Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Figure Skating - Men’s Short Program  » Sport  »
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  • His footwork was pretty good, but the beginning of the sequence didn't have much pizzazz to it in my opinion
  • The Czech Republic's Michal Brezina was the final performer of the night, and I enjoyed him quite a bit

    • by Orrymain

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      It was a great evening of skating at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. This was the Men’s Short Program, and here are a few of my impressions, not done in any skating order.

      America’s Johnny Weir, always colorful and not for everyone, had a solid program. I was impressed.

      Canada’s Vaughn Chipeur missed his first big jump, a triple axle, and then it was like I could feel himself forcing his way through the next section. He fought for it, but then lost control on his footwork. I haven’t seen that happen in a while. He didn’t fall, but his missteps were obvious and distracting. When he skated this routine, it felt to me like he was trying to stronghold the performance, and it just didn’t work.

      Yevgeny Plushenko

      of Russia has talked a confident game coming into these Olympics. Was his hype appropriate for his performance? For the most part, yes, it was. He landed his moves, including a powerful quad. He was a little shaky. He almost stepped out of his choreography at one point, and some of his footwork was just adequate. He did a lot of arm flailing while really not doing much skating. It was a solid skate, though, and the choreography fit the music pretty well. He finished the short program in first place, and that was how it should be.

      Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi’s music was annoying, but that fact aside, his jumps were solid. His footwork was pretty good, but the beginning of the sequence didn’t ...

      • have much pizzazz to it in my opinion. He ended up 3rd for the evening.

        Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland skated to William Tell’s Overture in an outfit that looked better suited to a ballet. He was solid on the ice.

        The Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina was the final performer of the night, and I enjoyed him quite a bit. His outfit was perfect, the music was good, and while not as technically proficient as the top three, he was solid. He’s only 18 and has great potential for the next Olympic games. He ended up in 9th position.

        America’s Jeremy Abbott fell apart. Thankfully, no falls, but he clearly didn’t make his jumps. His emotional artistry was top notch, but you have to do the jump elements, and

        he just didn’t do it. He’s out of the running for a medal, but maybe with the pressure off he can redeem himself with a good free skate on Thursday.

        Evan Lysacek, America’s best hope, skated an exhilarating program. I really wish the costume had been better. I don’t get the frilly cuff sleeves at the hands. He made his jumps, had good footwork, and was pure gold all the way through. The only reason he’s not in the lead is that he doesn’t have the quad in the arsenal. That’s why he’s in second.

        So, in the end, with Plushenko leading Lysacek by a mere .50, the gold medal may come down to the ability to do a quad. For me, that’s sad, but that’s skating.

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