Over the weekend, I watched the Marshalls competition and it got me thinking and wondering about a few issues.
The first being that Dick Button was talking about Johnny Weir being an introspective skater. That he doesn’t really play to or draw the audience in. Yet when Michelle skated both he and Peggy were commenting about how the audience loves her and how she draws the audience in. I guess I don’t understand what that means. At first I thought that maybe they were just gushing over Michelle which still could be the reason. I don’t understand how a skater can do this when they need to concentrate on their program. So the question I am asking is what does drawing the audience in mean to you??
The next question I have is why do you think that Michael Weiss does the quad when he two foots it most of the time. I am not a real fan of his but while watching him in the Marshall’s comp, he does really have some good technique, not good choreography. Wouldn’t it make sense for him to leave out the quad because his other jumps are for the most part good?
Lastly, all the discussions we have on the board about which skater does this better and which doesn’t and how Dick Button gets on the skaters because they fling their arms and the ladies spirals need more stretch and yet most of the time the skaters don’t change a thing. The women continue to flutz, they don’t stretch, the men don’t spin fast enough and their choreography stinks. Don’t their coaches watch them? Do you think they watch their own programs and critique them? Why don’t they just listen to us at GS and Dick Button and they would be the best? So I guess my question is why do the skaters continue to use poor technique and choreography?