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  1. Glad I went to sleep instead of waiting for this. Well...what to say. It's still a huge deal that FS got any nomination. Took a look at the sportswoman and sportsman of the year awards along, and of the 40 awards given out so far in these 2 categories, about 16 alone are given to Tennis stars. So what to say, Tennis is to Laureus what a bigfed is to FS. And is it surprising? Not really, Mercedes-Benz is a sponsor for this award, and a major one in Tennis. But not for figure skating, so go figure? And we're in good company, elsewhere people mentioned Messi never getting an award despite nominations, neither has Cristian Ronaldo, nor Zidane. Basketball even, in this award is equivalent to a "small fed" in FS. Not to mention swimming (Phelps has won, but not Thorpe). So this time, we can unite with the dudebros, as even Lebron James did not win. Personally, I think comeback doesn't quite fit Yuzu. If I could pick any of the awards to give to him, I'd rather he get one of the discretionary ones (they might be more prestigeous even), like Spirit of Sport, or Inspiration of Sport. Considering what he has done for Tohoku relief support, both are perhaps more fittingly attached to him than just comeback. =) That sport can lift so many spirits- is this not what Mandela meant for sport to be an inspiration?
  2. Yes a distinct possibility. I did spot a japanese lady in an elaborate kimono earlier, but haven't spotted her agian. o_o (a small part of me is wondering if he managed to ninja in, because there are so many sports stars, he might draw less camera attention)
  3. I also doubt Zu would join. Something tells me he won't enjoy giving long, diplomatic important speeches in english. (Yes I know his english is improved but it's still not quite at the level of finesse as his japanese)
  4. was he the one who liked the video on Twitter or something?
  5. Xen

    General Skating Chat

    I don't think a deflation is necessary, I think it's necessary for judges and the judging system, and even fans, to accept that gaps do exist. Very few skaters, especially when trying to climb up rankings, will try to really balance the PCS and TES. TES, especially BV is much easier--> do a jump or spin etc successfully, you get the point. And it's much more straight forward. However, that is a choice and judges should recognize and accept that choices were made. Scores might not be as high, but they would no way be truly "low" just because PCs aren't keeping up with the BVs. They were not really supposed to, and it's not like all skaters are PCS-artistry type of skaters. It does create the problem that if a skater gets 88 PCs out the gate, but increase and do in fact do better years later, they can't get higher PCS. People wonder why TES and BV is ballooning- well geesh, look at what other options are given, especially if new senior skaters from big feds are getting 88% of their maximum PCS already in year 1.
  6. Xen

    General Skating Chat

    I want the same number of jumps and possibly about 20 seconds back in the long. XD
  7. Xen

    Skating on the Planet

    It's back outside edges....just switching back outside edges fluidly instead of waiting to stop.
  8. Xen

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Wonder what Yuzu is doing on Valentine's Day. Did he remember to take out his Gold Medals out for a good date?
  9. Xen

    Skating on the Planet

    Point your toes a bit? I always get nudged by my coach to go jump up from my toes and try to land with my toes more. I'm also a violator of the Shu-Pa jump code on loops.
  10. Xen

    General Skating Chat

    Has she been targetted in US Media though? I thought US Media is going "brilliant, exquisite, huge, one of a kind" with her jumps. o_O If we look at US Media, the big one is Shoma, and then Satoko. After that, whomever survives of the Russian girls (I think Kosto won't get dinged much, but watch them go after Schebakova and Trusova).
  11. Xen

    General Skating Chat

    *sigh* The issue of tech panel is pretty simple. If we were to judge 100 meter dash, a referee needs to ensure all athletes are really running 100 meters and start at the same point. Not someone gets to jump start 0.5 seconds early, someone can get away with running 90 meters and another needs to go 110 meters to count. If that were allowed, we'd consider the sport a complete farce. And that is essentially the role of the TP- ensure everyone is starting more or less at the same baseline (BV in this case). We already have PCS issues, GOE biases, country biases etc, that already are doing the equivalent of giving athletes a slight 0.5 seconds head-start. The least we could do is ask the TPs to ensure people are doing a full 100 meters. (Not to mention there is already PR allowances so technically not everyone is starting at 100 meters). As for PR- I know this sounds like conspiracy, but part of me wonders if it isn't targetted towards potential Beijing contenders early on. In this case, I'm looking at Shoma's 4F in particular, potentially Gogolev's 4Lz, and potential Russian men coming up. In short, any of the potential contenders with a decent reputation for Pre-rotation, since US is quite secure in Nate's jumping ability. This also allows some opening of the floodgate to PR against JPN and Russian ladies, especially Russian ladies who have a PR reputation to a degree. USFed does want a medal, which it hasn't had for a long while internationally.
  12. Xen

    Skating on the Planet

    *cough* because skating straight backwards you're on a flat, and from crossovers or 3-turns you're on an edge. XD It's easier to maintain balance and speed etc, IMO when actually on an active edge.
  13. Xen

    General Yuzuru Chat

    Must say the cross-cut pattern of the T-shirt is very appropriate, kind of like complex ice marks. But would suggest we add a signature 4S take off entry curve mark in there. Or maybe one of those pretty 4T landing marks. =)
  14. On the other hand guys, Boyang managed to stay away from the boards a bit more this outing! That was what worried me the most- smaller rink, will Boyang end up in the audience seats on his 4Lz? And his 3A in the SP, he had a smaller jump than usual due to taking off with insufficient space on the short side. But he's learned to adjust his jumps. Also, StSq4- that hasn't happened this season yet, am I right?
  15. I hope that even if Boyang isn't paying attention (actually I think he is) at least his team is paying attention. As far as USfed is concerned, 2022 Men's OGM is theirs, especially if Yuzu's status is in doubt. The campaign has already started, and US fed wants to do away with as much home turf advantage as possible. His PCs has always been attacked, as for his jump technique, Weir (NBC commentator) has gone after his jump landings. Ideally, for the US, Boyang is placed in a position where his TES (due to GOEs) can never go above Nate, and his reputation in artistry will not rise significantly enough to pose a threat. Boyang didn't go to TCC, which makes this long and hard road, even harder. As for Shoma- in my opinion, visually and scoring wise, his PCS have stagnated. He has plenty of issues with the lutz jump that he likely won't ever get that 4Lz, and even his 4F has some issues so he won't combo off of it. Considering that all the top men, and even some not top men like Keegan have a 4Lz, this is a pretty significant disadvantage. 4CC is honestly the first time I've seen his PCS go past 90/91 all season, and that's possibly due to Nate not being here. Personally, IMO I don't think his SS or anything has improved drastically, and I'd probably score him lower than Jason in some marks-he's kind of a solid 87/88 for me (and Nate is around 82/83). But more importantly, he's a non-issue due to the fact his UR issue is well known. That's a card that can be used at any time by any major fed. However, JPN currently has no other major man outside of Yuzu and Shoma, so whether JPN likes it not, if it wants its 3 men's spots, it has to back Shoma, else he is an easy target. IMO beijing quad is this (in USFed's mind at least): 1. Yuzu (if he stays)/Nate 2. Shoma 3. Boyang/Cha/Vincent
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