At this time last night, I was seriously considering if I should stop following all sports all together; it seemed then all any of them did was break my heart. I’m still not entirely sure I was wrong. I’m aware I ought to be happier for all the bronze medalists; they were all people I hoped to see medal at Worlds at some point. Maybe I will be, once I get over the heartbreak that was Adam, Jeremy, & Alissa’s fates, and our getting the third spot back in neither singles discipline. Also my annoyance at Alena Leonova medaling, which twists the knife in, if only because certain Russian fans will now become unbearable. Though it could’ve been worse; it could’ve been Michal Brezina.
I suppose also I ought to be indignant on behalf of Daisuke Takahashi. But when I still haven’t seen either his or Patrick Chan’s performance since I was too mad to watch at the time, still don’t particularly feel like seeking them out, and therefore have only tweets to go on which seemed to argue both sides of the debate, I find I don’t really give a *censored.* I’m more interested in the question of what happens now, if the ISU decides the booing crowd is bad enough for publicity to do something. I’ve the sinking feeling they’ll do the wrong thing, whatever they do. Hopefully it won’t be to puff up Plushenko more; that’ll just make the problem worse.
An even more interesting question, I suppose, relates to everyone now writing Alissa Czisny off completely. The problem is, it’s one thing the men, with both Evan and Johnny looking serious in their comebacks(though I suspect without the third spot, Johnny won’t make it back to Worlds). But while people have even been making comments about how Kimmie could come back if she wanted to, there’s noone intending to come back, and while for a moment on Twitter people started fretting if we’d even have two spots next year, thanks to Ashley that was taken care of, and even assuming her for one of them(and remember, Alissa was looking equally good this time last year), who gets the other one? Mirai’s a dicey prospect at best. Gracie Gold is young and untested. Christina Gao’s yet to prove she can go the distance. None of the other junior prospects has done well enough to be relied on. Even if Rachael continues skating for the fun of it, those days are obviously over for her. The most obvious choice would be Agnes Zawadzki, but there’s no denying she still has major consistency issues, or Caroline Zhang, but will the judges ever fully embrace her again? And you can’t see either of them making top five at Worlds, not really; with Alissa or Mirai or maybe Gracie that’s at least a possibility. We’ve got one more year to fix this before the next Olympics; the right person must be sent to Worlds next year, but when there probably wasn’t a right person this year anyway, then, well, who?
No real reaction to pairs or ice dance, oddly; maybe because I’ve been at work for almost all of both. Maybe later.