He used his Rachmaninov SP, two years old program. Without any changes. No new input at all, while others improve and surpass, Patrick just has been stagnant, staying at the same level, just doing his best not to retrogress! What a shame, from a young 22 year old. He can't even compare to Pluyshenko, the 'oldie' he jested, who came from injury, but rebounded to a wonderful performance, with new jestures, to get 91 points overall, in front of his home crowd. Obvious result from chooosing a non-skating coach, but she looked funny, a non skater sitting amongst the Canadian team roster, the only non skating coach in the whole Rink in Sochi! What a laugh! She looked to have put on a lot of weight, since summer 2012, too. She was the only one, in the Canadian team, who looked like buddha of satisfaction, of course, after gaining most from her coaching job with the former world champion.
His performane component mark was still high, compared to the others. But his technical marks are just not good enough to lead the pack.
I was surprised that Hanyu didn't use the Women's double handed blade pull spin, in his SP. He used that spin, usually taken by women skaters, in his LP in the GPF last December, in Japan, to show his super pliable body, slim, almost like a girl's, unique/rare for a Japanese man. His spins alone would have won the Olympic event, men's single and for his home team, in Sochi. But his performance, last night, is almost at par with Patrick, the performance par excellence skater, and added to this his perfect jumps (no falls this time, he has matured, under Orser. My wife asked, why wouldn't Patrick hired Orser, like Yuna and Fernandez? I answered, Patrick's parents are careful with their money, they are not supported by any sponsors, and saving is their virtue, besides, old grudges still linger in their minds....)
Looking ahead, the chance for Canada, in the Men Single Old Medal competition, is almost certain. Gold for Japan, Silver for Russia, Canada for Bronze, or out of the podium altogether. For Patrick's future, he may quit, or start regular university, like all Chinese parents, they had saved a education fund for their son.
I would be surprised, if Patrick continues to skate competitively, after Sochi, after all, he threatened, or thought of quiting, after Vancouver 2010, after getting fourth or fifth, just before the GPF in Nice, he would not continue his career, like so many world class skaters around him, until his late twenties.
Abbott should never have been chosen purely based on his record. He has a record as long as your arm of bombing "big events". I do not understand how anyone can possibly be surprised that this has happened.
Now the US better hope that Jason really can handle the pressure as well as his skates at Nationals and TEB suggested. They're going to need him to.
Max won bronze at Skate America at a home nation Grand Prix where several big name skaters withdrew or did not skate (Evan Lysacek, Denis Ten, Brian Joubert) and 2 other big competitors had nightmare skates of their own (Daisuke Takahashi and Takahiko Kozuka). Abbott also won a bronze at this season's NHK Trophy. Max, like Jeremy at Skate Canada, had a huge meltdown at a Grand Prix as well when he finished a low 7th at NHK Trophy where he skated head to head against Abbott and Rippon. Max did nothing this season to prove he was more worthy of an Olympic spot than Jeremy.Max has a Grand Prix medal - Skate America, remember?
He wasn't chosen purely based on his record. He was chosen because overall he skated better than anybody else at Nationals.Abbott should never have been chosen purely based on his record.
I haven't seen a single person say they are surprised that this has happened. I'm certainly not.I do not understand how anyone can possibly be surprised that this has happened.
I don't watch nor follow men's skating but have been aware of Abbott's missteps from tweets so this wasn't a complete shock to me. Disappointment? You bet. But it's always easy to be right in hindsight - I think taking a gamble on Abbott was actually the right call for the SP - he just didn't come through. You roll dice and while you may get 12, sometimes you get stuck with 2.
Besides, who's to say Brown (or Aaron, had he been sent and available) wouldn't also have folded? Even a normally "consistent" skater can be rattled by Olympic pressure (see Kwan).
Having said all that, I still feel somewhat frustrated over what happened. But oh well. Hopefully we can still pull up. D/W should get at least 8 or 9 and pull us up...worried about Wagner though, not confident that she can shake off what happened in Boston while dealing with this much pressure on her. While she may not be a Czisny, she doesn't have a history of clutch performances either.
Don't even know what to say about the strange and irrelevant singling out of his Chinese heritage.
patrick has the talent and the skills to take gold, just like he did in vancouver, he just doesn't have the mental fortitude. he didn't then and i doubt he has it now