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Olympic Thoughts – Men’s Figure Skating Short Program

16 Feb

With the Men’s figure skating competition only a few hours away I find myself writing this blog post. I’ve been watching all the Olympic coverage, listening to the tweets and chatting around me and I just can’t help myself! I’ve got to add my two cents into the mix.

First, I think this competition is going to come down to who has a quad and who doesn’t. I do believe artistry and other technical elements will play a major role in determining the winner of this event but when you get right down to the facts, the quad is going to be the deciding factor.

I haven’t really seen Plushenko skate, but I’ve seen him compete in the past and he has nerves of steel. He also has two quads planned for his long program. That’s some serious competition. If he skates like he did in the past, Evan Lysacek will have his hands full. I do believe Evan Lysacek will be a strong medal contender and may stop the impeding Russian from dominating fully.

Jeremy Abbott, to me, is the wild card. He is a brilliant skater but can he hold it together through both the short and long? Does he have the nerves? Because if he skates like he did at nationals he’s got a great shot at being a medalist.

Then there is our Johnny Weir. I LOVE Johnny Weir. Yes, and much like his reality show’s moniker, you either love him or hate him. I’ve always enjoyed his skating, he just glides and flows when he is on. If he can land that quad he has a chance at medaling however I think it might be a long shot. I definitely feel that he will be top 5 but can he hold off Plushenko, Lysacek, Lambiel and Takahashi? I’m rooting for him and I believe he will place well in the short but it will take an immense effort from him to land that quad and deliver that beautiful long.

Tonight’s short program will be very telling as far as who is on their game and who is not. Nerves, will play a big factor in deciding who is on top.
My predictions? I think I am gambler at heart because I like to lay it all on the line for everyone to see, good or bad! Like my predictions for Nationals, I don’t pretend to be an expert here.

Top 5 placements for the short program
1. Evan Lysacek
2. Evgeny Plushenko
3. Stephane Lambiel
4. Johnny Weir
5. Daisuke Takahashi

In the end I think its any man’s game tonight to win or lose. They are all so close and so good! Watch NBC tonight at 8pm eastern for the Men’s short program coverage. Have a prediction? Send it via Twitter via@dream2skate. I’ll post all predictions here.

So Long MK, Sniff.

4 Aug

I was so disappointed that Michelle Kwan wasn’t going to make a bid for the Olympics. So sad. However, at the ripe old age of 29, it would have been difficult to compete with the likes of Yu-Na, Mao, and others. In the jump department that is. I am still a strong believer in Michelle’s ability to wow the crowd with her artistic ability and to draw the most stoic audience member into her performance. I never did see her perform live, so I am even more sad.
Sniff.
No one has really achieved her domination over the sport in ladies skating and certainly no one has been able to be as consistent. Speaking of consistency, we’ll turn to Sasha Cohen. Miss Inconsistent, has returned to the competitive world of skating. I believe she will do extremely well. Her flexibility and ability to make even the simplest move beautiful always impresses and amazes me. I look forward to seeing how she handles the pressure this year.

Last night, I saw USA Today’s youtube video “Yoga with Sasha Cohen.” Great Vid!

I tried to follow some of the moves and today I find myself nursing a slightly sore back. Her flexibility extends to the off ice exercises as well and as such I should never have tried to twist myself into those positions! However, I thought it was great conditioning idea for the figure skater. Yoga is perfect not only to build core muscles but also to increase flexibility and calm the skaters mind.
At the moment I am hoping our own rink will start a Yoga for skaters since it would allow adults and kids alike to take a class suited for both ages and with the rise of Sasha on the Olympic horizon what better time then now to start a new conditioning class for skating.

Does anyone else have a yoga for skating class at their rink? If so, let me know how it helps you and your skating.

Well, I believe it is onto bed. I did manage to make it to a 6:45 am morning skate session. It was bliss, and I landed the lightest flip jump in years. I just skated to the music and practiced the basics and it all came together for once. Camels and laybacks were also on hand today, so the stars must all be aligned! Wait till I really get back into practicing, I’ll get so picky that nothing will be right! Nature of the beast I guess.

Happy Skating all.

Evgeni training for the Olympics!

21 May

So, now Plushenko (26yrs) is getting in on the action. This does makes things interesting. The Irina of male figure skating in my mind, he is completely amazing with his quads although falls flat in my mind on the artistic side. He racks those points up though! I can’t believe he has decided to come back. I think this Olympics is going to be a shocker, everyone wants a piece of the action! As long as Plushenko’s knees hold up he has a great chance.

Despite my previous comments, I do like Evgeni and I can’t wait to see his new program during the GrandPrix. His jumps are definitely comparable to what the men are doing now. If anything, he is probably still at the top of the field with the amount of quads that he can do.

Watch out Brian Joubert! (although he’s kind of fallen off a bit) Well, then definitely Evan should be watching Evgeni because this is going to be his main competition.

On a personal front, did you know he is recently divorced? Yep, Russia’s most popular skating man is back on the market. You can check this news out and more at
http://www.evgeniplushenko.net/news.shtml
I wonder who else is coming back?