if only you could land things in the sp just like you do in the fs

The men of figure skating: heading into the 2017-2018 season

Once upon a time, in a frosty February day in 2010, Evgeni Plushenko was standing unimpressed on the second step of the podium. He had come to win his second consecutive Olympic gold and become the first figure skater to do so since Dick Button. But as he was standing on the second step of the podium, an orange bro whose name was Evan came and sh00k his hand and climbed on the highest step. Little did the orange bro know that his stunt at that competition (not attempting any quads at all due to a stress fracture sustained in the previous season) would give birth to what we call today the quad generation. Evgeni would have probably sold his soul to Putin the devil just so he could finally play with the kids he’s been looking for all his life. So here we are in the eve of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the top 6 men can execute at least two different types of quads and Yuzuru Hanyu will probably never retire unless he lands the 4A in competition, the only quad (4 and a half revolutions) that has never been landed before and will probably never continue to be landed on a regular basis due to the difficulty and increased injury risk. Unlike the ladies field, the men have the “big 6″ who are very likely to lock the first 6 positions at the Olympics and then there’s the rest. I will focus on these 6 skaters under the cut and make a list of other skaters to look out for because ice is slippery and you never know. 

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anonymous asked:

Can you do an in depth character arc and story analysis for Phichit the way you did for Chris??

Awww anon of course I can! Although I have to say, what I wrote about Chris was not really as in depth as it could have been, it was more me ranting about the aspects of his character that I wish we saw more of. I can go deeper. So I’m going to go deep with Phichit. Because hey if Chris is more than his ass, then Phichit is more than just a Victuuri shipper (and borderline stalker for some reason why fandom why) and more than just a social media maniac. Much more. In fact, narrative wise, Phichit would be the best choice for bronze at the GPF because he, like the Yu(u)ris, made history.

Now, Phichit is intrinsically connected to Yuuri as a character, considering his role as his best friend. Possibly because of that, he is one of the secondary characters that gets the most screen time and attention, if not the one we learn the most about. That said one of the best things about Phichit is that, while he is very closely connected to Yuuri in the narrative, he has his own goals and story. Truly, I think the basis of Phichit’s entire character is how passionate he is about both his friends and his country.

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The ISU meltdown (cont.)

Anonymous said:

Reading through this article, the one thought resounding through my head till now is ‘I never want to see Yuzuru skating under such a system’ if this, god forbid, happens, I hope it is after he retires because it is bad enough to make me consider quitting the sport altogether! 

Anonymous said:

I read somewhere that the reduction in the BV of the quads could “encourage” less injuries in both the men’s and ladies’ fields?? Put that way, I kind of get it?? Because while I’d love to see yuzu land the 4lz or 4a, the thought that he’d get injured training those jumps makes me almost wish he wouldn’t train them 😭😭

Anonymous said:

Okay but none of this is set in stone yet right? Even if they do reduce base values those numbers in the table might not be the ones we end up with. Is the way to get rid of inflation seriously to FORCE the scores into naturally being lower…?? And is Kori Ade living in some alternate universe? I cant really get where she is coming from, lol just because her skater cant land quads doesnt mean she can throw shade on those who can

Re: Yuzuru. Yes, I agree. I probably am going to hell for saying this, but considering the steady deterioration of this sport into complete and utter chaos, I am now officially in favor of a Yuzu departure post-Milan. Figure skating soon wouldn’t deserve His Highness as its champion anymore.

Re: ISU trying to justify their convoluted witchcraft by pretending that they care about the athletes. Yeah, well, that one line just about summed up what I think. No, BV reduction is not going to make skaters stop training harder jumps. Figure skating jump is not a commodity to which you can reduce supply by simply lowering price. As long as quads are not completely outlawed, there will be skaters training to perform them. As long as quads carry higher BV than triples, and harder quads higher BV than easier ones, there will be skaters performing them in competition. Working towards improving technical ability is part of an athlete’s raison d'etre. There is a reason why the Olympic motto is Faster, Higher, Stronger and not Higher Score, More Medals. Yes, there is the risk of injury attached to it, but you don’t get better at skating, or any sport for that matter, by playing safe. I think all skaters know that very well, I’m not sure the ISU does.    

Re: timeline of new rules going into effect. Right now the only confirmed changes that will take place during the 2018-2019 season are (1) reducing the number of jumping passes in the men’s FS from 8 to 7, (2) reducing allotted time for the men’s FS from 4 minutes 30 seconds to 4 minutes, (3) increase GOE range from +/-3 to +/-5. The adjustment to jump BV is still in a draft state and has not been finalized. The more dramatic proposal for athletic/artistic program likely won’t even be in time for congress consideration by 2020. As I said, these sport governing bodies tend to move at the leisurely pace of a morbidly obese turtle (trust me on this, I’ve been observing the ITF and FIFA at work too). 

Re: alternative solutions to the general inflation in scoring. Yes, those do exist. The most straightforward one, IMO, is adjusting PCS coefficient. My exclusive dealer of bad figure skating news, @fuckyeahdearlybeloved​, recently discussed this method extensively in a very nice rant, so I’ll let myself be lazy and just refer you to that post, here we go :) One other thing I’d suggest the ISU do is making sure their judges and technical panels read and understand their own damn rule book before going out and judging anyone. Going by the men’s free skate protocol from Helsinki, I doubt if any of the judges on duty that day had a very clear idea what the GOE bullets say, or about PCS criteria, or about the difference between an inside edge vs an outside edge.

Re: Kori Ade. Well, it was a rather dumb and careless statement she made, but you have to admit that it is true in a pretty large number of cases. If you look at the SPs of the top men last season and consider their non-Axel solo jump, which is explicitly required to have connecting steps/skating movements preceding it, only Yuzuru’s quad loop and Javier’s quad Salchow met that requirement. Boyang’s quad toe had no steps into it. Nathan’s quad flip was the same. Shoma’s quad flip had about one and a half steps which happened so far out from the jump that calling it “connecting” would be quite a stretch. And yet, at Helsinki, Boyang, Nathan, and Shoma all received positive GOEs for those jumps (I’m leaving Patrick out because he didn’t do a solo quad). Basically, when Ade said “The bullet points for GOE are not adhered to for quads“, she is not entirely wrong. Sad, but again, at least half-true (or 3/5 true just from the sample we discussed).

Yuri!!! on ICE - A bit of supplementary Figure Skating info

I couldn’t help it, I started making a quick reaction post for the first episode and it turned into some sort of guide/pointing out details…This is some background knowledge about the real-life skating world that made the first episode more enjoyable for me, and I hope that by sharing this with my fellow anime fans some people might also smile at all the little details and references that the animators put in - because they really did their research.

(This kind of turned into an essay, but…)

If you want to know more about what makes Victor so amazing (“Quad what-now? What does 300-whatever points even mean?”), why Yuri actually is pretty-darn admirable (“But he failed! And split up with his coach! That’s not a cool MC!”), and allusions to real-life situations/people, read ahead. I’ll split it up into sections: 

  1. The Grand Prix Final - what Yuri and Victor’s scores mean,
  2. Yuri’s hometown situation=reality of Japan small town, 
  3. Victor’s jaw-dropping World Championships program - is it really that special? (Yes, it is.)
  4. Victor-Yuri = Plushenko-Yuzu? (connecting similarities here)

GPF - let me tell you the numbers

  • Of the dozens of Men’s Singles skaters, only 6 people make it to the Grand Prix Final each year. They’re chosen based on a point system. The simplest way to get to the GPF is to win both of your assigned Grand Prix competitions. If you get 2nd place, 3rd place, etc., things start getting complicated. I won’t go into details, but basically, getting into the GPF is already a pretty big deal. Yuri is actually pretty amazing. 

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summary: Yuuri Katsuki has been fighting to get golds since age thirteen.

He watches his peers fall to the side, growing nervous as his shadow gets longer and the medals start piling up. Yuuri’s coach is ecstatic. Yuuri is starting to count how many callouses litter his heels.

By age twenty-seven, everything tires him, but he is especially exhausted to keep holding onto his spot at the top.
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Leftover Threads and Motivations going into the FS

I was going to put this at the end of the Yurio post I wrote, but thought it would be best to separate pre-finale stuff from posts that can stand on their own. And then this post grew massive. I’ll put the rest of the characters after the cut.

Saying what I did in that post (about how scary and full of potential he is), I’m not convinced he’ll win gold here. It doesn’t make sense for him to. It’s rare for skaters to skate two perfectly clean programs in back-to-back competitions - since he skated his FS cleanly in Rostelecom, he might not be able to do so here. And also, it’s rare for a skater to skate two perfectly clean programs in one competition - having their SP and FS error-free is a miracle.

But going away from my figure-skating-senses (because all you have to do is point at the bizarre GPF this season, and Yuzuru last season with his four perfect programs), from a narrative standpoint, it doesn’t quite work. He’s perfected his FS already, and he’s perfected his SP and broken a record at the same time. To win the gold at the GPF now would be so much winning for him this season - he’s won silver twice already. His accomplishment flag has already been cleared with this completed Agape - it’s the one plot thread that was giving him trouble the entire time, and it’s now been resolved.

If he did win Gold, it would be an interesting plot point for his future because it sets him up down the path of a young winner. He would need to handle the weight of the crown and being so young means that there will be so many people who think he didn’t deserve it. It also would draw even more comparisons between him and young Victor. Regardless of winning gold, his showing here means he’ll have to fight in the future to stop being compared (although I’m not worried - he has a great support system).

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Here we are one more week with episode 5! For the record: I’m not ready. I have zero knowledge of Japanese regionals (in fact, I only learned about their existence when I watched episode 4), so let’s see what I can learn!

[If you’re curious about the previous mega-posts, feel free to read them here:

Episode 1  Episode 2  Episode 3  Episode 4]

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