Congratulations, Jeremy Abbott. You just beat Patrick Chan in the short program at _____ Nationals. So did you, Richard Dornbush.
Also, does anyone know if that's Kevin Reynold's actual costume? Is it not completed? It just looks like he's wearing his practice clothes. He better not be showing up in Sochi in THAT.
I thought it was only 3 seconds?
either way skaters do go over from time to time. Normally when the crowd is so loud that the skaters lose the music and timing. Michelle Kwan had that happen at one of her last World Competitions IIRC.
Well it really looks like Chan is not looking good for Sochi the errors and poppping or outright missing jumps isn't good. He should have the lutz in his back pocket as it is key to his long - he doesn't have the big tricks like Fernandez and Hanyu. He might not medal. Boy is there a dog fight for second and third. I give Kevin credit for trying; what a horrible year now trying to compete. I am not totally convinced Liam can hold on to a spot. My gut says Balde though I am cheering for Ten - he musically and artistically always seemed ot have so much hope but he needs to land those jumps.
For example, a skater has 2:40 music for max 2:50 program. Then he has 10 seconds buffer.
That was bad. I actually don't think Chan's score compared to the rest of the field is all that wrong, considering the skaters behind him made major errors, too. I sure hope the men perform better today, though.
great descriptive posts, sgrand. thank you. I so wish that these skates were easily accessible on the internet for re-watching and re-watching.
regarding Chan, even though he did not skate his best, I still felt he "had it" and if he is going to have anything off, it can be here where he has a cushion. the majestic composure was still there, imo. the commentators (Black and Wilson) mentioned that Chan sometimes get affected by the change in rink size for his triples. he practices on an olympic sized rink and a hockey-sized rink, as is the one in Ottawa, is smaller, and it sometimes causes him to mal-adjust. the music timing issue did not bother me so much because that stuff happens due to circumstance.
with reynolds, i thought they propped up his score (in relation to the other skaters). i really felt badly for him when they screwed up his music. i know stuff like this is part of the sport but that would throw, I think, especially someone of reynold's temperament off. as one of the other members posted here, I too wondered if that was his costume or his practice outfit he was wearing, but then I thought it could be an outfit to re-enforce the AC/DC theme. AC/DC Back in Black (album and song). But I still wondered.
i am so proud of these kids, all of them for just being there, and giving everything they have.