Friday, May 14

What a Difference a Day Makes Part Deux

I didn't want to leave Duhamel all alone in this feature, so I looked up the disaster that was Daisuke Takahashi at the 2004 Trophee Eric Bompard. The point difference between his short and long programs? SEVEN points. 64 in the short (that put him in third place), and just 71 in the free skate. He moved all the way down to 11th and last place overall. Typically we see long program scores that are nearly double what skaters earn in the short program. Pretty disastrous barely sums it up! By the way, for those of you who really analyze all of the numbers-- his total elements score was seven points higher in the short program.




 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh! I remember this! Poor Daisuke! Was there ever an explanation for the bizarre performance? An injury from the first jump? Or was he just out of it that day?

Tony said...

I think he was just out of it. The fall on the quad didn't look that out of the ordinary. The second attempt was way underrotated and he landed awkwardly, but I still think he just let the early mistakes set the tone for the rest of the performance. He was still pretty young and not a top competitor at this point..

Anonymous said...

The reigning World Champion at his worst!
Ooh, painful. Couldn't watch it 'til the end... To think how far he's gotten since then, though, shows how much he must've worked on his mental side.
I remember how he used to be known as having a 'heart of glass', easily shattered by the simplest of mistakes.

Anonymous said...

I remember this too! This LP was a total disaster. He was 18? I read somewhere that he'd been suffering from the "I want to quit" syndrome in those days.

BTW, it seems Camerlengo is going to choreograph his LP again next season. I can't wait!

Anonymous said...

But what about awful horribleness of Takahashi's 2009 grand prix final performance that allowed Lysacek to win? First out of six in the short-fifth out of six in the long. Only the sick barely performing Verner prevented him from going first to last.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Takahashi has a history of inconsistency. After all, he's a strongly emotional skater. But you cannot judge him from the results of the first half of 09-10 season. Until Finlandia in October '09, he had been out of competition for one and a half years. After such a long blank period he had to be in four competitions, one of which was the Grand Prix Final, in the first two months of the season. Takahashi said he'd had a stamina problem until Nationals in December. On top of that, virtually none of other top skaters has made a comeback from ACL, so it's difficult to fathom to what extent the injury affected the skater's performance.

mikeko said...

I agree with Anonymous #5. In his recent interview, he thought last December that he might not make it to the Olympics. Looking back his performances in Vancouver and Turin, it seems like the ACL injury made him a much stronger athlete.