Oops, shouldn't have mentioned Chan. Too late, eek. Well, I'll just say, it's a bit weird to say "He's consistent except for the triple axel" when the triple axel is part of consistency. It's almost like saying "Well, Jeremy Abott's Sochi individual SP/LP were really good except for the quad"--because the quad matters, like it should. Anyway, my comment wasn't meant to disparage Chan. Would you rather I say, "Haha, King Plushy went out there and killed it and Chan just fell apart that night!! " That would've been the more disingenuous (and insulting) comment, imo.
RE: Euros. I think Artur should've won the SP by a larger margin and Plush the LP by a smaller margin. (Yes, Artur had a 2-quad LP, but the popped jump was costly, and he was up against Plushenko's greatest technical skate under COP ever. There was no way he was winning the LP.) Ironic, Plush lost the darn Vancouver Olympics due to the exact same type of scoring (I still haven't gotten over it), so maybe the judges were trying to apologize to him. Except they conveniently forgot Artur wasn't Evan... or something. Who knows.
I admit I'm still happy Plush won, but the scores really should've been closer. It's true, I'm not an ardent Artur fan even though he's the most enjoyable of the young Russian skaters, so maybe I'm biased and everything I type means nothing. But honestly, I really, really don't think the Euros result was his downfall. He still won a silver medal, which is better many people (including Kovtun!) managed to do at his age.
I don't think Artur's so prone to despair that he'd collapse simply because he lost to Plushenko of all people. Didn't he have a string of injuries afterward too, plus the unknown problems Mishin alluded to? Honestly, I'd be even more worried about Artur if that one Euros result managed to start this entire downward spiral. He's going to face a lot worse in the future than one sorta-questionable loss against Plushenko. I refuse to believe that about Artur... because if it's really true, I don't know how he's gonna fare against "new golden boy" Kovtun. It's not true, I don't believe it...
Set PChan aside, now I am very very confusing, who will TAT chose to do her powerful politiking? I can't wait for the next season.
I bet it's still Kovtun since Gachinski hasn't gotten back to momentum yet (and no one knows when will). His nerves is still a big question. If Gachinski outskates Kovtun next season, then I have no doubt that TAT will dump Kovtun (or at least not do the politiking for him) in the following season.
But he looks happy and more confident in that video, and that's what I'm so happy about, because I've been dying to see him happy again for years.
The thing is, he's going to face a lot worse than Euros 2012 in the future. I mean, imagine how Denis Ten must've felt after 2013 Worlds. But Ten picked himself up and won an Olympic medal. I may not find Ten's skating very exciting, but I really respect how he kept it together.
Artur needs to become a tough competitor going forward. Next nationals for example, he could skate well and still lose to Kovtun because Kovtun is the favoured one right now. I don't believe (or rather, don't want to believe) the Euros result had a big impact on Artur, because if it did... well, he's going to deal with even worse results in the future. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but I think the timing of his downfall was a coincidence.
There were already signs over the last season that his head was coming back together. All he needed then was the body to follow suit.
Well, bottom line: Regardless of what sparked the downfall, let's hope Artur gathers himself and makes a comeback. He is a good skater. I hope he can develop into a fierce competitor as well, because the challenges are only beginning.
@karne & Meoima - I'm sure that was purely inadvertent on sky_fly's part.