I actually enjoed Abt as much as Plushy, but it was as much the music and his divine face that had me at hello.....I know he made mistakes. But a Russian 1-2-3 podium would not have broken this USA-er's heart.
Oh dear, Sandra Bezic talked about Plushenko on her twitter even before the Lp.
I think she is secretely in love with him.
Yagudin was amazing that night! And I was really happy for Goebel, I thought he deserved the bronze, he put everything he had into that performance. Plushy was really good too, despite the mistakes. It was a correct podium, IMO.
Aww, I'm getting all sentimental, all nostalgic, all teary, thinking of Nagano 1998 and SLC 2002! Kulik, Candeloro (not a great skater, but a hell of a performer! that Nagano night ...), and then Abt, even Plush!, majestic YAGS!!! in 2002 ... I remember there have been a lot of posters in skating boards who were swooning about a Russian Dream Podium right before SLC 2002 ....
T H O S E !!! were the days, my friend!
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I have to agree with Jaana that Yag's performances at SLC weren't that memorable for me. He was clean and did what he needed to do to win, but the passion and the excitement just weren't there. "Winter" was a bit cautious. I never cared for MITIM as a program and thought the sword fighting sequence was a pale imitation of Candelaro's. This is nitpicking, but it always bothered me that Alexei was looking only at his hand when doing the sword fight instead of looking at his opponent. That was a sure way to get killed, LOL.
Yeah, I didn't quite understand why Scott was saying Yags was playing it safe and ceding the LP to Plush. I think to maybe a small extent it affected the viewers at home who then subconsciously felt that he was dumbing down his program greatly. It was a strong technical performance, no breaks or obvious misses. I have no recollection of it, MITIM, but I'm sure it would hold up today.
While Winter was better at Worlds, I disagree that MITIM was better at Worlds. There were several key moments where he wasn't as with the music at Worlds as he was at the Olympics and his overall performance had more feeling in SLC.
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It's quite hard for me to understand why some people complain Yagudin "played it save" in 2002 with a 4-3-2-combo plus another single quad while the recent "Olympic Champion 2010" didn't even manage one single quad ...