Is this a common thing in skating to have a slump in 1 discipline but do great in another
I mean (I talk about Russia here 'cause I know it better than I know about other countries) you can't have all disciplines very strong. Only Canada looks great in all disciplines.
But usually (Russia), when you have strong boys, girls are meh. And vice versa..Now we have girls, but no super junior boy a la Yuzuru even though the ladies discipline was always the weakest here, and there were many talented men in 90s. How so? I guess it's a tipical thing Canada aside, isn't it?
What are the reasons for it? No talent or what?
I think it's pretty common. The U.S was always strong in ladies and men, ok in pairs, and non-existent in dance. Now we're strong in dance, ok in ladies and men, and non-existent in pairs. Even during the days of the Soviet sports machine, they cranked out pairs and ice dance champions like it was their job, but they faced harder competition in singles skating.
In the late 90's to the mid 2000's when Russia had Slutskya Plushy, and Yagudin, they always had the chance to sweep the golds, but I believe a country being able to do that is an exception, and rarely the norm.
Canada is only strong in paper, the US is stronger next quad with men, ladies and dance
Originally Posted by koatcue
Canada has only 1 lady named Osmond who only get inflated marks in home ice, outside Canada her scores are in 150-160+ range
dance is Ok, Men is meh other than Chan, Pairs they have 2 old Pairs couple nothing much depth
to answer yes there will always be a shift every quadrennial
US will dominate men, maybe some ladies and dance can continue
Russia looks to do very well in ladies, Pairs should be fine and dance is just ok
Japan will have a slump in ladies until after 2018, men will stay the same
China will do well in men