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Plushenko dethroned! Men’s figure skating gold goes to U.S.

Manliness questioned—again


 

Men’s figure skating, with its international intrigues, judging scandals, corsets and divas has reached the point, say enthusiasts, where Blades of Glory seems less like satire, and more like cinéma vérité.

Last night’s U.S.-Russia showdown was no exception.

Before it began, Evgeni Plushenko, Russia’s reigning gold medal champion and the night’s putative favourite, was talking smack, calling out Evan Lysacek’s inability to land the risky quadruple jump.

“Without the quadruple, I’m sorry, but it’s not men,” Plushenko, said Tuesday, shortly after executing night’s only quad, and grabbing an early lead heading into last night’s long program.

Translation: Evan’s not man enough for figure skating (it bears mention that he said this while dressed in a unitard—I do love this sport).

In the end, however, Plushenko’s early quad, though landed cleanly, wasn’t enough to give him the gold. He made small mistakes; his spins were not as fast as two nights ago, nor did he seem to have the same, perfect control over body movement as he did in the short program.

Lysachek’s spins, meanwhile, were faster, more centred; cleaner. Neither, however, skated as well as they did two nights before.

Canada’s boy wonder, Patrick Chan, who started the night in seventh, needed a clean skate to crack the podium. He did not; he fell on a triple axel, and made several, small, but costly errors (as he did two nights ago), yet finished a respectable fifth.

All in all, he did not look like the poised, perfect Patrick Chan who won the Four Continents Skating Championship here, a year ago, at just 18.

“I wish I hadn’t made the mistakes—dumb mistakes,” he said afterward. “My goal was definitely to finish higher.” The crowd, which gave him a standing O was “amazing,” he added, and made him “proud to be Canadian.” He’s looking beyond his first Olympics to Sochi when he’ll be 23.

The Sheherazade, the music Lysacek—a 24-year-old Chicagoan—chose to skate to, is about a battle between a king and a slave—a fitting choice for a dethroning.

Afterwards, a deflated Plushenko refused to let up. “If the Olympic champion doesn’t know how to jump quad—I don’t know. Now it’s not figure skating. Now it’s dancing.”


 

Plushenko dethroned! Men’s figure skating gold goes to U.S.

  1. If Plushenko feels the sport is not manly enough for him, and he's been robbed, please, by all means, go and find another sport more befitting you. I've had to listen to him for years, ever since he started in the eligible ranks, and I've been heartily sick of him for years.

    Please, by all means, resign in protest!

    • oh, come on. fuck you
      you're sick of him? who the fuck cares?! nobody. plushenko is the king of figure skating. it's a fact. so save your stupid opinion for your grand children or for someone else who cares

  2. maybe you should stop watching figure skating then. plushenko IS one of the greatest ever and if you don't like his style, that's your problem. and when you see johnny weir getting a lower score than patrick chan even tho the latter had 2+ flops, you know something is not right with the system. i am Canadian and i don't think chan deserved what he got.

  3. Plushenko is such a wus! Get over it! Just cuz you can land your QUAD does not mean you should win. The right person won and should have been followed by Johnny Weir and anyone else in thr sport besids you! Please get out of sport!!!!!!!

  4. I don't know what Plushenko has to complain about, it was Johnny Weir that got robbed.

  5. Gold medal for USA? what was that boring skating Lysacek did?
    i think third place was good enough for him. takashi was better even with the mistake,
    oh almost forgot, hes from USA, so thats ok let them win.

  6. Well, probably this time Pliushenko was not as best as he was in Torino, when his score set him so far from competitors, but at least he was not worse than Lysachek. Both should be judged by different criteria. Pliushenko's programme in general was more difficult, than the Lysachek's one, it required more effort and cost him the exellence in performing the components. Besides, Pluishenko had some leg trauma, and had to use anaesthetics to skate. At the same time Lysachek was nice, he was punctual but he didn'n make an impression of being outstanding.

  7. Lysachek was fine; he skated well; he had nice choreography, but it was not an Olympic gold medal performance; Pluschenko was robbed. They gave Lysachek an extraordinarily high mark for an ordinary performance. He did not even land a triple axle… and he skated very slowly; something that should have been penalized. It looks as though the medal standings were predetermined. Sorry, if it looks that way in life, it very often is.
    In the women's program, there is no way that the Canadian skater should have taken the bronze. She put her hand down, she failed to complete the elements of at least one other jump, and it was not a very graceful or even inspiring performance. But she was on home ice and the tragedy had just occurred. Too bad figure skating is going the way of wrestling. Its just a corrupt farce.

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