Why don't the "haters" create a thread where they can "bash" if they must; and allow those of us who wish to support Evan - and other competitors - to do so.
you know, it shouldn't bug me that a less-gifted but really hardworking skater has accomplished as much as he does--it's really admirable--but for some reason he bugs the crap out of me. Sorry. Anyway--he looked pretty crisp and sharp on Today but he has nowhere near Lambiel's flair or range of movement (compare Lambiel's Poeta LP from 2007), and he looks a bit stiff.
BARK LESS. WAG MORE.
Lysacek has nerves of steel and isn't cowed by anyone. That has never been Abbott's strength. I would bet on a healthy Lysacek over Abbott any time, even if I far prefer Abbott's skating.
Last season, Lysacek withdrew in time for USFS to re-assign the spot. I don't think Lysacek's taking anything away from anyone. He may even sell some tickets to fans willing to take the risk, and I doubt few will not buy tickets because he's scheduled.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Sorry that Evan 'bugs the crap out of you.' I have always admired his work ethic. Having met him several times, I can say that he was always kind and gracious.
"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
I'm neither an Evan hater or uber, I just think that the road to Sochi and another Olympic medal is going to be very difficult. And a huge risk. If Evan had been competing and winning World and Grand Prix gold medals, I don't think that it would be unreasonable for him to seek another title.
but he has not been competing, nor winning any medals, since 2010. Chan has been competing and winning most every competition since 2010. I would think that Evan would much rather end his competitive career as an Olympic Gold Medalist vs. the 2010 OGMedalist who did not finish in the medal contention in 2014.
Clearly it is not my decision,
I think if you ever saw Evan practice you would be impression with his determination and focus. I am not a fan of his style. I like a more lyrical style like Johnson's LP but you cannot walk away from watching him practice without being impress.
I've seen him since he was a novice skater. I've seen some of that fire, I just don't think that determination and focus can overcome the past years of not competing. I also thought that the last years of competing he was trying to be Plushy with his arms/footwork and that the CoP has moved a bit beyond that.
I hope Evan competes at the Olympics, but I'll still be surprised if he shows up at Nationals!
If he competes at Nationals, I will eat my hat and have Alexei Urmanov's gloves for dessert. That is all.
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I wish Evan all the best as he tries to "come back" to competition. I admire his hard work ethic but I suspect that should he stay in skating til Sochi, he will not be on the podium and may even find himself a bit sad with his results. I truly believe that his time of being competitive for a GP/Olympic/Worlds medal has passed.
IIRC, I don't think Evan has landed much in the way of even a single quad in competition. I really believe that a quad in the short and at least 2, with one in combination, are going to be needed in the free. I just don't think Evan has it in him to either get those quads competition ready, nor have enough of a base value that going clean and maxing out his PCS would put him on the podium. I think there are just too many men who have passed him in TES. Given that PCS seems to follow how well you did in TES, Evan would have a lot to make up if he doesn't have quads in his programs.
That being said, if this is truly what he wants to do, then he should go for it. If he doesn't make it out of his own Nationals (which I think *could* happen), he may need to take a few steps backward and re-evaluate what he really wants out of life in general, and skating in particular.
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