I wish it was Taka over Machida but Dai going is very fair.
Sure Chan has had favouritism at a couple events but when he has made errors his PCS has always gone down. Julia, B/S (at COR) and Hanyu (at GPF) are currently the worst examples of inflated scoring and home favouritism as they actually got personal best PCS with falls. Chan never got a personal best when he fell. Chan certainly never got 195 points (as Yuzu got) on home ice when he's had a fall. And certainly not PCS of 94.70 with 4 errors as Dai got.
I don't think sending Oda to worlds over Machida would be smart. Machida will be around next year and I suspect right now its just a matter of him getting experience and in front of international judges more-and those PCS of his will rise.
Oda LP TES is 91.58 but with a massive fall.
Oda's GOE is unmatched by anyone else but Chan and Hanyu. I think his jumps look so amazing and should have the highest GOE, so I think he's underscored often.
I agree that Machida is the future and needs to be out more, but base on this season, Oda should be in higher consideration compare to Machida.
JFed used Koz to block Oda from getting that final spot reserved for Dai. Koz really shouldn't feel so bad, he was not skating well at all. It's not like he's bringing down the house and got the short end of the stick. He did badly, and is rightfully left at home.
He's been garnering huge praise for his skating skills, step sequences and overall fluidity and subtlety in his presentation for years by commentators. It seemed to me like the approach he had to his quad at these JN was way better than in the past. He beat both Oda and Takahashi, which isn't "doing it badly". Even Takahashi said that after the FS, he felt he had lost the chance to go to OG.
You're obviously free to have your opinion, but please stop writing one post after the other where you repeatedly bash a guy who just got his dream shattered. Thanks.
I hope that Daisuke will let Takahiko at least to replace him at worlds.
I wish so much that Takahiko go to Sochi, I don't find it fair to send Daisuke at Sochi.
When Sasha Cohen want to go to 2010 Vancouver the USFS doesn't have send her instead of Mirai Nagasu and an other example Plushenko who lost to Kovtun, the russian federation will not send Plushenko at Sochi even if he is really popular.
Daisuke taking the place of Takahiko is not fair to me.
I so love Daisuke that I can't judge objectively whether he or another fine skater should go to the Olympics. I hope that if Dai goes to the Olympics, though, Takahiko can go to Worlds. I still hold out hopes that Daisuke can even win the OGM. It's not impossible!
I don't think Dai's case is parallel to that of Sasha in 2010, though. Sasha had not been an actively competitive skater since 2006, and she decided to dust off her skates again and try for Vancouver in 2010. Dai has been competing at or near the top of the rankings solidly for the past four years, and he has helped assure Japan's reputation as a world power in men's skating.
It sucks that JSF didn't give the Worlds spot to Kozuka. That would've been a fair consolation prize and would've sent the message to skaters that Nationals does mean something. Sure, Takahashi might retire after Sochi and the Kozuka might get to go anyway, but it wouldn't be the same as earning the spot outright. And I have a feeling Takahashi won't retire, unless he gives a really bad performance at Sochi. It's his last Worlds and it's being held in Japan. I can see JSF pressuring him to stay on for the mad ticket $$$.
Whether Takahashi should be on the team or not on the team is debatable. People can agree to disagree (I really have a problem with it but I can appreciate why he was chosen), but surely JSF did not have to go that extra distance and corrupt the scoring for the purpose of damaging a skater's, ie Oda's, standing (as opposed to the lesser evil, but still very much an evil, of propping a skater up).
If you're talking about "deserving" the spot, it was Oda.
Koz was held up so he could be in third place.
Third place "deserved" to go.
Well, since you aren't worthy of the National podium to begin with, you don't deserve to go.
Who is the alternate for the Olympics? Dai seems vulnerable to injury and might have to withdraw.
Although I personally think Dai should not have gotten the spot, I can respect the reason why people think he does deserve it. However, I still don't think Dai deserves the Worlds spot. That spot should have gone to Oda, who performed consistently the whole GP season. Kozuka's GP season was too weak. But of course the Japanese Fed would have to give the spot to Dai due to his popularity in Japan... =(