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I think Vincent has solidified his spot on the Olympic team, and it's probably going to be Nathan, Jason, and Vincent. I'm very excited to see where those three can go
Also regarding Shin Amano, tbh, if Vincent is getting "q" with Shin's scrutiny he'll be fine for Nationals and (if he gets there) the Olympics when the tech specialists tend to be more lax.Vincent's SP skate was absolutely gorgeous! He has a one-foot entry into his stunning 3A that had me 'hearing' Dick Button's oft-repeated warning about how dangerous a jump the axel is. His 4lutz-3T and 4S were wonderful, although Shin Amano did give him a "q" on both jumps.
I really like the commentator for Nebelhorn, because he mentions when skaters really showed emotions, heart and soul when skating. "It's not just about the elements," he said. And he was very complimentary about Vincent's qualities of showing emotion, heart and soul through his movement and overall skating. Now, that's a skating lover after my own heart. That's exactly what I've always loved about Vincent.
I have a feeling that Vincent will go for a clean skate here. He has a comfortable lead and I have a feeling he wants to cement his place on the team. It's so nice to see him skate like we know he can. Congratulations!!I'd like to see Vincent scale the jumps back in the LP and be more conservative with Olympics spots on the line but i'm sure he's going to go for 5 quads.
I'm so excited too. And I can't wait to hear what Ted says about him.
I can't wait to see him.
Yes, skating is an individual sport, though I personally love the team competitions and would love to see more of them.While getting the 3rd spot is obviously of the utmost importance, also equally importance is Zhou establishing himself as a viable option for the national team, and team event, and an individual threat for the Olympic podium. If he skates poorly and gets the 3rd spot it is a successful competition for the US but not a successful competition for him.
At the end of the day, figure skating is an individual sport. And on that notion, while it is "selfish" for a skater to compete while injured because a country might lose a spot, they still try to take every opportunity they can get to compete because it's their career, and if they earned a spot chances are they will do whatever they can to at least show up. Zhou could have easily switched his quad lutz to a triple lutz in the 2021 Worlds and maintained 3 spots without needing Nebelhorn but he wouldn't have had any shot at the podium with only triples. He could have stripped the double 3 going into his triple axel or taken the Rippon off his quad lutz to make them easier, but he's not the type of athlete to play it safe to "set themselves up" for the freeskate even though that leaves points on the table by avoiding quads altogether - he is high-risk-high-reward and sometimes it goes horribly wrong if he's not on.
The same with at Nebelhorn, he probably could get the 3rd spot if he just downgraded to triples. But it's bigger than a 3rd spot. Instead of playing it safe in the SP, he made a statement that sets the tone for the season and establishes himself as not a mere spot-getter but a legitimate medal contender.
Yes, skating is an individual sport, though I personally love the team competitions and would love to see more of them.
But skating injured and doing such a bad job that you don’t even make the free skate does nothing to establish an athlete as either a medal threat or a spot getter. Not with the US Fed and not with the International judges.
Additionally, like it or not, this is a judged sport and politics enter into it. If two athletes are close in scores and ability, which is likely, will the US Fed take a skater that is known to compete injured and bomb? Or the one who isn’t?