Would Evan have won 2010 Olympics even had everyone skated cleanly

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Would Evan have won 2010 Olympics even had everyone skated clean

  1. yes, especialy with a quad

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  2. yes, but not without a quad

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  3. no

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  1. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

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    Fair enough, but does clean for Lambiel mean good quality jumps too? Even jumps he lands are often iffy and not that strong. It could even be argued his performances in Vancouver were somewhat close to clean, just with alot of mediocre quality jumps, and he isnt really a strong jumper to begin with except for sometimes having good quads, and a quad triple flip-triple toe combo. I quite disagree with counting clean for him as doing the triple axel as it is pretty clear to me he was never planning to do any, but to each their own.
  2. Proustable

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    One could make the argument that a clean Takahashi won't get that high of GOE for jumps. I think Lambiel's GOEs would be respectable because of what he did (shorter entrances/transitions into them, often musically on point).

    And yes, the triple axel thing is clearly wrong (especially since I'm not giving credit to Takahashi, for example, for his 4CC 2008 content).
  3. judgejudy27

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    I think Takahashi gets good GOE on his jumps compared to anyone in the 2010 field. He is getting dwarfed often by Hanyu and Chan (both overscored skaters in general) in that category these days, but compared to the 2010 guys he was just fine there. Lambiel I think struggles in that category even on a good day, JMO. I am a big fan of Lambiel btw, but just trying to be realistic.
  4. aftershocks

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    I think one of the things we really know regardless of meaningless hypotheticals, is that Evan was the favored U.S. skater going in, despite Abbott being the U.S. champion (and also Abbot is now forever the forgotten man since he faltered, despite having the two best choreographed programs that year on a par with Takahashi's great sp). If Abbott had skated cleanly, he could have made the podium -- I guess the lesson is do well, but don't peak at Nationals, especially in an Olympic season. And btw, whoever said that Dai would have won had he skated cleanly, remember Dai skated great in his sp, but was not given deserving marks, so truthfully even skating his lp cleanly, I doubt Dai was going to be on top of the podium.

    The other thing we know is that Johnny Weir despite skating cleanly was predetermined by his outspoken political incorrectness and rebel status to come in 6th as it obviously didn't matter that Stephane and Patrick skated poorly, since they were placed higher than Weir. So, we can say had Stephane and Patrick skated cleanly, they may have had better chances to place even better, and had Johnny made the mistakes Stephane and Patrick made, he would have been further low-balled.

    Evan has always been a hard-worker, but not necessarily more consistent than everyone, just perhaps more determined, and definitely fortunate in his coach and in his political backing. In any case, it is what it is, or whatever we wish it had been, but won't ever be except in an alternate universe. :p
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    In my opinion Weir got for his CoP-unfriendly programmes exactly the scores he deserved, because he is not a skater with the kind of reputation Plushenko has. And both Chan and Lambiel had better programmes.
  6. caseyedwards

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    Chan Did not have a better program than weir. It was more cop so smarter not better. Weir had a 4/4 layout with both triple axels is the first half. That was wrong. They tried to make up for it with the 3/3 in the second half but was not good enough. If you were doing all triples it had to be 3/5 layout with triple axel in the second half and lots and lots of moves for no reason with speed. That was the new ideal to the judges.
  7. The Accordion

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    Seeing it live - Weir also skated really tentatively and small.
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    Interestingly, Evan ended up only tied for 3rd in Component scores in the Free Skate at 2010 Olympics, though 2nd in components in the short program.

    The discussions here are quite similar to discussions regarding Katarina Witt's 2 Olympic Gold medals, and whether others (Sumners, Thomas) would have won had they skated cleanly in all segments.
  9. judgejudy27

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    Except that Witt has actually proven she could win an event with virtually all her main competitors skating their best (87 Worlds).
  10. aftershocks

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    Yeah, I think Stephane had beautifully-choreographed programs, and Chan's were okay but not outstanding, IMHO. The fact that neither Chan nor Stephane skated with any excitement, passion or determination nullifies any program quality.

    Clearly, people's overarching dislike of Johnny Weir colors their view of his skating and his programs. Even as a Johnny fan, I agree he didn't have a shit-load of transitions and Galina unfortunately messed with his already excellent jump technique, but Johnny's above-average talent and artistry was still in evidence, plus his programs were not exactly sh*t either, and he skated cleanly. I don't care how "small and tentative" anyone perceives his skating to have been in Vancouver, Johnny overall skated better than Patrick and Stephane did in both programs, and that's a fact.

    Even the great Toller Cranston appreciated the skating of Johnny and Evan over that of Plushenko, as he indicated in a CBC interview post-Vancouver Olympics.

    ETA:
    Johnny definitely was not CoP-savvy, but neither was he a political favorite, and neither was he politically correct, and neither was he diplomatic in speaking to the media, and neither did he always make the best choices to advance his career. But that's Johnny! Nothing changes the fact that he was an above average figure skater with enviable talent and that he had a huge impact on men's figure skating, especially circa 2004 - 2008.
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    He was not a political favorite. Everyone else in us skating was promoting inmans email and promoting it and saying plushenko should be judged on he email but he was criticizing it saying it was wrong to be so intent on bashing European skaters and it made him a man without a country without a federation and no support!!
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    ^^ Ha, caseyedwards, you are apparently so quad-addled, you don't realize that nothing you said in your post #51 contradicts anything I said in my post #50.

    Fact of the matter is, Johnny has always been kind of an outsider, underdog who lacked full federation support, and probably he was born in the wrong country, and even in his own estimation he was born different and less "normal." I think he meant that at the same time he was being tongue-in-cheek. Johnny is nothing if not rebellious and in-your-face, because he made the decision never to back down from being teased and made fun of, and to always try to be true to himself. He's paid the price for being different and often errantly outspoken, and for not always being strong competitively, and for not always making the right career choices, and for lying as a rebellious teenager, and for being too honest for his own good. But frankly, his arc through the world of figure skating has helped relax a lot of hidebound and stringent attitudes toward male figure skaters fully expressing all aspects of who they are on the ice.

    I think it's the unique differences every skater has that ultimately make all the difference if they are fortunate enough to put everything together in important career-defining moments. Even if Johnny Weir never comes back in the way he hopes, he still has the magic of his 2004 Nationals and Worlds performances, and he still has the iconic and mesmerizing beauty of his 2004-2005 season programs, and his 2006 Olympic sp, and he still has the personal victory of his 2010 Vancouver programs, and the solid bronze medal win at Worlds in 2008. And Denis Ten will always have the magic and personal victory of his triumphant performances at 2013 Worlds.
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    ^^^^ no I realized it!! I was agreeing with you! Reinforcing with my own words and opinion as to why he was not a favorite! If anyone was going to win with all triples weir was the best.
  14. judgejudy27

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    Based on how everyone skated in Vancouver these should have been the results:

    Gold- Takahashi. How he was scored was a joke. His short program should have been 5 points above Plushenko and Lysacek, and a huge ROTFL and WTF to losing PCS to Evan freaking Lysacek with a clean skate. As for his LP the quad miss was what it was, but the two lutz calls were total BS, and Evans second triple axel should have been downgraded, and Plushenkos PCS were a bit too high for that skate.

    Silver- Plushenko. Mostly by default since nobody else was that good. Not his best but he still did do all the jumps and the quads, and most of the other programs werent great either or were filled with mistakes.

    Bronze- Weir. Even if his programs lack transitions and COP friendly jump layouts, there are alot of other areas he should smoke Evan in (jump GOE, some of the spins, interpretation, skating skills, performance).

    4th- Lysacek

    5th- Kozuka. Undermarked for solid efforts.

    6th- Lambiel. Love him and his best would have deserved to (and probably won) over the field as they skated, even if not neccessarily over Takahashi et al also skating their best, but too many mistakes in both programs.

    7th- Chan. His marks were actually reasonable for once. Actually they always were until the summer of 2010 when the CSA huge cheque was probably manufactured for what they wanted to happen this quad.

    8th- Oda. Good short, dissapointing long skate.
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    ^^ Blimey, I believe those assessments are fairly spot-on JJ!

    Ain't it a shame that Dai was unfairly done by in the Vancouver sp, and that he wasn't being coached by Frank Carroll. ;) The bigger shame is the way Dai has been treated these past few years vs Chan -- there's at least 3 times when in head-to-head comps against Chan, Dai deserved the win, 2012 Worlds being the most notorious.


    Okay, caseyedwards, I apologize for mistaking your intent, but still surely even you admit you're quad-addled, or at the least quad-obsessed. :shuffle:


    As to Weir being the best to win with all triples, ITA that Weir was better overall as a technically well-rounded and artistic skater, than Evan, and even better than Plush artistically (but Plush had the jump difficulty and consistency and rep with judges and full federation backing). Also, Dai had fast-improved in terms of becoming a more well-rounded skater, partly from being inspired by Johnny, IMO. Stephane is and was a genius and a sublime skater, but he had problems with technical consistency, lack of motivation seemingly partly due to injuries, and 3-axel miscues. At the point of 2010 Olympics, Chan was a favorite but he was also dealing with a bit of muddled confidence, too much over-hype, his foot-in-mouth mistakes at 2009 Worlds, and he was in wannabe mode. He should thank Plushy for giving him the quad wake-up call (but the judges' gifts are probably for Chan personally a mixed-bag).

    In any case, Johnny gave it his all, but he couldn't overcome the :rolleyes: re his outspoken comments, his lack of political support, Galina's meddling with his jump technique, his lack of CoP-savvy program strategy, the ridiculous hullabaloo over his lacking transitions, and a certain strange hesitancy on some of his jumps apparently caused by Galina's meddling with his technique (even though his jumps were still good, they didn't have the amazing effortless quality and flow out on landings that he magically possessed circa 2004 - 2007 and that were somewhat still within his muscle memory in 2008).
  16. judgejudy27

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    Yes people dismiss Chan beating not only relative unknowns like Ten but even established and fabulous skaters like Tahahashi even with numerous falls and mistakes and when Takahahshi skates great, and dismiss it with talks of Chans quality. Yet Chan making 1 minor mistake is enough to lose to Evan freaking Lysacek at the 2009 Worlds, and Takahashi making only 1 real mistake is enough to lose badly by a huge margin to Evan Lysacek at the Olympics. So are we now supposed to believe the gap in quality Chan supposably has ahead of someone like Takahashi is more than the gap in quality Takahashi has over Evan or old Plushenko. Then even more unbelievable the gap in quality Chan supposably has over Takahashi is much more than the gap he has over Lysacek (aka mistakes aside according to judges Evan is still a way better skater than Takahashi who Chan cant afford to put a foot wrong against in Evans prime, while he can put his butt on the ice many times over if it is Daisuke, and Daisuke skating cleanly with a quad possibly cant even be scored over Evan without one, hahahaha). Too absurd to even dicipher into something that could be rationalized. I cant decide what has been worse the last 5 years in mens skating, the mostly worst ever overall level of skating, or the increasingly shameful and inexplicable judging of the event.
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    Its totally appropriate To believe the 1998 to 2006 Olympics and 1997 to 2007 worlds set a standard for jumps in men's programs that win gold and to go below that standard represents a major regression. 2008 to 2010 has the most controversial wins in terms of jumps. 1997 to 2007 and 2011 to present have quads in all gold medal performances sometimes multiple quads. So I don't think there's anything Wrong with pointing Out how things have changed and what lead to those changes.

    There is no disagreement on weir really.
  18. judgejudy27

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    So strange people thought 2008 was a low point, but in reality Buttles winning performance from 2008 have turned out to be by far the best and most inspiring gold medal performances in the years since (apart form Chans 2011 Worlds winning performances perhaps). Atleast Buttle at his best was a godly skater in everyway except his absence of the quad. Instead we go from quadless Buttle as World Champion with an artistic, pure skating, and quality masterpiece, to Evan Lysacek also without a quad and average generic skating in every sense of the World as World AND Olympic Champion. Oh Jeff why couldnt you have stayed in another 2 years and somehow mantained your consitsency from the 08 Worlds, blah. Then we go to Chan who has quads and basic skating, but also lacks true artistry and emotion, with jacked up out of the World crazy GOE and PCS all over the place, occasionaly skating great competitions to win, but mostly falling and stumbling all over the ice in rarely seen mistake strew programs even from bottom feeding skaters to title after title, including the last 2 World titles. Oh shame on us Jeff, we should have admired your great win so much more!
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    ^^ Actually, Jeff Buttle and Johnny Weir were superbly great in the sp in 2008, and nothing really separated them except Johnny's lack of political favor, particularly with his own federation. Of course Johnny was under increased pressure to medal in the fp and he had the opportunity to win, but was fortunate to skate with few enough mistakes to grab bronze. And Jeff was amazing in his determination and consistency, and his 3-axel command which was historically his major shortcoming. Worlds 2008 was Jeff Buttle's finest moment!


    In any case re Dai vs Chan, and your previous post, I mostly agree with your take JJ, but breathe and don't allow yourself to be consumed by the total injustice. It's also frankly an injustice to Chan. And I doubt that Dai has let it get to him that much.

    IMO, TPTB in skating have made innumerable errors in judgment, but nothing will be done about it, so skaters realize they will just have to soldier on, until perhaps incremental positive changes begin to happen, or until a complete overthrow happens.


    In terms of Dai, he was hurt by his injury, especially re his difficulty in getting the quad completely and commandingly back into his arsenal. It is amazing though how he has been such a determined fighter and under the circumstances how often he has been able to ace the quad or at least stand up on it. That's what makes the utter dismissal by the judges when Dai deserved to win all the more despicable. Dai's programs last year are iconic and will surely go down in skating history.

    To put Dai down because Chan has a reputation for the SS and the quads but didn't display either cohesively or cleanly in his 2012 Worlds programs is mind-boggling. Kind of reminds me how Todd Eldredge was completely dissed and dismissed when suddenly quads were in vogue. Todd could do them in practice but he simply didn't have enough time left in his career to master them; if he had, he would have. Todd was a great jumper.


    It is very ironic that Chan deserved to win at 2009 Worlds, but took silver in part because of his unnecessary trash-talking against Joubert when Lysacek (who missed out at Worlds the previous year due to injury) was the real (who woulda' thunk) threat in Los Angeles.

    Figure skating! I wish I could quit ya!


    BTW, caseyedwards, quads have caused hugely more trouble than that one extra revolution is actually worth, IMHO!
  20. VarBar

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    While I always liked Johnny Weir for his elegant skating, I don't think he would have deserved any higher placement than 6th in Vancouver. Chan did fall on his second 3A but he had incredibly difficult transitions into most of his jumps, no stalking, no setup time, no rest moments, tons of speed and he really attacked his program. One of the best quadless Chans I've seen.

    But with a more severe penalty for falls, I suppose we could imagine Lambiel taking the bronze, Weir finishing 4th, Takahashi 5th and Chan 6th.
  21. aftershocks

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    ^^ Oh, come on VarBar, save your Chan defense for Sochi. :p

    Chan deserved to win 2009 Worlds and 2011 Worlds. His 5th place in Vancouver was generous to say the least. Strange we never hear Chan fans up-in-arms about Chan being denied 2009 Worlds, which he actually deserved to win! :rofl:

    Lambiel could have won it all in Vancouver had he actually been prepared to skate well. Unfortunately, he was not and he did not.

    As far as Weir's placement in Vancouver, your thoughts clearly are sympatico with those of US fed at the time who didn't care where the F Johnny placed*, and with those of ISU judges, and Johnny detractors everywhere!


    *Because their thoughts were solely on ensuring Lysacek would be in contention for gold
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  22. kwanette

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    Patrick came in 5th at the Olympics.
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    ^^ Thanks for the correction kwanette.
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    If you say so, it must be true, aftershocks. Because I've noticed you never judge skaters sentimentally but you always apply the rulebook to the skates.:respec:
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    I am growing increasingly bugged by the way so many folks on this list don't seem to know what is meant by "cleanly". Several of the folks mentioned did have clean skates in Vancouver. Clean just means they landed all their jumps on one foot and didn't fall or mess up another element. That's not the same thing as optimizing the point potential of the skate by executing all the planned quad and triple jumps. Plushenko and Weir did skate cleanly and did not win, so how can anyone argue either would have won had he skated cleanly?

    At least limit the conversation to talking about fully performing the program as choreographed. To begin the discussion talking about "if Evan had landed a quad..." is especially nonsense, since he did not have any quads planned in his programs. You can invent a jump list for lots of guys and say he could have won if only he had done all these.
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    aftershocks, I think I can convince VarBar to cease defending Patrick Chan if you cease defending Johnny Wier. Whaddya say?
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    I'm not sure the pressure was necessarily for Johnny Weir to medal per se, but to ensure that the total placements for the top 2 US men stayed 13 or less to ensure 3 spots for Los Angeles Worlds (as it turned out, Johnny needed to finish 3rd overall since Stephen Carriere finished 10th, resulting in the United States getting exactly 13).

    re: Jeff Buttle is an excellent example of someone who rarely got gifts from the international judges even when skating well. At 2008 Worlds, he was only 6th in components for his first place short program, and 2nd in components behind Brian Joubert for his winning freeskate (even though he skated last in the final group). Had Brian Joubert skated a cleaner SP and more COP friendly LP, he may have been very well given then nod over Jeff.
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    Joubert Barely did 2 combos in his free skate and had mostly level 2 spins. One of them just being a fusp level 2. he may have been going for a quad salchow but tripled it. So he only did one. He had the right jump layout of 3/5 but left out basically 3 jumps. A 2a-1t? He lost the tech mark by 10 points! He really needed to do a lot different! As it was the time after 10 world champions had done quads so maybe it wasn't clear that at that time the proper thing for him to have done is either stop doing quads to focus on spins and stuff or really go for that quad salchow as 2 quads or more was going to be necessary if you weren't doing all level 4 spins or 3 or 4 step sequences and did all triples well. Buttle figured that out before worlds! Like in 2007 worlds he got no points for his quad attempt and wasn't going to make that mistake again.
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    Nobody is arguing Weir could have won. :lol: It is pretty obvious had everyone skated cleanly he would have been placed out of the top 10. The only argument regarding him is if he got the scores he truly deserved (not that he was ever going to get them coming in as #3 American). As for Plushenko, to some a number of shaky jumps he barely held on to isnt really a clean skate.
  30. aftershocks

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    VarBar, I looked back at 2010 Olympics men's performances ... very interesting. Patrick did skate better than I recall. Yes, he's definitely a CoP savvy skater, even back then too. Patrick certainly was working the transitions, likely inspired by watching Matt Savoie's programs. :) I've got a lot of impressions, different and more expanded now since the event occurred 3 years ago and a lot has happened since then. In any case, Patrick had well-constructed programs, and he was slated 7th behind Johnny in the sp with a double-footed landing and minor bobbles (few people likely remember Patrick was in 7th in the sp). It was Oda who was placed 4th ahead of Lamby in 5th and Johnny in 6th in the sp. Lamby was generously scored with his mistakes. And, I'd kinda forgotten that Lamby was skating not fully recovered from a groin injury -- Ouch!

    I'm pretty sure Johnny was not happy with Oda being in front of him, since although Nobu is a good jumper, he has no musical interpretation or artistry to speak of. Nor was Johnny likely happy with Lamby in front with mistakes. Patrick was dinned a bit in the sp because so many top contenders (aside from Lamby) had clean sp performances (speaking of skating cleanly, :lol: -- based on the judges perceptions then and now, skating cleanly is relative to other factors, including politics and subjectivity). Patrick then pulled up in the lp despite the fall on the 3-axel and a couple of other slight stumbles. In any case, the standings shifted around after the lp, aside from Johnny remaining solidly in 6th and Kozuka solidly in 8th. Dai clearly wuzrobbed big time and that impression doesn't change with time. Dai should have been in first in sp. No way Dai should have been behind both Plush and Evan! Also, Kozuka wuzrobbed as the odd Japanese man out in the sp.

    Funnily enough, in my perception, judges' perceptions today would have had Patrick at least in second behind Plush. Seems to me as if Patrick with quads in the judges' minds has become the new unbeatable Plush post-Vancouver, only without Plush's notable consistency in his prime. Evan had a lot of things going for him with the judges, as did Oda in the sp. Figure skating is indeed a very strange sport.

    I don't think Johnny was necessarily stalking his jumps, just picking his leg up in an odd timing way on the 3flip and the 3loop as I recall, something he never used to do at least not that noticeably. I suspect, as I said that those odd quirks had something to do with Galina's meddling with Johnny's already wonderful technique. If you want to see stalking, watch Evan going into his 3-axel. ;) More impressions to come, meanwhile here’s the complete Vancouver men's sp video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqbQpiriYCU Skate order listed at the beginning

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjQBh3MAaFU Grp 4, men's lp Vancouver

    http://i.nbcolympics.com/figure-skating/resultsandschedules/event=FSM010000/phase=FSM010101/ Men's results breakdown ... fascinating ;)


    :lol: I only asked VarBar to save that defense, Proustable ... Patrick, or rather VarBar's view of Patrick might be in need of it more down the road. ;) In any case, I don't defend Johnny, contrary to what people think. He needs no defending by me. Mr. Weir can take care of himself. This is just a skating forum where we get our addictions on. Yeah, I admit it, and it’s hard to quit. It can be joyful and fun to share and to learn something new and interesting, and/ or it can be just a waste of energy to constantly b*tch with each other ... but for most of us it's a hard habit to break, because we are attached to our perceptions and to the emotional identifications we have with our views of skating and our preferences for certain skaters. It's human nature. We're all pretty much reacting most of the time to buttons being pushed.

    None of us really know skaters inside out, not even if we’ve met them, or even if it were possible that we actually happened to know them as intimately as we know our siblings. What it boils down to is we're voicing our individual perceptions of what we superficially see in performances and in skaters based on our own personal preferences, experiences and associations. It amounts in effect to identifying very strongly with figure skating and with certain skaters more than other skaters (which is generally not a good thing to do emotionally, yet it's fairly normal for skating fans). :)
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  31. Eyre

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    This is a joke!!!

    Takahashi and Lysacek both have been scored too high in SP. Or one could say that Plushenko was scored too low in SP. With the fall and UR on his quad in LP, the maximum Takahashi could get was where he was given - the bronze.

    Either Plushenko or Lysacek should have won.

    There was no way for Weir to be on the podium with those 6.0 programs, especially the boring LP. They fitted exactly what Galina's purpose though - to hit pretty positions.:p Even though Weir's performances at 2010 Olympics have been hyped by his fans as well as himself, they were actually not the best performance from him. He could probably have been placed one spot up in front of Chan in the fifth place. That was about the highest placement he could get in a dreamworld, sorry.;)

    Lambiel was extraordinary in his PCS. He deserved every point he's gotten at the Olympics.

    Kozuka was over rated by his fans, as always. I'm glad that the judges didn't think so.:D
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  32. judgejudy27

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    Sorry, but your opinion is the LAST thing I will ever give a flying fig about. :lol: If anything that you disagree so strongly will only reaffirm my assesment must be right.
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    Watch that one there, kiddo. That 'loss' was tempered by 2 judges who placed Plushenko at #22 and @23 for his SP, in which he BEAT Lysacek!! And in the IJS, this is not even questioned, when he had amassed enough points in the eyes of the other judges to actually lead that segment! Anonymity may have beaten Plushenko that day. Add to that the fact that the COMPUTER drops a third (after the highest and lowest scores) RANDOM score in both segments, and that score in the LP was one of Plushenko's highest remianing. Don't know which 'random' score of Evans was dropped by the computer. So, perhaps it was the computer that beat Plushenko that day. I adore Evan. he is one of the sweetest men on the planet. But I wouldn't be quite so quick to bring up the sunbect of his win over Plushenko like it was a walk in the park, or just another day at the office. Thank God Evan skated clean (although with this new system, it is apparent that that is not at all necessary) going for a clean quad-less skate, rather than attempting the quad and failing. Hats off to Evan for keeping with the spirit of the sport, and taking a chance on skating HIS program.

    Lambiel stayed where he was because of his spins and footwork, transitions..all that stuff. The triple Axel has NEVER been his friend, and he fell out of his quad toe. If everyone would have skated clean, I'm not sure what the outcome would have been. I would then hope for a 2008-style Johnny Weir for the Gold...
  34. Eyre

    Eyre New Member

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    The problem was in 2010, there was no 2008-style Johnny Weir anymore. There were only the series of meaningless, recycled, re-recycled, and re-re-recycled "pretty positions".;)
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    If I understood you correctly, it seems to me that the computer hackers did only half of their job since you know for sure which mark the software randomly dropped for Plushenko but you have no clue as to which one it dropped for Lysacek.:(
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    I didn't want to write to this thread. But after you I'm writing: "European FS analysts said the decision to award Evan the gold medal over Evgeni was debatable." Because Evan wasn't flawless. Evan did mistakes-which are not visible to non-specialists. He had a prerotated 3A and he received only a judges warning for a wrong-edged takeoff on his triple flip, not a 2- or 3-point deduction.
    (Before anyone would want to kill me, these are official positions, I'm no expert. )
  37. caseyedwards

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    The problem is even Doing a quad and landing could be stupid. If you landed an ur quad the base value would be 4 and if the ur was visible possible all -3 so your quad toe would then be worth 1 point. There was nothing dumber in skating from 2008 to 2010 then doing quads. It was absurd and dumb and why so many quad capable skaters never did it. Smart coaches abolished it from programs and training.

    People have absolutely disputed the idea that judges put plushenko 22 and 23 in the sp but when you get fives in pcs from judges and no goe on anything that's where you would be! There were two judges in the sp that absolutely did not think plushenko should be in the top 10 or 20!!! And thy were doing anything they could like 5 in pcs and minus goe on all elements.

    Weir at 2008 worlds tried and landed a quad attempt and for that barely got 2 points. So it was an act of actual cop savvy that he was quadless!