|A puzzled Tigerman marveling at the scores.|
If your Olympic day didn't start off with the Figure Skating Team event, it probably began with Mogul skiing. In case you were wondering, the name apparently derives from the Austrian "mugel" for "small hill". No, I didn't know that either. On to the team event, which offered lots of pleasing results, some good performances, and very few surprises.
1st: Russia with 19 points.
|Thank you, Plush!|
Anyhow, V/T did what we expected them to do. Place 1st by a landslide. Great skate, but also props to the judge who gave +3 on the 3 Toes, Max did really hold a nice tight edge on that one and that judge was the only one to see it. I had hoped for Team Russia to gain a little more on Canada in the Pairs, but I wasn't gonna root against Duhamel/Radford for that to happen, which brings us straight to
2nd: Team Canada with 17 points
Duhamel and Radford. Great skate, I heard he composed their music himself. Major respect for that, we need more artistically inclined athletes in skating, and I truly appreciate it if skaters take charge of their music and choreography themselves. Also: SBS triple Lutzes!
|Skating to self-composed music, and very well to boot!|
Peter Liebers: 7.18 - Jeremy Abbott: 7.64
Patrick Chan: 9.00 - Yuzuru Hanyu: 9.11
Please post your enlightening remarks in the comments section. It's much appreciated.
(Don't turn the placeholder PCS joke back at me though.)
3rd: People's Republic of China with 15 points.
|Where can I get those scarves?|
A couple PE marks:
Jeremy Abbott: 7.64 - Han Yan 7.68.
4th: Japan with 13 points
That was the best score Japan could have hoped for, today. Yuzuru performed his stunning SP to perfection and easily took 1st place, while Takahashi/Kihara made the best of their scoring potential and eked out 8th place by a hair, 0.22 in front of the Ukrainian pair. Hopefully, Hanyu can follow this up with an equally great short program in the singles event. Fingers crossed. With a stellar Ladies performance and a decent Dance finish, Japan could also be looking at a place in the free skate.
5th: Germany with 10 points
We know it's not going to last, but it's still nice to see them in 5th, despite S/S saving their best for the Pairs event. Liebers put down a fantastic performance again. Equipped with a new costume, he once again showed off his understated no frills, purist style of movement. Love the music. Severely underscored, I'll keep mentioning this ad infinitum, but it's so obvious, it's as good as fact. 7.29 SS, 7.18 PE, 7.25 IN... ??? Look at the great jump run outs on the Lutz (who gave -1 for that?) and Axel. Judges take notice. At least give him more points for choreo, it's Lori Nichol choreo, doesn't that mean more points by default, anymore? Wende/Wende did the best they could, no triple twist, but there wasn't much to be done in the upwards direction, anyway.
6th: France with 10 points
Team France will move up after Dance and Ladies. But it's doubtful they will accumulate enough points to make the free. It's quite a shame actually because Jouby is expected to skate in the free skate. Few things are as serious as depriving me of my well deserved Jouby time. Tigerman's tripled quad salchow didn't really hurt as much as James/Cipres' flawed performance. They could have placed in front of Germany and the US with a clean skate. Florent Amodio actually performed this very nice. In his typical fashion but very nice.
7th: USA with 10 points
8th: Italy with 8 points
|Why are people always talking about Trankov's yellow pants|
and never about Hotarek's?
9th: The Ukraine with 5 points
Decent skates in both segments. With a little luck they could have beaten the Japanese pair, but being ahead of Great Britain is still very respectable.
10: Great Britain with 3 points
Matthew Parr achieved a personal best and a 9th place. Kemp/King could have gone for 8th or at least 9th but had too many mistakes. Britain's strongest suit is their Euro-bronze Dance team, which might still push them ahead of the Ukraine.