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19 February 2010 @ 12:26 am
Olympics -- Men's Free Skate  
Not what you're expecting, I'll tell you that!

I'm not an Evan Lysacek fan, but I was genuinely happy for him when he won. Yes, a large part of that is because I would have been INFURIATED if that campy in a wtf?-way, low-grade of execution, so-what-if-he-has-a-quad-combo program by Plushenko had won. Evan skated a brilliant (if boring to me) program. He deserved it, compared to his competition and the rules.

Had the bronze medalist Takahashi not fallen on his attempted quad (oh, why did you even go there), this would be a different story as I was enthralled by his program (minus the fall). He's brilliant; I love him, love him, love him. He's pretty much become my new favorite male skater.

As for the other three I love: Chan redeemed himself a bit, Jeremy did not, but at least after the first two falls, he pulled himself together. And missed jumps bedamned, Jeremy Abbot is a BEAUTIFUL skater and he's thisclose to Takahashi for me.

And Johnny ... Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. Damn you judges!! I was so pissed, I was seeing red. His routine was glorious, one tiny bobble on a spin and he falls to fifth? Not nearly a high enough program component score. Ooh, I was so pissed. Johnny did amazing; I LOVED his routine, and I thought he was magical out there.

One final note -- the Japanese kid, Oda -- LOVED his recovery with the shoelace fiasco, and it's such a shame that happened because he was having a brilliant, wonderful skate.

Ah, figure skating, gotta love it. I know I do ... even when I hate it.
erateini: olympic heart!erateini on February 19th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
It was quite a night!

I think some might argue after tonight's performance that Plushenko is all talk!
Arabian: Belbin & Agostoarabian on February 19th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Nah, I can't stand him, but that will never (rightfully) happen. From 2002 to 2007 (or some such figure) he apparently won EVERY SINGLE COMPETITION HE ENTERED except for one. In that one, he came in 2nd. And honestly, a silver at the Olympics? Not something to sneeze at.

I may not be his biggest fan, but I gotta give credit where it's due.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on February 19th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
I dislike Plushenko. Always have, since his very early days. I hate with the passion his trainer, who is an asshole with the giant "ass." Having said that, the guy is a competitor to the core, and it's worth noting.

And now that he is most likely to retire for real, I have a new wish: for Lysacek to do likewise. He got his gold, he should just get the hell away from this sport and off my screen. Every tin man has his well-oiled day, but if I have to sit through another program of his, I might fall into a coma. I don't give a shit how brilliant he supposedly is. He puts me in coma. Btw, loved the "tweet" from the Fug girls:

"Lysacek's costume is what I imagine Draco Malfoy would wear if Voldemort let him take to the ice. -H"


Urgh. Weir was underscored. Yes, his program is easier, blah, blah. But that's my contention with today's skating, anyway: the programs are too overloaded. They lose balance, flow, and all sense. They are a timed To Do lists put to music.

Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on February 19th, 2010 06:12 am (UTC)
Oh, don't get me wrong, I thought Evan was boring as shit. My tweet on the subject read: I'm sorry, but Evan Lysacek is SOOOOO boring!!!!!!! And I stand by that, but compared to Plushenko, and my lovely Takahashi (who fell on that damn quad), Evan deserved it.

Urgh. Weir was underscored. Yes, his program is easier, blah, blah. But that's my contention with today's skating, anyway: the programs are too overloaded. They lose balance, flow, and all sense. They are a timed To Do lists put to music.

This so much. For me, Jeremy Abbott and Daisuke Takahashi are the only ones I've seen who can truly balance that "to do list" with the beauty, grace, flow and balance. But it's a rare gift, most can not do it, and I will happily take a brilliant, graceful, moving program like Johnny's over Evan's technically sound to-do-list and whatever that was that Plushenko skated tonight.

ETA: I edited my original post to be more clear in my thoughts on Evan, LOL!

Edited at 2010-02-19 06:13 am (UTC)
Principiaprincipia on February 19th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
While I'm glad Plushenko did not win, I would have loved to see how Takahashi would've done if he'd skated clean. If he goes through with his intent to retire from amateur competition (which may not be for a while yet; as far as I know he's only said he'll not compete in Sochi), I predict a great future ahead for him in the professional realm.
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I was happy for Evan, I've been rooting for him for awhile, but I really thought that Johnny just didn't get a fair score! There were SO many other skaters who did so much worse.

Also, yay for new friends! :D
hell is other peopleworkswithwords on February 20th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
LOL. That is my comment above there ^....

Edited at 2010-02-20 05:06 pm (UTC)
Arabian: KaleyCuoco02arabian on February 20th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
Gotcha. :) I'm not really an Evan fan, but he did deserve the win, so good for him.

Yes, yay for new friends.
leosgreens: ericleosgreens on February 22nd, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
I am so behind in skating it's not even funny, having no TV, but yeah Plushenko has annoyed me and Elvis Stojko too for thinking you shouldn't be able to win w/o a quad: PLEASE! I have seen the Poker Face routine of Weir and I thought he was freaking awesome... am I right? LOL
Arabian: Belbin & Agostoarabian on February 22nd, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Johnny Weir is AWESOME!! And both routines were fabulous. The short had a small bobble on a spin, but was fantastic other than that. And his long program was magical. I was so proud of him; I teared up a tad. He was brilliant!!

Oh, re: your icon. I decided that even though Steven Moyer gives me the willies, I am going to attempt to watch True Blood again. I love my my Anna Paquin, and I think I'll adore Skarsgaard as do so many people whose opinions I often share.
leosgreens: ericleosgreens on February 23rd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Skarsgaard is yum and you won't have the differences from the books to piss you off like I do, haha!