Four Continents Championships 2017 review: men
The final part of my review of Four Continents Championships 2017 is about men’s event, like a cherry on the cake….Yes, Koreans knew what they were doing putting men’s competition last.
I guess for me it was a Maraschino cherry)
I don’t know why, but I got up at 4 am and watched first warm-ups….remind me never do it again) The only positive impression was Korean guy Sihyeong LEE in a fabulous jabot. He was so happy after his performances!
I didn’t even recognized Michael Christian Martinez at first! In stead of touching Romeo in beautiful costume a brutal guy came on the ice…..in Joubert’s costume…..and with Joubert’s choreography….Well, at least he still has his biellmann spin.
Han Yan, I hate you! Sorry my rudeness. You gave me hope in the short program and then destroyed all hopes in the free program in a very cruel way! Where is the guy who charmed me at Junior Worlds? Where is the guy with a mind blowing triple axel? Where is that guy?!! Sadness, sadness, sadness…..
Misha Ge was concentrated on jumps, skating a bit restrained. The result on the scoreboard turned out pretty good, almost skates of his life….but considering his announcement of possible retirement I really wanted to cry.
Taking into account recovering from an injury, Jason Brown probably did everything he could. With Nathan Chen rising high and high, Americans may be not worry for keeping three spots, but anyway I wish Jason improve till Worlds. Because this season I love everything about him: his programs, his hair and even his costumes.
Boyang Jin‘s Spiderman makes me laugh, especially the shoulders’ move) I don’t know what is most funny: the move, the reaction of Chinese team in front of whom it was done or the fact that it was choreographed by the well-known choreographer for a solid amount on money. I think Lori Nichol has something personal against Chinese single skaters. Boyang’s shoulders, Han Yan had couple of ridiculous moves, Zijun Li’s final pose this season….So the only thing that saved Patrick Chan from something like this is Canadian passport.
Speaking about Patrick…..I knew that I’d need something alcoholic to handle men’s free program. That’s why I decided to consult with an expert in Patrick’s free program. I asked Eric Radford what drink goes best with his music and Patrick’s skating. Eric was kind enough to answer and suggested red wine. So I had a glass of red wine with a hint of plum. I was relaxed, the wine was delicious….so whatever…..I even wasn’t angry or sad because of that FP)
I’ll definitely need to consult with Eric before Worlds) What else he can suggest…maybe to watch men’s FP in a bath with some relaxing aromatic oils?) Oh, I wish I haven’t been so emotionally invested in someone’s skating.
Looking at Shoma Uno it was clear that he came with such good sporting hunger, anger and determination in his eyes. Tiger. Small, but with dangerous claws and fangs. What he did at official practices! And a quad loop was pulled out like from magician’s sleeve. Alas, this time a hysterically screaming woman scared not only me, but also Shoma himself, so he fell on the first axel and didn’t cope well with the second one.
Strange but true, this time I liked Yuzuru‘s short program more than free. Apparently, I got used to it. Or Yuzuru changed the tonality from pseudo sexuality to charming insolent. The second one suits him. Free program didn’t impress me. Elements, elements, mathematical calculation where to do what …… Wow did not happen. There was no involvement into the music. Losing to Chen was a bit surprising, but what to do, he did mistakes and now there are such rivals that you no longer can do mistakes and remain first.
Well, the US figure skating federation smelled some blood) Soon we will see a situation, familiar to bitterness to fans of one skater. Chen‘s PCS will grow from competition to competition … ..and at some point they will no longer depend on the quality of his performance. History tends to repeat itself, but this time we (fans of that one skater) will be a wingside viewers, we’ll sit and eat pop-corn, saying “Ah, we told you once this would happen”. Nathan, of course, is a talented boy, with fantastic jumping ability. His SP is great, but in the FP only Borodin works for PCS. America got a real chance to take Olympic gold, so I’m excited to see the battle of the figure skating’s titans America vs Japan.
It’s hard to believe, but World Championships is just in a month and every discipline is going to be damn exciting to watch..