is harder to win, or carries more prestige?
Pretty amazing for sure, but it still would have looked back on them they had never won the GPF and their main rivals Davis & White had won it twice. Particularly when both had an Olympic Gold and Olympic silver, both had 2 world titles, etc..Of course now V&M coming back and not only winning a GPF, but more importantly adding another individual Olympic Gold, another world, 5 total Olympic medals including team medals, that is entirely different now.Outside of Yuri on Ice, Worlds.
Let's put it this way: had V/M retired after 2014, their career would still have been considered pretty amazing even without a GPF title. Not winning Worlds would have been a much bigger deal.
I do imagine he still regrets that, although it is less important than his winning worlds twice and winning Spains first Olympic medal. Still a good example for sure.I should have used a different example. Okay, then: Javi never won a GPF.
Worlds is absolutely more prestigious, but the GPF is also big deal now, mostly because the men have made it so over the past four years (especially 2015–2016 GPF, which was an event for the ages).How is this even a question? The GPF is what we watch to pass the time before the real season begins.
Is the GPF a big deal in that stupid anime or something?
I dunno, I disagree. I'm enjoying this season quite a bit. There have been some crappy performances (as always) but at the same time there has been some really great skating from the ladies this season.Def Worlds esp. after this GP season where we have a sea of mediocrity in ladies skating, with lackluster performances, limited skating skills and of course those URs. Kind of a ''I don't want it, you take it'' season, imho.
True. I went to worlds that season and ended up wishing I went to GPF instead considering the high quality from almost all of the guys there. Conversely, most of the same men at worlds, save for Javi in the free, weren't remotely up to snuff compared to that.Worlds is absolutely more prestigious, but the GPF is also big deal now, mostly because the men have made it so over the past four years (especially 2015–2016 GPF, which was an event for the ages).
OTOH I believe the ladies' winner was such a surprise and unexpected that they wouldn't be able to come back even close to those heights again! MK was the last one I believe could and would come back the following season to compete; even if on a part time basis like Plushenko! We thought he might come back for one more OGames this past Feb.(his 5th) , but the men finally caught up to the ladies! It sounded so ridiculous for Tara to announce her retirement so early in '98, but her people had to realize at her age (16 yo), the lack of success immediately after reaching those heights might crush her! An Olympic champion can't show up unprepared and look like a "hot mess" after winning OGold! That's what make Hanyu's achievements the more amazing! Yagudin tried to return after 2002 SLC, but he had to limp out with a degenerative hip injury! Plushenko was close in 2010, but Hanya completed the deal and is still going strong! I thought Yuna Kim might finally be the one on the ladies' side, but like Evgeny, OG was snatched in favor of Silver the following GAMES!I dunno, I disagree. I'm enjoying this season quite a bit. There have been some crappy performances (as always) but at the same time there has been some really great skating from the ladies this season.
Satoko has been amazing! Her programs are stunning and she's been skating stronger than last year...Elizaveta has re-reemerged as a gold medal threat complete with the 3A and upgraded content...We've had a number of amazing newbies come in and shake everything up with medal finishes in their first senior GP season (Rika Kihira, Sofia Samodurova, Eunsoo Lim) and two made the Final... Evgenia hasn't been skating well but she's continuing on which is exciting.... And despite Alina's minor struggles here and there, she's maintaining her position at the top of the sport. It should be noted that this is the first time in at least 20 years an Olympic gold medalist in this discipline has continued to compete full-time after winning--a few skaters came back to do a small comp/nats/worlds once or twice but I can't recall the last time a ladies' OGM came back to competing full-time.
Of course when you look at the skaters not on the senior level things get even more interesting. For Russia, the battle of Eteri's Triple A Squad (Alexandra, Anna, Alena) has been incredible; and for the U.S. there is Alysa Liu's strong season and technical content. All of these younger skaters will likely have a huge impact on their national results.
There have been some dud competitions but overall, I'm impressed with this season and excited to see how the second half will play out.
Agreed. She came oh so close in 2011. The StSq in both the short and long were level two. Add two points for the lost levels (if she were to get level 3) and she would have been hundredths of a point behind Kostner. Of course the fall on the opening jump in the LP didn't help, but the fact she held it together for the rest of the program was pretty impressive, considering her track record. She also had the 2nd highest base value executed in the LP. Considering the previous year's bronze medalist only landed three triples in the long!I am pretty sure Alissa Cziny would have taken the world bronze over the GPF win....