I am surprised you liked that full of stumping-toe-work footwook sp. Yeah I understand that claiming you like someone first before your trashing makes you look more objective. You are smarter now. But sorry, his strength is not just power and passion. I don't see lots of skaters have masculine look but also soft and fluid at the same time, plus musicality and emotions. And I rather watch his simple crossovers(deep soft knees, nice core) and his spread eagle, spiral, hydroblade (long edges and flowing) than lots of level 4 SS today. BTW, I don't like Lambiel and Buttle's crossovers. If only talk about skating, I prefer Takahashi's much more than Lambiel's, better knee bending, deeper edges. The gliding effect of Takahashi's footwork makes him less busier than Lambiel. Same thing applies to Yagudin and Plushenko. You seem really expected high from him. I see that as sort of respect, thanks for that but you seem have no idea how severe his injury is. Listen to those real professionals, it may give you a better idea that his injury affects not only just his jumps. Yagudin 2002 Sears Open 'Racing' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqcsgm2VLB8 If he can do higher level programs, he wouldn't have retired that early, and I bet you, all three medal winners of 2006 oly might be different. Still even though skater X skated on half of his own hip, he managed to get higher pcs in each category and higher goe on almost all elements than skater Y at last year's MWO. If he's healthier, I am sure the mark would have been doubled. And along with Navka, he's the main attraction to audiences in shows according to Averbukh. If someone has more talent, he always has more chances in life. He extended his career in Russia because he's capable of skating in pairs with non-professionals. He had to learn lots of ice dance moves in those shows, for me, that's kind of versatile too.