Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Apparently people are pretty upset that the American won gold. They said he did not skate a gold medal performance. Can't comment on it because I was watching the back of my eye lids at the time.
It's the technical skill vs. the artist argument that's been going on in figure skating for years. Personally, I thought Plushenko was sloppy in his jumps, his spins weren't as good, and his footwork wasn't as hard as Evan's so I agreed with the result although I'm shocked the judges actually did it. I thought they'd give Plushenko huge tech marks for the quad which would seal it for him but they actually looked at the whole programs last night. It seems like this judging panel appreciated the transitions, spins, and artistic style a lot more than four years ago (probably why Jeremy Abbott ended up moving up to ninth place overall even though he had two big errors in his long program) and Plushenko didn't pay as much attention to those details in his program. Evan isn't even my favorite skater (I prefer the Japanese men and Johnny and Jeremy are two of my fave US guys) but I agree with the result and I'm very happy for him.
BTW-Elvis Stoiko is a tool. I know not many of you will even know who that is but I just read his review at Yahoo Sports of the event last night and he just sounds like sour grapes. IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE JUMPS. I would much rather watch a complete program with slightly easier jumps (it's not like Evan didn't do anything hard last night) than a technically challenging program with crappy spins, no transitions, and easy footwork. Whatever dude. :thumbdown