This short video clip taken from Jason's instastory gives a good idea how much was cut off yesterday:Didn't he cut off his pony tail months ago? This looks like he just had a clipper taken to the back and sides, which isn't that drastic a change
Not disagreeing that it could be just that he is squinting in this case and I hope so! - but I will agree to disagree that you can't assign emotion to a snapshot in general. That's kind of what photos do --- thus "a picture is worth a thousand words"kind of deal. I am also used to seeing him look super happy a great deal of the time so...He looks like he's squinting in the sun to me.
I think it is tough to assign emotion to a snapshot. (Unless he also posted a video where he talked about it that I didn't see?)
I think he was just playing up the story. On instagram on the way to hairplace was terrified of cutting it....showed the cut...had a shot of OMG what have I done...and next shot was a nice smile. Tons of hair though...maybe he could of donated it to use in a wig for children undergoing chemo.....several hospitals have a program.Not disagreeing that it could be just that he is squinting in this case and I hope so! - but I will agree to disagree that you can't assign emotion to a snapshot in general. That's kind of what photos do --- thus "a picture is worth a thousand words"kind of deal. I am also used to seeing him look super happy a great deal of the time so...
A writer once compared him to Tigger. I could see him having something like that for a tissue box cover.So, I noticed that Medvedeva had a kitty character tissue box cover at the Russian test skates. Since this seems to be a thing with Orser's students, what will Jason's tissue box cover be?
Not sure I would have chosen those particular songs but I'm ridiculously excited about Jason interpreting S&G.Jason's bio has been updated on the US Figure Skating Fan Zone:
Tracy Wilson, Brian Orser, Karen Preston and Lee Barkell are listed as his coaches.
SP: "Love is a B****” by Two Feet
FS: “Old Friends/Bookends/Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon and Garfunkel
Well, it's not classical and it's not a war horse and I already own the songs so I approve.
Ah, thanks for the info. I wondered. Could not trust much that the Canadian commentators said in terms of skater bios because they were looking at old bio information, and/or making erroneous assumptions! (e.g., incorrect coaching and choreographer references to Denney/Frazier and to Mae-Berneice Meite, as well as incorrect choreographer references to James/Cipres for this season).The SP is Rohene's choreo.
Off-topic, but it's not the commentators' fault that these particular skaters' ISU bios have not yet been updated re. coaches/program music for the 2018-19 season (they don't have research staff like NBC & CBC Sports do).Could not trust much that the Canadian commentators said in terms of skater bios because they were looking at old bio information, and/or making erroneous assumptions! (e.g., incorrect coaching and choreographer references to Denney/Frazier and to Mae-Berneice Meite, as well as incorrect choreographer references to James/Cipres for this season).
Jason tried a 4S (fell) at the beginning of his Simon & Garfunkel FS run through earlier today, then landed a good 3A+3T, stopped for a bit, fell out of his second 3A, then landed 3Lo and 3Lz+2T+2Lo. I'm not yet sure about the S&G medley of songs -- my first impression is that the majority of the selections seems too melancholy/wistful for him.“Every day I work with them, learning their (jump) technique,” Brown said at U.S. Figure Skating’s Champs Camp last month. “It’s been harder than I thought it would be. You take what you think you know and they kind of change it all, to fit their method. I’m trying to learn it the best I can, but it’s a process.”
“They are picking apart everything, every triple jump,” Brown said. “We’re taking the time because we’re looking at it as a four-year thing… I want to peak in 2022 (for the Beijing Olympics). That’s where my head is. I want to start from the ground up.”
I'm not attempting to tear them down, and I don't expect them to know everything about some skaters who aren't Canadian. Nor am I blaming them for bios not being updated. Sure, they don't have enough staff resources to do the necessary research for accuracy like the big networks, including NBC, et al. But boy am I tired of the knee-jerk excuses skating community apologists always make regarding simple stuff like getting skaters' current coaches and choreographers accurate during on-air commentary. The stellar program info update spreadsheet that you and @clairecloutier compile on FSU is a great resource. Spread the word to skating insiders! It would be so easy to check this FSU resource, rather than falling back erroneously on obviously outdated US figure skating bios from last season! Certain details if they have some interest and time to actually follow fs news during the off-season, they should be more aware of, IMHO. Also, why not correct themselves when they obviously see that Sylvia Fontana and John Zimmerman are in the kiss 'n cry with Meite, and not the coaches they named on air.Off-topic, but it's not the commentators' fault that these particular skaters' ISU bios have not yet been updated re. coaches/program music for the 2018-19 season (they don't have research staff like NBC & CBC Sports do).
,Disappointing performance in the lp, but it's early times yet. I love S&G but I really wish he'd chosen other songs. That said, I am 100% certain (if he keeps it), the program will come off very different in another few weeks time.......
If this is true it explains a lot, just as Rohene not really wanting Jason to do a Hamilton program last year explained a lot about the choreography of that, too.,
In the Lynn Rutherford article from this week, Jason said he was initially "really against" the long program, though he eventually came to love it.
She might have been feeling lost if not for American Jason Brown, who competed at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and was an alternate to the U.S. team in 2018. Brown was the first person Medvedeva and her mother saw in Canada.
“He brought us, me and my mom, from the airport with a car,” she told reporters. “He’s a really good guy. I was so happy he met us because it’s an absolutely new country. He helped us a lot.”
According to the Russian skater, Brown has helped set up their life in Canada – everything from television and internet access to documents they might need.
Like Medvedeva, Brown recently moved to train with Orser - and alongside two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.
“It’s just amazing. With Yuzu, and with Jason and [Gabrielle Daleman], everybody is just so different, have different personalities,” she said. “They’re such good guys, everybody.”
I'm absolutely convinced they edited the line, "How terribly strange to be 70," because they figured that was the median age of the audience.This will sound simplistic (and I'm not ragging on S&G; I like them), but it was a great mistake to give Jason a song with so many repetitions of "old" in it. It really does affect the viewer, and not in a good way. You've got the tame choreography and the bowling shirt and then you throw in the constant "OLD friends, OLD friends, OLD friends," and it's like watching Grandpa on Ice. It's all wrong for someone as vibrant and expressive as Jason.
I had a vague memory of seeing an "Old Friends" Simon & Garfunkel SOI group number and looked it up on YT -- "Old Friends/Bookends" (Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi, Katia Gordeeva, Kurt Browning & Steven Cousins) was performed on the 1999-2000 SOI tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zltOyjl3OFc&t=7m12sI actually found the first 2/3 of his program sounded like a piece I'd expect someone to skate to in Stars on Ice
[Tracy] Wilson, though, said they are just getting started.
“Let’s face it, he is a brilliant skater and he’s gotten close to the top of the world,” Wilson said of Brown, who was fourth in the world in 2015. “It’s a fine line trying to find room for improvement, and so that’s what we are trying to do. We are throwing a lot at him. We’re going to pull back a little.”
“What he brings, though, cannot be ignored,” she added. “My husband can be in the rink and know nothing about skating, and be mesmerized by what Jason does. He could teach clinics for every step sequence and position details. He is integral to what the sport needs.”
I am sure it is very hard....Way to soon to use muscle memory....He will end up will old technique...He is used to losing himself in his programs when he competes but he had to think all the way through. Hopefully we shall see improvement each outing.Wow - bad night for Jason. I would feel better if what he says is true - i.e. they're changing most of his technique and it will take multiple years. I miss those error-free programs of yore. I'll say a little prayer for Jason tonight. Can't be easy for him.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6u5ys3?playlist=x6143xwho's got the free skate that is not in silence? tag me please
I can see Jason not really feeling this music for his fp. I'm not feeling it for him either, especially the fluffy saccharine first cuts. By the time the music picks up the beat at 3:37 in (and ironically becomes unsilenced on Youtube), it's too late. There's just something random and disconnected about it all, and not well thought out for Jason. There's no connection at all to Jason's style of skating. Nothing solid, meaty, meaningful or substantial. It looks as if Jason is giving it a try, but that he's not really convinced or inspired and that doesn't bode well IMHO.In the Lynn Rutherford article from this week, Jason said he was initially "really against" the long program, though he eventually came to love it. I want to give this time, but I'm beginning to wish he had gone with his original instincts and said no, thank you, to Wilson's choices.