Can he be stopped? That is the question all the top men in figure skating have got to be asking themselves as they head towards the World Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.
His resume this season looks awfully good. Wins at Skate America and NHK Trophy. A very close second place at the Grand Prix Final, but then he started posting big numbers at both the Japanese National Championships and now the Four Continents Cup. You have to think that he is the favorite for a win at Worlds and I don't know that he can be stopped. Who would stop him. Lambiel did defeat him at the grand Prix Final...but then Lambiel doesn't even have a consistent triple axle right now! Lysacek...would need to hit everything in his program and then some. Joubert...is lucky he can skate right now! Weir...not enough technical content in the back-half of his program. Verner....hmmmm? Verner was very close to him at NHK and did beat both Lambiel and Joubert at Europeans so on paper maybe he has the best shot? Maybe not?
Whatever the outcome, the Takahashi star has arrived and it shines bright!