It's still a long time until then but so what?
It's still a long time until then but so what?
I tend to think it will still be Plushenko vs. Joubert. It seems to me that Evgeny REALLY wants that Olympic title and is willing to work endlessly for it. I'm sure he wants to erase a lot of the bad memories from SLC and redeem himself. I think he may just do it, too. But, anything can happen in a year and a half. Weir could get a consistent quad and really challenge the top tier.
I think it will be close. Evgeni, unless injured, should be in the top two easily. But will Joubert be the main threat? I think Stephane and Johnny with consistent quads will be much more of a threat than Brian. After SA 2002, I thought Brian would be the main challenge going into the Olympics, but after this year's Worlds, I'm not so sure.
PS But I voted for Evgeni, naturally.
Only one year ago I thought Evgeny is soooo superior and head and shoulders above everyone, but now, after this season, I've serious doubts. The injury ... and many of his competitors've made up ground and already snapping at his heels. I've got the strange feeling Turino might come too late for him, but well, it's just me.
I've voted for Joubert, because in opposite to Princess Leppard I think he became even stronger, and much cooler!!!, last season.
But IMO also Johnny Weir could be a serious contender. I saw him at Worlds 2004 for the first time and was simply knocked out by the effortless beauty and artistry of his skating. He seems to be a quite ambitious and self-confident young man and if he gains consistency (and at least two quads!!! ) everything is possible!
I've to admit Andrei Griazev still doesn't look like an coming Olympic Champion right now but who knows? He's with the great Tarasova after all and the last two guys she had ...
Last edited by Germanice; 08-03-2004 at 05:16 AM.
Unless Plushy inadvertently ties the laces of his left and right skates together thus forcing him to trip over himself, he should win gold. I, personally, did not care for his 2004 Worlds performances--errors+sloppy--but obviously the judges feel differently. I believe this should carry him to Oly victory.
Yes, I think it will be Plushenko vs. Joubert, but I voted for Joubert because of the recent injury Plushenko has had... and some of his competitors are catching up to him.
I vote for Plushenko. Not only is he one heck of a skater, he also is very experienced. This will also be his second Olympic experience running for Gold.
My vote goes to Joubert. I'm fairly sure PLushenko and Joubert will be the top two unless they make major mistakes, in which case Johnny and Timmy can battle each other out to overthrow them. If the Olympics were this year I'd say Plushenko, but he has an injury and obviously has no intentions of cutting back with his three GP's and while he is determined, Joubert is tailing him now. And persnally I find Plushenko sloppy at times and his spins are so slow. I think Joubert has the technical skills and presentation to match him. I think it will be very close, I'm actually reminded of Boitano vs Orser when i think about 2006.Originally Posted by Germanice
I think Plushy will win, but Joubert is going to challenge him in every way. I don't see Johnny Weir challenging Plushy or Brian in this Olympics, but I think 2010 will be his year. Joubert is a really competitive guy and despite his fist pumping, he really impressed me at this year's worlds (esp in the SP).
I see Timmy being on the podium b/c Timmy tends to skate his best at big events (esp in the past few years).
I'm reserving my opinion on Timmy until I see his "comeback" this year.Originally Posted by soogar
Originally Posted by RealtorGal
Bravo, bravissimo, RealtorGal!! I totally agree!
Libra - from Russia, with love for all who love Plushy
I voted for Joubert. He's getting to be a remarkably consistent skater, very much like Yags was in '02 and I think he could take it. Plushy will definitely be in there, though, as will Weir and prolly others like Lambiel, so it will be interesting. Who knows, there may be someone out of the blue who could surprise us (*crosses fingers and hopes for VDP*)
I voted for Joubert, although in my heart I really want Plushy to win the gold in 2006. I am concerned about Plushy's injuries and it is hard to tell what shape he will be in. Joubert, being a couple years younger will have the advantage of a healthier body. He is also a very focused, goal oriented skater. I don't care for his skating right now (too much Yagudin, and not enough Joubert), but he is likely to improve and be at the top of his game going into the 2006 Olympics. I see the same with Johnny Weir. If Plushenko wants to win the Olympic gold, he will have to find a way to hold off these two, and don't forget about the charming Stephane Lambiel either. One fall in the SP will not be as punitive under the COP as it was in the 6.0 system. So I think any of these skaters could win the gold, even with one mistake.
I vote for Plushenko - barring injury, I think he'll still be the favourite. There will definitely be others in there with medal chances though, such as Joubert, Lambiel, and Weir (if he gets a quad), not to mention maybe a skater or two who will move up the rankings. I'd love to see Plush at the top and Lambiel with silver.
I would love to see Klimkin in the mix... one can only hope.