In 1994 he skated for Ukraine, along with Oksana Baiul. I did not particularly care for the Nutcracker on ice; it was OK. Viktor was still pretty good in it.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" in The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Anyway, nothing but crossovers would indeed be bad, but even the most 6.0ish of skaters don't do that. Also, I think some skaters get overly cute with their TR and element entries/exits and try to do too much, and the quality of the elements and the programs can suffer from it. If a skaters is super-focused on packing in linking footwork, it can distract them from performing and interpreting the music, IMO - and that's assuming those transitions would have worked with the music to begin with, which isn't always the case. Skating isn't just a technical sport, and I think we can all agree that those things do matter.
Petrenko's problem was a lack of fitness. His programs just seemed to fizzle out at the end. That is probably what cost him the 91 World title.
What the hell is a Ninja Twizzle? Does it have anything to do with hard shelled aquatic life forms that live in the sewer?
But I think the oral tradition in the judging community did value skills demonstrated between the jumps and spins. Some judges cared more than others, or had different aspects of the in-between skating that they cared most about. It just wasn't codified and so was inconsistently applied.
I do think Browning got a lot of credit for what he did throughout his programs aside from the elements.
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