AP link: Yagudin will go to Worlds
Posted 13 March 2002 - 02:32 PM
Posted 14 March 2002 - 06:55 PM
Posted 14 March 2002 - 07:42 PM
As for the others, I agree, it's a much more flimsy excuse. I realize it must be hard to work up enthusiasm for it after the Olympics, but you shouldn't treat the world championship as just another competition.
[ March 14, 2002, 07:55 PM: Message edited by: dirac ]
Posted 16 March 2002 - 02:59 PM
They may simply be delighted that they no longer have anything to prove after winning the Olympics. Maybe they can lead a regular life for a time. We all know what it's like to focus on something to the exclusion of everything else in your life (even if it's just post-holiday blues) and then to experience that exhaustion afterwards. I can imagine it much more intense following the Olympics. There's no harm in sitting back and just basking.
Posted 17 March 2002 - 12:05 AM
Which is great news for Yagudin - he needs a 'fairly' clean skate to win back his title, his presentation being so far above everyone else's. I'm actually thinking it's Honda rather than Goebel who will be his biggest threat (provided he holds his nerve.)
I'm fine with skaters not attending Worlds after the Olympics which are mentally very draining. It may not present the best skaters in the world but it does give attention to the skaters lower down the ranks. Shen & Zhao and Lobecheva & Averbukh will probably win their first World titles in pairs and dance respectively and I'm hoping Abt and Honda end up on the podium - I still think the men's competition is going to be wonderful.
[ March 17, 2002, 12:08 AM: Message edited by: sylvia ]
Posted 17 March 2002 - 11:50 AM
Posted 18 March 2002 - 05:12 AM
And back to Yagudin, the qualifiers haven't been shown on tv here but he seems to have done well, 5.8s and 5.9s, joing first with Goebel (who's in the other group). He's the last skater in the start order for the SP so I'm hoping for 6.0s across the board for presentation!
[ March 18, 2002, 09:34 PM: Message edited by: sylvia ]
Posted 19 March 2002 - 05:19 PM
More of the same from Associated Press, with notes on Midori Ito, and information on the women's qualifying rounds:
Posted 19 March 2002 - 06:52 PM
The men's SP was excellent. The last group was nearly flawless, the ONLY mistake being a double-footed quad attempt by Weiss. Alexander Abt was wonderful, full of joy and very passionate and he deserves silver if he's clean in the LP. He really got the Japanese crowd screaming with his step sequence. Honda was near perfect - amazing that a SP that good would only get 4th place. And I felt so sorry for Goebel who was a bit undermarked (a 5.5 for tech!)but was placed correctly. Jeffrey Buttle from Canada was also quite a discovery. Probably the best SP I've ever seen in any discipline.
I think I got my biggest laugh of the day when they showed all these Japanese women moving en masse to the front at the end of the programs to throw flowers to Abt, Yagudin and Honda. I think something like 80% of the audience must be female.
Posted 22 March 2002 - 10:49 PM
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