Erm... am sure Kiira Korpi is shaking to her boots... about the jumping content if she ever has to compete with Chan....
I'm all for seeing skaters attempting their best and most difficult jumps, but it's figure skating, not figure butt-gliding.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
I can just see the BambThump4 (BmTh4? BbTh4?) on the protocol sheets.
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I don't think solo 3Ts should be the goal for elite skaters, at least not the men, but I do agree with those who said that if a skater pops a jump, doubles a triple, whatever, it does look better than a fall (unless you get to a Verner-like critical mass of pops). The question is how to best balance between rewarding difficulty and rewarding good execution, and nine-ten seasons into the current system, I don't think they've found that point yet.
Patrick Chan admits being 'intimidated' at Japan Open
Chan believes the lack of motivation is a normal process coming on the heels of winning back-to-back world titles.
"I guess you become numb to the feeling of accomplishing something. It's hard to explain," he said.
He said he was intimidated by the presence in Japan of Russian star Evgeni Plushenko and 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi, who both looked strong during practice.
"I was a bit surprised by how ready they were at the competition, I think i got a bit intimidated, I didn't give myself the benefit of the doubt," Chan said. "I went into my turtle shell, kind of hid from everyone, and didn't really commit to the programs, so I think that's why I skated the way I skated, which wasn't great."
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay, okay, I know this is gonna come off sounding wrong, but really, Patrick? You were surprised that Takahashi and Plushenko looked ready for a competition? What did you think, that they'd turn up half-baked?
^^ You like to read negativity in everything don't you misskarne?
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I don't see anything odd is that, as it's probably the truth , and he wasn't ready and on top of his game.....pretty obvious. I'm glad that he has his nose to the grindstone again.
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