It seems to me a pattern is emerging since the Japanese Nationals that the "old guard" skaters like Mao, Ashley and Carolina are not being "gifted" anymore. It seems all of a sudden nothing can be taken for granted in Sochi. Now YuNa, due to her near absence this season seems not to have been touched by this trend, yet. I am thinking the judges in Sochi might actually be harsher on the veterans and more forgiving of the newbies. The Europeans aren't over so perhaps I am jumping the gun but here is my question; is it possible a clean Adelina beats a clean YuNa?
Note; this is a "stupid question" thread.
"They are shockingly ineloquent" made me laugh out loud. So true! I think Scott and Sandra have been doing this for so long that they sort of use the same catch phrases and buzz words and think they sound knowledgeable.
"There is one word he did mutilate, to his great advantage, by talking about the “Narzees” rather than the “Nazis”."
I guess we can safely conclude that two wrongs do, indeed, make a right.
(I also love how the underrotated and double-footed 3axel is the point where Hamilton says how Brown is hitting all of his 3axels or something like that. Very apt. :D Bezic quickly points out that 'it was a little double-footed' sounding a little embarassed)
Oh, my, now we've shifted the discussion to my very favorite skating commentator in the whole wide world, Scott Hamilton. NOT
Another of his catch-phrases is "He/She NAILS it!" He uses this whenever a skater manages to complete a jump without falling. It does not matter if the skater barely hangs on or if the landing is so scratchy you can hear the grind and see the snow on television... they NAIL it!
I know he wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but I miss Dick Button. I learned so much about figure skating and its history from him.
Long time lurker, first time poster... I was just curious as to why the U.S. awards a pewter medal at their national championships. As far as I know, no other country follows this practice. I did a quick search online and could not find an answer to my question, so I was hoping someone on this board would know.
Very good question!
When I saw the photo of Ashley on the podium with Gracie, Polina E and Mirai, I was wondering "hang on, what's going on here? Have they brought Ashley up because they're taking her to Sochi?"
It was only when I went onto Wikipedia a few days later to look up a result from a previous year, that I saw that the 4th position was coloured in. And I realised "ah, they must award something to 4th position!"
To answer your question, I have no idea! The only explanation I can think of is because they're American, and Americans like to do things BIGGER and (in their eyes) better!
Why have just three on the podium when you can have four?!
Sorry for going with the stereotype, but it is the only logical explanation I can think of!
There is something I have often wondered, and since it is kinda related to this question, I will ask it now.
Now, I don't know if they do this in America, but they do it at ISU events (it was last night's Ice Dance podium ceremony at Europeans that put the question in my head again).
Why is it that in figure skating that the podium presentations are done in the order 1-2-3?
In every other sport I have ever seen a podium ceremony for, the presentations are done in the order 3-2-1.
So, does anybody know the reason for this?
Now my turn. Can Jeremy Abbott score over 100 if he does a short program at the Games like his Nationals one that almost got 100 (crazy question as the thread requested but atleast it is more likely than the above).