03-11-2014, 09:19 PM
I predict Hanyu skates much like he did at the Olys. I think Liebers had the skate of his life at the Olys and will get the yips at worlds. I don't think Kevin Reynolds has anything more than jumps and actually think Max looks better on the ice (ohmygod, did I just say that? Golden, where are you?) I'm guessing if there is a dark horse it's someone we least expect and it will be a pleasant surprise. Wouldn't surprise me if it's one of the Japanese skaters.
03-11-2014, 09:37 PM
I hope Reynolds is a spoiler... I would hate for him to place out of the top 10 and sink us to 1 spot... A lot of pressure must be on him with Chan not being there and given his poor individual performance in Sochi.
03-11-2014, 11:21 PM
Celebrating the Excellence of #VirtueMoir
03-12-2014, 12:09 AM
I vote for Kovtun and Han Yan. Kovtun has great SP & LP, better than most of the others, and if he lands them all, he'll be right up there. His problem is consistency, but he just *might* hit one home one of these days, perhaps at Worlds. Han has one of the best SS I've seen among even the top flight, and I get such satisfaction watching him land his most difficult jumps as they are almost textbook, the speed, flow, height, coverage, etc..., just perfect. His problem is getting a good choreographer and training at performance, even though he is already a great dancer, with a fantastic sense of rhythm. If he were to skate to Chan's or Kovtun's programs, I think he would fare much, much better than his bizarre Valse Gourmand.
03-12-2014, 02:56 AM
The thing is in practice he is jumping it as easy as his 4T So I understand him. He will finally break this barrier in competition and I hope in coming worlds. Of course he could do 4T, 4T3T which would be easier for him propably, but he wants harder chellange, so for me it's ok.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
03-12-2014, 08:27 PM
You're welcome Re Peter Leibers, like you he only came to my attention at the Olympics. I hope he performs well at Worlds so European male figure skating will have strong representation besides Javier Fernandez.
Originally Posted by Newbiespectator
03-13-2014, 10:43 PM
But this would mean that a fallen quad is worth less than a downgraded quad. I'm not sure if it's fair. Skaters who can make the 4 revolutions but fall usually have a stronger technique on the jump and greater success rate than those that underrotate it. For instance, Hanyu's 4S vs Takahashi's 4T. This rule will also give skaters an incentive to pop their jumps if they don't feel quite right at the take-off. I think a better rule is to still give the base value for fully rotated jumps, and -3 GOEs, but take more extra deductions out of the whole program for the falls, in an escalating manner. For example, one fall= -3; second fall= -5; third fall= -10. If someone fell twice, a deduction of 8 points, three times, 18 points. To take escalating deduction is because if you fall once, it may not be too big a deal. But as you fall more and more, the performance is affected exponentially.
Originally Posted by TMC
03-14-2014, 01:24 AM
His jumps are a little different, aren't they? He seems to use leg muscles more than speed when taking off. His jumps are kind of spring-y. I can't help but keep my eyes on his buttocks. XD
Originally Posted by Maria Victoria