At the moment Chan is invincible. Through a combination of his own skills and extreme inflation of his scores he has a many mistake cushion over his closest competitors. If by some miracle anyone can beat him now, it definitely isnt Plushenko either. Would have to be one of the Japanese, or maybe Fernandez on his best day with Chan falling numerous times.
On the same basis, a headline Plushenko will be beaten by Chan is such a moo point thing, like they discovered fire again, Plushenko was beaten by Lysacek two years ago, hello?
Maybe the showdown should be Chan vs Lysacek or something. I dont think the 29 years old Plushenko who is past his prime is now the top limit and everyone who surpass him will have reached the Everest top. Evgeni was in such invisible position two olympiads ago. Even me as a fan I find odd to have such comparisson right now. The news is if someone beats Chan, not Plush.
Lysacek would be no competition for Chan right now either, in the unlikely event he even really returns which I doubt. I predicted him backing out, his rumoured return was nothing but a noisemaker, he knows he has no hope to win a big event again with Chan there so you wont see him come back to battle for 3rd or 4th at best, and better to let Americans remember him as an Olympic and World winner.
Someone like Takahashi, Fernandez, Kozuka, or Hanyu will have to step it up in a big way to do it, and the judges will have to stop inflating Chans scores as much as they currently do. Those are the only hopes for some semblance of a competition at the very top.
Five pages of "my skater is better then your skater".
When is recess over?
If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had some ice cream.
Plushenko of 2004-2006 meanwhile could compete with Chan, but those days are long past.
WHat is a loon?
BTW, I dont know what is going on with Evan either, so I dont know the facts, I have only read the Mirai interview that she said he is doing great in practice, BUT i wouldnt bet my money that he would beat Chan. I wouldnt bet my money to Plushenko beating Chan either. Greece is poor now, we dont have money to lose.
For it to be a proper showdown I think the Plushy fans need to start a "Panties for Plushenko" project.
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Last edited by Mevrouw; 01-20-2012 at 01:34 PM.
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