24 February 2010

Plushenko's platinum medal...

Many things have been said... Let's see trough this bizarre matter.
Here you can see Plushenko's official website home page. Do you see anything strange? Yes, you see it... the platinum medal! Oh my! Don't hurry going on his site, they've changed that. No captions anymore.
Someone didn't like that. A lot of people didn't like that. Where's your sense of humour guys??!!

from Plushenko's official website
What do you think?
1. Plushenko is making light of the event.
2. Plushenko is an elitist trying to belittle his competitors.
3. Somebody did this without his knowledge.
Someone said that after his post-medals comments option numer 1 and 3 were to be excluded. I think they're being mean. He's too intelligent for numerber 2 in my opinion. Yes, he's a very competitive person. But every athlete is that, or he wouldn't be an athlete. Dear, you know him. Never seen him dressed as a woman in one of his performance? And with big fake muscles? He is a showman!

Before accusing him of being a bad loser, like many websites did, maybe you should know that he did not award himself the platinum medal. In the RTR (Russian network) studio in Vancouver, the host, Alexei Popov presented him with a symbolic medal: the platinum one.

I've read websites asking for an apology to Lysacek and, listen to this, even to the Olympic committee! And, oh yes, how dared he to step on the first step of the podium during the medal ceremony?! Others have said he is a "a spoiled brat". Others have attacked even Lysacek’s rival Johnny Weir because he's an admitted russophile. I just refuse to repeat mean comments coming from readers of the mentioned sites.

I'm asking myself : is Plushenko a bad loser or are these people bad winners?
Men, this is embarrassing!

The quad separates men from boys!

Stojko on the quads: to be a man you have at least to attempt a quad. Enjoy!!

Lysacek responds to critics

I'm a good girl so even if I'm on Plushenko's side in this "cold war" and totally agree with Stojko's article (if you don't know what I'm talking about, read The night they killed figure skating - Thus spoke Stojko...), I'm posting Lysacek reaction to critics. It's only fair, after all.

21 February 2010

Patrick Chan barks against Johnny Weir

Always proper Patrick Chan reprimanded funny Johnny Weir for his behaviour in the Kiss&Cry area. Apparently being funny, to make smile the audience and putting flowers on one's head are BIG DON'Ts for the Canadian skater.

Chan to Weir: Be professional in the Kiss and Cry

By Jennifer Lukas, CTVOlympics.ca Posted Friday, February 19, 2010 8:45 PM ET
In an interview with the CTVOlympics.ca on Friday, 19-year-old Patrick Chan gave his take on the "dos and don'ts" of the Kiss and Cry area where athletes await their scores after performing.
"It is awkward. It's an awkward time," Chan said. "You don't want to look upset but then again you're upset and sometimes you're so happy- it's hard. It's a weird thing - it's one of the weird things about figure skating."
Asked if he ever received any training on the way to act in the Kiss and Cry area, the Toronto athlete said no, but pointed to a moment in Thursday's free skate competition when some of the unspoken rules of the Kiss and Cry area was, in his opinion, broken.
"If you were watching yesterday, Johnny Weir put the flowers on (his) head," Chan said.
"That's like a big no-no. You don't do that. You have to have some kind of professionalism and that's just kind of- you're making fun and you know, giving it a bad image, I think, in my mind.
"It's something that you don't do. You're supposed to be proper."
Friday's interview was not the first time Chan has spoken up about the actions of a fellow skater.
Chan was the object of some scrutiny at the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships for a comment he made to the media aimed at French skater Brian Joubert. Chan said Joubert should stop complaining about the lack of quadruple jumps performed by his competitors.
Later, he said he had learned a valuable lesson about watching what he said, but he didn't regret speaking his mind.
"Some people said it's good, some people said it was bad," Chan said of the message he sent to Joubert, "But I think it's something that I had to get out."

19 February 2010

The night they killed figure skating - Thus spoke Stojko...

The night they killed figure skating

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Sorry, Evan Lysacek. You’re a great skater and all.
But that wasn’t Olympic champion material.
In Thursday night’s men’s free skate, Lysacek skated slow and his jumps weren’t close to the technical ability of defending Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko.
Plushenko had a great performance. His footwork was great and maybe his spins weren’t quite as good as Lysacek’s, but it wasn’t that big of a difference. He also had a quad toe triple toe that wasn’t even attempted by anyone else. He did both triple axels, so all the jumps were there.
But the judges’ scoring was ridiculous.
Because of it, the sport took a step backward. Brian Boitano did the same thing, technically, in 1988. There are junior skaters who can skate that same program.
And the judges’ scoring probably killed figure skating because kids now are going to see this and say, “Oh, I don’t need a quad. I can just do great footwork for presentation marks and do a couple of nice spins and make it to Olympic champion.” With that type of scoring, you don’t have to risk it. You can play it safe and win gold.
In what other sports do you have to hold back in order to win?
The International Skating Union has taken the risk out of figure skating and it makes me sick.
If Plushenko had made some mistakes, then sure, maybe Lysacek deserves gold. But when you take the risk out of skaters’ programs, it doesn’t compute to me.
And it’s not a personal thing. I like Evan. But when you compare performances and have an outcome like this, the sport is going backward. And it hurts me to say it because I love this sport. But the judges made a mockery of it by giving Lysacek the gold.
I don’t want to rain on anybody’s parade because it’s not the skaters’ fault. It’s the system. And the figure skating community wants to control who wins and who loses. And what it does is it makes the component score more valid than the jumps so it can control whatever it wants. And that’s exactly what happened Thursday night at Pacific Coliseum.
How can the sport be put back on the right path? I have no idea. I haven’t even thought about it. It’s not up to me. Because people at the ISU obviously seem to know what they’re doing. Well, they think they know what they’re doing.
For me, the outcome on Thursday night was disappointing.
A few more thoughts on the men’s free skate:
• I thought Daisuke Takahashi was awesome. He tried the quad and he had the guts to go for it, and he should’ve been ahead of Lysacek in that aspect.
Johnny Weir was great. He should’ve been higher than sixth – above Patrick Chan, who was fifth. Weir outskated Chan. He might’ve skated a little bit slow but he went out there and did his stuff. I feel bad for him.
• People say I’m hammering certain skaters. I’m not. It’s the system I don’t like and if you say I am biased … I already said I am not a fan of Weir’s skating, but he skated well tonight and deserved to be ahead of Chan.
In addition, Takahiko Kozuka – my favorite skater – did not get the points he deserved. He skated great, had awesome spins, the best edges in the competition, was very close with the quad and did a ton of triples.
Figure skating gets no respect because of outcomes like this. More feathers, head-flinging and so-called step sequences done at walking speed – that’s what the system wants.
I am going to watch hockey, where athletes are allowed to push the envelope. A real sport.

Evgeni Plushenko SP and LP - Vancouver 2010

Evgeni Plushenko SP 2010 Vancouver

Evgeni Plushenko LP 2010 Vancouver