This prediction is based on what? Already forgotten how Joubert skated and placed at Olympics?
Based on what happened at Worlds this year when no one with a quad did as good as Joubert. So I think that makes him the best person with a quad and closest to winning major compeitions. I don't know what will happen next season and if a skater like Chan and Takahashi will add a quad with Joubert level success. I didn't want to get this away from the choreographic angle too much as my original thought was that it is admirable that he was so eager experiment choreographically while also having the best quad in the business at this juncture.
One must also remember The Olympics is only one competition out of many that a skater has in their career and for someone like Joubert it didn't go as planned.Already forgotten how Joubert skated and placed at Olympics?
Since 2005 he has medaled at every competition except four, TEB in 09 & 08 where he was 4th and the two Olympics where he was 6th and 16th. 16th place at this Olympics was a fluke and no one though going into it that the reigning world bronze medalist would have that place.
Anyways, I think what caseyedwards means is that Joubert is the only one with whom you can be 100% sure he'll do some quads and about 80% sure those quads will be more or less clean. VDP has awsesome jumps, but will never reach top, talking about Brezina's and Abbott's quads is a bit funny to me, coz I've never seen Brezina perform any in competitions and Abbott perphaps suceeded only on several. Shultheiss is just too rebelled and extravagant (let's say just too cool ) for the judges to ever be placed high, Kozuka and Oda are very inconsistent, although may be a dangerous threat on their best day, Voronov is actually someone I even forgot existed. I think it's not about who can do a quad, it's more about that Joubert is the one whose quads are something you can be sure to see.
Abbott's SP, from today's "All That Skate":
Definitely Najarro's style could be seen. Movements still don't look natural "on" Jeremy, I think. Maybe because it's still very "fresh". So I will wait till the competitive version to decide if I like it.
I am hardly objective as Jeremy's my favorite skater, but I find that SP very beautiful. What gorgeous, precise arms. I think it'll grow into Jeremy more, but even now it is mezmerizing. Of course I recognize characteristic Najarro movements- and it is not easy to repeat them after Stephane put his " stamp" on them. But Jeremy and Stephane have a different body language and expressivity ( though both are among the most expressive skaters the sport has ever seen), so the similar movements don't bother me.
I wish for a better camera angle during the steps... well, the season is young, there'll be more
I really liked it! Fantastic choreography! But like he said this is only his third time skating the entire program and the choreography is very complex and takes time to grow into it. The only thing I think he may have a harder time with though is his upper body. I feel he needs more rigidity and a little less supple fluidity. He's known for his very smooth upper body movement so I think a program like this may be against his natural way of moving. I think taking some arm movement out may actually make the program look a bit better! But I'm not disappointed at all!
I absolutely love Jeremy's music. It's a great program, it works for him
I also think Jeremy can use a bit more staccato strategically placed throughout the program. My apology to Jeremy for I didn't think he could quite pull it off. He already does it well. I may develop a man crush on him as he gets better.
Then, there is Joubert... Remains to be seen...
Maybe the arm movements at the beginning need a tweak? Loved it after the first jump. Great music that builds in intensity, as does the movement. Wish I could have seen the footwork more clearly. It will be interesting to watch this develop over the season.
And I think it looks like a mature Jeremy.
I love Jeremy's new SP. Very mature and the music is amazing. This will be a fantastic competitive SP for him, I hope he nails it every time. I saw him live at SOI and he is so lyrical and smooth which does make it difficult for the staccato movement of a flamenco but I thought it looked great on him and hopefully he will be able to perfect it as the season goes along.
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Abbott needs more force and attack on some of those turns and upper body movements. There's a lot of potential with that program