Kovtun still has to skate the FS, but with an incredible SP and being poised to win at CoR and make the GPF, surely Plushenko will have his work cut out for him if Kovtun replicates this SP.
Definitely. Also, if he does the same at Russian Nationals and Euros.
Still, as a Plushy uber, of course, I have faith.
If Kovtun continues to skate at his current level sending Oldshenko to the Olympics would be a waste. He is not currently capable of skating at the level Kovtun did in the short program here.
Or is Kovtun another Yan? We shall wait and see.
Yan bombed his fs or well finished behind kovtun. Kovtun fs as leader is untested!
True- soon it will be "can plushenko close the gap on kovtun?!"
I expect Kovtun to make mistakes in the FS, but not enough to blow his spot in the GPF. And based on today's PCS, I wouldn't be surprised if he clung to gold or silver ahead of Machida/Fernandez with home ice inflation. I would hope that he earns his victory, and that being said, this certainly throws his name into the hat over Plushenko. IMO, the other Russian guys - Menshov/Gachinski/etc. have no chance, having lost the SP by a whopping 20 points.
Voronov, Menshov, Gaschinski are pretty much out of it. It will be a chose between Kovtun and Plushenko in the coming month or two.
Will be interesting to see the 'showdown' between Kovtun and Plushenko. Plushenko has experience and other factors to his advantage.
I agree if he did a clean SP with all those jumps it would be close between them but I am hard pressed seeing him do that based on any of the sightings of him since the 2012 Europeans. Then the LP would be even harder for him to get through anything like that at this juncture, although we have to see how Kovtun skates in the LP here.
I am also not sure Plushenko would get super high PCS from international judges at this point. His programs are empty compared to what a lot of others are putting out these days, and he is much slower and skates with nowhere near the command and sharpness he did in his prime.