Then they should be able to handle an extra event or two. They supposedly do double run throughs in practice...
How many hockey games are played at the olympics per team? I know I know we fans like to say our sport is *so* much better, but really it's not from a SPORT aspect.
They're athletes, they can handle it. She could have just as easily hurt herself in the individual. Pretty sure we saw that a few years ago in the ice dance event.
I was horrified at the thought. It seemed more in line with the 'skate and singer' crap that has replaced competitive skating on TV. But I'm enjoying it, and I get to see more skating. I mostly ignore the points... So I hope they keep it.
One thing I don't care for are the stony-faced teams when the competition is on the ice. I understand medals are involved, but at this point, it doesn't seem like a meaningful event yet. Would it really hurt for the teams to show some support, and at least applaud at the end of each skate? They seem like pouting children, and are on TV, as the camera pans by.
Dare I say - it looks Putin-ish!
Not to mention if Russia holds on- V/T can go into the event as already Olympic Champs, I suspect that's going to actually be a somewhat pretty big burden lifted.
I think it is meaningful to them the look on Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold's face when they saw that fall says its meaningful. I think for S/K it was meaningful their opportunity for an Olympic Gold medal. Juila looked nervous too.
I do think though that they should make some changes to make the long worth more.
Russia has already clinched a freaking medal. What I'd like to see some changes. For example no 6 points for the fifth place team. But rather 2 points, 4 points for the 4th place team. And/or maybe even douzble the amount of points they get so the long means something.
That way no team can build to much of a lead.
I see teams applauding. Russia is going crazy applauding. Ksensia even did a little happy dance.
ETA, I should have said a dream experience that happens only once/twice/thrice or four times (how could I forget Plushenko ?) in a skater's lifetime, but you get the idea.
The team event definitely needs some improvements. For example, change the marks in the LP to 10-8-6-4-2 instead of 10-9-8-7-6 (the way it is now, the SP means MUCH MORE than the LP, which makes no sense), and free the federations to use WHICHEVER skaters they want, no matter if they skate in the single events or not.
If these things are fixed, the team event is a great idea.
I am enjoying the team event. It's interesting because there is less pressure so we should see more risk-taking. But with some skaters who crack under pressure (e.g. Ashley Wagner) we are seeing clean performances because of the pressure to do well for the team.
Like with COP, it will take a few years to adapt and strategize for it, but in the next Olympics some nations will have their strategy for it down.
The one gripe I have with the team event so far is that the podium is a bit predictable. Then again, it's the same in gymnastics - everyone expected the 2012 Women's Olympic podium to be three of: USA, Russia, Romania and China, but that didn't make the competition any less exciting to watch.
I'm glad that more athletes get the chance to have the Olympic experience (see Matthew Parr of GB, who only competed in this event).
And the once every four years fans actually have no idea what's going on. At our neighborhood breakfast place this morning, the woman at the next table was holding up the sports page with a pic of Julia on it and explaining to her husband and daughter that she had won the silver medal last night and beat YuNa Kim. She also did a quad.
The worst part of that story was that she claimed she watched it and that is the information she walked away from her television with.
I am just curious that all team russia got personal best some point and none of the others did..except kostner
I ended up enjoying the team event very much. I hope it remains in the Olympics.