In any case, just because Plush, Irina, and Alena Leonova for that matter, are Russian does not mean they are necessarily "balletic" in their styles of skating. If Plush took ballet training before he went to Mishin, then he must have stopped focusing on ballet training once he came under Mishin's wing. Surely Plush had great potential as a dancer -- that is abundantly clear. But in the above interview, Plush is quoted as saying, "I chose skating." Therefore, he apparently stopped taking ballet lessons once he chose to become a skater. (What was his age when he went to train with Mishin?) IMO, Plush would have benefited by continuing some rigorous off-ice ballet training. I seriously doubt that happened, particularly because it does not seem that Mishin stresses the importance of ballet to gain more stretch, flexibility and grace on the ice.
Altho' I am guilty of continuing to respond to your posts, lala, this is the wrong thread in which to continue this discussion if its solely about Plush, his artistry and his ballet training.
Poor Kurt (again) Look at the commotion your tweets have created. Tweet in paragraphs, be concise and specific if you ever tweet the P word again otherwise be prepard to be ....
I think Plushenko is better looking than Godunov, that he looks more like Liepa (the father, Vasiliev's contemporary), and that he'd have been great in Vasiliev's roles, although his Crassus would be as good as his Spartacus.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
The legendary Nijinsky program, eleven 6.0!! Perfect.
The choreographer was a young ballet dancer in Balshoi, Yuriy Smekalov.
A German documentum film:
And if you want to know what think the Russians about Plush( Kostomarov etc.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBqGEGsRigc Plushy had not only ballet lessions but Mishin brought him a teacher, who teached Plushy how to make faces in perfromance.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-7c-9GqE3Q the best exhibition in 2010!
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Maybe the administrator can move this post to the Trash can and change to another title? I mean we can keep a post here to discuss the rest of Kurt's article and discuss about Plushenko in the Trash Can? (actually I am quite enjoy reading these discussions since they are funny, but now it is quite OT so...)
YOU ARE WRONG!
Sonia Bianchetti Garbato about EC http://www.soniabianchetti.com/about_sonia.html
Plushenko, who placed second in the short program, gave a strong performance to "Tango de Roxanne", which included a quadruple toe-loop and seven triples, including two triple Axels. Evgeny's free program was the only flawless program of the event. The fact he was able to execute a quad was a kind of miracle because of the serious problems he is having with his knee. He will have to undergo surgery again in the next weeks.
In spite of this, the Czar was able to give an explosive performance, at great speed and full of passion. Evgeny was the only skater who really filled the ice, who was able to communicate all the time with the spectators in the arena, driving them crazy. Once again he proved to be a great champion. Welcome back, Evgeny! But a question comes to my mind: why do we have to rely on the comeback of an old champion to create such an atmosphere in the arena? Why are the new talented skaters not able to achieve this? Is there something wrong in the development of the sport?
The charmer of ice returned to his throne, not that he was ever gone for that matter. Evgeni Plushenko, the charismatic Russian with graceful aetherial movement succeeded once again to charm audiences and judges and climbed to the highest top of the podium at the European Figure Skating Championships held in Sheffield, England. He knew that all media lights would be turned on him due to his absence from major events last year. Everybody waited in the ... corner to record any slip. Eventually, he did not made them the favor.
Despite a knee injury, the Russian with blond hair - his trademark - slided on the ice with that characteristic ease of his which gives the illusion of ... convenience. For Plushenko figure skating is not just a sport, but his whole life...
The King of all comebacks
I said previously but I'll say it again. Holy Crap. Oh my goodness. The men's free programme was something else. In the big daddy of all shocking comebacks Evgeni Plushenko skated out of his skin and scored his best mark ever to win the European title for the seventh time. Seriously there aren't enough italics in the world for me to properly convey my surprise and awe at this situation. The man is unbelievable. His free skate to an amazing arrangement of 'el tango de Roxanne' was just fabulous, full of power, drama and attack and despite not having skated in a while he still looked close to swaggering, imperious best.
Όταν βγήκε στην παγοπίστα είδαμε ένα άλλο πατινάζ. Το πατινάζ του Plushenko είναι μακράν το καλύτερο. Θα έλεγα ότι είναι εκτός ανταγωνισμού. Λες και όλοι οι υπόλοιποι είναι γήινοι κι ο Plushenko από άλλο γαλαξία. Η συνολική βαθμολογία (261.23 με διαφορά 15 από τον δεύτερο) δείχνει ακριβώς αυτό το χάσμα.
When he got on the ice we saw another figure skating. Plushenko's skating is the absolute best by far.I would say he is beyond any competition. It is like all the rest (skaters) are from earth and Plushenko is from another galaxy! His total score indicates exactly that chasm!
...Morozov is the most spread coach in figure skating. He coaches and choreographes for all 4 cathegories. Morozov sums up the Europeans for the Team Russia 2014.
TR: What was the main event of the Europeans?
NM: Pluschenko's gold. I'm overwhelmed with his skating! In the Lp he showed the level that no one could this season, not even the Canadian Patrick Chan. Many say Pluschenko's components were too high, but I would give him even higher marks! He has the charisma that a true champion must have....
“I am shocked form Plushenko’s skating”
The expert of “Gazeta Ru” Nikolay Morozov about the results in the EC- 2012
The expert of “Gazeta Ru” Nikolay Morozov, observing the results of the European championships of figure skating, stated, that he was shocked form Evgeni Plushenko’s performance in Sheffield. The famous coach and producer valued highly the artistry of the 7 times European champion.
The main event of the competition in Sheffield became the return of Evgeni Plushenko. I was simply shocked from his performance. How much masculine power he has!
In the free program Evgeni showed such a level, which in this season cannot show even Patrik Chan.
And the marks for the components are not heightened. I would have put even higher ones! The skating, which Plushenko shows, is a real man’s skating. He has a charisma. That is why his skating is a felt like a skating, not just walking on the ice.
“The return of Plushenko – this is a remarkable event in the life of the world sport. I cried all the night from exaltation after his performance, because he went out winning over himself, his fear and pain, and showed all the world how a great sportsman of nowadays should behave and live. Plushenko leads not only our figure skating, but the world figure skating. I admire this impulse in him and bow down before Mishin’s talent. All this calls forth exaltation and an enormous gratitude.” – said Tarasova in a phone conversation.
The coach thinks, that the performance of Plushenko was prepared “very professionally and knowledgeably”. “In the beginning of the free program the most important element was done – the quad, and all the rest were as if strung after it. Zhenya skated with an enormous joy and presented with this joy all the planet.”
“I can imagine what a hard work it had been – to prepare Plushenko, to help him recover from the injury. I am very grateful to Alexey Mishin and to all the team – the choreographer, the coach for the general physical training, I am grateful, of course, to Zhenya too. I am grateful to his wife Jana, that she keeps this fire burning.
Nicky Slater, Eurosport commentator
Skating highlights? Plushenko, of course. Evgeni was not ‘more of the same’ for me, which is what I expected. There was less frenetic movement, more strength in his presence, sophistication in the choreography and maturity, plus the impressive technical. Great to see him back stronger than ever.
The main event this year – if the crowd was anything to go by – was the Men’s. The arena was packed and the audience was excited, mainly, I think, because of the return of Olympic gold medallist and twice silver medallist, Evgeni Plushenko, who – as ever – didn’t disappoint.
We have done many shows with Evgeni and there is no doubt that he is a star in the skating world. He has a presence which is hard to define and almost impossible to imitate – as his training partner, runner up Artur Gachinski, can attest to.
Artur skated cleanly and landed more quads than Evgeni, tried his best to skated like him and in some ways is more able in the transition steps. Yet, somehow, when he finished, he was met with good applause rather than the impromptu standing ovation and wild enthusiasm following Plushenko. Many people questioned Evgeni’s comeback, but I think he proved here in Sheffield that he is still one of the best competitors ever in the sport and certainly a big draw. He is also a charmer, praising the organization and atmosphere of the event in his interview following the competition.
Re David Avdish, since I'm not familiar with him at all, I don't know how you can determine that I "don't like him." Thanks for the introduction, btw.
Re what you or someone else said before about Plush being more handsome than Alexander Godunov, yes I agree there's some truth to that. However, Godunov had a more rugged, sensual charisma and sexual appeal, at least for me.
Okay, so Plush is balletic God of ice for Russians. So be it. IMHO, Plush was clearly more balletic at a younger age on the ice, but any focus on the finer details of balletic grace is not apparent to me in his later skating career. As he matured, Plush's focus seems to have been more on training to perfect and maintain consistency on his jumps, no matter that he also took some ballet training and tried to incorporate dance elements/ themes in his skating. Pre-2010, Plush seemed more focused on footwork and did not engage his upper body as much. His use of his arms is apparent but seemingly more like an afterthought. It must be hard (even for a great ballet choreographer) to tell a skating God what they should be doing in order to finish off moves with more stretch and balletic grace.
Also, I do not like the hunching forward tendency when landing jumps that many males (including Plush) exhibited during a certain period. Much of that changed when Johnny Weir displayed his effortless jumping style and smooth upright landing carriage circa 2003 - 2008. Johnny had developed such great posture largely due to his years as a young equestrian athlete.
Okay, lala, re your #73 post:
OH BOY, I know Kurt Browning is not coming back to compete eligibly, but at this point in this thread, we need some Kurt quotes and Kurt vids going, don'tcha think? Besides, we must give Kurt some credit that his wife is a ballet dancer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyUCqUbkvpA Feelin' Good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMMEa...eature=related I'm Yours
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI_NV...eature=related (with quotes by S/P no less!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da8HE...eature=related -- He's so clever, so cool, so funny!
Lightning Crashes, indeed!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTstf...eature=related (with his wife, Sonia)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL537...feature=relmfu Kurt with his family at the dinner table
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAngx...eature=related Kurt's Serenade to Sonia -- with Nat King Cole
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RtL6...eature=related Brick House, nuff said
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0Izl...eature=related Now that's flamenco on ice!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8F5l4_R_38 (Kurt with hair!) Singin' in the Rain -- Gene Kelly on Ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXhe8...feature=relmfu Kurt rockin' his facial expressions w/ first performance of Brick House
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq8xt...eature=related Kurt Steppin' Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgYHsPAEZ2A Summertime, choreographed by Zhulin
Kurt is one of the best figure skaters to never win an Olympic medal. Like at Academy Awards, there should be an honorary award/ gold medal given to skaters like Kurt for their extraordinary accomplishments and contributions to the sport. Thank you, Kurt!
Thanks lala, there are some articles I missed from EC. I am not saying that expert won't find Plushenko good, they are (at least some of them are). I was just being sarcasm.
Re aftershocks, since we are not ending the discussion then I would just point out that Dai is an elegant skater but his style is not ballet style IMO. Plushenko on the other hand is classic Russian ballet style skater. IMO Dai's style is more closer to the contemporary dancing.
And thanks for all Kurt's links, he is a great entertainer and his 3A is gorgeous. The sing in the rain (with hair version) is really nice. He has really amazing steps. BTW, I think Plushenko once said that he likes Browning's steps (or the way to control the blade, I forgot his exact words).
But I would say that I like Plushenko's flamingo better. I hope someday he can do a full flamingo program instead of just half of it.
Way OT: The tap dancing from Kurt and the ballet quality in Plushenko lead me to think about the movie "white night", one of my favorite movies.
^^ I agree that Dai has a contemporary style of movement, but great jazz and modern dance (and especially in this era, all styles of dance) benefit by ballet training. Professional dancers today must have ballet training if they hope to be successful. There is a video on youtube with Dai speaking to a famous Japanese ballet dancer to gain advice; also Dai took dance (ballet?) lessons to prepare for his Rockin' Swan program, under Morosov.
Kurt is the epitome of "entertainer"!
Ah, I can definitely see Plush as a Flamingo http://anwo.com/store/flamingo_toy.html
-- (you mean flamenco, eh?)
I love your reference to White Nights! There should definitely be a remake staring Evgeni Plushenko and Kurt Browning!
As for ballet training, I am not saying that Dai or other skaters do not have ballet training. Just to say that Plush's style is different from them, he is more classic ballet style while contemporary dancing is a bit softer in moves (IMO).
Again this is your opinion on jumps and your preference. For me, I like Plush's jumps because his jumps are powerful yet elegant. Weir's jumps are beautiful, which fit his smoothing style. While Plush's jumps fit his powerful skating. These are different styles, not that one is better than the other. So let us agree on disagree againAlso, I do not like the hunching forward tendency when landing jumps that many males (including Plush) exhibited during a certain period. Much of that changed when Johnny Weir displayed his effortless jumping style and smooth upright landing carriage circa 2003 - 2008. Johnny had developed such great posture largely due to his years as a young equestrian athlete.