Yagudin continues commenting figure skating for the Channel One. It is possible to say, that this is the most prestige TV-channel in Russia. He commented Skate Canada: men SP and men FS (together with Grishin), ladies SP and ladies FS (together with Tarasova and Grishin). About men (FS):
about Nam Nguyen:
G: Look, he has only 0.2 points more than Brown. /.../
Y: It's nice, that our viewers can't see an astonishment on my face now. I'd say that's an outrage - when people with double jumps, even without... oh, OK, Brown tried to jump a quad... yet the difference with the man who has jumped 2 quads and executed all other elements on a high level... the difference is only a few points, as you say?
G: A few tenths.
Y: A few tenths. That's an outrage indeed!
G: It is interesting to note, that among 5 athletes who have performed, only Kevin Aymoz jumped 4T, the others didn't try. Why salchow is so popular now? Maybe it just so happened, that they skated one by one?
Y: You know, all the athletes had been jumping it from one leg for a long time, then started to jump from two legs. We remember an American skater Timothy Goebel who won a bronze medal at 2002 Olympics, he had a few 4S in his program. After that, by the way, I relearned salchow either - to jump from two legs. When I had learned it, I started to jump 4S. It was easy enough, yet I never tried to jump it at competitions. I guess I tried only once. I understood I could win with two 4T, I didn't want to risk. Salchow is jumped from two legs - what lets a skater do it more consistently - I think so.
G: It seems new rules are invented to let skaters perform more clean, yet we almost don't see clean skates. Maybe skaters should forget about quads, should follow Brown: jump triples and work on artistry?
Y: No, dear friends, let us don't look up to Brown. I guess it is the worst thing we can do now. Why don't we see clean skates? Well, this sport isn't easy, it's slippery.
Y: Sasha breaths out - and we breath out. Well, there were some mistakes, we see, that many elements are questionable for the judges. Yet we see how Sasha bunched his fists showing that he is satisfied with his skate. I'd like to note he took a risk, he jumped 4 lutz, he has done it - with a small mistake, but he has done it. Quad lutzes are not performed often in our country. 4T with a minus too. We could see, that Sasha was fighting for every element. I wish... (I never advise, I think advising is a lowly employment. It is wrong to criticize an athlete, to criticize any person.) I wish Sasha could work more on his skating skills, on interpretation - those skills which Jason Brown has exercised so well.
Y: You speak about comparing the results, I look at those scores which the athletes have now, I see almost the same scores for artistry. Samarin has nearly the same scores with Nam Nguyen. Jason Brown has 9 points more than any of them (I guess we mention Jason Brown so often, that he will be hiccuping all night long) It means one can get high scores for his skating skills only, failing at the technical side to some degree, - and to be not far from the top.
Y: in Phchon... Phchonchkhan!
G: That's why I say: in South Korea.
Y: In South Korea.
G: The men presented us a phenomenal show in the free skating. It is sad, that the Russian athlete - Alexander Samarin - doesn't get a medal again (like there was no medal in pairs), he takes the 4th place. Like Boikova/Kozlovsky.
Y: Yet anyway Boikova/Kozlovsky made a very good impression, and Alexander Samarin did make a very good impression. We hope that he'll make his skating cleaner - and of course, will be able to fight for medals in future.
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