Apology for a bit OF, but how about some granite for a change, you guys? Before the most nail-bitig GPs in the Oly season is about to start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsS8ahym4ss
This clip shows the very reason I just can't stop admiring boy skaters!
Back to topic: Can Yuzuru close the gap on Patrick?
Oh yes of course. So can other skaters. Goooo everyone! Winning OGM is the ultimate goal for ANY atheletes in the world. Bring your A game if you want to beat the reigning World Champ and/or get onto the Olympic podium which is YOUR dream place. Let the GP season begin!!!
What are you going to argue next, Lysacek from Vancouver would have beaten the Plushenko from the Turin Olympics or any event in Plushenko's prime. Go right ahead, you give me a great laugh almost everytime you post, so might as well give me one of the biggest ones yet.
I can keep claiming those things since I am right. More people agree with me than agree with you by far, whether you continue to delude yourself otherwise is another idea. What other skater had his victory at a World Championship roundly booed, was booed on a major podium, had online petitions protesting his win, and have had journalists and commentators from all over the World rip into him and his scores.Hah, you can keep crowing that Chan isn't a great artistic skater, and exaggerate his falls
One of the best skaters ever? At this moment only in your own World. If he retires tommorow the only thing he will be famous for is the most controversial and overscored skater in history. His legacy in the sport isnt even a small scratch on Plushenko's at this moment.
Lastly no Chan is not considered a great artist. He hits the bullet points to get high PCS (although practically every person who watches skating but you considers his PCS grossly and disgustingly inflated all the same, especialy when he falls which is frequent), just like Plushenko in his prime hit all the bullet points for very high PCS legitimately, but that does not make him a great artist. When people talk about the great artistic skaters of this era Chan will never be recalled in the same vein as Takahashi, Lambiel, or Buttle types. You can keep deluding yourself that he is if you wish however.
You're a hypocrite for accusing me of a hate-on for Plushenko and Kostner, particularly when I've said good things about them along with being critical of them. If I had a dime for every time you said something actually positive about Chan I wouldn't even have a nickel and 4 pennies.
Also beware that 2013 worlds took place in Canada, so most of the audience were patriotic and rooted for Chan. At 2012 worlds it was quite different, and the audience booed when Chan won with mistakes.
Among the current male skaters, I would give you some examples of real artistic programs that I’ve seen live. Takahashi’s Blues for Klook is artistry, Abbott’s Exogenesis Symphony part 3 is artistry, and Hanyu’s Romeo and Juliet is artistry, and the audience all agreed with me. Too bad you didn’t have a chance to watch them live.
I suggest you watch more figure skating live so you’ll know what’s the real artistry.
Individuals like BlueBonnet who actually claim judges as "professional" really know nothing of what they are talking about. Judges at the amateur level have never been "professional" in any sense of the word. They have for decades been volunteers who dont even get an official salary (hence why many are so eager to take behind the scenes cash offers), and many who have virtually no skating background of their own, just willingess to go through tests to become a judge. That is in fact one of the huge problems. Tracy Wilson, blackballed former ISU judge (despite being one of the few excellent ones they ever had) Jean Senft, and Globe and Mail writer Beverly Smith had a long interview session during the 2002 Worlds where they discussed how judges needed to become professional, needed to be ex World class skaters, and needed to be payed and representing the ISU, not their own federations. Of course none of that happened and we still have a sequence of scandulous results involving people like Chan which threatens to plummet the popularity of the sport, especialy in North America, to the point of non existence. The idea anyone would believe amateur competition judges as things are, or ever have been, are "professional" is too funny for words.
That said I laugh when the North American media points to the Russians for years as cheaters yet dont think for one moment that Americans or Canadians ever could be. Joe Jackson, a disgraced former ISU judge, wrote a book where he ripped into the Russians for supposed dealmaking, yet then crowed and bragged about pulling deals and manipulating other judges at some events he attended or was a judge himself at. Such a blatant hypocrite, and typical of the frequent North American expert attitude on the subject. Then again someone who calls Irina Slutskaya a truck driver with no artistry, but then defends the artistry of his admitted good "friend" Holly Cook, whose artistic qualities are 10 times more ghastly than Slutskaya on her worst day, is never someone to do more than laugh at and thank the heavens the ISU blackballed his useless existence in the sport anyway. The Canadians especialy are just as heavily invested in politiks over the years as Russians. The Americans dont use politics much when it comes to the dance or pairs even those rare times they have someone strong but when it comes to singles over the years they get heavily involved into it as well.