I remember the Rochette supporters trashing Ando & Lepisto in the run-up to the 2010 Games.
I just don't get why so many people love saying bad things about skaters.
If you don't like them then don't watch.
Why wish another person bad ?.
As for me, I am in betwixt about Julia. though I look, to some, constantly critical of her skating, I am unsure of how to judge her skating. On one hand, I am tentatively inclined to the current judging, on the other hand, couldn't shake off the creeping doubt. honestly I do not know. Half and half is my honest judging about Julia's skating. having said that, I see a few logical grounds for judges' support; at the same time, immensely displeased with a mirage of validity dissipating like quicksand.
Julia is such a talented skater.
Judges will always have their favourites.
I've sat watching skating since 1992 & have always been sad to see how unfair this sport can be sometimes.
I got to the point where I just try to enjoy every skater & what they have to offer rather than wait for the judges axe to fall.
Skating is such a beautiful sport that sometimes the results are not the most important thing.
@ midnightskater: Reading your statement “I've sat watching skating since 1992 & have always been sad to see how unfair this sport can be sometimes" makes me feel such a dinosaur!
I have been following this sport since 1976 and cannot recall a period of fair judging across the board ( meaning, in all 4 events).
For me though – since the Olympics are approaching – the Lake Placid OG of 1980 would always stand out as a testament of unfair judgment.
One event aside ( pairs), the rest of the events had the questionable winners. And even now, years later, I would discuss it with the friends and we would get into a discussion – why not Linda Fratianne got the gold, or Jan Hoffman – or the most obvious – how could Krisztina & Andras end up being on the second with the skating that they showed?
And how sad it is that we would remember the names of “those” judges as clear as the names of the skaters? ( remember their stone faces when they would lift their arm with the score card?)
Each times the OG approach, we all have hope that finally the best will win – only to experience the feeling of crashed hopes later…
Gold has skated strong SPs this season, only to meltdown in the freeskates... Nationals was the first good FS she's had this season, and she has only delivered clean or close to clean freeskates in her two appearances at Nationals (although she did have a solid FS at WTT where she doubled a 2S).
You raise a good point about Gold's FS consistency but honestly, at this point Wagner isn't a steady hand either. She has also not skated a clean FS this season and what's more, she's in the midst of changing hers so I'm not convinced she can be comfortable enough with it in time to skate it well at the team event. Who knows though...
The difference of opinions is one of the things that makes skating so great.
There have been many times I have been angry with a results but watched again years later & seen it differently.
I am in no way speaking out against Gracie.
I just feel it is wrong to want another skater/s to fail in order for your favourite to win, or to make your favourite skater seem better or more deserving than anyone else.
Maybe if she were lucky she could be like Sarah Hughes I suppose. Some gold medalists do get incredibly lucky. Miracles do happen. Some American fans look at Sarah Hughes and think "damn, if she an win a gold medal, Gracie Gold can too." Nothing is impossible.
But based on ability, Gracie Gold is a long shot for gold. She has a shot at the bronze.