....I'm actually in tears while writing this, because I've been watching Sasha Abt...and now I'm watching Yagudin! Even though I've watched Sasha's program a zillion times, I had forgot how good his Rachmaninov is... The music suits him perfectly, it's building and lifting, and his flow and glide leaves me speachless. It's not flawless, like at Europeans, but he forgets about his mistakes and moves on, and ends the program wonderfully. wow...I am lost for words. The scratch spin in the end is so great! Some parts of the program is a little bit emtpy maybe, but I don't mind one bit lol And Yagudin... the look in his eyes when he starts his program- his fiercness, his emotions, his presence... I agree he played it a little safe if you look at the jumping content, but there's nothing watered down or holding back about the program, he goes for absolutely every element 110%. his 3a is SO HUGE and clean, his quads are perfect, with so much speed, his flying sit is brilliant, and he's so into the performance it's incredible! that's all the reasons he's my all time favourite. I love how he's kissing the ice, I love how he's kneeling to Tarasova, I love how she's jumping and skating with him by the boards all the way through his program, and I love his joy in the k&c. sigh.... My favourite fs quote ever, by TAT: - I'm so happy about Alexei, because he's great, he's great natural talent, and he win today, and he's real olympic champion, and he skate well, he..he very artistically, and he loves public, and public loves him, it's wonderful, today is great day for figure skating!! How can I write anything more. Will do later, when I catch my breath again! Goeble was awsome, I have to say it, even though a little stiff, his quads so clean, such a strong guy! his 3a from a spread eagle, his 3l from hydroblading, 4.20 somthing into the program...wow! and Honda...the best Aranjuez ever! wish he could have had a medal too! Plushy's choreography I don't like, but his presence and command of the ice is marvelous, and the jumps-wow again! his 3a-3f is one of a kind! ...now the Russian national anthem is playing on my good ol' vcr! Alexei is smiling! what a guy!!