And perhaps Kovtun can't execute a flying camel with the same quality as. FUSp4 so it makes more sense to do a FUSp. ir example you can't do a death drop into a camel and can only do one into a sit or upright. Do you criticize Kim for not doing a biellman and just a level 3 layback? Do you criticize Plushenko for doing the lowest value quad and not attempting 4S? Do you criticize the tons of pair skaters who don't try reverse lifts for that extra 0.5?
No because it would be absurd as they clearly play to their strengths and don't give a crap about the extra 0.2 points or whatever.. and a well executed FUSP4 beats a poorly executed FCSP3 or FCSP4.
Although if you fail to acknowledge that a skater upping their levels is an indication of higher complexity and difficulty, perhaps you need to learn more about how the system works.
Same as before... He should have left it as "Denis Ten deserved to win" and not follow it up with disparaging remarks about the Canadian federation earning Chan his 2013 title for him. Especially after the subsequent farce of Sochi judging.
I don't care how many medals he has, he does not get a free pass to be an @$$ to his fellow skaters. If anything he should know better.
Kovtun still qualified for the GPF in his first senior season which is something Hanyu failed to do. Let's see what he does next season before dismissing him as an average skater.
Russia should be lucky that they have someone so young with technical chops, who is an international threat compared to Menshov, with much better artistry than Voronov, and more fight in him than Gachinski, and Plushenko is continually trying to debase him because he got his @$$ handed to him at Nationals.
Or perhaps this is all part of Plushenko's elaborate ruse to turn Kovtun into a stronger skater by being hard on him, and deliberately throwing shade at him, and has Kovtun's best interests at heart. Hah, right, that must be it.
I still think it is unfair for Plushenko to take Kovtun's spot and then do a no-show - Kovtun should have skated at both Team and SIngles at Sochi, it's possibly even worse than Mirai/Ashley, imagine if Ashley had quit at the last minute because of chronic health problems which she knew about, squandering Mirai's spot, Mirai's fans would be livid.
As for Kovtun, when he's "on", he is impressive, and let's not forget he came in 4th at Worlds after all. By no means is he currently a force to be reckoned with, but I wouldn't bet against the sharp-eyed Tarasova.
Fast forward to 7:30-8:00 to see how the camera caught her coaching Kovtun in this video.
Seriously, how can Yubaba exits in real life, but that is so true.
I think it's a Faustian pact for the skaters, since she did groom world champions - they would sell their very souls to be at the very top, I reckon!
Age is the stupidest comparison. Let's stop assessing skaters based on when they shot out of their mom or decided to take up skating. Especially when there are late bloomers in the sport.
And if you really want to go there, Kovtun has a handle on his 4S and 4T before Hanyu (who arguably still needs to get a handle on his 4S), and Kovtun is confident enough to include both in his SP at the age of 18.
Kovtun being 18 and having both quads is impressive and not something a lot of skaters can boast. Him adding a quad mid season in 2013-2014 is particularly impressive... And he landed both quad toes in his 2013 FS at Nationals, Euros and Worlds. Even his 2013 JGPF freeskate as a 17 year old was technically superior to Hanyu's Worlds debut as a 17 y/o (if we are dwelling on age again).
Also how many seniors do two quads in their Worlds debut let alone a junior that switches to senior events mid-season?