arakwa was in almost a tie with cohen and slutskaya after the sp, and there, all of them skated clean.
in fs she made a mistake too (double loop) and won despite that and not only because she had luck that all the others failed.
^ You can say the same thing about her 2004 Worlds win too. Arakawa gave a brilliant performance (her career best IMO) but had Cohen skated better in the LP or had Kwan placed higher in the QR and SP, then things may have turned out differently for Arakawa looking at the judges' ordinals.
I'm very happy that Arakawa won the Olympics and I found her to be almost a combination of both Cohen and Slutskaya, but I found her actual performances to be boring. Sometimes I think I like the idea of Arakawa being an Olympic champion more than I like her actual skate in Torino. I mean her SP was serviceable, but nothing about the choreography or musical interpretation or performance stood out other than me being surprised how well her lame LP that season adapted into a SP. Then there was her third time using Turandot but this time in an inferior version to her 2004 choreography skated much slower with four donut spins. It seems like Arakawa only won something internationally when she skated to Turandot (except that one time she won the NHK with Tarasova's jumbled Romeo and Juliet).
Pretty sure I remember it being Cohen-Arakawa-Slute as well.
No, it was definitely Cohen-Slutskaya-Arakawa.
I remember Slute being upset after the SP because unlike her Russian teammates in the other three disciplines, she wasn't leading the SP with a considerable margin.
I hope she's skating for fun and for personal goals. I've always enjoyed Fumie's skating and her determination and I'm sure she helped inspire many younger Japanese skaters.
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
Yes, Arakawa was in third place after the sp. Her coach advised her not to attempt a 3/3 in the long. Cohen won silver with two falls in the long I believe.
Was not doing a 3/3 then and winning the gold looked on the same way as Evan's winning his gold without a quad. I don't recall that it was.
One thing to remember is Cohen actually landed 5 triples, the same # as Arakawa and still lost by over 8 points. Slutskaya landed 4, only 1 less, and the protocals show had she landed a 5th, she still would have been well beaten, and would have had to land a 6th to even possibly win. So in a way she crushed the others with similar content, even if she made less glaring mistakes than Irina's falls and Cohen's fall and near fall.
Goodness this is some serious thread drift!
Suguri's latest tweet on Dec. 16:
Via Google Translate:今週は打ち合わせ、取材などで超多忙^_^; 試合のあとで疲れてるけど何故かテンション高い
"Tension high for some reason I've been tired after the game; extremely busy this week ^ _ ^ meetings, interviews, etc."
She's been invited to perform in a gala in Regensburg, Germany on Dec. 28.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Gedevanishvili (19), SP: 57.90 (6)
Cohen (20), SP 66.73 (1)
Arakawa (21), SP 66.02 (3)
Suguri (22), SP 61.75 (4)
Meissner (23), SP 59.40 (5)
Slutskaya (24), 66.70 (2)
Arakawa skated third, with Suguri, Meissner, and Slutskaya left to skate. The Japanese Fed had no idea if Suguri would come through, having dropped several places at Worlds in 2004 and 2005 after her high (until that time) of a third bronze in 2003, they didn't know if Meissner would attempt and land 3/3's -- she didn't -- and pull a Hughes, at least for a silver or bronze -- with her 2006 Worlds FS score a month later, she would have won silver by close to 6 points and have lost gold by less than 2 -- and then there was Slutskaya skating last. It could have been a USA, USA, RUS podium in some order at that point, with Japan shut out of medals in the event and in the Olympics.
Suguri didn't have content that she could pull from her program. Her FS score was just over a point less than Slutskaya's with multiple errors, and the edge there for Slutskaya was PCS, but there were only a little over five points separating 2nd from 6th in the FS, and the 4+point deficit to Slutskaya in the SP was too much for her to overcome; if her flutzes had been called, the difference would have been greater.
Last edited by kwanfan1818; 12-17-2012 at 09:22 PM.
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