Wow. I really thought that Plushy would appear at Rostelecom. So Russian Nationals are next? Very similar to Evan's scenario, although Evan has yet to skate in a "Volvo Cup" equivalent.
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That was a B event, not the real thing (the Olympics).
Mishin said that Plushy will not perform at the Grand Prix "Rostelecom Cup" (22-24.11.2013)!
Before the Russian and European championships, he will perform at another smaller competition.
There will be changes in the Short Program, they prepared a "surprise".
It is quite possible that any feedback he would receive would be useless to him. He may not be capable of putting more transitions and choreography into his programs while still landing the jumps. His body is not the same as it was even 4 years ago and he wasn't really doing serious choreography then. I think their strategy of putting the programs out at a Sr. B that he can easily win, and then qualifying his skate by saying that they just haven't added in the choreography, and then keeping him out of competition until the Olympics, is brilliant. By the time Sochi rolls around, all will be caught up in the hype of having a 3 time Olympic medalist, 4 time Olympian competing, with fluff piece after fluff piece about all the pain and agony he has suffered to get there, and does anything think he won't end up on the podium? No, I don't think he will beat a clean Chan, but I do think he will be on then podium.
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FS detailed protocols: http://kristalice.lv/Results/Volvo22..._FS_Scores.pdf
(I've edited these links into post #1 of this thread.)
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"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
Maxim Trankov: "Plushenko will tear himself! http://evgeni-plushenko.com/forum/vi...p=80519#p80519
World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov: Plushenko will tear himself!
- Is it true, that if is not solve the issue with our only male singles skater, then you will give up of the team tournament - without medal prospects, it will not have meaning for you?
- Maxim: How's not solved the issue? It's already solved. We will have Evgeni Plushenko.
- But Plushenko this season still nobody saw. Why you think that this the issue is solved?
- I know Zhenya Plushenko. For this, I do not need to see him once again. He will tear himself in half, but in Sochi he will perform good!
If everyone else sucks you don't have to do a LOT to look AMAZING! So the scores often suffer from "comparison" If you have an event where half the group really looks bad the other half gets "thank you scores" for not screwing up. Human nature. But at the Olympics you might not get as many "thank you points" as the others might not agreeably look bad for your benefit.
I've just linked to the SP panel, but it was the same for both. Nice to see that old cheater Juri Balkov back at the old stand (not).
It is just funny how he still creates the fuzzz.
The youngsters have lot to learn from him.
I think Plushenko will pull out all of the stops in the Team competition. Whether he'll be in any shape to compete in the individual Men's event is another story, and I'd bet Kovtun is going to be competition ready, and even if he's not called to Sochi until after the TE, he won't have to travel far.
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