cekoni wrote:Krudy, Dustman, let's talk...
- do you saw TV cameras? Will be show broadcast on some TV?
Yes, the cameras were there. But I have no idea if there will be any broadcast. At least I haven't heard about that. For now.
I have been to 4 shows. Two on 14th and two on 16th. So here my reports on the BOYS in questions go.
J U L Y 14TH
. Plush and Dai. Both skated tango. Dai- passionate, sensual, mesmeric, with virtuoso legs and charisma of a man who expresses himself through art while staying shy and humble in real life. Plush- seductive conqueror who doesn't take "No" for an answer, powerful and controlling, with super command of ice, as if he is some tank or tyrannosaurus to say the least. But he turns into gentle chevalier when he sees the object of his desire. What tango-lover to choose is the matter of preference
. Which means one thing- the fight for gold in Sochi will be in TES entirely. It also means that the zamboni-dude won't medal at all in Russia
. My guess the podium will be shared between two Japanese and Plush. Yuzu will likely get a bronze. Who will get a gold- the TES will decide. On July 14th Plush outskated Dai
. Dai has been skating in shows and charities non-stop since WTT with no holiday at all. At the same time Plush got a crack in his hand's bone in Italy as we all know and he was skating with a bandage. They were both fast, with fast spins: layback and ikebana for one guy and for another. Dai had better footsteps though with his virtuoso legs. Plush jumps in spins were at the height where Chika Suguri used a securty rod with her hoop. In jumps. Morning. Dai: 3F, 3A got doubled and step out, 3L. In a finale he tried 4Flip but heavily underotated and two-footed. Plush: 3T, 2A, 3Loop, 3A, 3L. In a finale he tried 3A but doubled it. Afternoon. Dai: 3F, 3A underotated and fell down, 3L. In a finale he tried 4Flip again and fell. Plush: 3T-3T, 3A, 3Loop, 2A, 3A, 3T, in a finale- 3T
. The audience was louder, younger and genki-er for Plush
. Dai stayed longer on the ice to collect more gifts/flowers
. Go figure. Or maybe the language barrier.
J U L Y 16TH
was having a good time with the audience, funning around, etc. It was his first appearance at PIW in general, and the second day in this particular July session. He skated that trashy program that he presented at Dreams on Ice, the one that Orser and Kurt made for him. On Monday morning show he did 3T, a very good 3A, 3Loop was underrotated and shaky landing, 3S. All the rest is just cheap tricks, even the jacket was "forgotten" both times to catch extra attention from the audience. Yuzu is TOO GOOD for such stuff. Oh, please throw this crap away and create something worthy for the boy that underlines his terrific talent. In a finale he landed a clean 4T
. In the afternoon show he did 3T, 3A too deep sit, 3Loop, 3S with step out. In a finale he tried 4T and fell. He also hugged Plush and bowed for him deeply, like a pupil to a master
. Very charming. He was the last one who left the ice after time with fans. And before to go he again landed 4T clean
, tried to do it in combo but the second jump was with mistake.
On 16th there was no tango duel. Plush skated Storm, maybe because it's still tough for him to perform 8 shows straight, and the first show starts at 6AM his body(Moscow) time. The deep violet costume is gorgeous! It underlines his blonde hair even stronger, if stronger is possible. I don't need to tell you, because you are all saw him, how much special he looks on the ice: tall, well-built, long legs, perfect figure. No wonder that "kaaaakkkkoiiii"
louded the arena when he entered the ice. But the program itself in fact didn't have much left from the last season SP. Spins were for level 1 maximum and looked heavy. The footsteps were similar to showy tricks that Yuzu brought from Canada. Jumps in the morning: 3T-3T, he doubled a planned 3A but later landed 3A (deep sit). In a finale- 3T heavy landing. In the afternoon 3T-3T, 3A good and 3L, in a finale again doubled a trixel. He as always has the most powerful command of ice but when the program is empty, it doesn't help much. His Roxannes on Saturday were waaaay better. On Saturday he won the duel. But Monday belonged to Dai.
Dai won in both TES and PCS this time. His tango had no crossovers, each movement was meaningful, jumps were out of nowhere without preparation and right after the landing- a layback spin or steps. His hair is longer and in this condition it's even more obvious that it's his independent organ: he moves the head left but the hair moves right, or vice versa. It moves together with violin' strings. Jumps were 3L, good 3A, 3F. In a finale he rotated fully a 4LUTZ. Yes, it was lutz, I was sitting right behind the place where he jumped it, the lutz edge was clear. Not flutz but clean lutz. Both jumps were fully rotated in the air and very light, as if it wasn't a quad lutz at all. He landed on one foot and.... fell both times. Still he showed that he can do that. On Sunday show he landed 4lutz successfully people say, but on Sunday I wasn't there
The audience was very supportive to all skaters, but Plush fans ruled. What a surprise.