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I watched Josh's LP numerous times already. His jumps were great, upper body great. Needs deeper edges though. Jason "edged" him out on that one, IMHO, and that's why Jason can do all that interesting stuff in his program.
So he CAN do it. It's just a matter of when they throw it in in Internationals.
Intuition tells me we might see it in Turkey.
That's why this is a joint thread - because most of the fans I've met of one tend to like the other as well.
I just wonder about how seriously Jason takes his skating. Not to say that he doesn't take it seriously, obviously anyone at this level does, I more mean I wonder if he will try to go to a prestigious college while continuing to skate in the years leading up to the 2018 Olympics. I know he goes to actual school as opposed to home/online school, and from his blog he seems really smart and intellectual, I've heard from others he's very serious about his academics, and it's just so hard to manage both. I mean, Rachael Flatt is doing it and Christina Gao as well this season, but it seems like you can maybe stay afloat Nationally while being a full time student at a prestigious college, but internationally, it's hard to get the amount of training time you need in to make a World or Olympic team. Or so it seems. Josh I know is home schooled, always has been, and skating seems to be his top priority, so I don't worry about this with him. Of course, if Jason gets into a place like Harvard, then by all means he should go, it just might make "making it" internationally as a senior even tougher.
I don't think he's ever really mentioned going to college, although surely he has to make that decision soon since he's a Senior.
I have a lot of respect for how Jason somehow keeps up good grades, skates at this high level - and apparently he plays the piano, too. I mean, how does he find the time? It's a wonder he's not burned out.
It may also be a pressure-deflection attempt as you say. He must know that many people (myself included amongst the guilty) are now predicting big amazing things for him at Nationals, so he's trying to play it down.
In the meantime, just when we thought 2008 pipsqueak Jason was adorable, Icenetwork did a "first day of school" article.
Kindergarten Jason is the most adorable thing ever. (Picture 4) (Also, pre-ponytail!)
I like how attached he seems to his big sister. He started skating because she did and in the article he says he was excited to start school because she was there. Awwwww.
Jason is really cute with the short poofy blonde hair! I thought his hair had always been brown but guess not! Baby Adam Rippon is really adorable as well!
Anyways, yeah, idk. I think it's good Josh is being level headed about everything, but I still kind of wish he was competing on the senior GP this season instead, he's so ready for it...
From everything I have seen and read about Jason he seems like an intelligent teenager that wants balance in his life. Once he graduates from high school, he may decide to skate full time. It is amazing what he has been able to accomplish while going to school. I give his parents much credit for making education a priority as well. Looking forward to his future in skating whenever the peak may be.
His family seems very close knit. And I like his parents. It must take a lot of balls to say "School comes first over everything else even skating" when your son is the Junior Grand Prix Champion and recieving standing O's at Nationals.
Haha, all excellent points.
And btw, Nathan Chen is competition for these two guys. He just scored 75.15 for his SP at JGP Austria...that's 3 points higher than Josh scored for his SP two weeks ago. Holy cow. But yeah the judges obviously like him and having seen the video the kid is amazing and deserves those kinds of marks. A JW with Jason, Josh, and Nathan could do some serious damage I think!
Well, we just had the college discussion about Jason, now it's Josh's turn. Apparently he plans to graduate by "spring or early summer" and then take one or two classes at a community college.
Thanks to Sylvia for the article just posted in the US Men's Thread:
Farris seeks passion, finds gold
This is quite fascinating. It's like with every article/interview we get to peek just a little tiny bit more behind the door.
I like the nod towards Damon and Christy and "training smart". I love the comment about finding passion, also - and running through in front of the closet mirrors.
He seems very clever and very switched on in terms of skating and how it all works together. Josh is a guy who could probably become a pretty good coach/choreographer when he's done competing. He seems very keen to continually improve himself.
Anyone else notice that both Josh and Jason's LPs this year are on the theme of love?
I'm sure he'll nail it in the long!
I'm so excited to see him bring it at last!
I'm relieved he tried it. Yes, it was downgraded and not clean but I don't care about that, all I care about is that he's going for it. Further, despite the downgrade and negative GOE, he still managed a decent score and is leading the competition, which is promising. Hopefully he gets full credit for the jump in the FS.
I am so happy Jason tried the triple axel. I posted the link to his 2011 Senior National debut. This program made me a fan. I urge you to watch it all the way through as the last minute is incredible. I know great things are to come from this hugely talented young man.
I'm just worried that Jason is going to end up like Adam Rippon. Like Adam his other jumps are not really big either and ;ets face it big jumps are more impressive and catch the judges eyes.
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The 3A he attempted in the SP was pretty close, really. The air position was decent, he just didn't get his free leg out in time, and that will come. (Especially if he goes back to the bit of advice Josh gave him over the summer. ) I still think he was stiffed on the downgrade call.
I'll be interested to see if a) he attempts it again in the LP - he has a 5 point lead which is okay but not great if he falls; and b) how it looks there.
I think he gets nervous trying the jump and that can't be helped by everyone staring at him waiting for him to land it. It's just a hunch based on the body language going into it. He telegraphs the backward edge for a LOT longer on the 3A than the 2A.