So I said last night I didn’t care who won as long as it was fair but the articles above make me maaad. I wanted to start this blog off so differently but I had to come here and defend Evan’s win. That makes me mad, grr
Elvis Stojko: Skating is not a jump contest. It is a Skating contest. I know the concept of choreography and Presentation are lost on you but fact is skating is not just about throwing quad jumps. You have to have choreography, transitions, Interpretation etc.. I know this because IT’S IN THE RULES.
Sasha Cohen: It seriously makes me LOL that Sasha Cohen is talking about how Plushenko should have won because he can jump. From a girl that built her entire “career” on lifting her leg over her fat head to even imply Plushenko should have won is ridiculous.
Does it kill me that because Daisuke Takahashi tried a quad and fell he lost any chance at the Gold medal because he fell yes it does but he went for it and did not complete the jump. Not that for a second do I think they would have given it to Daisuke even if he had not fallen. He had one scratchy landing on a triple triple and the rest of it was beautiful
Johnny Weir was NOT robbed of second place. God his fans have issues. Johnny did a great job last night but Daisuke had an 8 point lead over Johnny going into the LP and one fall combined with 8 triples and amazing footwork trumps Johnny hand down.
LAST but not least Plushy. Oh Plushy. You are a great jumper but last night was not your crowning moment. You landed your jumps but you landed them with badly edged bobbles. How you can think you deserved to win with that performance is sad.
The reasons why Evan won the TES over Plushenko…
1-Evan had 4 triples (including a 3axel/2toe and 3flip/2toe/2loop combination) and 4 doubles (including a double axel) after the halfway mark which, obviously, increase the jumps by 10%. His BASE mark for TES was 0.10 lower than Plushenko’s due to program construction and putting difficult jumps near the end of his program. Plushenko only had 4 total, 2 triples and 2 doubles, the 3lutz/2toe, 3sal and the 2axel. In other words, no stamina!
2-Grade of Execution matters! Evan had SIX elements that scored a 1.00 or more in GOE. Plushenko only had three. Just doing an element and completing it is not enough. You have to do it well!
3-Spins also matter. Even though they both did level 4 spins, Plushenko still did one spin that was level 3. All of Evan’s spins were level 4. Plus Plushenko’s lowest amount of GOE on a spin was 0.14. Evan’s lowest was a 0.50. Plushenko’s highest was a 0.80 while Evan’s was a 1.00.
4-I’ll say it again… LEVEL 4 FOOTWORK! Evan’s circular footwork was deemed level 4 because he used his upper body a lot while doing the steps which makes it A LOT harder. And since he got level 4, in addition to his 0.60 more for the base mark, he also accrued 1.20 in GOE, 0.20 higher than Plushenko’s 1.00 for his straight line, which had more higher GOE’s than Evan, because getting level 4 is NOT easy!
5-Points add up. Everything Evan did he did VERY well, getting a positive GOE on everything but 2 jumps. And even those 2 jumps had very small negative GOE’s on them (less than a point). His average GOE for all his positive elements was 0.96. This is a contrast to Plushenko, got an average of 0.67 (including his 0.00 GOE on a combination). It also helps that his base mark was so close to Plushenko’s, who had a quad (which is 9.80 points more base value), because of the well constructed program, leaving hard jumps for the end of the program, all level 4 spins and level 4 footwork.
Having said all that I still want to know in WHAT UNIVERSE that Plushenko has better Interpretation and Performance/Execution than Lysacek??? Plushenko rightfully won the Skating Skills mark. But based on what I witnessed last night, it is a travesty that the judges would give such a “Oksana” like performance (posing, preening, shaking his bootie) higher marks than Evan, especially since Evan was WAY cleaner!!! And his transitions mark went up from the short program. Sad.