On the Ice
On a tangent but I'd say there are/have been people who skate somewhat like Jason (Jeff Buttle comes to mind). Yuzuru's got the SS and a specific type of artistry, but in terms of the emphasis on detailed choreo and bodily control, skaters like Tatsuki Machida, Denis Ten, or Joshua Farris have a style closer to Jason's than he does. This isn't to take away from Jason's ability - all these individuals have their own distinct styles, but they share certain qualities that I think Jason has now become the torchbearer for (possibly because he's one of the few remaining examples nowadays - I feel like there were more in the 2005-2015 period).No one skates like Jason. Even Yuzuru Hanyu at his finest doesn't have the detail oriented, perfectly executed choreography combined with seeming abandoned freedom of Jason imho. That being said, while Zhou's skating doesn't usually move me, I appreciate his seemingly honest emotion on the ice. He is really trying with all his heart and I applaud that. He gets over marked in SS and transitions ( like most skaters with multiple quads) , his posture isn't great, he doesn't extend his limbs fully but he is always progressing. I like skaters who work hard and want to improve even if they aren't my ideal type of skater.
The German commentator was adorable!
And yes to liking skaters who aren't your 'type'! My favourites are balletic refined skaters, but the less-obvious candidates can grow on me eventually, especially if they display some striking qualities (pluck, comeback story, charisma, cute earnestness, quirkiness, you name it...) e.g. Kondratiuk, Tomono, Messing...