Jeremy Abbott's programs this season

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  1. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Just legendary.

    It's a shame these programs or performances won't be truly rewarded if he doesn't have the big jumps or land them consistently. His PCS should have seen 8s a long time ago and like Kozuka said, I am afraid it's only going to happen after / when he delivers at Worlds and wins a medal.

    I would love the singles results at Worlds to look like this:

    1. Kozuka / Czisny
    2. Abbott / Suzuki
    3. Verner / Asada
    4. Hanyu / Kostner
    5. Chan / Wagner
    6. Takahashi / Korpi
    7. Fernandez / Biryukova
    8. Dornbush / Murakami
    9. Brezina / Elene G
    10. Song / Phaneuf
     
  2. centerpt1

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    Love Abbotts skating to death, but right now the only one likely to defeat Chan is Chan himself. Chan has excellent skating skills AND multiplle quads.

    That said, Jeremy's FP was otherworldly.

    He's got his spins back, and hopefully the jumps will also be there by January. He never gave up on this program- he performed it with purpose and inspiration throughout.

    Jeremy's skating is about music, ice, man. I just love to watch it.
     
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  3. lauravvv

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    I agree. Probably the rest of what you wrote is a bit of a exaggeration, but only a bit. I also admire Chan's skating skills, and the speed and ease with which he is skating is impressive to watch even on TV/video. But at the same time he hasn't made it into my Top 10 of currently skating male skaters (both amateur and professional), while Jeremy Abbott is definitely in Top 5 (more precisely, in fifth place contending for the fourth or third with Buttle and Takahashi :)). And the things that you mentioned - identity, maturity, musicality and overall artistry is what makes that difference. Although I don't think that Chan is unmusical. He's just musical enough to get the needed component mark for interpretation, but not more. As nashvilledancer wrote, he is still young, and probably the maturity and personal attitude in his programs will come with time, but I don't see it yet.

    Obviously, that's the problem with young skaters now - they are mostly taught to do everything that is required to "to tick all the boxes", including in PCS, but it seems rarely who teaches the importance of personal attitude and the (real) feel for music anymore. Now it's more about the form, less about the inner feeling and understanding. So, it's up to the skater's personality what he/she will become in that regard.
    Well, Chan currently has a bigger arsenal of difficult jumps than Takahashi and Abbott, so, even if they all do them clean, Chan will still win. As for Kozuka, I can't agree about him having great presentation skills and artistry. He is good, but... Probably that's just my opinion, as he has never once truly moved me or held my attention during his programs.


    Returning to the original topic, both of Abbott's programs this season - especially this LP (or FS :)) - have cemented his position as one of my favourite current skaters. Up until now I was still prepared to be disappointed by him (didn't like his last season's FS that much), but not anymore.
     
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  4. gkelly

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    Hasn't that always been the case? Some skaters are emotional, some are analytical. Some are natural performers, some are naturally shy, or committed jocks, or willing to be expertly "packaged" but not self-motivated artists, etc.

    Coaching emphasis also plays a part.
     
  5. judgejudy27

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    Chan's only competition from now until Sochi is Chan. Only a major self destruction can make him lose. The rest should focus on making themselves the best skaters they can be so they can fight for the silver.
     
  6. aftershocks

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    Love your wish list for Worlds placements, Marco! Oh, but I'd switch Kostner with Suzuki, and I'd switch Takahashi with Verner (even as much as I love Tomas).

    How ironic, irony upon irony in fs. Sure, Chan just needs a bit of this and a bit of that to help give him some extra oomph and some magic, since he's already got the gold, right judgejudy :rofl: Okay, so Chan already checked out Weir to try and perfect his 3-axel and emulate "silky skating." He looks to Savoie and Abbott to learn how to incorporate transitions. By gosh, that's not enough, so he now needs to get to the source of Abbott's artistic and choreographic mastery, so why not work with Abbott's modern dance coach. Uh boy, Chan, you of superior SS, I think you must look within first. It must come from within Chantastic, or else YOU WILL STILL BE MISSING SOMETHING!

    Can't they please reward the true and complete all-around skaters who exhibit mastery in the art of skating, as well as in the technical aspects: Dai Takahashi, Jeremy Abbott, Takahiko Kozuka (fine, you wouldn't put Kozuka in this category, lauravvv. I disagree, Kozuka has much better musicality and artistry than Chan. To a large degree, IMHO, Patrick Chan is fairly "studied" in his so-called artistry, and he skates over the music -- he does not interpret the music).

    Re, you think I'm exaggerating a bit: that's the point, lauravvv, when it comes to Chan, there can apparently be no exaggeration, cause he's just so "heroic." Seriously, Chan has had above average ss, and mucho talent from a young age. He was pushed up quickly as a result and unfortunately over-hyped. Figure skating is often a game of strategy and exaggeration, because it is so political, and the IJS has added even more complexity to this most dramatic and complex sport. Chan's often given leeway in the marks when performing poorly, and his PCS are way off the charts to an "exaggerated" degree.

    If not for his mouthing off too much in 2009, Chan might have won Worlds. It was just as well he came in second there, I suppose. But his marks at 2010 Olympics were a joke in the opposite direction. One thing he learned there was "the judges seem to love me even with mistakes, and if I can perfect a quad, I will be ahead of the pack." Probably even he didn't realize he'd be considered so far ahead, he could do absolutely no wrong ever again, even with multiple mistakes in programs. And please, let's not give Chan anymore excuses, okay. Whaddup with, "He is still young." Give me a break, please. What does that make Hanyu, a baby? In any case, the quad's the thing. The sport decided to listen to Plushy and make it the sine qua non of men's figure skating.

    Like I said, ironies abound all over the place. But that's the way it's been probably forever in figure skating. Some of the very best artists are not fully rewarded for different reasons. It is frankly difficult to combine both artistry and technical ability, and even when you do have both like Hanyu and Johnny Weir, there are other drawbacks. E.g., Hanyu needs to mature and to gain more stamina; Weir had competition nerves, which he overcame, but he was never fully embraced within the sport, which was something his rebellious attitude didn't help. But fine, Johnny did his thing, and he refused to compromise, and he left a mark on the sport that can not be denied, even if it is ignored for the most part, like an elephant in the room.

    Matt Savoie was unlucky politically, and his introspective and shy personality did not help win him any influence with the judges. Matt left an important legacy nonetheless. His programs can be watched over and over again, and be enjoyed and find something new to admire every time. Lambiel is seemingly universally loved and he contributed a great deal to the sport, and I will always enjoy watching him, but I don't recall when if ever he skated a clean program in competition. Buttle finally fixed his 3-axel and made it all come together magically to win in 2008 -- he's just lucky that the quad police were taking a break that year. The marvelous Rohene Ward could barely make it to Nationals every year, much less get out of Nationals (a variety of reasons, including lacking finances for proper training, mucho competition nerves, but WoW, what a skater who combines amazing jumps and out of this world artistry. He is making a mark as a choreographer, and a show skater). Let's not even go into Emanuel Sandhu territory. But look at those who did manage to work on the artistic side of things when they had the jumps: Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Ilia Kulik, Alexei Yagudin, even Todd Eldredge -- tho' I know this inclusion will make judgejudy go bonkers. Of course, Christopher Bowman had it all too, but he was like a candle in the wind, or a firecracker burnt out too soon. Paul Wylie, the epitome of a great skater with everything. Paul mainly faltered due to competition nerves, but he got it all together for a magical Olympics which fueled his stellar pro career. And he’s one of Jeremy Abbott’s mentors. :cool:

    Oh well, figure skating is chock full of debates and always will be. Re your post, judgejudy, you often do make some mean sense. :D

    Off to watch Jere-amazin' again ...
     
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  7. skatesindreams

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    aftershocks,

    entire post;
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  8. lauravvv

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    True. But with the COP system artistry has become something that is measured in numbers, which actually is not real artistry. Surely, before that skaters didn't have to work on artistry to get good marks, but, at the same time, those with an artistic inclination had more freedom. But nothing new here. This has been discussed countless times, and nothing is changing because of it. Plus, we also know that the new system has it's good points too.
     
  9. lauravvv

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    Again, agree completely. The problem is, to be truly artistic, skaters need to have a personal attitude towards the chosen music and/or preferebly have their own general vision about the style and mood of the program, not just wait for the instructions from their coach and choreographer. I think, even if the music is offered by their coach or choreographer, they must first listen (really listen) to it carefully, and try to find a connection with it, understand what the music tells them personally. And, unfortunately, this is an attitude that could cause problems if: a) the skater is too inexperienced to understand how his idea will go with the required technical elements, b) the coach or the choreographer has a different work ethic/is of the kind that wants to control everything no matter what/doesn't have the will and the patience to compromise and work with the program in order to both satisfy the skater's wishes and to achieve the needed technical content/just thinks that ticking all the boxes technically and in PCS is more imortant than some personal creativity. All well known problems. Both the personal attitude and the necessary experience can come with age, but trainers and choreographers are another thing. I don't think there is anyone among the top trainers currently to whom creativity is just as important as marks, or who would be willing or patient enough to let skaters make some mistakes in the process in order to see what they come up with on their own, and then correct them where needed (as you understand, I don't mean the execution of separate technical elements, but rather the capability to combine their ideas or separate choreographic moves/transitions that they probably have imagined with the required technical content ). I know that Peter Grutter is such a trainer. Probably he just had to be such a trainer with Lambiel, because Lambiel with his personality most likely wouldn't have been able to work with a really controlling coach - even as a child. Or he would have been broken, and then there wouldn't be Lambiel as we know him now. Probably he would have better jumps and the Olympic gold + more world gold medals in his pocket, if he had worked with someone like Tarasova or Morozov. But, as I wrote, then he wouldn't be what he is now.

    And probably Abbott would also be a better "technician", if he was not so focused on his creativity. But do we want that? I personally don't.

    As for Kozuka, it's really just personal taste, but I agree about Chan - that was what I was trying to say about him. Formally ticking all the boxes is "studied". I think he does skate to music (meaning that his skating is not in discord with music), but only formally, and I agree that he doesn't interpret it in any individual way.

    But must we really exaggerate as well, just because Chan and figure skating judges etc. are exaggerating :D? No, if seriously, you are mostly right, I just don't think that everything is quite as bad as you wrote. But, honestly, I am too lazy to explain my opinion about those things in such detail. And my post is too long already as it is.
     
  10. aftershocks

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    Thanks for your thoughts, lauravvv ... the debate goes on in figure skating.

    Ahhhh what a breath of fresh air to see Dai (at NHK Trophy) given marks through the roof for his fabulous short program (w/o a quad, btw), not to mention seeing him skate it lights out! No matter the marks, what a joy to watch. Thrilling!

    Dai's short program and Abbott's free program -- the best of the men this season, and programs that I think will last for the ages!

    Chan with his gorgeous SS really can't touch what Dai and Abbott do in these programs. Whether its because "he's still young," or he doesn't have it within him and never will, remains to be seen. Funny that some are calling World champion Chan "still young," at the age of 21 (which he will be next month), while someone in another thread disses Johnny as having been "a grown man" at the age of 21 in 2006.
     
  11. IceAlisa

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    For a moment I felt disoriented. I thought I was in Jeremy Abbott's thread and it's all about the devil incarnate Chan. :lol:
     
  12. centerpt1

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    I'm just happy there's an Abbott thread at all.
     
  13. aftershocks

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    No, no, no, do not dis Patrick Chan -- he's just a happy go lucky "kid" with SS to die for. Sure, he needs more work to truly become an artist on ice. Problem is Chan's SS are so mesmerizing to some people, that as a result he's been prematurely touted and rewarded for having it all. He doesn't, but that certainly does not make him "devilish." Nor does it make him almighty ...

    The IJS system, well, that's quite another thing, entirely ... :2faced:

    Back on topic:

    I was watching Jeremy's sp again, and noticed that maybe he is fooling around with those suspenders a bit too much during the program, but he skates so wonderfully I didn't really notice it the first few times around. Ah well, here is Benji Schwimmer's take on the short program:

    "If I were to compare Jeremy's skating to a dancer, it would be Nureyev. I wanted to take him out of that box, not to destroy what he has, just to play a completely different character than himself. It's one part swing, one part Jeremy, one part absolute fun."

    Here is Jeremy's take on his free program music:

    "When I listen to [the music], I get chills, kind of, and I can see the program and feel the music."
     
  14. skatesindreams

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    Thanks for sharing those very interesting comments, aftershocks.
     
  15. Meredith

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    Watching Jeremy skate to this program over and over again, not once does my mind wander. Not once do I compare him to another skater. I keep forgetting this is a competitive program! I am so enthralled with Jeremy's connection to the music that everything else seems secondary.

    Love the program, adore the skating and love that Jeremy shared this with us.

    ps: Thank you, aftershocks.
     
  16. Sylvia

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    Lovely performance of Adele's "Hometown Glory" by Abbott on NBC's Fashion on Ice broadcast today!
     
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    ^^ They showed only one performance by Jeremy, not the "Hometown Glory" in the white Mendel outfit. :(

    Does anyone have a link to that performance?
     
  18. lauravvv

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    Hope there will be a video available. I really liked that program at COC gala, even despite the mistakes. When he first performed it at 'All That Skate Spring', I thought his costume, some of the moves and the general feeling of it (although the theme is different) called for comparison with Lambiel's 'Ne me quitte pas' - mainly, a really unfortunate choice of costume :(. Then the comparison was not in his favour. But now he has changed the costume :)D), and it's not so anymore. I finally felt like this program is truly his own, and there is no need to compare it to anyone else.
     
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    A pity :(.
     
  20. Sylvia

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    Absolutely. I'll never forget the times I watched Patrick Chan skate live. He just builds up so much speed so effortlessly, I could watch him for hours just stroking. :swoon: That's not easy, and it's a very rare ability. Carolina Kostner comes pretty close, but she doesn't build up the same power. And again with her, it's an ability that doesn't come across nearly as much on TV. You really have to see them both live to appreciate their skating.

    Whereas with Jeremy, he really has to be skating a program for me to truly appreciate him. :) He really does have gorgeous programs, and he skates them with sensitivity that nobody else possesses.

    Now if Patrick could also develop the same level of sensitivity (and every year he's been improving at this), then he'd be my perfect skater. ;) But Jeremy and Patrick both have different styles and I can definitely appreciate them both for what they offer.
     
  22. dinakt

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    I just need to write again that every time I rewatch Jeremy's LP I think:"That is absolutely amazing".
     
  23. aftershocks

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    Do you mean sensitivity or artistry? Not exactly the same thing, although I would agree that Jeremy seems very thoughtful and sensitive ("capacity to respond to outer stimuli; emotional awareness"). This aspect of his personality can help and hurt.

    Patrick seems to be trying to display artistic sensibility in his programs, but IMO, he's not really there yet, plus he doesn't really interpret the music as well as Jeremy and Dai. I think Patrick still has a level of immaturity in his skating, which should not be surprising since he is still maturing (he's been around since age 16, so its easy to forget he's not 21 yet -- his birthday is in December).
     
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    I mean "sensitivity" as in "artistry that actually kind of quantifiable." :lol: Knowing when to push and when to pull back. Jeremy has moments in his LP where he does just a soft, small movement but he does it in the spirit of the music, so much so that it takes your breath away. Bringing his arm down during his last spin is one of those moments. Such a little thing, but it means so much.

    Patrick's not at that level yet, his bread-and-butter is his sheer skating ability. He's all push, but he's been improving. But soaring dramatic music definitely suits his style, I don't see him ever doing a quiet, introspective, and sensitive program like Jeremy's successfully.
     
  25. aftershocks

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    This I would agree. Jeremy's program is breathtaking, and even those who don't like his style of skating have been moved by his fp this season.

    When you are an intuitive, sensing, feeling person it is possible to over think and analyze too much, instead of relaxing. With his two programs this season, I think Jeremy seems to be able to relax more and let the music take him, while still maintaining the focus but not the over-thinking should he make a mistake re his jumps. If a skater makes a mistake, it's important to get quickly back into the flow of the program, and not tense up.

    Definitely Patrick's personality seems suited to the music choices he makes, but who knows, to stretch himself a switch might be in order.
     
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    I was thinking of Matt Savoie when I saw Jeremy's long program last week. Both because of the transitions and because of the subtlety and restraint. I always thought that Matt did not get enough credit for his transitions, choregoraphy, and difficulty. There were times when a certain skater beloved by judges would do little besides crossovers between elements would get higher transition and choreography scores than Matt would, and it drove me crazy. I have sometimes thought that Jeremy similarly did not get enough credit, so I was happy to see that he did get a lot of credit for his long program last week.

    My NBC station apparently is boycotting skating this year, so if anyone has a link to a particularly good video, it would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Just find this:)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbJDAF4CaKI
     
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    On NBC this weekend, Peter Carruthers and Terry Gannon called Daisuke's free skate the best skate of the season so far...I don't think they meant it was Daisuke's best skate, but the best long program from all the men this season...what do you guys think? I personally love Jeremy's much much more.
     
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    Well, this is a Jeremy thread so we need to gush about him without comparing him to other skaters who may be just as good. That said, Dai did land more jumps, so that would put him ahead for now.
     
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