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10-07-2012, 10:11 AM
Bravo to Chan's pure & god SS.


Finally! It was a disaster, but wow! I really love this program! :swoon:
It's already my favorite program from him. Love his new costume, too!

Ashley's freeskate:

Great skate, but it reminds me of Joannie's program. Like her costume, though.

10-07-2012, 10:12 AM
I can't believe Plushenko didn't fall on that double toe! That was crazy tilted. You haven't seen tilted until you see that. Then than mistake on the double axel. He almost saved it but no-"fall". Similar to the Russian test skates in all aspects of the choreo. Rotated and landed two quads with some problem but done and then the first triple axel was great. Too bad about the second single one. Impressive regarding his age with the mistakes.

I'm sure he will be far better in the season!:)



10-07-2012, 10:20 AM
I'm sure he will be far better in the season!:)

I hope he will do this program or another program with those jumps at the level of 2012 euros. But that is such a high level!

10-07-2012, 10:22 AM
Jeffrey Buttle :swoon:
I just absolutely love this guys pro work. Arguably skating better now than before he retired!

10-07-2012, 11:15 AM
Dai did a great job, but this post made me search for the definition of "lights out." I know that it's used to describe a superb performance but didn't quickly find any official definition for that use of the term. Is it not commonly used in that way in other contexts? I wonder where it originated. Anyone know?

Surprised to see no reference in online sources to the extended usages of this term. Original usage: "military signal that lights are to be extinguished for the night." Also, "death, time to die."

Perhaps the term used in reference to competitive performance is extrapolated from the "death" usage. IOW, Dai "killed it." He turned the "lights out" with his winning performance. Sure this performance is not the best he can do, but its better than good for the start of the new season. Plus he has that extra something that can't be taught.

10-07-2012, 11:20 AM
Jeff... oh Jeff ...:swoon::swoon: Like vintage wine.. better with increasing years!
Plushenko .. :eek: unbelievable. He still can jump.

10-07-2012, 11:40 AM
Re Chan's performance, what was his excuse: rushing, nerves, skates, ice, early season? Oh well, he has worked hard on the musicality and artistic aspects of his skating, which weren't terribly bad anyway. Apparently, his skating skills minimize all disasters and/ or deficiencies. His skating is definitely an example of "out of this world" flow, per ISU terminology in their skating skills vids.

Re Ashley's performance, very strong! And the color of her dress is not so intense bright yellow in the video clip, as it was in the original photo link. It seems to be more of a deep rich yellow.


Jeffrey was very good. He shows great passion. I've never been a huge fan of his, but I generally have enjoyed his performances, especially some of his extraordinary exhibitions. I could do without the exaggerated closing of eyes at the beginning, which Patrick has taken to doing also. I think they caught it from Johnny. ;) But while Johnny's former closing of eyes seemed more spur of the moment and natural, theirs seems more studied. But whatever gets them in the mood. I don't think Johnny has particularly made a practice of doing it. I recall he did it once during the opening of his Yunona y Avos program. And on a few other occasions.

Re Plushenko. Still in great shape, but not as dead solid on his jumps, but that doesn't mean he won't be competitive. More Rondo Capriccioso, along with Johnny-flavored costume. ;)

10-07-2012, 12:32 PM
Ashley's freeskate:

I like it for the most part but the dress is gross and she has way too many spots where she's stopping to pull faces and pose for the judges.

Disaster skate for Patrick but that LP could be absolutely gorgeous!!

Never cared much for Ashley Wagner in the past but she's been growing on me since last season and I liked the drive and fire in her skate at Japan Open, she has a lovely presence on the ice.

Quite painful to see Chan falling on almost every jump but everything he's doing between the falls is a thing of beauty, from how he is using his edges to his body and arm movement. Awesome choreography, this La Boheme might be the most emotional program he's ever done.:swoon:

10-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Jeffrey Buttle :swoon:
I just absolutely love this guys pro work. Arguably skating better now than before he retired!

Yeah I wasn't a fan of his amateur work - but he's an amazing skater with much grace and elegance

10-07-2012, 12:53 PM
The color of Ashley's dress was bright yellow. In the video clip it looks more like orange but it' not.
And it was shining brightly and I love it.

What really shone was her performance.
After the beautiful and almost perfect performance of Mao, crowds went literally crazy with joy. Most of them including me expected Mao to win.

Going into the ice seeing this excitement of the crowds and delivering this level of performance is just incredible. I was so excited to see her last jump (though it was UR). She was attacking until the end of the program. That's the spirit!

Golden performance from Ashley. She changed the mood of Team NA from dark to bright!

10-07-2012, 12:58 PM
What is the link to the detailed protocol? Thanks :)

10-07-2012, 01:00 PM

10-07-2012, 01:03 PM
What is the link to the detailed protocol
Post #165.

ETA thanks to this user who has uploaded 9 of the 12 FS videos so far: http://www.youtube.com/user/icechannel2011

10-07-2012, 01:56 PM
Are the ladies not required to do a layback spin now?

Required in the short program since 1989 -- still the case.

Never required in long programs.

10-07-2012, 02:03 PM
Comment on Ashley - She seems to have more height on her jumps than she used to, and the way she saved that crooked 3F, wow! A couple of years ago, she would've landed on her butt