Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Figure Skating - Men’s Free Skate  » Sport  »
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  • I'm happy to say that for once, the judges got it right

    • by Orrymain

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      Everyone was excited to watch the free skate portion of the figure skating event for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic games. The top three are very close together. Any one of them began the evening knowing they could win gold.

      Before the big action, though, the skaters below the top three had a chance to show their stuff one more time, including America’s Jeremy Abbott who had a horrible short program. This one didn’t start out so well, either, as he fell and then missed a jump. However, the final two-thirds of his skate was solid, so at least he finished on a high note.

      I absolutely loved the energy of the young Japanese skater, Takahito Kozuka, who was so energetic and wonderful for watch.

      I hated his middle music piece, though. It gave me a headache. Fortunately, the composition calmed for the conclusion. This guy is one to watch in the future is because he has great technique and wonderful artistry, even though he’s still growing in both. It was a wonderful program, even though he fell one time. In fact, when he fell and got up, the audience applauded, as if to urge him on. He finished eighth in the free skate and the overall. Let’s look for him in 2014.

      The one negative for me was the scoring for Johnny Weir, who skated an absolutely perfect program except for one loss of footing on a spin. Now my mind goes to some ...

      • remarks Weir made right before the Olympics. He was worried about being blamed and held accountable for a comment made in an email from a non-judge. I’m not really a fan of Weir’s, but when someone skates so well, they deserve appropriate marks. While not everything he did was on a par with the top three, after watching the other contenders in that final group, Weir deserved a fourth place finish. Judging is still not totally fixed in the world of figure skating.

        As for the top three, Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi was steady as a rock and earned his bronze. It was a pleasure to watch his free skate.

        Yevgeny Plushenko was good, hit his jumps, got through fairly cleanly, but he was off.

        His completed jumps were often barely held on to. It was a performance he fought for. That said, he still doesn’t have the footwork or artistry of many of his competitors. What he does have is the quad.

        Then there was Evan Lysacek from the USA. He was perfection. He had musicality, jumps, and no misses. When he was done, he closed his eyes and pumped his fists in joy. No matter what, he’d given it a hundred and ten percent. Was perfection without a quad worth the gold?

        I’m happy to say that for once, the judges got it right. Lysacek’s footwork and transitions beat out the power of the quad, and that is joyful.

        It was a great competition in 2010.

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