The Official 2010 Olympics Figure Skating Thread- THE MEN'S LONG PROGRAM

  • silverfox

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    Feb 18, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    Hey you don't like figure skating? SCRAM! icon_biggrin.gif

    Tonight is shaping up to be the ultimate showdown for the Olympic Gold medal...as well as the Silver, and Bronze.

    Less than 1 point separates the top 3 skaters ...with any of the top 6 in medal contention.

    Here in this cozy thread share your thoughts, predictions, articles, etc.

    Here are a couple of articles I read that I found interesting:

    Plushenko's strategy? Playing MIND GAMES!!!!!


    http://nz.sports.yahoo.com/news/article/-/6825221/figure-skatingplushenko-gives-taste-spins-come


    Hmmmm....I don't know. My tennis coach taught me that when someone starts mouthing off and bragging...they are feeling insecure. Hope Evan channels some of that mojo!

    Here is a nice profile of Evan from the Chicago Times----


    http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-olympics-lysacek18-2010feb18,0,4553205.story



    My predictions....and really it is a tough one-

    Gold- Plushenko
    Silver- Lysacek
    Bronze- Oda

    I have this feeling Takahashi is going to CRACK!

    So what do you think? Will Plushenko prevail? Will Evan crack? And what about Takahashi? Is this his time to bring it?

    Can Weir make it to the podium? Can Lambiel spin his way to a medal?

    Your thoughts please!

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    Feb 18, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    My Prediction:

    Gold-Evan Lysacek-USA-(his nerves will hold up)
    Silver-Evgeni Plushenko-Russian Federation(his arrogance will crumble)
    Bronze-Daisuke Tashahashi-Japan(Japan gets 1st ever male figure skating medal).


    If Evan can't keep his nerves under wraps, he won't get on the podium as with Torino. Bad hair aside, Tashahashi is getting better with time. Sad that Lambiel has lost his edge, best spinner in the world.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    team johnny weir. f*ck motherf*cking peta.

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    Feb 18, 2010 9:37 PM GMT
    I have to go with Erik's prediction.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    I think Plushenko will take gold, Takahasi the silver and Lysacek for bronze.

    Although, I'm really hoping Lambiel will medal too. He's such a talented and engaging skater, if it weren't for his injury. And it certainly doesn't help to improve on his weakness with the jumps.

    Joubert was a disappointment. So sad. icon_sad.gif

    I can't wait for the show tonight! Let's see who wins!
  • treader

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    Feb 18, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
    Yes, this is a tough one to predict. So many variables. I did think that Daisuke Tashahashi (Japan) had the best short program so I'm going to go out on a limb:

    Gold - Tashahashi (Japan)
    Silver - Plushenko (Russian Federation)
    Bronze- Lysacek (USA)

    It will be interesting to see what happens. I'll be glued to my TV tonight.

    PS. Johnny Weir will win best costume.
  • silverfox

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    Feb 19, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidMy Prediction:

    Gold-Evan Lysacek-USA-(his nerves will hold up)
    Silver-Evgeni Plushenko-Russian Federation(his arrogance will crumble)
    Bronze-Daisuke Tashahashi-Japan(Japan gets 1st ever male figure skating medal).


    If Evan can't keep his nerves under wraps, he won't get on the podium as with Torino. Bad hair aside, Tashahashi is getting better with time. Sad that Lambert has lost his edge, best spinner in the world.


    Note from the Op:

    Well alright then....I know now not to bet against Erik (and Ducky too) in Figure skating events....!

    I am glad Evan won. Plushenko looked like he wasn't even taking it seriously.....

    Johnny should have been higher though in my humble opinion
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:35 AM GMT
    Weir should have scored higher. I wish Lambiel and Chan had done better too.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    antelope saidWeir should have scored higher. I wish Lambiel and Chan had done better too.


    agreed. once again johnny got hosed. if they had the old scoring system i think he would have scored much higher. shoulda been on the podium.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    Evan by far the best and really seems like a great guy. Saw online a few articles where Weir was dissing him so there sort of an icy relationship there.
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    Feb 19, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    antelope saidWeir should have scored higher. I wish Lambiel and Chan had done better too.


    I agree on all three points. I also would have preferred Takahashi to silver over Plushenko. Weir truly gave the performance of his life, he didn't have the base points, but the artistry should have carried more weight.

    I expected Takahashi to meltdown, but he sucked it up and recovered very well.
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    Feb 19, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    Johnny Weir should have placed higher - BUT he didnt earn a spot on the podium because of his short program.

    Takahashi was better overall than Weir(d).

    In any case, Johnny Weir is a nasty attention whore... I really cannot stand him. I give him props for being daring, but his attention-whorish attitude doesnt make me like him at all. His skating is great, but it lacks the power of Plushenko and Finesse of Lysacek.

    Evan was my number one pick! And he won!!!!! I was SOOO thrilled!

    I used to be a competitive figure skater...and like me, Evan is tall... so he has an even harder time than the others who are shorter and more compact. He has a nice demeanor and is cute too!

    <3 you Evan!!!!
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    Feb 19, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    I must say that the winners deserve their medals. Most especially Evan Lysacek, there's no question about it. Although I think that Johnny Weir should've have placed higher, he has great talent and personality.
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Feb 19, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Takahashi and Lambiel both have the best programs this season, but too bad they couldn't deliver. Plushenko and Lysacek programs are so blah to me, but I definately give Lysacek some credit for not choking when it counts. Now, I'd like to see them to face off again at World, but I doubt Lysacek will show up.

    Chan is way over scored!!

    Weir needs to shut up more often and let his skating do the talking like it did at the olympic. However, he needs to fix his lips and under rotated problem before he can expect high score as with the big guys, but he should be higher than Chan regardless.

    I feel bad for Joubert even when I'm not a fan of his skating, but it's sad to see him self-destructed like that. Same thing with Verner.
  • silverfox

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    Feb 19, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    Note from the Op:

    And now this morsel from Elvis Stojko

    THE NIGHT THAT FIGURE SKATING DIED.....

    It wasn't when Tonya Harding's clan wacked Nancy or something like that...

    No..........

    Acoording to Elvis it was LAST night because...well read the ariticle:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/figure_skating/news?slug=es-thoughts021810&prov=yhoo&type=lgns
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    Feb 19, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    i think this sums up the long program very eloquently.

    http://www.dlisted.com/node/36143
  • jgymnast733

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    Feb 20, 2010 10:55 AM GMT
    I feel that Plushenko deserves the Gold, afterall, HE DID do the Quad..icon_neutral.gif
    He should look for that bitch in the olympic village bust her ass and take the gold medal from her, thats what i'd do..... Cause i'm a bad bitchicon_evil.gif
    Then out miss.weir for being a bearback slopy pig bottom with stale poppers..

  • Feb 20, 2010 3:22 PM GMT
    I think that it is unfortunate that some focused so much on the Quad. Figure skating is more that just jumps. Had the quad/jumps been the most important activities, the sport would had been called Power Skating. This sport combines power, artistry and endurance, hence Figure Skating. The Russian player relied way too much on his jumps, but did not have a strategy when to do these jumps. The new scoring gives skater an additional 10% if he/she jumps in the second half of the performance. The American recognizes his strengths and weaknesses and maximized his scoring chances by doing more jumps in the 2nd half of the program. The Russian did not, hence a Silver medal. It is sad the he continues to bitch and diss the winner. That is bad sportsmanship. If you dissect the scorring, both had similar in the artistry scores. His technical score was less than the American's technical score. The difference in scoring gives the Gold medal to the American.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 20, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    I don't know how the judges were ever able to pick the winner of the gold because both Lysacek and Plushenko were amazing. If any one was ripped off by the scoring, I think it was Johnny Weir. He deserved the bronze and was scored low in both the short and long programs. I was sad for him because he brings so much to the sport just by being one of the most creative and colorful skaters.
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    Feb 20, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidNote from the Op:

    And now this morsel from Elvis Stojko

    THE NIGHT THAT FIGURE SKATING DIED.....

    It wasn't when Tonya Harding's clan wacked Nancy or something like that...

    No..........

    Acoording to Elvis it was LAST night because...well read the ariticle:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/vancouver/figure_skating/news?slug=es-thoughts021810&prov=yhoo&type=lgns


    It's so sad how Pluschenko, and now Stojko, is giving someone, who had a near perfect performance, a rough time about his skate when they performed under the same standards (although the scoring is different). Both of them were never known for their artistic abilities and, hence, feel more inclined to trash someone else rather than accept responsibility for their own failures.

    And Evan's technical scores were higher than Evgeny's!

    And did you see Bob Costas's interview with Evan the morning after? The interview was about Pluschenko, not about Evan. He handled himself amazingly well and was incredibly gracious. It's typical with today's media that the intent of a conversation is to create drama when there shouldn't be.
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    Feb 20, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    Sore losers are such a BORE! icon_rolleyes.gif

    I laughed my butt off when Plushencko expressed that completing quad jumps in figure skating equates to manliness.... WTF ... please remove that sequined costume before you uttered something idiotic!

    I am glad the judges awarded the athlete that presented a COMPLETE skating package/program. If I want to just see jumps, I watch gymnastics floor routine.

    The agony of sport -- there will be winners and losers. Suck it up and move on. The world will not end ..... geez....

    The creature that is called Johnny Weir -- wish there's a mute button on him. Beautiful skater, tragic personality. I would route for him any time and day on his ice talents, man -- know went to say STOP. Its ok, the day does not revolve around you.

    Ok.... enjoy the rest of the games...

    Peace out

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    Feb 20, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    i think having athletes as different as plushenko, lysacek and weir is nothing but good for the sport. as polarizing as weir is at least it lends some excitement to a field which, lets face it, is kind of dull. plus when he has his shit together, he has the skating to back up the 'tude.
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    Feb 20, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    ErikTaurean saidMy Prediction:

    Gold-Evan Lysacek-USA-(his nerves will hold up)
    Silver-Evgeni Plushenko-Russian Federation(his arrogance will crumble)
    Bronze-Daisuke Tashahashi-Japan(Japan gets 1st ever male figure skating medal).


    If Evan can't keep his nerves under wraps, he won't get on the podium as with Torino. Bad hair aside, Tashahashi is getting better with time. Sad that Lambert has lost his edge, best spinner in the world.


    Note from the Op:

    Well alright then....I know now not to bet against Erik (and Ducky too) in Figure skating events....!

    I am glad Evan won. Plushenko looked like he wasn't even taking it seriously.....

    Johnny should have been higher though in my humble opinion


    Thanks for the endorsement, sir. Leave figure skating for me and I will leave tennis to you. hahahaha icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 22, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    OMG i doubt that Plush wanted the gold so badly as anyone of the others..=)