and quadless Lysacek are on the same boat, I doubt both will even show up in competition
Evan should just go to broadway, he'll embarass himself finishing 6-10th at Nationals