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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRpm4ddfOQ0



    TRANSLATION:

    "Evgeni Plushenko: I'm not going to surprise, I just need to do my job"

    The next week Sochi will bring together all the best skaters of Russia. In addition to winning the national championship, winners will qualify for the European Championship 2013.
    Many candidates, but one of them is sure to be a magnet for the eyes. Turin's Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko had to deal with the effects of old injuries and now is preparing for his first official start of the season.

    Evgeni Plushenko, Olympic champion in 2006:
    "At the first competitions is hard to perform. I not had some intermediate competition. It's not turned this season. Because of injuries, because of the knee, because of my back. Three weeks ago I had surgery on my back, and now I'm recovering. But nothing, in principle, I must to cope."

    Work in such a state is not easy, in fact, because the task ahead Plushenko sets only maximum. Fans of his talents are used to the fact that Evgeni always find unexpected solutions. Will be there surprises this time?

    Evgeni Plushenko, Olympic champion in 2006:
    "Something surprising? I'm not going to surprise, I just need to do my job, skate, as I can, cleaning program. Because after the Russian Championship is the European Championships on which I hope to go. If I worthy perform at the championship of Russia, and will be ready for the European Championships, then, of course, I would be happy to go."
    Last edited by lala; 12-21-2012 at 11:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    The first change to the value of the quad (from 9 to 9.8) came in the 2008-9 season, the year Lysacek won his first WC and Chan won his first WC medal., both sans quad.

    Chan already attempted his first quad in the summer of 2009 (Liberty?) but became injured and ill a couple od months later, which put a wrench into his season. He had every intention of putting it back in as soon as he could, if for no other reason that he could drop the 3a combo, with which he struggled repeatedly. There's a common misperception that because Chan said that there was more to figure-skating than quads that he had no intention of adding one, but after his Olympic season plan was derailed, he went back to it, adding more diificulty incrementally.

    The quad was raised by .5 for the 2010-11 season. You'd think from all of the claims about how the ISU succombed to Plushenko's higher wisdom and the shame of an Olympic champion without a quad that they'd have changed the value by a significant amount, but it didn't even equal the earlier increase, and it was only a little over half the earlier increase percentage-wise.
    It was the point value increase and the change in underrotation rules. They eliminated the risk of someone being like Takahashi and doing more than 3 rotations and getting no points. That's what happened to him in Vancouver. More value and less penalty.

    Quote Originally Posted by leafygreens View Post
    If Plushy deserved to win Olys simply because of quad, then Fernando deserved to win GPF.
    Plushenko deserved to win because of everything he did. Doing he quad triples and other jumps and the steps and spins and doing a complete program. Not one that unlike the previous 2 Olympic champions abandoned the quad jump. Fernandez bombed his sp but deservedly won the free skate but he bombed he sp too badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    It was the point value increase and the change in underrotation rules. They eliminated the risk of someone being like Takahashi and doing more than 3 rotations and getting no points. That's what happened to him in Vancouver. More value and less penalty.
    The change in under-rotation rules didn't happen right after Vancouver: it wasn't put into effect until last season. It's hard to imagine Plushenko caring about the value of an under-rotated quad, since he rotates his, and I don't remember Mishin complaining about the under-rotation penalty, either.
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