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Jeremy Abbott's programs this season

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Sylvia, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. gkelly

    gkelly Well-Known Member

    The official name was always Free Skate, but colloquially many people referred to it as the Long Program, abbreviated LP.

    That's probably more true now when the rules for the long program don't make it very free any more. ;)

    Peggy Fleming even named her autobiography The Long Program, and in her day there was no short program, just school figures and free skate.
  2. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Jeremy's programs over the last three seasons - particularly his LP/FS - have reflected choreographic and artistic sophistication rarely seen is skating.
    I can't think of another current skater with the combination of technique and innate artistry required to bring them "to life".
    It has been, and is, a privilege to watch him skate.

    Jeremy is a mature artist, elevating the sport, through his work.
    We are/skating is very fortunate to be able to see it.
  3. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    ^^This! I just love Jeremy and his LP really gave me goosebumps. It was just beautiful! I really love that he challenges himself every season and his two programs this season continue that tradition. :swoon:
  4. kittyjake5

    kittyjake5 Well-Known Member

    Well I learned something new today. I never heard of the LP referred to as
    the FS back in the day. Thanks for the info. ;)
  5. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Why would he? Well, it got us talking and probably clicking on his articles. He reads here, he knows most of us (myself included) have been gushing and gushing about this LP. Most likely, he means to provoke and is usually successful.

    Christine Brennan discovered "the controversial reporting in figure skating" market, Hersh is just following the lead.
  6. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    This is the 4th or 5th year he's gone out of his way to do at least ONE program that sticks out from the rest of the men in choreography, transitions, and interpretation. This year it's both of his programs, he better be rewarded for it. The LP from the theme, to the way he moves, to the choreography with full body movement, jumps that just randomly happen because you are always paying attention to what his feet are doing.. :swoon:

    He's way too far behind a few of the guys to really challenge for a World title, but my biggest wish this year (other than Mirai being World Champ) is for Jeremey to finally win a World medal. :cheer2:
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  7. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    I think Jeremey is just making it look too easy. The program can appear empty because it is subtle. None of his transitions look hard, so the viewer seems to be assuming they aren't hard. But if you actually quantify what his blades are doing, the upper body movement- his program is PACKED.

    His long program isn't my favorite (I prefer fun to introspective, like his short) but it is a great program.
  8. robinhood

    robinhood Active Member

    I agree with your wish. It's already quite bizarre he hasn't got a world medal (as :confused: as Nobu not having it). Well, it's clear why they don't have it, it's just pretty shocking!
    I concur with the general feeling of everyone about his programs. Specially his lp. I enjoyed the program of the Kerrs to the same music last season but his takes it to another level. It's his best program ever by a long shot and the highlight of the season for me (along S/S modern dance fest program)

    About Mirai, I hope she doesn't become world champion with those programs she has. I like her a lot, but that'd be a terrible competition if it happens
  9. Karpenko

    Karpenko Not Impressed.

    ^ It would be no worse than Miki Ando's programs from the year prior winning, plus she's potentially a waaay better skater ;) I think the LP will be much different by the time Nationals are here.
  10. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. I don't think there's a program of his that I haven't liked. He's showing a ton of versatility and ease in adopting many different movement styles (though I think he had a harder time growing into last year's flamenco SP--it took a while).

    Whether he wins any enormous titles/medals or not before retiring (whenever that may be), it sets him up well for a future in professional skating and choreography.
  11. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

    One of the things I love about Jeremy is that he's not afraid to try different things, different music, different styles, different choreo. He's not afraid to mix it up, and he really commits to his movements.

    Anyway, once again, for me, he hits it out of the park with his programs this year. And he's 4-for-4 on his four most recent freeskates... truly loved them all.
    Oh yes, yes, yes. Please? Pretty please? :rollin:
    But no matter what happens, I will always enjoy watching him skate. :cool:
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  12. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    If Jeremy and Alissa both got on the medal stand at World's, I would be really, really happy.
  13. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    I consider this LP very significant for Jeremy. It is truly about self- expression- he chose the music; he choreographed the program ( he and Yuko together, from what I understand). I've admired his poetic, deeply musical skating for a long time, but in this LP I feel that there is no barrier whatsoever between Jeremy's inner creativity and what he puts on ice. Very few skaters ever arrive at that. It was wonderful to see that missed jumps had no impact on the expressivity of his performance- perhaps because the program is so personal to him. That bodes well.
    So, from this gushing fan- You go Jeremy! What you do is magic!
    I really like his SP, as well ( agree with everybody, minus the suspenders). But that LP... is just special, even taking into the account that Jeremy's programs are always different and interesting.
  14. newbatgirl

    newbatgirl Well-Known Member

    There's never been any question in my mind that Jeremy is a brilliant skater, I personally think he has better basic skating skills and interpretation than, say, Patrick Chan. In a perfect world, Jeremy's PCS would reflect that.

    What Jeremy needs, is what he has always needed, to be a better competitor, especially late in the season. Lets hope that Jason and Yuko have worked their magic on him in the off-season. There were some mistakes in his CoC LP but he largely kept his focus even after the mistakes and that's a real good sign given his history.
  15. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    Thanks. By big screen, I meant my tv. (I have a small monitor.) But, this is an improvement. I hope I get to see him skate this clean and on my tv. I really love this program.

    I hope the skategods aren't listening, but I totally agree.

    ITA. His issues are primarily mental, not physical.
  16. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

    So well stated, and so beautifully put. Someone else also said that this might be the first program that allows Jeremy to mess up on the tech yet still feels satisfied at the end of the performance. And I so understand what they meant. He really gave it all with this program, from the start of the construction of it to the final manifestation of it on the ice in competition. The personal-ness, the privacy is exactly what makes this program so moving and captivating. Just transcendental..
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  17. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    That's it -- and that actually is what figure skaters should do (make very difficult movements and technical elements and choreography look easy). Not everyone is capable of doing this and at the same time expressing subtle yet powerful emotion and interpreting complex music. I am impressed not only by Jeremy's creativity and soulful artistry, but also by his sublime musicality -- his mother (Allison Scott) mentioned in the manleywoman skatecast that he selects and arranges his own music. But, you're right Skittl1321, it's the deceptive ease with which Jeremy completes extremely difficult moves that I think is often overlooked (definitely was overlooked/ taken for granted last season). A good sign is the judges seeming to be recognizing Jeremy's superb artistry with higher PCS so far this season than those whose strengths are primarily jumps.

    :respec: :cheer: :swoon:


    True, but Jeremy has shown the ability to be a tough competitor at Nats. I recall when he won his first Nat'l championship in 2009. In the sp, Jeremy had to skate early immediately after the anointed EL. It was as if the U.S. Fed was saying, "Prove to us that your GPF win was not a fluke." I was in the audience at Nats that year, and it was so great to see Jeremy nail that gorgeous sp.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gawOg1JXgfQ (too bad this is w/ commentary, ugh SH)

    With that performance, Jeremy said, "Take that!" to his biggest competitor, since EL was the defending Nat'l champion at that competition. Jeremy has also competed well in the GPF, but yes, he needs to take it to another level at Worlds. Hopefully, he can stick the "must-have" quad that purports to demonstrate male cajones. In my view, Jeremy has already shown that and then some. I will just enjoy watching and cheering him on all season, no matter what judges do, nor what Hersh writes for provocation. You da man, Jeremy!

    That's Yuka, btw.
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  18. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Jeremy IS a brilliant skater. I've been watching that LP every day since CoC. He does have good SS and great IN but in what universe are his SS better than Chan's? :confused:
  19. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Not dissing Chan's fine blade work and ice coverage, but IMO there's no question that Jeremy is a better all-around skater than Patrick Chan because Jeremy's blade work is just as fine if not better, without calling attention to itself b/c it flows so effortlessly within the seamless whole of Jeremy's programs/ choreography. And because Jeremy has more difficult transitions than Chan, and above all, Jeremy feels and interprets the music waaaayyy better than Patrick Chan. Right now, of course, Chan maybe has more consistent quads and more rep with the judges. That's figure skating. But what Jeremy does and has is timeless, transcendant. As dinakt posted: "... there is no barrier whatsoever between Jeremy's inner creativity and what he puts on ice. Very few skaters ever arrive at that."

    IMHO, no matter how smooth his blade work, Chan for me has not reached the transcendant level b/c he lacks something, some genuine identity and connection. It seems to be all there and many seem to feel a connection with Chan's skating, but for me something's missing. (Perhaps Chan's dynamic ss tend to mask his lack of genuine on-ice identity, maturity and musicality). I'm not alone either .... Listen to Eurosport commentator after this program by Chan:


    And, yes, I thought Chan should have won Worlds 2009 with this performance (he came in second behind guess who?)

    Eurosport commentator on Chan:
    "He's an outstanding talent, there's no doubt about that. Something in me doesn't quite get engaged by him, and I don't quite know what that is. So, you have to take it for what it is, and it is a special performance."
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  20. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    Of course:) I forever confuse A and O in Yuka Sato and Yuko Kavaguti. My bad.
  21. Kelvster

    Kelvster Well-Known Member

    ITA .... I just much prefer Jeremy Abbott probably because I like his rather introspective style. He comes across as a very quiet, reflective and sensitive person ... don't know if he's like that in real life or if he's actually a party animal :)
  22. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Yes, Kelvster, unless we get to meet and spend time with people we might admire from a distance, all we know is what we see through their public performances, words, actions, interviews. And Twitter now too. :) But that's not too deep, most of the time. Altho' you might learn snippets from following. Still it's far removed from actually knowing a person. Here are a few of Jeremy's recent tweets, I think showing his sense of humor, friendships, general mindset.

    Not in chronological order:

    jeremyabbottpcf Jeremy Abbott
    I'm selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to (cont) tl.gd/e2hmdf
    [Clicking on the link Jeremy provides, this turns out to be a quote by Marilyn Monroe, which continues: "... handle, but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best." -M. Monroe]

    jeremyabbottpcf Jeremy Abbott
    It's a delightfully rainy day. Typically they depress me, but something about today makes me want to put on my Dior trench and go for a walk.

    jeremyabbottpcf Jeremy Abbott
    I just reread what I tweeted and am wondering how I possibly could have followers... #pointlesstweeting #labelwhore #tool

    Jeremy also retweets tweets by Rihanna and Lacey Schwimmer (who in turn are quoting others it seems):

    LaceySchwimmer Lacey Schwimmer
    Amen. RT @JeffreeStar: Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

    rihanna Rihanna
    “I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not.” ― Kurt Cobain
  23. crystalice

    crystalice Banned Member

    Classic... !:lol:
  24. venja

    venja New Member


    I so wish that he could get the jumps together. I love his line, spins, footwork, artistry - all top notch.
  25. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

    Chan does have the best SS in the world, and arguably the best ever. And I do repsect the fact that he is pushing the envelope technically with his SS. But SS only gets you so far as a performer. Beyond SS, people are looking for more. I said in another thread that I feel like Chan makes everything look like an extraordinary skating exercise, and I'm wondering if somehow it's exactly that impeccable SS that is preventing him from being truly expressive and musical. His SS not just gets so much attention from the audience but from himself as well that everything else just seems vanilla once you get past the SS.
    Jeremy's SS is already quite brilliant as it is - perhaps not on the same level as Chan but Chan is a rare exception. Given any era, Jeremy's SS would be considered great. But as far as giving a performance and pushing the envolope artistcally, Chan does not even come close. So would I rather watch a skater like Abbott who maybe doesn't quite have Chan's SS but brings so much more of those intangible, unquantifiable qualities? Absolutely.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  26. jlai

    jlai Title-less

    I don't wanna compare skaters, but I must say when watching skating live, speed makes a huge difference. I can see why judges give higher PCS across 5 components for skaters who are fast. It's just very exciting to watch.

    On the other hand, the TV screen makes the little movements stand out more.
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  27. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    Speed is important in figure skating, but it is not everything. You can't be going at high speed all the time. Witness Carolina moderating her speed in order to refine her movement qualities and not rush through the jumps. When you are skating to and interpreting the music, a skater is not going to go at non-stop high speed across the ice. This sport is not speed skating. There are nuances and transitions (which Jeremy has in spades), and then there is speed as another important aspect needed to build toward launching into jumps. A mature program has to have all of that. I think Jeremy may need more speed going into his quad, but the requirements of the music for his particular program are also a factor. One of the most powerful moments in Jeremy's lp was when he came to a stop and bent forward touching the ice with one hand (in time to the music) paused for a moment, then lifted up, bent back with his arms out and his head facing to the sky, gliding backward.

    ITA, shine, that Chan's SS always get "so much attention from the audience [and] from himself as well that everything else just seems vanilla once you get past the SS." As I said previously, perhaps Chan's dynamic ss tend to mask his lack of genuine on-ice identity, maturity, and musicality. To me, Chan seems like a happy, eager kid who has been told one too many times what a great, wonderful, better than the rest skater he is. This is not true. Chan has great talents, and he is a champion skater, but he also has areas that he needs to work on, just as all skaters do. There's always the constant need for improvement and challenging yourself. Witness World champions S/S and their coach, Steuer, always mixing it up, going for difficulty and for the new and different, never resting on their laurels. That is what helps push the sport forward. Not over-praising and over-marking someone who may be more gifted than most in ss, while ignoring that individual's weaknesses.

    The way he's been marked its like telling Chan "Wow, those ss will bail you out every time. We are so mesmerized by your ss and you've added quads now so we might as well reserve the gold for you in every competition you enter, no matter how many mistakes you make." In 2009 at Worlds, when he skated well enough to win, it seemed the judges were sending Chan a message to stop the trash talking. Now, he can do no wrong, apparently.

    I would like to see good competition where everyone skates their best and makes it hard for the judges -- not competition where, oh well since Chan has "the best ss on the planet," it matters not what else he does or doesn't do. If everyone performs their jumps to their best, why should Chan's ss trump competitors such as Dai, Jeremy, or Kosuka (who have great transitions, better presentation skills and true artistry)?
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2011
  28. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    ^^^ :rofl: especially at the bolded text.
  29. fscric

    fscric Active Member

    Where do you get the idea that Chan thought he is the best and doesn't need to improve? He said he'd try to improve his expression this year instead of just focusing on improving the technical elements as much as before.
  30. nashvilledancer

    nashvilledancer Active Member

    Well, Jeremy's my favorite skater, but I think you are selling Chan a little bit short. The kid is young, but he is smart and he has a smart coach. He is working with Jeremy's long-time modern dance teacher, for one thing, and I saw some big improvements over last year in his current long program movement.

    The thing about Jeremy is that as early as you can go back in the video record, as young as he was, the artistry was strong and mature. His musicality and "movement repertoire" as a dancer is truly outstanding. This year's programs are a wonderful, natural maturing of his style. I love them both. I'd bet that the LP (or FS) continues to grow, too.