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    Quote Originally Posted by judgejudy27 View Post
    I agree. It is an injustice to these skaters there is no longer a professional circuit. Well in Kwan's case I am not sure she would have been interested anyway, she seemed to love competing and wanting a whole new life after that, but people like Evan and Johnny and many others seems to be wondering around not sure what to do when their amateur primes are over.
    Odd choice of word---injustice. (The term generally refers to misuse, abuse, neglect, or malfeasance that is uncorrected or else sanctioned by a legal system). Although, on second thought........if you take out "legal system" and put in ISU.....maybe it is a perfect word.

    As they "cashed in" after Nancy/Tanya things got crazy. The entire Grand Prix (IMO) is incomprehensible if you are not a figure skating fan. Just looks like the same programs over and over (which they are). And the Pro-Ams, an attempt to get around the "amateur" status and pay skaters so they would stay amateur (as Brian B predicted) were the death knell of Professional Skating. The kids with the tricks v. the pros with the finesse ended up a mess. Skaters like Tara....really improved as a pro........and it is a shame to have lost that. But, lost it is.

    I agree with whomever who said that Evan and Johnny should just..........well............relax. They have made their mark. And it is a high one. Coming back.............very hard on both body and soul.
    DH - and that's just my opinion

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    Videos of Evan at Kaleidoscope on Ice (six days before his surgery)

    I Believe I Can Fly:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3Tv0194-Y

    Nutcracker:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH9Sgj6eLog

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan66 View Post
    Videos of Evan at Kaleidoscope on Ice (six days before his surgery)

    I Believe I Can Fly:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3Tv0194-Y

    Nutcracker:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH9Sgj6eLog
    Thank you for posting those links. Evan looks much more graceful than he did in his pre-Olympics days (an effect of DWTS?). It's a pity he's down from the surgery because I'd love to see how he'd do new competition programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan66 View Post
    Videos of Evan at Kaleidoscope on Ice (six days before his surgery)

    I Believe I Can Fly:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy3Tv0194-Y

    Nutcracker:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH9Sgj6eLog
    He looks great! And I really like that style of costume on him - it's sleek, understated and very flattering for someone his height.
    "I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence

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    I see the influence of his DWTS experience too and I expected it to be evident. A new view point. I surely hope he is able to compete at nationals and worlds. If he doesn't get to compete at Nationals, can he still be named to the world team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    I see the influence of his DWTS experience too and I expected it to be evident. A new view point. I surely hope he is able to compete at nationals and worlds. If he doesn't get to compete at Nationals, can he still be named to the world team?
    He could petition but it would never happen. He has no results for the last 3 years.

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    Re-posting this comment from the Weir withdrawal thread that was moved to the 2013 U.S. Nationals sub-forum in Kiss and Cry (the sentence I bolded below is consistent with reports I've heard since the summer):
    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFan66 View Post
    IMO, it is too early to count Lysacek out of contention for the Olympic team. Although he has not competed, Evan has been training for two years. From eyewitness accounts, he was skating at a high level before the injury. He also skated well with the injury, as evidenced by his performances at Kaleidoscope on Ice, which was six days before his surgery. Even if the injury prevents him from competing at 2013 Nationals, by Fall 2013 Evan would have been training for three years, and should be able to compete at a high level.
    "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

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