Right now, in all of sports, I think there is only one other athlete who is dominating the competition like Yuna has -- Usain Bolt.
When Usain is on, it's not only the fact that everyone is fighting for second place, but it is the margin of victory -- the difference between 1st and 2nd, that is truly impressive.
Yuna is just like that. She won 2013 Worlds by the largest margin of victory since COP was adopted, ditto for Olympics. Who else wins a competition regularly by 20+, 30+ points? When she is on, Yuna makes mockery of competition.
If a "figure skating fan" doesn't recognize this, then he/she must not be a figure skating fan. Because, seriously, if a skater from Japan or US has been destroying the competition like Yuna has since 2009, and Phil made the same tweet, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
I am sooooo upset that we won't be able to witness Yuna's skating again until probably next year....
this thread has ran its course. nothing else to say. And some people want go make into a Mao vs Yuna war and we have enough of those.
Phil Hersh is more of a sensationalist and you can't call it journalism when you based it in your own views
never mind that he's a joke and nobody takes him seriously
I hope he's reading this thread
Every now and again I ask myself a very deep, philosophical question:
Who is more annoying? The V/M-D/W ubers, or the Maobots vs Yunabots?
It seems to swing about...
I have news for you, it is actually not a hard question. Yunabots clearly wins in everything.
Whenever someone can't win an argument, they immediately point their finger to the other goes, oh but you are a Yunabot! (even when they are not)
Whenever someone want to feel self righteous and lacks things to say, they go Oohhhh those crazy Yunabot annoys me.
Yunabots are the biggest accused, the guilty before trial, the straw man on these board without even having to do anything.
Now many of the press joined in during the Olympics season, they too will fall to victims.
Quite frankly, Yunabots/Maobots/V/M, D/W ubers are probably among the largest advertising contributor to boost activities on these figure skating boards and actually PAY to go to these figure skating competitions to shows direct financial support to the sport and its secondary industries. After Yuna is gone (as well as many great names in this sport, Dai, Mao, Patrick, Carolina, Virtue and Moir etc..), let's see how the visitor numbers will die down, and how much the sport will still enjoy the media exposure Yuna managed for populate the sport columns around the world to compete among the 101 sports out there. While that may bring peace to the rare deep philosopher thinker such as yourself, I fear for the sport and all its major stake holders. For it will be an end of an era, and the niche sport may soon became an exotic rare hobby that many will only visit once every 4 years.
(Oh yeah and it helps when Yunabots don't have to create silly thread like these to rally troops just to call some decades old seasoned professionals 'idiot' or 'yunabot' while desperately cling onto some sense of moral superiority while looking completely daft and embarrassing in the process.)
Wow. Well, thanks for proving my thinking, anyway.
I have to point out this: how many empty seats are we now going to see in the Ladies' event at TEB because Yunafans bought so many tickets? How many fans of other skaters, who would have stayed for many skaters and not just came in right before their skater and left immediately afterwards, are going to miss out because of this? (This is my biggest issue with Yunafans. You want to buy the ticket, fine. But for heavens' sake show some respect for the other ladies. Don't just make a mass exodus as soon as Yuna finishes. That's plain RUDE.)
Even JP commentators sound agitated when she does 3As.
Michelle fans did the same thing. So do fans of other really popular skaters.
I would go to, for example, TEB just for Jason, but I would spend the whole competition in the stands with stars in my eyes watching. But then I do come from a country where elite figure skating is not really a thing. We have Brendan and Brooklee and Dani and Greg and we're so proud of them, but they'll never be megastars the way Yuna is.
Go Courtney Hicks!
I was excited for Elena to get gold medal at her first senior even
I was excited for Ashley Cain to get a medal in her first senior debut
I was happy that with so little time Miki Ando was able to get the results that she got
I was Happy the Isadora Williams made history by becoming the first Brazilian to earn a spot for Brazil
I was happy that Jason Brown had good performance
I was excited that Nobouri Oda showed his federation and his competitors that he is coming for them
I think the success stories like the one I mentioned above could get people interested in the sport. I should have started a thread about one of those topics.
I suppose I'm on the wrong side of the argument yet again.
Rather then believing too few skaters are called "great", I think the word "great" is tossed about too frequently in skating.
I believe there are two great dance teams currently competing... Skaters that will probably be mentioned in GOAT discussions in twenty years.
Perhaps, maybe, Yuna will be in that discussion, but I'm not convinced.
None of the current men will be (Plushenko excepted)... at least based on what we've seen so far, and neither will any of the current pairs.
I think there are a lot of excellent skaters, gifted skaters, hard workers, talented athletes... but other than these two dance teams, I don't see anyone who is, for certain, "great" yet.