Skate America: The Spoiler for Bronze

As expected, Daisuke Takahashi won Skate America. His LP wasn’t perfect but it was enough to beat Nobunari Oda who seems to need to services of the Count from Sesame Street. One of my friends has long expressed a wish to give him a calculator. Oda did an extra combination that was not counted towards his score. His overall score was 1 point below Daisuke’s.

Daisuke has now guaranteed himself a spot in the finals while Oda should probably have a spot as well with two silver medals and 26 out of 30 possible points. (If he doesn’t, I will have more the reason to hate P-stupid-Chan because Oda should’ve won Skate Canada.)

Although many of us expected Adam Rippon to do well and get the bronze, he was a bit of a hot mess in the long and was 7th for that segment.

The person who stole the bronze was his teammate, Armin Mahbanoozadeh, who has perhaps the most amusing last name in history. Just say it really fast out loud. I assure you it’s fun. I must say, I don’t really know what I should think of this guy. Although this is neither here or there, I have to say that he’s pretty cute although his face, limbs and technique horrifyingly remind me of Evan Lysacek sometimes.

Like Lysacek, he has thin ankles and long arms and legs. Unlike Lysacek, he takes advantage of them some of the time and forms lovely sweeping lines that go on forever. Like Lysacek, he seems to have the unfortunate penchant for windmill arms. Unlike Lysacek, it’s not the only thing his upper body does and he does not grope his hair or body as Lysacek does. Unlike Lysacek, he does have a few interesting tricks in his bag like that spread eagle into a triple lutz (I wish his spread eagles had a little more flow and that he would hold the edges for just a little longer) and that interesting bent leg spin. Speaking of spins, he, unlike Lysacek has more variety with his spins. He is not limited to a camel, sit spin, pancake or shotgun combination spin. Also unlike Lysacek, he has a degree of musicality that allows him to skate to non-dramatic music. So in the end, I’m not sure what to make of this guy. I sort of want to bring him to a coach that will work on his edges and Shae Lynn Bourne for intricate and gorgeous choreography that would take advantage of his lines and get rid of all his random Lysacek-esque epileptic arm waving. Thoughts?


Gold: Daisuke Takahashi (guaranteed a spot in the final)
Silver: Nobunari Oda
Bronze: Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Freeskate results here.

~The Rinkside Cafe


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ay-sa
    Nov 15, 2010 @ 01:39:49

    I approve of Armin Mahbanoozadeh–at 19 he shows more musicality in his skating than Evan Lyscacek has in his entire career. About his arm-waving….I don’t think Armin’s arm movements are anywhere near as epileptic as Lysacek’s (at the very least, they look more purposeful to me).

    Plus, Armin does not abuse the tanning bed. He comes by his glow honestly.


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