When Kurt Browning landed the first quad in competition it was an exciting moment because we knew the quad was coming and it would not be long before someone achieved it. Who knew one of the most artistic skaters on the planet would be the first to land the quad? Then Elvis came along and raised the bar by making the quad a standard jump. Now we see skaters like Plushenko and Goebel landing Quads every time they step on the ice. In fact, I have seen so many quads now it has almost lost its original excitement.
While watching Jeff Buttle skate in the Grand Prix final, I was thinking, this guy is so talented - if he never added the quad to his repretoire I would not miss it. I could watch Jeff skate for hours. His musical expression is so refreshing to watch. He sort of reminds me of Kurt at times the way he moves and just progresses smoothly from one element to the next never telegraphing the next move.
I suppose, my point here is I would rather watch artistic skaters do what they do best and forget about the quad. Shawn Sawyer and Johnny Weir fall into this category as well.
It's so great to see artistry being more emphasised and rewarded with the COP judging system. I think skaters have more scope now than before.