OMGOSH!!! this is the first year i’ve been able to watch the olympics in FOREVER (since like.. middle/high school) because our condo complex apparently has a contract w/ the internet company so cable tv is automatically bundled with the package (it costs more, but w/e -.-||). but i guess it’s worth it since i got it just in time to watch the olympics! even though thus far i’ve been unable to watch so far since we’ve had to wake up so freaking early every day haha T___T. but TODAY i’ve actually been able to watch the men’s figure skating long program and will hopefully get to see the medal so YAY!!!
it started out pretty rough honestly – a ton of falls from the first few in a row (missed the first guy who skated but i guess he must have hit most of his jumps b/c i tuned in when he was smiling at the end of his program). also i think this might be the first time i’ve ever paid attention/noticed people’s faces during the slow mo turns and it’s… kind of hilarious XDD and also makes me feel better for making very weird faces when doing wushu hahaha.
then the 2nd group came out, and there was finally a fairly decent performance by one of the japanese team members, and some solid performances by the two israel team members who went… and then NATHAN CHEN OMGOSH!!! i’d just gone over to a friend’s place and she was telling me about his disappointing performance yesterday where he apparently fell a lot, and she was pretty down about his chances of medalling, though he was apparently the favored to win gold, b/c she said he had a 30 point gap from the first place skater. well… he had 6 quads lined up in his program @__@ and landed 5 of them!!! his technical score blew the israel team’s out of the water by a good almost 40 points at 127.64. @___@. of course it’s still early yet (we’re only halfway through now), but i think that’s a pretty amazing comeback. good job nathan chen!!!
love cha junhwan’s hair btw haha (reminds me of masaki’s hair back in the day). but also pretty good skate.
waiting on patrick chan and hanyu now! wouldn’t it be funny if all 3 medalled?
but yeah, for some reason – not sure if it’s a cultural thing or body type thing or something, (or maybe i’m biased lol…) but it seems like the asian skaters are all better performance-wise (like in terms of flexibility, smoothness of movements, gracefulness, etc), while (some) of the white ones tend to be more stiff/block-y, but seem to get more height for jumps.
ooh vincent zhou trains in both CA and CO? nice! hope he does well too!
in the penultimate group, solid first performance by hendrickx from belgium, though nothing super flashy technically other than the triple combo.
er, kind of a random opening by messing, but beautiful first jump and landing! whoops a bit on the 3rd jump (the first of the combo), but overall i actually like his musicality and he does the comedic part well. generally quite clean jumps, good air, and soft landings, which i personally like because it makes him seem really light on his feet and one with the ice. plus he seems to be having fun and effortly adds things like the splits jump. “channeling charlie chaplin” is i think a very appropriate description by the commentator. i’m actually quite impressed. and i think this performance really underscores the importance of music choice (and choreography to some extent by extension) in these things. upbeat, quicker ones seem to inspire more movement and better skates. (even nathan chen’s song at the beginning felt kind of oddly dark/slow with correspondingly slow-feeling choreography for a while).
… lol at commentator lady calling vincent zhou nathan chen after his performance, but anyway… but yeah, i can definitely see why nathan is favored over vincent – nathan is a much smoother and more graceful, clean skater. vincent definitely seems a little more gangly and awkward (probably simply from not having yet grown into his height), but solid performances on his jumps and technical score, and such genuine desire to do well. awww. this was obviously a dream come true for him, and at 17 too! 4/5 quads landed. amazing. and omgosh, 2nd place now!! whooo GO AMERICA (and also Asian American pride hahaha XD)
whoa, the next guy almost jumps TOO high it seems like. he has AMAZING air height and time, but i think it’s affecting the timing of the landings. he adjusted well for the 2nd jump combo though, and also has nice, soft landings and clean jumps overall.
blah, my internet died so don’t know what happened to that guy
ah next is rippon, the 3rd american teammate! not the most graceful, but still decent, and definitely strong, clean jumps, if not the most technically difficult. overall pretty solid performance i’d say 🙂 aww, 4th place so far, but that’s ok. oh it looks like the previous guy got 3rd! wow.
THE FINAL 6 are up now! whoa, they’re not going in backwards order for this group? interesting.
whoa a little close to the wall there at the beginning. seems a little shaky to begin with on the first jump but good recovery… ouch on the next jump though. yikes… his jumps keep looking precarious at take-off like he’s starting out on the wrong angle this is probably gonna be a difficult one to continue without more mistakes. i do have to give props though to stuff like with this guy, and the china guy earlier who took so many spills – it’s really hard to keep going and try to finish the program after so many mistakes when you know you’ve basically lost all your chances of winning anything, or even pulling out a decent performance. but everyone keeps going as best they can. so props to them. this guy seems pretty defeated already as well, though hey, his overall technical score wasn’t even too terrible compared to some of the other ones. did he injure himself? holy what, he still made it to 3rd?! it must have been his strong scores from the short protram.
holy crack almost hit the wall too on that first jump @__@. landed it and the next quad though. and whoa good save on the next combo. a little precarious but seems like he’s getting his points so far… will depend if he can get his balance for the next part or i would suspect at least 1 fall. haha seems like he’s enjoying the fast part and comedic play though – nice footwork XP ah nope, fell on a quad. good recovery for solid next jumps though. welp, that’s the 3rd best technical score now so good job boyang from china. oh man, he knocked out nathan chen from the first spot dang.
ah patrick seems to be getting off to a bit of a shaky start like the choreography overall, but technically lots of little mistakes and nothing super technically difficult. he just seems like he’s gotten older, which is pretty sad to say considering he’s still younger than me T__T i don’t think he’s going to place, but i guess we’ll see. 6th place. wow no deductions interesting.
ah yuzuru is leading by quite a few points. let’s see how he does. (that look of determination is pretty fierce though! haha and music to match the drama XD). nice, clean first jumps, and soft landings – nice. so far, strong performance. whoops, a little bit of slips in the middle but AMAZING saves actually, and you can tell the point at which he got 100+ technical points where his confidence shot up and it was like he knew no one could touch him and he would get gold these games again. his performance after that was so commanding and fierce and smooth. it was pretty awesome. i guess this is the caveat to having an upbeat, quick pieces – this is maybe the only other one that works – dramatic melody and drum beat, with long drawn out notes that causes the audience to hold their breath and watch with anticipation. not flawless of course, but very strong performance. 206.17 free skate and 317.85 final score DANG. 20 point lead over the current second place @__@. and vincent zhou is off the podium (but valiant fight!)
great clean first jump from fernandez. a little shaky on the 2nd, but here again upbeat music seems to be helping his spirits (don quixote apparently? i like it haha). i’m a little torn between wanting him to medal since it’s his last time and he’s having such a strong start (and fairly graceful too), but it’d be sad to see the last usa person fall off the podium haha. he’s definitely landing all of his jumps throughout beautifully +/- a tiny wobble in a couple. oh man. very very solid, near-perfect performance! i think nathan’s probably getting kicked off after this T__T. he may even beat the china guy. that was great. good job! (whoa just realized the leader’s booth was all asian at this point lol). YUP, he got 2nd!!! that means he’ll at least be on the podium finally. CONGRATS!!! he’s so happy awww.
whew, uno also has a very fierce, determined face haha. uh oh, fell on the first jump though you could see his relief when landing the 2nd jump. both he and hanyu are very graceful. whoo, the quad and then all those combos at the end really ramped up the points at the end! @__@ pretty impressive! dang. i guess he’s 2nd maybe then? wow 1st two from japan and 3rd from spain it’s looking like. not sure if he’ll be able to beat yuzuru depending on his short program score, but we’ll see i guess. yup there we go! silver medal it is. and aww his smile is so cute/sweet.
wow, what a great program! and whoa, didn’t realize gold and bronze were from the same coaching team! no wonder both of them had similar styles in terms of gracefulness and solid choreography and stuff. nice. aww yuzuru was so emotional after defending his championship (and apparently he’s the first male to do so since 1952 @__@!) poor boyang though – won’t be able to represent china on the podium, and america so close! T__T. the top 5/6 were asian though, which is pretty awesome. XD but yeah, so impressed by the technical difficulties of the american team – both nathan and vincent knocked it out of the park technically-wise and both jumped WAY up in the standings after the short program because of them. such a shame their short programs apparently went poorly, or they would have been such close contenders! and oh wow, fernandez got spain’s first ever olympic figure skating medal! so many firsts happening! @___@
meanwhile, what am i doing with my life?! T______T lol
oh yeah also, happy chinese new year XD. this is the latest i’ve slept in a week, but it was definitely worth it. ^.^