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Figure Skating ^ Brian you did it xD Allez!! First World title!!! Many more to come!!

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Sandra
01-23-2006, 06:47 PM
wots it for
The school paper.Read it.

Suzi
01-23-2006, 06:48 PM
i have :p

Suzi
01-23-2006, 06:49 PM
is it an english paper

Sandra
01-23-2006, 07:03 PM
No,i can write in whichever language i want.
What do u think?Is it too cold?

Suzi
01-23-2006, 07:08 PM
its :cool:

just to be picky some like grammer or something is wrong but heh wot do i know :)

rosespower
01-23-2006, 07:08 PM
so after many debates(one) we decided to tell you about the thing we laught last night......LAMBIEL
the first one is personal for me....you know how his cat is named? SABRI, please....
second he considers himself a fashion victim.....
and i don't remember sandee help!

Sandra
01-23-2006, 07:37 PM
its :cool:

just to be picky some like grammer or something is wrong but heh wot do i know :)
Tell me what i wrote wrong pls.

Sandra
01-23-2006, 07:38 PM
so after many debates(one) we decided to tell you about the thing we laught last night......LAMBIEL
the first one is personal for me....you know how his cat is named? SABRI, please....
second he considers himself a fashion victim.....
and i don't remember sandee help!
Oh he designs those "wonderful" costumes by himself :lol:

Suzi
01-23-2006, 07:42 PM
i try but my english is crap

Sandra
01-23-2006, 07:48 PM
dont you live in the UK?:shrug:

Suzi
01-23-2006, 07:48 PM
here u go i only did a few things u wont even notice!!

Suzi
01-23-2006, 07:49 PM
dont you live in the UK?:shrug:
yeas and................ :p

Sandra
01-23-2006, 07:55 PM
Thnaks Suz :hug:

Suzi
01-23-2006, 08:16 PM
anytime

Sandra
01-23-2006, 08:23 PM
I love Brian.

Suzi
01-23-2006, 08:34 PM
really :eek: i wouldnt of guessed :p

Suzi
01-23-2006, 08:34 PM
I LOVE ......................

Sandra
01-24-2006, 07:31 AM
really :eek: i wouldnt of guessed :p
I know that is why i told you ;)

Sandra
01-24-2006, 07:32 AM
I LOVE ......................
Who who?:bounce::p

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 02:48 PM
Ohhh look whos being really nice with me :rolleyes:
Geez he sucks coz he doesnt have respect at all.Two years in a row presenting the same gala programme in the E.Ch is called not having respect for the competition ;)
Yes i noticed the Godfather programme was the same :ras: I didnt comment that cause i can understand he is keeping his new lp a secret for the Olympics :rolleyes:
Excuse me i dont keep a record of Evgheni's programmes too :rolleyes:
No one said Brian's lp didnt suck,but at least he had respect for competition unlike others ;)
If you dont like what i post about Brian then dont reply anymore ;).
And Brians steps at the end of his lp :eek: OMG :worship:
it isn't abt respect,many sportives opted not to present their programs and keeping it for olympics!totmianina-marinin did too,for example!and u know i don't have anything against brian,but it stress me u're not beeing objective at all!

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 02:53 PM
go on!!! i dont hate him
me neighter..

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 02:55 PM
Oh he designs those "wonderful" costumes by himself :lol:
he said he likes brittney spears,it doesn't surprise me they get so horrible:rolleyes:!

Sugar Kane
01-24-2006, 03:24 PM
he said he likes brittney spears,it doesn't surprise me they get so horrible:rolleyes:!
:yeah: What a fashion role model! :lol:

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 03:37 PM
exactly my point:lol:!

Suzi
01-24-2006, 03:51 PM
well i found some more stuff out about our resident fashion expert :p

Fave song*: "I don't wanna be" by Gavin DeGraw, "Trippin'" by Robbie Williams and "Tears and rain" by James Blunt (imagine him doing that at karaoke!!!)

Fave clip*: "Do something" by Britney Spears and "You're beautiful" by James Blunt (tut tut tut)

Fave actor: Leonardo di Caprio, Josh Harnett (even I don't like them!)

Fave cartoon: Titeuf (Says a lot I mean have u seen it its quite bad!!! )

Biggest addiction: shopping and sleeping (and I thought it was only us gals :p )

Sugar Kane
01-24-2006, 04:06 PM
He sounds frozen in time at 12 years old :lol:

Deea
01-24-2006, 04:09 PM
Despite all of his...kinda...weird tastes, he seems like a really great guy!

rosespower
01-24-2006, 05:18 PM
the first one is personal for me....you know how his cat is named? SABRI

you don't feel sad for me .... i'm a cat.... :rolleyes:

Sandra
01-24-2006, 05:59 PM
Sabri :hug: You're really a cat you see,and this is not your last life at all :aplot:
:o

Sandra
01-24-2006, 05:59 PM
Totmianina-Marinin Do they ever chnage those costumes?????:ras:

Sandra
01-24-2006, 06:00 PM
If i didnt knew Steaphane loves Carolnia i'd be sure he is gay :p

Sandra
01-24-2006, 06:01 PM
OMG Deea you just like everyone but Brian?:p ( from ur sig:p)

rosespower
01-24-2006, 06:11 PM
Sabri :hug: You're really a cat you see,and this is not your last life at all :aplot:
:o
good song....
and i guess he doesn't now yet his gay....he has the impression that loves carolina like a lover he loves her like a sister(take this like a joke or serious i dont care :p ) :rolleyes:

rosespower
01-24-2006, 06:12 PM
"but" after lover ....

Suzi
01-24-2006, 06:14 PM
:haha: at the theory

Sandra
01-24-2006, 07:01 PM
He loves Carolina as a gf ;)

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 09:59 PM
you don't feel sad for me .... i'm a cat.... :rolleyes:
:hug:don't be sad sweetie.at least u are something:lol:

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 10:01 PM
Totmianina-Marinin Do they ever chnage those costumes?????:ras:
good morning! :rolleyes:

Mara_M
01-24-2006, 10:04 PM
He loves Carolina as a gf ;)
hmmm...they kinda match...bot a bit boring:aplot::devil:!

Sandra
01-25-2006, 07:18 AM
good morning! :rolleyes:
Don't you roll eyes at me missy :p

Sandra
01-25-2006, 07:19 AM
hmmm...they kinda match...bot a bit boring:aplot::devil:!
If i were him i wouldve tried to get that Sarah Mayer ;)

rosespower
01-25-2006, 10:18 AM
:hug:don't be sad sweetie.at least u are something:lol:


:hug: i'm a cat but not the cat i wanted.... :rolleyes:

Suzi
01-25-2006, 11:39 AM
If i were him i wouldve tried to get that Sarah Mayer ;)

:haha:

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 12:00 PM
Don't you roll eyes at me missy :p
:p

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 12:01 PM
If i were him i wouldve tried to get that Sarah Mayer ;)
:lol:

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 12:02 PM
:hug: i'm a cat but not the cat i wanted.... :rolleyes:
what cat would u liek to be?
btw,zhenya has a dog:lol::aplot:!

Deea
01-25-2006, 12:39 PM
OMG Deea you just like everyone but Brian?:p ( from ur sig:p)

No...actually i like Brian too, but I like Evegeny & Stephane even more. The programme he did 2 years ago in the European Chapms on the music from Matrix was indeed amaizing and he deserved to win! But since then...he hasn't been as good!

rosespower
01-25-2006, 05:44 PM
what cat would u liek to be?
btw,zhenya has a dog:lol::aplot:!
who's cat? is the question... :p

Sandra
01-25-2006, 06:00 PM
:haha:
:lol:
Shes hot :p

rosespower
01-25-2006, 08:20 PM
we have the second mission...this thread...470 aprox more...

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 08:20 PM
who's cat? is the question... :p
exactly...who do u want to hug u every night:devil:?

rosespower
01-25-2006, 08:23 PM
the list is too long......:P

Sandra
01-25-2006, 08:26 PM
exactly...who do u want to hug u every night:devil:?
A young Russian who will beat Plushy :p

Suzi
01-25-2006, 08:29 PM
the list is too long......:P
now thats just being greedy :p

Sandra
01-25-2006, 08:32 PM
now thats just being greedy :p
See i only want Bri :p

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 08:33 PM
A young Russian who will beat Plushy :p
russian:haha:?who?igor,at popularity:lol:?

rosespower
01-25-2006, 08:34 PM
now thats just being greedy :p
i don't think so.....but i'm not really into someone even if i like lots.... and i really prefer to stay on the ground.... :p

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 08:37 PM
i don't think so.....but i'm not really into someone even if i like lots.... and i really prefer to stay on the ground.... :p
sandra is kind the same,even that she doesn't admit it:ras:

Suzi
01-25-2006, 08:44 PM
russian:haha:?who?igor,at popularity:lol:?

damn rite he wud!!!

Mara_M
01-25-2006, 08:54 PM
damn rite he wud!!!
:p:D ;)

Sandra
01-26-2006, 06:56 AM
sandra is kind the same,even that she doesn't admit it:ras:
Will you ever stop it with that :ras:???
What dont i admit?I like lots of people,but i cant like some soprtsman just for their looks,it could be a bonus only.

Sandra
01-26-2006, 06:58 AM
russian:haha:?who?igor,at popularity:lol:?
damn rite he wud!!!
You girls are serious?:eek:
And please don't make this an Igor thread :o

Suzi
01-26-2006, 09:05 AM
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Mara_M
01-26-2006, 04:29 PM
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Suzi
01-26-2006, 04:29 PM
:haha:

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 04:35 PM
:angel:

Suzi
01-26-2006, 04:43 PM
:angel:

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 04:47 PM
:haha: indeed

Suzi
01-26-2006, 04:48 PM
:haha: urs is much more better than mine, i think the blonde locks suits him :p

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 04:51 PM
:haha:it's not my art work,i steal it:p!hmm,do u thing the angelic look suits him?

how abt this one?

:secret:sorry i didn't crop it

Suzi
01-26-2006, 04:52 PM
very much

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 04:54 PM
i edited the post:angel:

Suzi
01-26-2006, 04:58 PM
:haha:

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 05:11 PM
we shal get the photoshop:lol:

rosespower
01-26-2006, 05:38 PM
anyone now about the eurosport new competition?
BECOME an Eurosport reporter.....

Mara_M
01-26-2006, 05:53 PM
don't tell me u have to be over 18!

rosespower
01-26-2006, 05:56 PM
noooo....you must register to eurosport....you write an article in your blog and then you take it to some thread made especially for this and then...once a week an article will be chosen to be published on the net...
that's what i understood

rosespower
01-26-2006, 08:09 PM
I HAVE A QUESTION SINCE WHEN IGOR IS A SKATER?

Suzi
01-26-2006, 08:15 PM
:haha:

he has many talents ;)

Sandra
01-26-2006, 08:26 PM
I HAVE A QUESTION SINCE WHEN IGOR IS A SKATER?
Yes same qustion here :mad: i asked you not to girls :sad:

Sandra
01-27-2006, 08:10 AM
don't tell me u have to be over 18!
As far as we know the only thing required is talent ;).But I am not sure,i didnt read the rules :o

Suzi
01-27-2006, 09:26 AM
Yes same qustion here :mad: i asked you not to girls :sad:

I'm sorry am i forgiven i cudnt resist

rosespower
01-27-2006, 10:20 AM
:)

Sandra
01-27-2006, 05:17 PM
You are Suzi if you post 3 non-getty Brian pics :p

Mara_M
01-27-2006, 09:19 PM
As far as we know the only thing required is talent ;).But I am not sure,i didnt read the rules :o
if it's on es forum they hate me!so i don't stand a chance!

Mara_M
01-27-2006, 09:21 PM
I HAVE A QUESTION SINCE WHEN IGOR IS A SKATER?
who said that?

Sandra
01-27-2006, 09:59 PM
if it's on es forum they hate me!so i don't stand a chance!
It has nothing to do with that,you get a blog,write an article and then see if you are selected or not.

Sandra
01-27-2006, 10:03 PM
See the link in my sig to get an idea.

Mara_M
01-27-2006, 10:36 PM
ok!abt what to be the article?

rosespower
01-28-2006, 08:01 AM
about anything related to sport....

Mara_M
01-28-2006, 06:37 PM
:)i shall give it a try!when is the dead limit?

rosespower
01-28-2006, 06:40 PM
i didn't read anything about it but is weekly so i don't think you missed it....;)

Sandra
01-29-2006, 03:06 PM
Did any of you two did it?

rosespower
01-29-2006, 03:08 PM
not me....

Sandra
01-29-2006, 03:11 PM
Why?

Suzi
01-29-2006, 03:16 PM
nah cant be bothered :p hehe

rosespower
01-29-2006, 03:18 PM
Why?
lazy...and preocupied....but most lazy to think.... :)

Sandra
01-29-2006, 03:21 PM
:lol: and i tought i was the lazy one :lol:

rosespower
01-29-2006, 03:26 PM
no....you must rethink your self image.....;)

Mara_M
01-29-2006, 09:56 PM
:lol:
nobody lazyer than me..and because of my laziness now i must write 150 exercices in 2 days:awww:!

Sandra
01-30-2006, 06:33 PM
Allez.

rosespower
01-30-2006, 06:35 PM
:lol:
nobody lazyer than me..and because of my laziness now i must write 150 exercices in 2 days:awww:!
da...eu trebuie sa fac un jurnal de lectura.....si dirigu meu cred ca a intrat la andropauza...are pb cu capu.....

Sandra
01-30-2006, 06:36 PM
Allez Brian et Alban.

rosespower
01-30-2006, 06:49 PM
guess who is on my desktop? BRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

Suzi
01-30-2006, 06:50 PM
why??? lol j/k

Sandra
01-30-2006, 07:01 PM
What pic?:lick:

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 07:06 PM
da...eu trebuie sa fac un jurnal de lectura.....si dirigu meu cred ca a intrat la andropauza...are pb cu capu.....
cunosc feelingu!am facut scurta la mana ieri,iar azi am avut 9 ore+3 suplimentare de info!!si a mai si pierdut my igor:sobbing:!so crappy day!

Sandra
01-30-2006, 07:08 PM
@Mara-Yagudin retired cause he was injuried,its not like he planned for that to happen after the Olympics..
But Brian said he would do it :sad:

rosespower
01-30-2006, 07:09 PM
What pic?:lick:
from his official site...one of those cute pics ;)

rosespower
01-30-2006, 07:11 PM
cunosc feelingu!am facut scurta la mana ieri,iar azi am avut 9 ore+3 suplimentare de info!!si a mai si pierdut my igor:sobbing:!so crappy day!
dak ar fi tema dar sunt si crizele lui tampite de personalitate si isi varsa frustrarile pe noi..... e tampit....

Sandra
01-30-2006, 07:12 PM
:inlove: Allez.

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 07:44 PM
@Mara-Yagudin retired cause he was injuried,its not like he planned for that to happen after the Olympics..
But Brian said he would do it :sad:
now i'm mara..u forgot the _m:ras:!

Sandra
01-30-2006, 07:46 PM
Another reason to :ras: me :lol:

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 08:24 PM
because u've beeing mean to me!i'm a little:angel:!

Sandra
01-30-2006, 08:34 PM
in your dreams :p

rosespower
01-30-2006, 08:35 PM
619 posts...uuuuuu...

Sandra
01-30-2006, 08:38 PM
:lol:

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 08:38 PM
and increasing:D!

rosespower
01-30-2006, 08:46 PM
yeahhhh...

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 08:48 PM
sandee is growing as an important thread starter in chat threads:devil:!

Sandra
01-30-2006, 08:49 PM
Cause my fave sports rule :angel:

rosespower
01-30-2006, 08:51 PM
yeah she had the advantage of the first who came here...;p

Mara_M
01-30-2006, 08:56 PM
OUR fav sports rule;)!

rosespower
01-30-2006, 09:03 PM
yup!

16681
01-31-2006, 05:50 AM
Which skaters do you think will win the Gold Medals at the Olympics?

Sandra
01-31-2006, 07:42 AM
I hope Joubert...or not dunno yet :scratch:
Paris probably Totmianina Marinin
Ladies:Irina,Michele,Shasha...who knows :p
Dancing:Navka Kostomarov probably I'd rather see winning Margalio-Fusarpoli,or Delobel and Schoflender or Drobiasko-Vanagas :p

rosespower
01-31-2006, 07:46 AM
hope joubert....and irina must win....she is the best...

Sandra
01-31-2006, 07:47 AM
I dont want Irina to win I dont like her at all.

rosespower
01-31-2006, 06:16 PM
why?

Sandra
01-31-2006, 06:22 PM
Dunno :p

rosespower
01-31-2006, 06:47 PM
:)

Sandra
01-31-2006, 06:58 PM
Allez.

16681
01-31-2006, 09:24 PM
Well I wouldn't mind if Irina won for the women. But I know my male skater choice is not very popular here. The Russian skaker who name I can't spell on my own I have to see it somewhere like in another post! He won the European Championship and skated wonderfully inspite of
trying to completely recover from the flu. He looked like the skater I was used to before he started having all the knee problems. I didn't get to see Irina skate, but I guess she won the European Championship for the women.

rosespower
02-01-2006, 07:12 AM
i guess is plushenko.....
and yes irina won for the 7th time the european championship........
Miruna likes plushenko so don't be confused...because ,we, the fans of brian are a more noisy...

Mara_M
02-01-2006, 06:17 PM
yeap,i'm the plushy cheerer..it's funny cuz in reality i have so many plushenko fans close to me,but here only sandee(the only non plushy cheerer) si posting on mtf:lol:!i promiss i will be noisy for plushy at olympics:ras:

16681
02-01-2006, 06:24 PM
yeap,i'm the plushy cheerer..it's funny cuz in reality i have so many plushenko fans close to me,but here only sandee(the only non plushy cheerer) si posting on mtf:lol:!i promiss i will be noisy for plushy at olympics:ras:
Well now there are two of us so we can both cheer :) :cool:
However on my part it is pretty bad when I have a favorite skater whose name I can't even spell :rolleyes:

Mara_M
02-01-2006, 06:27 PM
:hug::hug:

i can help u with the names,it can't be that hard:lol:!

Sandra
02-01-2006, 08:04 PM
I can too remember this one:Brian Joubert.;)

Mara_M
02-01-2006, 10:14 PM
as we wouldn't know:rolleyes:!

rosespower
02-02-2006, 06:42 AM
the olympics are coming fast....and same is for our holiday who is closer than the olympics....

Sandra
02-02-2006, 09:09 AM
as we wouldn't know:rolleyes:!
Hey it's not like i wrote it for you ;)

Bolar Bolabi
02-02-2006, 09:11 AM
I'm a good figure skater!

:wavey:

Sandra
02-02-2006, 09:13 AM
You just wanna have posts in all threads,don't you Bolar?:p

Bolar Bolabi
02-02-2006, 09:15 AM
You just wanna have posts in all threads,don't you Bolar?:p

;)

Sandra
02-02-2006, 09:18 AM
At least say you root for Brian when you write in here :lol:

Bolar Bolabi
02-02-2006, 09:23 AM
At least say you root for Brian when you write in here :lol:

Brian?

Sandra
02-02-2006, 10:00 AM
Joubert.The guy in my avvie :D

MariaV
02-02-2006, 10:53 AM
:secret: Sandra, Bolar doesn't have a clue about figure scating.

Sandra
02-02-2006, 10:56 AM
I know :lol:
But i want more people cheering for Bri :angel:

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 11:00 AM
I know :lol:
But i want more people cheering for Bri :angel:
:aplot:does he has need of a pro-bri campaign?i thought u said he has sooooooooooooo mannnnnnnnnnny fans:p!

MariaV
02-02-2006, 11:06 AM
You a true Plushy fan Miruna? :wavey:

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 11:09 AM
:angel: of course:angel:!
you dorogaya?

MariaV
02-02-2006, 11:12 AM
Well, let's say I have nothing against Plushy or Brian but I am rooting for Lambiel. ;) :p :lol:
Plushy was simply awesome at the Europeans though and I respect that! :yeah:

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 11:17 AM
traitor:ras:

MariaV
02-02-2006, 11:21 AM
:hug: Miru! :lol: Plushy will win the Olympic gold anyway (if everything will go OK).

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 11:37 AM
yay,hope u're right!
but how's taht u don't root for russia:aplot:?

MariaV
02-02-2006, 11:42 AM
LOL, I don't have to ALWAYS root for Russia.

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 11:46 AM
nope,u don't have to:angel:!but u should:p!

cleo1986
02-02-2006, 01:34 PM
:hug: Miru! :lol: Plushy will win the Olympic gold anyway (if everything will go OK).

He doesn't even have to be perfect. They'll give him the gold, unless he falls over 5 times! And the chances of me winning the lottery are bigger than that ever happening.

Mara_M
02-02-2006, 02:41 PM
hmm,i don';t think so cleo..but i want so:devil:!

Sandra
02-02-2006, 06:50 PM
He doesn't even have to be perfect. They'll give him the gold, unless he falls over 5 times! And the chances of me winning the lottery are bigger than that ever happening.
True.Sad but true :sad:

Sandra
02-02-2006, 06:51 PM
hmm,i don';t think so cleo..but i want so:devil:!
If in that phraze the guy in question was Brian I wouldn't give your answer.That is a sad answer.

16681
02-02-2006, 07:03 PM
I don't know what it is about the MTF? It seems like people are always fighting or at least to me they sound like they are fighting :sad: Please let's not fight one another over Figure Skaters. It is just not worth it!

Suzi
02-02-2006, 07:05 PM
dont worry mae, those two (sandra and mara) are always fighting :p

rosespower
02-03-2006, 05:28 AM
mae, you have a very pure heart......
miru....plushenko will win like sandee said: sad but true..

Suzi
02-03-2006, 08:28 PM
Figure skating: 'It's slippery. It's life'

NANCY ARMOUR Associated Press

Sasha Cohen, Irina Slutskaya and Evgeni Plushenko are back. A Russian couple is the heavy favorite in pairs yet again. Judging is in the spotlight. And Michelle Kwan is making one last run at gold. If the story lines for the Turin Olympics sound familiar, well, many are.

But figure skating is anything but predictable, and the only certainty is that someone will come along to shake things up.
"You never know what can happen," Slutskaya said. "It's ice. It's slippery. It's life."
So let's get everyone's favorite Olympic soap opera going.

Kwan has gone to the last two Olympics as the gold-medal favorite, only to find herself beaten by a fellow American who skated with the joy and abandon that was once her trademark. She has a silver from Nagano and a bronze from Salt Lake City, and she stuck it out these last four years in hopes of finally completing her set with that elusive gold.

But the five-time world champion isn't the favorite this year. She didn't even seal her spot on the plane to Turin until Friday.
"I've been in all situations before, the underdog, then favorite," Kwan said. "I have a lot to work on, and I'm going to try my very best to skate from the heart."

Given a medical bye onto the U.S. team two weeks ago because of a groin injury, the 25-year-old skated her long and short programs for a five-person monitoring committee Friday in Los Angeles to prove she was fit and healthy enough to compete.
"If she's healthy and able to compete, she's definitely one of the strongest to compete for the United States at the Olympics," Cohen said.

But not the strongest. That's Cohen, who finally lived up to all of her considerable potential with her first national title this month.
She's always been a dazzling mix of beauty, grace and athleticism, but she lacked the resolve that transforms elite athletes into champions. She was second to Kwan four times at nationals, and she botched her chance at a medal in Salt Lake City with a shaky free skate.

After spending 2 1/2 years on the East Coast, though, Cohen found herself when she returned to Southern California and longtime coach John Nicks.
"I definitely want to feel like there's no regrets, that I've put in every ounce of training that I could," she said. "I want to skate amazing. I want an Olympic gold medal. It's been a dream of mine.

"It's not about anyone else," she added, "it's about me and what I want to get done there."

If Slutskaya is at her best, though, it might not be about anybody but the Russian.
Though Slutskaya was bitterly disappointed to finish second to Sarah Hughes in Salt Lake City, these last four years have given her a new perspective. Her mother suffers from kidney disease, and it's Irina who drives her to dialysis. Plus, Slutskaya was sidelined by a heart ailment for much of the 2003-04 season, and she still takes medication that leaves her tired and achy.

Yet she's been virtually unbeatable the last two seasons. She won her record seventh European title earlier this month, breaking a mark she'd shared with Olympic champions Sonja Henie and Katarina Witt.
Her only loss since the 2004 worlds was at the Grand Prix final, and the skater who beat her, Japan's Mao Asada, is too young for Turin.
"After I was second in the Olympics and won the worlds, I used to think, `Do I need to skate more? Do I need to work hard? Because I'm just tired,'" said Slutskaya, who will be 27 on Feb. 9. "When I got sick, oh my God, I want to skate because I feel I can skate.

"It was a good lesson for me. A life lesson."
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto know something about second chances. The ice dancers are favorites to win a medal in Turin and finally end the United States' 30-year Olympic drought. But it wasn't long ago that the couple wondered if they'd even get to go to Turin.

The Canadian-born Belbin wasn't due to get her citizenship until 2007 - a year too late for Turin. But Congress stepped in, passing a law that allows her and other immigrants to take advantage of recent changes that speed up the naturalization process.

"I think we're looking at these Olympics as just the icing on the cake," said Belbin, who was sworn in Dec. 31. "We want to live it up and take in everything that the Olympics has to offer."

When Plushenko is healthy, he's in a class by himself. He's added two more world titles since finishing second to fellow Russian Alexei Yagudin in Salt Lake City, and he won his fifth European crown in a rout last week. Despite barely being able to breathe for the last 1 1/2 minutes of his free skate because of the flu, he beat reigning world champion Stephane Lambiel by more than 16 points.

"Against him I can't make any errors," Lambiel said.
Who can? While the U.S. men are struggling to master their quads, the three-time world champion pulls off the most difficult jump combinations with ease. He's unmatched when it comes to artistry.

The only thing that can slow him is his own body. He had to drop out of last year's worlds with a groin injury that later required surgery, and said he nearly skipped Europeans because of the flu.

He's expected to be healthy in time for Turin, though, which means Lambiel, France's Brian Joubert, Canadian Jeff Buttle and American Evan Lysacek are probably fighting for silver and bronze.

Though Lysacek finished second to three-time champ Johnny Weir at nationals, he's considered a better shot for a medal. He was the bronze medalist at last year's worlds, and was the only American man to qualify for the Grand Prix final before withdrawing with an injury.

"Our theory (so far this year) was play it safe and be consistent," said Lysacek, who is coached by the renowned Frank Carroll. "But Frank's been warning me and saying, `There's going to be a time during the season when you have to take a risk. You're not going to get anything out of the Olympic Games if you don't take a risk.
"I think if I do my best and I have a quad in the program, I have just as good a shot for gold as anyone else."

Weir is as artistic as they come, and he'd be a shoo-in if they gave gold medals for personality. But he needs some serious technical upgrades if he's going to get anywhere close to the podium.

"I can contend with Lambiel and Buttle. Perhaps not Plushenko, but I'm not gunning for Plushenko," Weir said. "I think just a medal at the Olympics would be phenomenal."
A Russian or Soviet couple has won the pairs title at every Olympics dating to 1964, and that streak isn't likely to end this year. Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin have won the last two world championships, and haven't lost in competition since December 2003.

Americans haven't won a pairs medal since 1988, and that isn't likely to change, either. Though Rena Inoue and John Baldwin have some neat tricks - they're the only couple to land a throw triple axel - a top-10 finish would be solid

Suzi
02-03-2006, 08:30 PM
New figure skating judging system set for debut

By Pritha Sarkar
LONDON (Reuters) - For more than a century, chasing a perfect 6.0 was the ultimate goal of every figure skater.

The enduring image of the sport comes from the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics when Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean earned across-the-board 6.0s for artistic impression following their mesmeric ice dance performance to Ravel's Bolero.

That feat, however, can never be repeated after the sport was forced to overhaul its scoring system following the 2002 Salt Lake City pairs controversy.

Skating officials hope that memories of the judging scandal will finally be buried when the sport's revamped scoring method makes its Olympic debut in Turin this month.

The International Skating Union (ISU) believes the new format, which has been used internationally over the past two seasons, is the sport's salvation after the Salt Lake City fiasco.

"The eyes will be on us in Turin and we are confident that we can have a straight face and say in three or four years we did a tremendous job," ISU general secretary Fredi Schmid told Reuters.

Figure skating's darkest hour came four years ago when French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne admitted she had deliberately underscored Canadian duo Jamie Sale and David Pelletier to favor their Russian rivals in the pairs competition.

Anxious to avoid a repeat, ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta engineered a new format.

"They had to make a change and it's unfortunate that it was our event that made them do that," Sale, who was awarded a duplicate gold medal following the outcry, told Reuters.

The arcane 6.0 ranking scale, in place since 1901, was consigned to the scrapheap after the 2004 world championships and replaced by a system which should reduce the opportunity for unscrupulous judges to manipulate a competition.

A computer now secretly selects scores from nine of the 12 judges, then discards the highest and lowest marks. The seven remaining scores are then averaged.

With the old scale, judges used to compare one skater's performance with another's.

RIGHT DIRECTION

While fans had to grasp only two sets of grades before, for technical merit and presentation, they now see an array of marks that take into account the difficulty of each skill performed and how well it was executed.

Oleg Vasiliev, the 1984 pairs champion and coach of gold medal favorites Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, believes the sport is moving in the right direction.

"The judging is still people's opinion but if the previous system was 100 percent subjective, the new one is 35 percent objective and 65 percent subjective," he told Reuters.

However, it has left many people -- experts and fans alike -- scratching their heads.

"Quite honestly I don't understand it," Torvill told Reuters.

"The thing that is disappointing now is that you see all these high scores but how do we know if someone has skated a perfect routine?

"What is the highest score you can get, what is the 6.0?

"There must be a score that is the maximum they can score if they were perfect in every element of the competition; is it 200, is it 150?"

Figure skating judging has often been a subject of controversy with allegations of favoritism and trade-offs between judges from different nations.

JUDGES SCRUTINISED

Schmid believes the 6.0 format had to be eradicated to minimize the chances of manipulation.

"In the old system we had nine judges...there could be a split 5-4 decision. This was pretty straightforward for someone who wanted to manipulate, all he had to do was to find five judges," Schmid said.

"There was no real criteria for which judges could be held accountable. Now there is specific criteria for each element...it's all very defined so now to hold judges accountable is much easier."

As a result of the scandal, judges are now scrutinized at every major event.

"We fully believe that 99 percent of our officials want the good of the sport but we cannot exclude somebody may have something in mind to favor somebody, maybe even unconsciously," said Schmid.

"But through the new system, to do this has become very difficult and if you do you are likely to get caught and get a warning. After a few warnings, you get suspended."

Another advantage is that the changes have addressed one of the peculiarities of the sport, where athletes used to move up the rankings in four-year cycles.

"This whole thing about paying your dues in skating and finally one day you're going to get rewarded for it, I don't believe in this," said Sale.

"Doesn't matter who are, or wherever you're from, you (should) have a fair chance. If a newcomer skates the best that night they should win.

"This (system) is veering toward that and it's allowing it to happen."

As for anyone who does not understand the system, Vasiliev quipped: "If you don't learn English you can't understand English and similarly if you don't learn the new judging system you won't understand it."

Mara_M
02-03-2006, 09:54 PM
mae, you have a very pure heart......
miru....plushenko will win like sandee said: sad but true..
and she will always tell me it wasn't fair:rolleyes:!

suzi sweetie,did u know sandee brought me here?we were friends before to post on mtf:p!

Suzi
02-03-2006, 10:00 PM
:p

Mara_M
02-03-2006, 10:37 PM
:angel:see,i'm grateful:p

Mara_M
02-03-2006, 10:40 PM
Figure skating: 'It's slippery. It's life'

NANCY ARMOUR Associated Press

Sasha Cohen, Irina Slutskaya and Evgeni Plushenko are back. A Russian couple is the heavy favorite in pairs yet again. Judging is in the spotlight. And Michelle Kwan is making one last run at gold. If the story lines for the Turin Olympics sound familiar, well, many are.

But figure skating is anything but predictable, and the only certainty is that someone will come along to shake things up.
"You never know what can happen," Slutskaya said. "It's ice. It's slippery. It's life."
So let's get everyone's favorite Olympic soap opera going.

Kwan has gone to the last two Olympics as the gold-medal favorite, only to find herself beaten by a fellow American who skated with the joy and abandon that was once her trademark. She has a silver from Nagano and a bronze from Salt Lake City, and she stuck it out these last four years in hopes of finally completing her set with that elusive gold.

But the five-time world champion isn't the favorite this year. She didn't even seal her spot on the plane to Turin until Friday.
"I've been in all situations before, the underdog, then favorite," Kwan said. "I have a lot to work on, and I'm going to try my very best to skate from the heart."

Given a medical bye onto the U.S. team two weeks ago because of a groin injury, the 25-year-old skated her long and short programs for a five-person monitoring committee Friday in Los Angeles to prove she was fit and healthy enough to compete.
"If she's healthy and able to compete, she's definitely one of the strongest to compete for the United States at the Olympics," Cohen said.

But not the strongest. That's Cohen, who finally lived up to all of her considerable potential with her first national title this month.
She's always been a dazzling mix of beauty, grace and athleticism, but she lacked the resolve that transforms elite athletes into champions. She was second to Kwan four times at nationals, and she botched her chance at a medal in Salt Lake City with a shaky free skate.

After spending 2 1/2 years on the East Coast, though, Cohen found herself when she returned to Southern California and longtime coach John Nicks.
"I definitely want to feel like there's no regrets, that I've put in every ounce of training that I could," she said. "I want to skate amazing. I want an Olympic gold medal. It's been a dream of mine.

"It's not about anyone else," she added, "it's about me and what I want to get done there."

If Slutskaya is at her best, though, it might not be about anybody but the Russian.
Though Slutskaya was bitterly disappointed to finish second to Sarah Hughes in Salt Lake City, these last four years have given her a new perspective. Her mother suffers from kidney disease, and it's Irina who drives her to dialysis. Plus, Slutskaya was sidelined by a heart ailment for much of the 2003-04 season, and she still takes medication that leaves her tired and achy.

Yet she's been virtually unbeatable the last two seasons. She won her record seventh European title earlier this month, breaking a mark she'd shared with Olympic champions Sonja Henie and Katarina Witt.
Her only loss since the 2004 worlds was at the Grand Prix final, and the skater who beat her, Japan's Mao Asada, is too young for Turin.
"After I was second in the Olympics and won the worlds, I used to think, `Do I need to skate more? Do I need to work hard? Because I'm just tired,'" said Slutskaya, who will be 27 on Feb. 9. "When I got sick, oh my God, I want to skate because I feel I can skate.

"It was a good lesson for me. A life lesson."
Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto know something about second chances. The ice dancers are favorites to win a medal in Turin and finally end the United States' 30-year Olympic drought. But it wasn't long ago that the couple wondered if they'd even get to go to Turin.

The Canadian-born Belbin wasn't due to get her citizenship until 2007 - a year too late for Turin. But Congress stepped in, passing a law that allows her and other immigrants to take advantage of recent changes that speed up the naturalization process.

"I think we're looking at these Olympics as just the icing on the cake," said Belbin, who was sworn in Dec. 31. "We want to live it up and take in everything that the Olympics has to offer."

When Plushenko is healthy, he's in a class by himself. He's added two more world titles since finishing second to fellow Russian Alexei Yagudin in Salt Lake City, and he won his fifth European crown in a rout last week. Despite barely being able to breathe for the last 1 1/2 minutes of his free skate because of the flu, he beat reigning world champion Stephane Lambiel by more than 16 points.

"Against him I can't make any errors," Lambiel said.
Who can? While the U.S. men are struggling to master their quads, the three-time world champion pulls off the most difficult jump combinations with ease. He's unmatched when it comes to artistry.

The only thing that can slow him is his own body. He had to drop out of last year's worlds with a groin injury that later required surgery, and said he nearly skipped Europeans because of the flu.

He's expected to be healthy in time for Turin, though, which means Lambiel, France's Brian Joubert, Canadian Jeff Buttle and American Evan Lysacek are probably fighting for silver and bronze.

Though Lysacek finished second to three-time champ Johnny Weir at nationals, he's considered a better shot for a medal. He was the bronze medalist at last year's worlds, and was the only American man to qualify for the Grand Prix final before withdrawing with an injury.

"Our theory (so far this year) was play it safe and be consistent," said Lysacek, who is coached by the renowned Frank Carroll. "But Frank's been warning me and saying, `There's going to be a time during the season when you have to take a risk. You're not going to get anything out of the Olympic Games if you don't take a risk.
"I think if I do my best and I have a quad in the program, I have just as good a shot for gold as anyone else."

Weir is as artistic as they come, and he'd be a shoo-in if they gave gold medals for personality. But he needs some serious technical upgrades if he's going to get anywhere close to the podium.

"I can contend with Lambiel and Buttle. Perhaps not Plushenko, but I'm not gunning for Plushenko," Weir said. "I think just a medal at the Olympics would be phenomenal."
A Russian or Soviet couple has won the pairs title at every Olympics dating to 1964, and that streak isn't likely to end this year. Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin have won the last two world championships, and haven't lost in competition since December 2003.

Americans haven't won a pairs medal since 1988, and that isn't likely to change, either. Though Rena Inoue and John Baldwin have some neat tricks - they're the only couple to land a throw triple axel - a top-10 finish would be solid
:p:p:p:nerner::p:p:p

rosespower
02-04-2006, 08:21 AM
:)

Mara_M
02-04-2006, 05:45 PM
u're a brian lover sab:p!

rosespower
02-04-2006, 07:03 PM
"But figure skating is anything but predictable, and the only certainty is that someone will come along to shake things up."

yes i'm a brian lover.........but i liked this part.....

Mara_M
02-04-2006, 08:32 PM
:)

Suzi
02-04-2006, 09:31 PM
"But figure skating is anything but predictable, and the only certainty is that someone will come along to shake things up."

yes i'm a brian lover.........but i liked this part.....
indeed look wot happened in 2002 in SLC in the womans sector :(

Mara_M
02-04-2006, 10:13 PM
slc:confused:?

rosespower
02-05-2006, 08:08 AM
......

Suzi
02-05-2006, 04:53 PM
Salt Lake City im being lazy :p

rosespower
02-05-2006, 05:38 PM
lazyness is no good...(who's talking one of the laziest human on the planet)

Suzi
02-05-2006, 05:51 PM
haha

Suzi
02-05-2006, 05:51 PM
u know i thought going to uni wud kick me up the backside to work.................. hmmm i think i got worse :p

rosespower
02-05-2006, 05:57 PM
is a illness..it is getting worse every day...

Mara_M
02-05-2006, 09:15 PM
i've got a cold:sad:

Suzi
02-05-2006, 09:20 PM
http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/sehrgrosse/large-smiley-052.gif

Mara_M
02-05-2006, 09:37 PM
:smooch:

rosespower
02-06-2006, 07:52 AM
i've got a cold:sad:
:hug: i'm living with the cold since 1 december......

Sandra
02-06-2006, 11:05 AM
Sabri i love the new siggy :D

rosespower
02-06-2006, 11:15 AM
i had the inspiration from the dormitory boys.....

Sandra
02-06-2006, 11:19 AM
:lol:

Allez :D

rosespower
02-06-2006, 01:14 PM
4 days......

Mara_M
02-06-2006, 01:56 PM
:hug: i'm living with the cold since 1 december......
:hug::hug:it almoust passed to me..thanks god for the surgary i had this summer:worship:!i never had a cold more than 3 days after it:)!

rosespower
02-06-2006, 03:47 PM
nice.......

Mara_M
02-06-2006, 08:00 PM
not quite..i suffered a lot during teh surgery:p!i'm such a coward!

rosespower
02-06-2006, 08:04 PM
:)

Mara_M
02-06-2006, 08:30 PM
:angel:

16681
02-07-2006, 09:47 PM
:hug::hug:it almoust passed to me..thanks god for the surgary i had this summer:worship:!i never had a cold more than 3 days after it:)!
I'm glad your surgery helped you so much :) I hate having colds :sad: The Olympics start Friday I can hardly wait ;)

Sandra
02-07-2006, 09:50 PM
:D:D:D

Suzi
02-07-2006, 09:53 PM
I hate colds aswell its wierd as well i use to have a cold 24/7 still get em now well i live in england cant help it but i also get colds when im somewhere hot lol

Suzi
02-07-2006, 11:35 PM
TORINO 2006: Figure skating


/noticias.info/ Factbox on figure skating ahead of the Feb. 10-26 Turin Winter Olympics:

HISTORY

As an indoor sport, figure skating was initially part of the Summer Olympics and was added to the programme for the 1908 Games. It moved to the Winter Games in 1924, in Chamonix.

The International Skating Union (ISU) was formed in 1892 and six years later held its first official event.

The singles and pairs events have been part of every Winter Olympic programme. Ice dancing was added at the 1976 Innsbruck Games.

EVENTS

Thirty men and 30 women compete in the singles events, 20 couples in the pairs and 24 in the ice dance. Only skaters who turned 15 before July 1 2005 can compete.

The singles consist of a short programme, which has eight required elements and is worth 33.3 percent of the final score, and a free skate. The top 24 from the short programme advance to the free skate, or long programme.

The short programme can last a maximum of two minutes 50 seconds and the required elements -- designated spins, jumps and combinations -- can be performed in any order.

The free skate lasts between 3:50 and 4:10 for the women and between 4:20 and 4:40 for the men and must contain specified minimums of jumps, combinations, steps and spins.

In pairs, two competitors skate side-by-side in unison and perform several combined elements such as lifts. The competition comprises a short programme, with eight required elements, and a longer free skate lasting between 4:20 and 4:40.

Ice dancing, skated in couples, consists of a compulsory dance, an original dance and a free dance.

The ISU designates the rhythm and tempo of the original dance and couples select their own music to fit them. For the free dance, they can choose any music and create their own steps and style.

The judging system has been overhauled since a scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics when French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne confessed to, then denied, scoring the pairs contest according to her federation president's dictum. The French federation president, Didier Gailhaguet, was banned for three years and later resigned. Under pressure from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), officials awarded duplicate gold medals to Canadians David Pelletier and Jamie Sale who had originally been placed second.

2002 CHAMPIONS

Men's singles: Alexei Yagudin (Russia)

Women's singles: Sarah Hughes (U.S.)

Pairs: Yelena Berezhnaya/Anton Sikharulidze (Russia) and

Jamie Sale/David Pelletier (Canada)

Ice dancing: Marina Anissina/Gwendal Peizerat (France)

2005 WORLD CHAMPIONS

Men's singles: Stephane Lambiel (Switzerland)

Women's singles: Irina Slutskaya (Russia)

Pairs: Tatiana Totmianina/Maxim Marinin (Russia)

Ice dancing: Tatiana Navka/Roman Kostomarov (Russia)

OLYMPIC PROGRAMME (times GMT)

Feb. 11: Pairs short programme (1800)

Feb. 13: Pairs free skating (1800)

Feb. 14: Men's short programme (1800)

Feb. 16: Men's free skating (1800)

Feb. 17: Ice dancing - compulsory dance (1800)

Feb. 19: Ice dancing - original dance (1800)

Feb. 20: Ice dancing - free dance (1800)

Feb. 21: Women's short programme (1800)

Feb. 23: Women's free skating (1800)

Feb. 24: Exhibition gala (1800)

VENUE

The 8,285-capacity Palavela rink will host the figure skating and the short track speed skating competitions. The arena is in the Lingotto Olympic District in the south-east of Turin, on the left bank of the river Po.

WATCH OUT FOR:

Women's singles: Michelle Kwan burst on to the world stage in 1995 as a 14-year-old prodigy before going on to become one of the most successful skaters by winning five world titles and eight U.S. championships. Having failed to secure Olympic gold in her last two attempts, the American will be hoping it will be third time lucky.

Pairs: Almost 16 months after a head injury threatened to end her career, Russian Tatiana Totmianina will arrive at the Palavela rink with her partner Maxim Marinin as favourites. Totmianina was sidelined from competition for almost three months after she suffered concussion in October 2004 following a fall during a lift in the Skate America competition. Despite waking up in hospital the day after the accident with no recollection of her head-first fall, Totmianina was back on the ice less than two weeks later to re-learn her routines.

16681
02-08-2006, 07:20 AM
Thanks Suzi for posting all that Olympic Figure Skating Information :) I wish the Figure Skating was earlier in the Olympics :sad:

Sandra
02-08-2006, 07:22 AM
Why?:lol:

Suzi
02-08-2006, 09:18 AM
For those interested in ICE DANCING:

Olympic Winter Games - Ice Dancing
01 Feb 2006 13:18

In accordance with Rule 539 paragraph 2d), the draw for the Compulsory Dance for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, was carried out in Torino on January 31, 2006.

The draw was conducted by the Technical Controller for the Ice Dancing event, Mrs. Olga Gilardini, and the Italian Ice Dance couple Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali.

The following dance was drawn:

RAVENSBURGER WALTZ

rosespower
02-08-2006, 01:51 PM
BRIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!

Mara_M
02-08-2006, 10:36 PM
I'm glad your surgery helped you so much :) I hate having colds :sad: The Olympics start Friday I can hardly wait ;)
:hug:i guess jhenya hates it too:)!i hope he is ok:)!
this weekend should be :yeah:!davis cup+olyimpic games=:lick:!!

Suzi
02-09-2006, 12:19 AM
im working w/end bums to it all!

rosespower
02-09-2006, 07:18 AM
ONE DAY......14 hours or 13 hours..depends where you are....

Mara_M
02-09-2006, 06:21 PM
at home:lol:

16681
02-09-2006, 10:47 PM
:hug:i guess jhenya hates it too:)!i hope he is ok:)!
this weekend should be :yeah:!davis cup+olyimpic games=:lick:!!
A great combination :) I am ready for the weekend ;) :cool:

rosespower
02-10-2006, 06:32 AM
tonight is the opening.....
yay!!!!!!
i wrote the programme...i don't wanna miss my favs...

TULY
02-10-2006, 06:54 AM
my fav is italian Kostner!

and n the past Surya Bonali

rosespower
02-10-2006, 06:59 AM
your first post...cute....in the figure skating thread....

Suzi
02-10-2006, 02:46 PM
Plushenko attacks new figure skating system
Fri 10 Feb, 3:13 PM

TURIN (Reuters) - Men's gold medal favourite Yevgeny Plushenko gave figure skating's new judging system the thumbs down just a day before it makes its Olympic debut at the Turin Games.

"I used to like the 6.0 system more," the Russian, winner of three world and five European titles, told Reuters ahead of the Winter Games competition starting on Saturday.

"I understand figure skating is going forward with the new scoring system but I don't really like it. I don't think you get enough credit for complicated jump combinations."

Plushenko was not the only critic of the format which was hastily formulated and introduced following the 2002 Salt Lake City pairs scandal.

French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne's admission that she had deliberately underscored Canadian duo Jamie Sale and David Pelletier to favour their Russian rivals Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze sparked one of the biggest controversies in Olympic history.

Anxious to avoid a repeat, International Skating Union president Ottavio Cinquanta engineered a new accumulative points format.

The 6.0 ranking scale, in place since 1901, was consigned to the scrapheap after the 2004 world championships and replaced by a system which should reduce the opportunity for unscrupulous judges to manipulate a competition.

A computer now secretly selects scores from nine of the 12 judges, then discards the highest and lowest marks. The seven remaining scores are then averaged.

Under the old scale, judges used to compare one skater's performance with another's and fans had to grasp only two sets of grades for technical merit and presentation.

Now an array of marks are awarded for the difficulty of each skill performed -- such as spins, jumps, footwork, lifts and transitions -- and how well it is executed.

The method has left many people bewildered.

"I don't understand what people are marked on, it's so complicated," Sale, who was awarded a duplicate gold medal following the outcry, told Reuters.

"If anything, the fans don't like it because they used to sit there and say 'I'm gonna give that a 5.5.' and they played along with it.

"Now they don't even know what the marks are being given for. It is quite confusing. I'm not sure if they'll ever understand it."

SCARY MOMENT

Pairs world champion Maxim Marinin, who is going for gold with Tatiana Totmianina, added: "This is a scary moment because… many people don't understand what it is... and the audience will lose interest in our sport which is not really good."

Jayne Torvill's 1984 Bolero performance with Christopher Dean memorably earned across the board perfect 6.0s for artistic impression -- a feat that can no longer be repeated.

She feels the current system has its flaws, especially in ice dancing.

"I went to the world championships in Moscow last year and there was a winner but I felt there could have been five as they were all pretty much looking the same just with different music," she told Reuters.

"But it's not their fault. In the new scoring system, you score more points for doing a more difficult lift.

"So everyone's going to do the more difficult lift to get more points and therefore they are all doing the same kind of lifts, turns and moves.

Dean added: "It's still having teething problems.

"I think in the singles it's a good thing as it's no longer just a question of the jumps.

"They now have to do different spins, have footwork, have intricate connections and that's a good thing.

"With ice dance, they still need to tweak it. What they need to do is still allow freedom of creativity. Some skaters work the system and they get the points but it's not necessarily very creative."

At last month's European championships, Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov won the ice dance crown for a technically solid routine but they were jeered by the crowd who were captivated by bronze medallists Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas' passionate Phantom of the Opera performance.

One thing that has won universal approval is the system allows movement in the rankings -- something that was rarely seen before.

"It doesn't always have to be the named people that win," said Sale, who retired after the Salt Lake Games.

"I'm hoping to see good results, I want to see fairness, I want to see people coming out of nowhere and winning."

Suzi
02-10-2006, 02:47 PM
Pressure is on Plushenko, warns Joubert
Thu 09 Feb, 5:34 PM

GRENOBLE, France (AFP) - French Olympic figure skating hopeful Brian Joubert has warned that he is ready to pounce on any slip-up by Russian star Yevgeny Plushenko as he bids for the gold at the Turin Winter Games starting Friday.

Despite the fact that the three-time world champion is unbeaten all season, European bronze medallist Joubert remains confident that he can upstage the Russian favourite.

"The pressure is on him," said Joubert, who is training in the French Alps before crossing the border into northern Italy on Saturday three days before he opens his title bid.

"I've beaten Plushenko before, he fears me a lot and I like that. If he has a perfect programme he can beat me, but if he feels the pressure I have a good chance. I'm the hunter and he's the hunted."

Joubert is just one of two skaters to have beaten Plushenko since he took silver at the Salt Lake City Olympics behind compatriot Alexei Yagudin, winning the 2004 European title at the expense of the Russian.

He is also two years younger than Plushenko which he believes is an advantage.

"The aim is a medal, but my goal is gold. I'm young and if I don't get gold this time I can in 2010. It's a luxury that Plushenko doesn't have," added the 21-year-old Frenchman.

Joubert, meanwhile, was sceptical of talk that world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland had a knee injury.

"I don't know if he's really injured. When you think about it an injury takes the pressure off you. If he messes up his programme he has an excuse and if he wins he's a hero."

At Grenoble, Joubert is training with 2004 world champion Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, away from the pressure of the Palavela in Turin.

"I feel good here, I'm not under pressure, compared to four years ago were I was very tense. Physically and mentally I'm ready," said Joubert.

Three-times US men's champion Johnny Weir believes that the gold is 23-year-old Plushenko's to lose.

"I don't think anyone is vying for gold because it's his to lose," said Weir. "Plushenko should be first unless he makes a mistake and there are about six other seven of us who are competing for the other two medals."

Lambiel, meanwhile, will arrive in Turin Sunday as he undergoes physiotheraphy in Switzerland on his right knee after a fall last week.

The European silver-medallist completed jumps Wednesday without pain and will increase his programme over the coming days.

rosespower
02-10-2006, 02:52 PM
3 hours till the opening of the olympics.......

Sandra
02-10-2006, 07:33 PM
OMG I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooove the Olympics :inlove: :inlove: x 100000000000000000000000000 times :p

Sandra
02-10-2006, 07:37 PM
Pressure is on Plushenko, warns Joubert
Thu 09 Feb, 5:34 PM

GRENOBLE, France (AFP) - French Olympic figure skating hopeful Brian Joubert has warned that he is ready to pounce on any slip-up by Russian star Yevgeny Plushenko as he bids for the gold at the Turin Winter Games starting Friday.

Despite the fact that the three-time world champion is unbeaten all season, European bronze medallist Joubert remains confident that he can upstage the Russian favourite.

"The pressure is on him," said Joubert, who is training in the French Alps before crossing the border into northern Italy on Saturday three days before he opens his title bid.

"I've beaten Plushenko before, he fears me a lot and I like that. If he has a perfect programme he can beat me, but if he feels the pressure I have a good chance. I'm the hunter and he's the hunted."

Joubert is just one of two skaters to have beaten Plushenko since he took silver at the Salt Lake City Olympics behind compatriot Alexei Yagudin, winning the 2004 European title at the expense of the Russian.

He is also two years younger than Plushenko which he believes is an advantage.

"The aim is a medal, but my goal is gold. I'm young and if I don't get gold this time I can in 2010. It's a luxury that Plushenko doesn't have," added the 21-year-old Frenchman.

Joubert, meanwhile, was sceptical of talk that world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland had a knee injury.

"I don't know if he's really injured. When you think about it an injury takes the pressure off you. If he messes up his programme he has an excuse and if he wins he's a hero."

At Grenoble, Joubert is training with 2004 world champion Shizuka Arakawa of Japan, away from the pressure of the Palavela in Turin.

"I feel good here, I'm not under pressure, compared to four years ago were I was very tense. Physically and mentally I'm ready," said Joubert.

Three-times US men's champion Johnny Weir believes that the gold is 23-year-old Plushenko's to lose.

"I don't think anyone is vying for gold because it's his to lose," said Weir. "Plushenko should be first unless he makes a mistake and there are about six other seven of us who are competing for the other two medals."

Lambiel, meanwhile, will arrive in Turin Sunday as he undergoes physiotheraphy in Switzerland on his right knee after a fall last week.

The European silver-medallist completed jumps Wednesday without pain and will increase his programme over the coming days.

You gotta love my sweet arrogant Bri :p

2010 Olympics- I love you forever for saying that :inlove: :kiss:

Suzi
02-10-2006, 07:51 PM
well everyone has said that its all for Plushenko to lose

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:10 PM
:wavey: a lil question
some years ago, i say a russian figure skater: his name was alexej jagudin or something like that - does he still take part? :shrug:

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:10 PM
yagudin!he retired after 2002;)!

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:11 PM
Alexei yagudin :inlove:
I looooooooooooooove him so much :D No,he doesnt :sad: Do ya like him?

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:11 PM
ewww,what a av pic sandee!

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:12 PM
Alexei yagudin :inlove:
I looooooooooooooove him so much :D No,he doesnt :sad: Do ya like him?
i loved him - he was the cutest russian i've ever seen - i can't stand plushenko :ras:

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:12 PM
yagudin!he retired after 2002;)!
why? :sad:

Suzi
02-10-2006, 08:13 PM
so wots the av then sandra, brian is it or.....

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:14 PM
i loved him - he was the cutest russian i've ever seen - i can't stand plushenko :ras:
does anyone like any athlete because his performance not because he is cute?

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:15 PM
i loved him - he was the cutest russian i've ever seen - i can't stand plushenko :ras:
I love you even more now :hug:
Yagudin :inlove:

Suzi
02-10-2006, 08:15 PM
Yagudin is a ledge :yeah:

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:16 PM
why? :sad:
Injury :sobbing:

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:16 PM
does anyone like any athlete because his performance not because he is cute?
:hug: i'm sorry , i know i don't know him - but i heard of rumours he and his coach were pretty mean to others - but these might be only rumours :shrug:

Suzi
02-10-2006, 08:16 PM
does anyone like any athlete because his performance not because he is cute?

lol i think hes a great skater

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:16 PM
so wots the av then sandra, brian is it or.....
Bri :lol:

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:16 PM
I love you even more now :hug:
Yagudin :inlove:
:lol: :hug:

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:17 PM
lol i think hes a great skater
he really is, i don't know much of figure skating but he is on top for ages no?

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:18 PM
does anyone like any athlete because his performance not because he is cute?
Yagu's performance at SLC :inlove: so :tape: when it comes to it ;)

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:18 PM
Injury :sobbing:
he won the gold medal 2002 right?

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:18 PM
he really is, i don't know much of figure skating but he is on top for ages no?
Was :sad:
Now you'll love my Bri :p

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:19 PM
he won the gold medal 2002 right?
Of course :D

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:20 PM
Was :sad:
Now you'll love my Bri :p
me!?

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:20 PM
Yagudin is a ledge :yeah:
:worship:

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:20 PM
:hug: i'm sorry , i know i don't know him - but i heard of rumours he and his coach were pretty mean to others - but these might be only rumours :shrug:
mishin was yagudin't coach too..but he said he thinks evgeni is more talented and alexei decided to leave for usa!and alexei accused ilia kulik of betraing his country when he went to train in usa:rolleyes:!
ps:i liked alexei,it's not that..but corina said she can't stand plushy:p

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:20 PM
me!?
You!

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:21 PM
Yagu's performance at SLC :inlove: so :tape: when it comes to it ;)
i didn't say anything abt yagudin's performances damn it!

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:21 PM
mishin was yagudin't coach too..but he said he thinks evgeni is more talented and alexei decided to leave for usa!and alexei accused ilia kulik of betraing his country when he went to train in usa:rolleyes:!
ps:i liked alexei,it's not that..but corina said she can't stand plushy:p
:lol: just my inconsiderably attitude - it wasn't meant that harsh

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:22 PM
You!
nah, i'm not much into figure skating

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:22 PM
mishin was yagudin't coach too..but he said he thinks evgeni is more talented and alexei decided to leave for usa!and alexei accused ilia kulik of betraing his country when he went to train in usa:rolleyes:!
ps:i liked alexei,it's not that..but corina said she can't stand plushy:p
Such an idiot Mishin :rolleyes:

Mara_M
02-10-2006, 08:22 PM
lol i think hes a great skater
wich one?yagu or plushy?

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:22 PM
nah, i'm not much into figure skating
You'll be ;) :p

Sandra
02-10-2006, 08:23 PM
wich one?yagu or plushy?
Yagu thaaaaaaaaa :p

Corinna
02-10-2006, 08:23 PM
You'll be ;) :p
:p i don't really think so...let's see