> I was watching some of the short programs from '95 Worlds and it struck me
> that if Scott had actually done the triple axel-triple toe combination, he
> could have won that round, considering that his footwork sections were much
> faster than Todd's and Elvis's, not to mention his spins which were not at
> their best.
If I remember right, Scott's marks in short programs of the past have
always been excellent, even when he was relatively unknown
internationally. People say that spins don't count for much with the
judges, but I think with Scott you can say there's an exception.
The only time I've ever seen Scott land the triple axel-triple toe
combination was during a practice session at the Broadmoor Arena, when
commentator Sandra Bezic was on hand to do a Worlds preview. Anyone else
remember this? She made a sly suggestion that he do the triple-triple
during his short program run-through for the camera, and he did it!
> Perhaps if we didn't *know* that he's got the jumps and just doesn't
> complete enough of them when it counts, it would be less frustrating that he
> doesn't bring home medals and we could just enjoy what he does do well?
There's the rub, though! We *do* know. So many of us remember skaters who
"used to have" jumps. And it's just hard to forget past expectations. You can
talk about Browning's quad toe loop, or Manley's triple lutz, or Wylie's
triple axel, or Witt's triple salchow.
> And please, someone tie that man down and force him to do camel spins. I'm
> sure he could do them well if only he would.
Scott seems to have a terrible time finishing his spins well. This is
where Todd Eldredge really seems to have made up ground in the spin
department, and Todd's camels are strong. What bothers me about Scott
is that he tends to just build up huge speed and then grind to a halt,
without attempting much of an exit. Seems like a camel spin would be
especially glaring, if done in this way.