To be fair, Patrick was clean in the GPF (i.e. he didn't fall), but he made many mistakes: in the SP he stepped out of his 3A, doubled his Lz, and ended after the music was over. He was better in the LP, but did botch a spin--Yuzuru got a little higher TES in the LP than Chan, but not much. If both skate perfectly, the men's competition in Sochi will be really, really exciting--and I for one would love it!
Thank you very much. I had a hard time finding Youtubes in English for this competition. I'm sure those Russian commentators said very insightful, helpful things, but unfortunately, I couldn't understand any of them. I love the British guys!
Having seen all four skates by these two men, the only one that was outstanding was Hanyu's short program. He seems like a different skater in both programs, much stronger and more masculine in the short than the long. I think he may need a better free skate costume. He doesn't seem like Romeo as much as Japanese Johnny Weir.
Is Patrick not as good as he once was? I never could stand him and I used to when he won with a mistake filled program, but there was always something compelling about him. You could see that his programs were excellent and would be outstanding if he could just execute all the moves cleanly.
I'm not seeing that now. He's skating to dull, soft music in dull gray costumes and it's just blah. He got on my nerves sometimes, but he was never boring.
So, guys, my advice:
1. At least one new costume a piece
2. Don't copy other skaters. Yuzuru, you don't work that half bride/groom suit as well as Johnny, and Patrick, you don't spin as well as Stephane Lambiel, so don't use the same music as he did. Go back to "Take 5" or "Phantom of the Opera" or that Spanish piece with the red shirt.
Hope they listen!
He Poodlepal - I think it is a little late to make switches to programs. And Hanyu simply is wearing a Weir designed and influenced outfit while Patrick has made 4 seasons his own. Following your argument Lambiel shouldn't have done vivaldi's piece and left it to Usova and Zhulin or the many other great versions of it.
Any casual fan watching the Euro pairs would be outraged that S/K lost.
I hope you can at least agree about Lambiel's atrociously garish and tacky outfit... it's one of the worst skating costumes - if not the worst - to appear in men's skating.
Anyway, I'm surprised that he would do a program that another male skater made famous not that long ago*. Usually, skaters try not to do that, or at least they used to until fairly recently. And I liked Stephane's costume, with its dead leaves. It matched the theme of the four seasons, or at least fall.
* Of course the exception to this rule is "Carmen." Any skater can do that any time, and in fact, I believe it's written somewhere in the Code of Points that it is mandatory to do at least once.
Best Four Seasons: Patrick's version four years ago.
Have to change my post. Stephane was wearing a zebra vest and blue sleeves, not dead leaves.
Stephane seemed happier than Patrick, but stood and posed quite a bit. Don't remember Patrick's from 4 years ago, I'll have to check it out.
Here it is. (Correction -- it was six years ago )
By the way, Lambiel said afterward that he was portraying a zebra who was seeing snow for the first time. (I mean, you gotta give props for that, right? )
I still think he's a lock IF he's clean, or even near-clean. That's a big if though ... so no he's not a lock in the general sense.