It's as if he could read our mind (or does he stalks us LOL) and made sure to reassure us and ask us not to worry for him (like we have been doing here and will keep doing anyway)
to create a new rivalry there should be some skater capable of challenging Nathan's on BV to begin with, otherwise judges won't care and GOE and PCS will remain low till the end of times. At least on chart, one will need to be able to go quad against quad and more. But at the moment it's hard to imagine how much further skaters can go...without 4A, at most one can have 6 quads in the FS, repeating the Lz... and Nathan is theorically able to have such a program.
atm it's difficult to see who they could prop against Nathan, other than the names we already know... (btw I wouldn't cross out Shoma, it's likely that if he can regain his stability and land clean S and F he'll still have support...after all he did had a WR with 3 quads...).
of course it's hard to predict, and even without taking into account injuries, it's possible there will be some new medal contender who'll raise like Javi, from an unexpected place and despite not shining as junior
btw I wanted to praise Nathan not only for his much improved stability, but also for having somehow tamed his 3A. Even if he's still clearly not comfortable with it, he has been albe to land it steadily this season. Kudos to him. One can't say that he isn't trying to work on some of his weaknesses. Maybe next season he might even try to add a 3A in the free...or maybe he'll want to stabilize 4S first and then go for 2nd 3A the following season...his strategy is being adaptable, so I think he has several plans to implement before 2022 (hopefully he'll stay injury-free)
thank you for this
also, re: bolded part
yeah, atm there's really a problem of mentality within not only ISU but the skating community at a whole. They seem so NOT eager to make scoring a little bit more consistent. Many are resigned at how things work or they are actively rowing against any attempt of change. It's as if they couldn't accept that making some parts of figure skating measurable doesn't mean making the subjective, "emotional" part disappear. Or maybe they just like to have as much leeway as possible to adjust scores as they prefer...which is exactly what's happening with the bigger GOE range (and also what would happen if, as Max suggests, PCS cap was raised. So, while I understand and agree with his point of max TES max PCS, which was the whole point of the system tbw, I would also be super wary about manipulations)
I think it was in gymnastics that some jpn company was providing a new software to be used to measure some of the elements and it had to be tested at Worlds. It looks like FS is just particularly conservative towards new technologies.
ok, salty moment: I'm waiting for some fan of Nate to do something like that analysis to show why Nate's WC FS was scored that way...so when they'll go on GS and open a thread about a WR, I can go there and make fun of them because WR aren't recognized by ISU LOLOLOL, and I'd drive everyone mad getting hung up on trivialities instead of discussing the actual content of the video, and I'd insult the video creators and call them biased stans who have too much free time on their hands, and finally I'd demand them to do more vids analysing other skater's programs too, for "fairness"...
not true, I wouldn't insult anyone but I'd offer constructive criticism. It would still probably end in fanyus being the evil ones anyway
I remember that, and I remember we were shocked but then just shrugged off and laugh because no way Yuzu would train 4F, he would land Nessie before that! .... and back then we didn't really believed Nessie could be real... we were still debating over the real chances and advantages of introducing a 4Lz in the layout in Oly year...
sweet summer children, weren't we?