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Johnny wuz robbed

Aw, man. Seriously, sixth effing place? That just wasn't right at all. And how gracious was he in accepting it, and asking the audience to calm down? I was incredibly impressed with him as a skater tonight, and as a person. Well, I mean, he's fabulous, but tonight he was fabulous. He skated better than he ever has, and I think his artistry in the routine was far and above the others.

That said, I was impressed by everyone's skating tonight, especially the ones who completed their routines so well after falls. And awww, the poor kid from Japan whose lace broke! How horrible. My heart just broke for him. And Plushenko actually cracked a smile. Alert the media! I was astonished that he landed some of those jumps considering how he should have fallen. Cat-like reflexes no kidding.

Most of all, I was impressed by Evan. Wow, I didn't think he had it in him. I really truly expected Plushenko to wipe the ice with all of them, because it just seemed like it had been written that way already. Which makes Evan's win even more wonderful, I think, because he kind of flew in under the radar and wowed the pants off everyone. It was a marvelous routine, and skated with a lot of joy, which sometimes seems in short supply at the grim business of winning medals at the Olympics. I've been away from skating for a long time, but I'm glad I'm back to it, because I would have hated to miss Evan's performance. It has nothing to do with nationalism or anything like that, I'm usually hooked on skaters from other countries, but tonight I thought belonged to two Yanks, when it came right down to it. (I saw someone on my flist refer to him as Snape on ice, and I love that.)

Is it wrong of me that one of the things I loved most in Evan's skate was that one chunk of hair kept standing up from the slicked down coiff, like some kind of wacky Tin Tin thing? So endearing. I also loved Lambiel's Prince Charming outfit. (Although, I couldn't figure out what Takahashi's was supposed to represent.) And that was definitely one of the most elegant of Johnny Weir's outfits, for certain. Lovely evening of skating, though it's made me hate the judging of the Olympics even more than I did before. It makes me murderously angry.

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rubynye
Feb. 19th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
I *totally* agree with you, every word.

(A random girl surfing her f-of-f list.)
unovis
Feb. 19th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, to all this, and extra love for Lambiel. I was pleased that Evan won over Plushenko, but--completely outside technical and artistic ability--I think Evan's legs look spindly when he jumps. His choreography was gorgeous. And yes again, Weir deserved far better than he received.
omphale23
Feb. 19th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. I loved Lysacek's performance, but I was completely shocked at how they scored Johnny Weir. They'd been handing out high scores all night! WTF.

I'm a little disappointed that the ice was so warm last night--everyone looked like they were really fighting to get speed and I think it was part of the reason that so many people fell on jumps. Still, it was a great show, even if for the costumes alone. *g*
carbonel
Feb. 20th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
I think I've got to disagree, though emotionally I'm right there with you. I've been watching skating pretty regularly for the past several years, and it looks to me as if, based on what Johnny did, he was fairly judged. The problem is that the level of difficulty just wasn't comparable to some of the higher-placing routines. He did what he did very well, but the levels weren't there to get the points.

That said, I'm thrilled that he pulled off two good skates, because I've seen so many competitions where he blew either the short or long program. This time he put it all together.

(The one time I saw Johnny and Evan live was when the U.S. Nationals were in St. Paul, and the point score was a tie. I was really annoyed that they used a tiebreaker -- I thought it should have been kept as a tie. And I would have thought that even if the win had gone to Johnny instead of Evan.)
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