World Championships 2017 review: men
Continuing my World Championships’ reviews, time to discuss men.
During men’s competition I cried twice. Seems that I become either sentimental, or hysterical.
I sobbed on Misha Ge‘s free program. I cried because of unfairness that young and talented skater has to finish sport career. Finish so early and finish not because he wanted to. I want to wish Misha a lot of luck, whatever decision he will take.
But the throne is never vacant. New potential star appeared in figure skating, future show-men and crowd puller. Moris Kvitelashvili really made a statement. Probably, impressionable Japanese spectators are already organizing his fan club.
Speaking about fan clubs. Jorik, please return me part of my membership fee. You can return it with Belgian chocolate) Jorik didn’t please…..
Who didn’t please me even more is Michal Brezina. I apologize in advance to all future generations of Czech guys, I will not love you. No matter how good you would be. I don’t want to fall into the same trap one more time, third time to be precise.
Well done, Alexei Bychenko! You won two spots! So next season we can see you and Daniel Samokhin at the Olympics!
Commenting Kovtun‘s performance Tarasova was ruthless. This time she really went too far. Yes, it wasn’t Maxim’s best performance, but it wasn’t that bad. He’s lucky to have such a coach as Goncharenko who protects her skaters no matter what. I hope that Max appreciates this and will thank Inna Germanovna well, including with a sports results.
I’m sure Mikhail Kolyada is a wonderful person. He does not want to offend either his coach or his choreographer. But, Misha, you have only one career and you can’t be good for everyone. Your choreographer, as honest and decent woman, should let you do your programs with someone else. She can help you in everyday work, polishing the programs, but not in choreographing them. It also would be great to escape from your current designer….
Jason Brown coped with his task and American men saved three spots for Olympics! Spots are safe, the audience got a great pleasure watching his skating, I think it’s a great ending of the season for Jason! You know, I’d gladly make the rule that Brown performs in the middle of the last warm-up every time – to forget about nerves and battle and just enjoy figure skating! The programs are wonderful, the suits are laconic and elegant, Jason, I’m almost ready to make a declaration of love. But I can’t, sorry. No, it’s not because of lack of the quad. Just my heart is taken and in men’s single skating I’m a one-man woman. So maybe after 2018)
Looking at the age of those who made a breakthrough this season, I’m starting to feel old. But there are some advantages, I can reminisce. It is interesting to re-read sometimes what you thought about some skaters when they were very young.
That’s what I wrote in my blog in Russian back in 2014:
“Bronze medalist Nathan Chen caused a slight bittersweet feeling, he reminded me of Patrick Chan. I even called him “mini-Patrick”. Cool skating skills, transitions and the same mess with triple axel.”
For sure it was I who wrote it, moreover being sober :) So, Nathan, no offence if I criticize you. Someday I’ll look at your skating with different eyes.
The judges’ love for Javier Fernandez knows no bounds. They gave him tremendous GOE for every single element!) Looking at his PCS mark it becomes obvious that Javi is almost an ideal. Looking at the marks I tried to send away the memory that stood before my eyes – Javi the god of skating skills and transitions (according to protocols) walked (not skated) his step sequence just in front of me at Cup of Russia. I tried to find a logical explanation …. But I failed. Kind people helped – it’s all about the eyes. Not judges’, but Javier’s. Beauty is a weapon of mass destruction ;)
Boyang Jin was so cute in his Spiderman program. The shoulders move is everything!) Please do not send him to Lori anymore. Let’s send him to Zueva instead of Chen (I doubt Raf will let Nathan to go to Canton). Jin also wins the quad lutz battle – his were higher and looked easy done.
Shoma burned his purple plush, Shoma wore a beautiful shirt, Shoma gets a bonus from me) Shoma had a great season! He is the only one in whose eyes I saw determination, readiness to fight and desire to win at every single competition. And he was so close to the gold…. I like Uno’s skating, so at this Worlds something terrible happened for me – I paid attention to his jumps … .. It would have been better if I had continued to look only at the beauty of his skating and performance….
Well, finally it happened! Yuzuru won gold at Worlds again. Because with two-time World champion Fernandez I felt a bit sorry for Olympic Champion Hanyu. Yuzuru won confidently, Yuzuru won beautifully. Is it needed to say something?)
And to close, I just want to wish all the figure skating fans to reach such stage when scores, places, medals are no longer important. When it’s enough just to see the happy eyes and smile of your favorite skater in the k&c. I was lucky enough to see this at Worlds 2017. Hope you too.
Related topics: Alexei Bychenko, Boyang Jin, Jason Brown, Javier Fernandez, Jorik Hendrickx, Maxim Kovtun, men, Michal Brezina, mikhail kolyada, Misha GE, Moris Kvitelashvili, Nathan Chen, Shoma Uno, world championship, Yuzuru Hanyu