Monday, February 28, 2011
This and That
Johnny Weir uploaded a triple axel and a snippet of his supposed short program. If it feels a little 2008-2009 for you, it is because Johnny is getting in touch with his subconscious desire to be a third-rate Russian lady. This music is Masha Butyrskaya's 2002 abomination to Tales of Wandering (aka Tales of a Journey) and he keeps all of those clanging bells. I do believe the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. That said, I always have a soft spot for serious Johnny channeling his inner Russian diva.
Universal Sports interviewed our girl Nastia Liukin. They asked her nothing of interest, which allowed her to give her standard answers. "It is great being back in the gym after a year and half off. We will have to see where it takes me." Um, if you're going to interview a Nastia or a Kwan, you need to be creative if you're going to get anything interesting out of them. An interesting interview will result in more hits for your website too... I'd have asked her, "Nastia, tell us about the reports of you training a layout jaegar from el grip in your bar routine. Might you consider a new bar dismount?" 'What is the biggest struggle about being disciplined after living freely since Beijing?' Will we get to see you and your dad argue in Russian again? Can we beg NBC to give us subtitles?
By giving us the status quo, the interviewer is boring both the athlete and the viewer/reader. I like that Ms. Liukin will be present at the American Cup to see Mustafina and get even more motivated to work her ass off the the gym.
Beth Tweddle is a beast on bars. Here she is at a competition warming up for Europeans.
Michael Solonoski is getting in touch with his inner diva on Holiday On Ice. My boy is still rocking pleather and sticking his ass out, but they are allowing him to drape flaming red fabric behind him like a gay from hell and have him showing off his bod like never before. The serious student tended to be a bit reserved in competition, but his show persona is coming out. Note how he steals all of the attention from the girl he is skating with and sets the women's lib movement back a good fifteen years. Sadly, the DVD of Holiday On Ice doesn't give enough airtime to his RuPaul's Drag race Eyebrows...inspired by Tasha Schwikert.
Tatiana Nabieva won bars and vault at Russian Nationals. Viktoria Komova is still in the early stages of returning from injury and suffered falls on bars and beam in event finals. She did whip out her back handspring+layout stepout+arabian on beam, but we likely won't be seeing it at the big meets unless she becomes miraculously consistent with it. Anna Dementyeva won beam and was second on floor.