It's a sport. The other guys show what else they can do by showing up and beating him.
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I'm off to the Patrick Chan threads...where you can watch a molehill become a mountain in seconds!!!
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Piano concerto n°2 (2nd movement) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Violin concerto (3rd movement) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Sandhu scored 116.73 in his FS, 173.19 total and finished 5th at Challenge, qualifying for Canadian Nationals. His jumps: 3Lo, 3F2T, 1Lz, 3Lo2T, 2A, 3F, 3T(turnout)2T2T, plus a lovely forward to back spiral sequence to spread eagle in the middle. Not surpringly, his spin and footwork levels are low, but I enjoyed watching him skate - link to Senior Men's FS protocols: http://results.skatecanada.ca/2012-2...gesDetails.pdf
"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
Also, I thought that the team event at the Olympics only had one single skater per discipline, and that the two for singles was only at the World Team Trophy. In which case, Eman would only have a chance if Chan suffers a serious injury.
Anyway, I enjoyed watching him at Challenge, it was nice to be able to watch him without being too stressed about the results. While he was very slow (and clearly lacked a bit of stamina), he hasn't lost his gorgeous positions (camel spin in particular was ) or his deep edges. More power to him for being able to qualify for Canadians after such a long layoff.
I agree, Erin. Was nice to see him and he didn't look out of place. Modest elements and needs some coaching on how to get levels, but as I said he fit in.
He's no where near being able to compete for even a spot on the national team. He's only doing up to the flip right now, but I'm sure the lutz is there somewhere. I'm expecting him to be pretty nervous for nationals and not skate much better. Top 10 or 8 would be a good result. To make the national team he'll need to really step up and add the 3A. Might even get him to some B internationals to get a qualifying score for next year. Kind of a long shot there though.
I think it's all about next year though if this is a serious comeback.
I agree with your take on Sandhu's comeback. I don't know what his goals are, but he seems to be very low-key about it.
ETA: here's what Sandhu had to say about returning to competition.
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That's the first and only link with any information from Sandhu himself about his comeback. I did a google news search last night and there was nothing. I will be curious to see how much media attention he will have at the Canadian Championships. If he can get the lutz, manage to do 7 triples and get his spin levels higher, I could see him sneaking in for a top 5. Good on him for coming back and wanting to possibly end his career on better terms.
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Interesting that the article said he only worked on his programs a week before he want to Regina. On one hand I'd say "awesome job" for that amount of practice time. On the other hand I question why he didn't start sooner. He's been on the entry list for Regina for weeks so I have to assume it's not like he just decided a week before to enter. *shrug*
Still the article is good and it seems he wants to go out the way he wants. I'm not expecting a 3A attempt in Mississauga but I'm sure he'll decide if he stays in one more year based on how things go there. He'll be pretty nervous.
I'll also add that if he was going to recycle old programs I think he picked two ones to resurrect. Tango was also very good but he can't skate up to it right now so I understand why he didn't pick it.
I also want to commend Eman for trying to live his dream. A comeback is very hard! I do think he 'missed the boat' on his dream while it was still attainable. Just my thoughts of course. Wouldn't we all love to relive an opportunity lost?
Cdns audiences can be a very warm and embracing bunch. If a skater goes out and does their personal best and really sells the program, the audience will show their support regardless of placement. Names that the crowd knows from year to year or from the past are also more than welcome. I think if Eman makes it to Canadians and lays down two solid programs and really skates his heart out, the audience will be on their feet and supporting him fully.
And maybe that's all that he really -and realistically - wants.
There's a pretty big difference between not caring how you do and not having a specific placement be the end goal. Maybe his goals are more about landing a specific number of jumps and getting certain levels. Or maybe Sandhu would be happy with two clean skate at Nationals, even if that places him -say- 6th.
I wouldn't say this about many skaters.. but Sandhu is one skater I wouldn't mind seeing if he could actually make it all the way back as he never reached his potential because I think his mental health issues impacted on his performance and lack of training. Now if things are more stable with him and he can find the resources I hope he can give it another shot - if nothing else to just leave the sport on his own terms..
Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
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