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Posted March 3, 2011
Disagree with the authors POV and now the book is outdated
The author Senft takes the view that Lysaceks win without a quad was perfectly acceptable and right. It was not right and the book came out too early to include discussion of the changes the ISU made to mens skating to encourage quads and discourage regressing on jumps to focus on steps or relying on a post halfway point bonus rather than try quads. The removed a step sequence from the short program and made one of the two in the free skate have only a level one bace value to be judged soley on GOE. They raised the values of quads, reduced the value of some triples, reduced how much GOE you can on triples. Mostly everything that would lead to Lysacek beating Plushenko was changed. So because of these things the book is really already outdated. So you have the outdated factor and the objectionable view of the author that quadless Lysacek was a good winner over Plushenko who did two quad/triple combinations and all the other requirements. The Olympic champions in 1998, 2002, and 2006 all did quads or multiple quads. Senft defense of quadlessness as "great streategy" is just sad. What would be next no triple axels? No triple Lutz's" Just get rid of jumps? No this book is disturbing to this fan of the sport of figure skating.
Can't argue with the quality of the pictures though. Very impressive.
But I would not suggest this book to anyone. Its POV is just disturbing to me and the book is outdated.
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