So, now that there are less elements in the short program, am I right in assuming that the high scores from the past probably won't be broken?
You are probably correct.
Plushenko was spotted the other day coaching Mishin's group. Do you think he could help Patrick Chan out with quads (if the 2 were on speaking terms, of course)?
I'm sure Plushenko could help teach anyone how to do the quad toe loop. Mishin is the absolute master of technique, and I'm willing to bet after all these years that Plushenko has picked up on most of his methods of teaching.
Just wanted to let you know: Kevin Van Der Perren has officially stated that he will skate for one more season. His goals: medal @ Europeans, top 8 @ Worlds. I don't think that's realistic (even without Lambiel, Plushenko, etc.). What do you think?
You never know with Kevin! I really liked him when he was beginning to make his climb (he went from something like 31st at 2001 Worlds to 12th at the 2002 Olympics) but I think lately he's been very lazy about his training. He likes jumping and that is really obvious, but he skates around on two feet with no transitions and no trying to relate to the music most of the time. I never thought he would have the skates he had at the 2010 Worlds so I'm never counting him out, but I think it'll be tough.
Kevin can win a medal at Euros. He did so in 2008. I belive he can do well. My only question is whether or not he try to do quad triples and quad triple triples for a whole season!!?!?
Why not? He's most likely not going to be tiring himself out with difficult moves in the field and choreography :-)
Okay, I was being just a little bit smart with that reply. I'm sure he's capable of doing the 4/3/3 all season. He was landing the 3Sal/3toe/3loop pretty consistently back in the 2003/2004 season! It's the triple Axel that, ever since he has been a senior skater, has either been there or not even close-- he showed that again at this years Worlds.
Has anyone ever done 2 3-3s and a 3-3-3 or 2 3-3s and a 4-3-3?
Well, the only way to do two 3/3 jumps and a 4/3/3 would be if a skater could do a 4toe/3loop/3loop and something like 3lutz/3toe, 3flip/3toe, OR 4toe/3toe/3toe, 3lutz/3loop, 3flip/3loop, etc. So no, I don't think it's ever been done. Evgeny Plushenko probably did 4toe/3toe/3loop and 3axel/3toe before, but then his other combination would have needed to be a 3jump/3loop, which is difficult.
Same thing for 3/3/3 and 3/3 3/3. The latter two jumps on the three-jump combo and the latter jumps on both 3/3 combos would have to be toe, toe, loop, and loop. (ex 3sal/3toe/3loop, 3lutz/3toe, 3flop/3loop).
How do you compare Chan and Kozuka?
Simply, Chan has confidence and Kozuka has yet to find it. Both have gorgeous basics and a great understanding of how the blade works. I don't think Chan is an amazing artist, but he does what he needs to. Kozuka is still just too shy and I doubt he understands how good he really is.
Speaking of the scoring system, the rule changes coming up this year have been dubbed by some to be the "Asada" rules, because most think they will be favorable to Asada in that they will raise the value of a triple axel and other changes of that sort.
This little novel I wrote discusses those issues:
During his time, it seemed that John Curry's style was hard for some people to accept. It seems to me that Johnny Weir faces some of the same biases. What do you think?
I think that Johnny's skating might make some people uncomfortable, but not many... it's FIGURE SKATING! Again, the big issue for him with me (and many others, I think) is that for being thrown in with the top group of skaters, he lacks the choreography that almost all of them have. When he's skating in competitions, most of his programs fall flat and there's no real interpretation or presence-- if there is, there are only flashes of it. He skates relatively slow and doesn't have many difficult transitions.
I answered your question this way because I am guessing that you think part of the reason he is held down in the standings, so to speak, is because of these biases. If he commanded the ice in competitions the way he does in exhibitions, it would be a start.