Saturday, October 2, 2010
This and That
Shawn Johnson is making progress in her training. She looks to be on pace for next summer.
Joshua Farris won the JGP UK.
Adam Rippon dominated the Japan Open with the best performance of his career. He defeated Daisuke Takahasahi (who landed a quad), Evgeny Plushenko, Michal Brezina, Takahiko Kozuka and Jeff Buttle. Given how PCS and GOE tend to be reputation based, this should help him during the Grand Prix series. He is on track to make a major move up the rankings this year. Get ready for every Japanese fan on youtube to claim his jumps are cheated and they'll talk about his crossovers. I personally can't wait for the slow motion videos. Orser and Wilson look like they are addressing (or at least masking) his back pumping and his choreography and unique positions are lovely. This is a wonderful program for him.
The FIG is launching a disciplinary procedure for the Hong Su Jong age falsification scandal. It appears that Hong Un Jong and Hong Su Jong are twins, which makes Hong Su Jong ineligible for the 2003 Worlds and 2004 Olympic Games. North Korea was previously barred from the 1993 Worlds as a result of Kim Guang Suk's multiple birthdates.
Interviews with the Chinese World teams have been posted.