Takahashi not only fell on his quad, but it was downgraded to a double..that's a major point loss. He also stepped out of a 3-3 later in the program. If he played it safe with a triple instead of a quad, he likely would have won the event. It was a risk he didn't need to take.
Evan is not my favorite all time skater, and neither is Plushy although I have great respect for both of them. Here's a thought: Anybody can be happy and jubilant in victory. It takes a class act to be gracious in defeat. Plushy is a great skater-one of the best of all times. He deserves to be supported with class, not by trashing other skaters ad nauseum. It isn't like it's a life-threatening issue.
I know I know....don't feed the troll.
The ISU made it true by changing the rules of COP after Vancouver.
The fact that the 2010 Olympic champion was quadless was a disaster. The three previous Olympic champions did them. The sport had moved backwards in a horrible way and the ISU had to make sure that programs like Lysaceks could not win again over a program lke Plushenkos.
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Takahashi lost steam perceptibly in the middle of his program. Watching it live and not knowing about the downgrade on the quad, that was where I felt he lost it. Apart from his entry into the quad combo, Plushenko didn't skate with his characteristic speed and power, which would have won him the title. Lysacek was consistently fast and powerful from beginning to end of that program.
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Could we call the COP revisions after 2006 putting more emphasis on complete programs anti-Plushenko?
I think it is a good thing that Takahashi thought to much of the Olympics and skating to go with all triple programs. He easily could have and done well. He had to take a whole season off because of injury and people would have understood but he thought too much of skating and the standards for himself. All triple for Takahashi? Never.
I would have been here sooner, but the bus kept stopping for other people to get on it. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
I don't care for Lysacek and that Olympic Gold winning program could have been skated by any other skater. But I have to say that re-watching all Olympic medal winning performances of recent 20 years, Lysacek's program does not compare well at all.
Well, neither do the Ladies Gold medalists since 1992, imo (with the exception of YuNa).
And I personally sleep better EVERY night knowing that caseyedwards and it's ilk cannot rest comfortably knowing that Evan Lysacek won an OGM without a quad. I rest so well basking in their discomfort...
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist