Monday, January 28

What We Didn't See on NBC Today



Alexander Johnson's free skate moved him up to 7th place overall. Thanks to the stupidity of the USFS making the groupings for the men 5-5-5-5. we missed his performance following his 12th-place short program. One of the all-time great choreographers, Sandra Bezic, said it was 'one of the most beautiful free programs' that she had ever seen.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was beautiful. Thank you for posting it!

Anonymous said...

Tony, do you know if that 3lz-1/2 loop- 3F was the first? It's as cool as a quad in my book!

Anonymous said...

As much as I dislike USFS, it is not "stupidity" that puts a 12th place short in the second warm-up group. What's the alternative? A final flight of 12 skaters all trying to warm-up simultaneously? The risk of collisions and injuries is too great! They split the groups evenly for a reason.

Tony said...

I do believe that sequence was the first of its kind!

And to the last poster-- both the men and ladies had 20 entries. The ladies warm-ups were 4-4-6-6, like it has been broken down for the last I don't know.. many, many years. The men were broken down into 5-5-5-5. I looked into how they could do this, and the referee and someone else involved in television, IIRC, get to decide the groupings before the short program now. So essentially, there was a rule created saying they could decide how many skaters would end up in each of the groups (either 5 or 6) most likely for television purposes.

By making the groupings broken down this way, Adam Rippon was put into the second-to-last group while Yasmin Siraj got to skate in the final group for the same placement, and the 11th and 12th place (Johnson) mens finishers after the short had to skate in an earlier warm-up while the ladies in those places made television.

I dunno. I could have done without Gracie Gold's long program a second time and Evan's comeback talk, which took up the first 20 minutes of the broadcast.

Anonymous said...

With so many men doing quads, it makes sense to have fewer people on the ice in the warm-up. Theoretically, there would be more quads in the later flights, so making those flights larger would have decreased safety.

Tony said...

At Worlds, we will see 6 men per group ;-) This call wasn't made with any safety in mind, trust me. It was made so that NBC would have some free time during the beginning of the telecast.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I hadn't watched the entire clip of Alex Johnson when I asked "who's the choreographer" just now. I see Tom Dickson in the kiss and cry post performance -- I'm guessing that he was the choreographer. Yes?

Thanks for the clip -- I wouldn't have seen it otherwise. ~Teresa

Tony said...

Yes, it was Tom Dickson! He is really amazing.