What do you think about the judges shameless obsession with Patrick Chan? I mean I love his skating and I think he deserves the title, but do you think he deserves that high scores? Well then again another person also got a 180 point freeskate...
I agree he deserved the win, and he’s a talented skater. The short program score, I won’t argue with too much because the previous record-holder was even more overscored than however much people think Patrick was.
But I think the high components, in performance and interpretation particularly, for his long program are so shameless and frustrating. I didn’t feel that skated with the freedom he did in the short program or his long program at Canadian nationals. I felt the disconnect between him and the music that I usually do. And while his upper body movements get him points, they could be worked on extensively, presentation-wise.
I mostly think judges in this system are lazy, because they would rarely ever judge the PCS marks very critically and basically give the same scores across the board for any given skater no matter what (give or take half a point or so between categories), except they’ll mark transitions slightly lower than the rest.
I actually feel that Takahiko Kozuka had the best free skate of the night (followed by Patrick, followed by Oda.). His skating skills are, as usual, way underscored. They’re just as good as Chan’s. And the entire program was seamless and his skating was so smooth from his blades to his fingertips. And technically flawless.
“I cannot finish my career like this. I had this in Russia, so I should go for Sochi. The accident turned out to be a good excuse for not quitting.”
“I will have to work much harder to compete against young skaters from now. It might be difficult for me to continue to be a top contender, but I’d like to think that will enrich my life experience.”
Yay! That accident, it was meant to be. I knew he didn’t want to retire.
As Daisuke said in a different article, it will be difficult for him to make it for Sochi, but I want him to skate as an eligible skater as much as he wants. I’m sure, unlike Fumie Suguri, he is a kind of person who knows how to call it a day. He has much more great things inside him to show us yet.
lol, I’m such a uber!
I keep saying, “You can’t retire, skate forever!” But I truly believe that if it were time, he’d bow out gracefully. And I also believe that he has so much more to give to the skating world. If this incident made him realize that, then I can take that good from it, too.
You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face And show the world all the love in your heart Then people gonna treat you better You’re gonna find, yes, you will That you’re beautiful as you feel
I thought your Worlds 2011 posters were the official ones... I was like wow, nice design, Russia is a good job for being so prompt with organizing such little things. And then I realized you actually make them yourself. Anyways, just wanted to let you know how AWESOME-looking they are :)
Wow, thank you so much for the sweet words!
On that note, all these posters were a fun project to countdown to Worlds, so I seriously appreciate all the kind words and the people who followed this series. I hope everyone enjoyed them :D