It's not just home bias, it's simply outrageous!!!
I've seen some ridiculous judging in figure skating, but this is as bad as it gets. I always thought the Italians were a very average copule, but now the are even worse. They are not in the same league as the other top couples. With a lot of good will, I might place them 5th or 6th, but first??? I wish I were in Turin, because I really feel like spitting in the judges' faces, and throwing rotten eggs at them. I saw all the cds, and I can tell you Drobiazko&Vanagas were among the best, if not the best. British Eurosport commentator seemed to agree with me. That they should only be 8th, with quite a gap from the top couples, I find incredible. It's just outrageous!!!
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Well, my comment is ---Did you see the thread on why should I watch the ladies and dance? I started by predicting that my favorites B&A and C&S would be dumped. And B&A are in 6th and &C&S 13th. I will collect my bets soon.
Actually Barbara (Barbie?) doesn't look like she's dragging a sack of cement. She looks like she's dragging a gorgeously dressed supersized Ken doll. This dance should be a good one for them as the lady does most of the work-all the twizzles and tricky steps. He just has to 'partner'.
Politicks rides again. But I hope the home crowd is enjoying this...
Piel, you've got me still rolling on the floor with your ladies picks.
this olympic games is turning into a farce -
zhang's reskate & high marks
matt's low scores
and the Italian Dance Team ????
I'm ready to turn off the television...or better
yet, become a golf afficionado.
This is pathetic
To be fair, C&S did fall, which is why they are placed soooo low. But ITA about F-P/ M. They've only ever been an average team. Even in this dance you could see that her extension was markedly better than his, and I found they were even just slightly out of synch on said extensions once or twice. This is politicking at it's worst.
Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI
CBC only showed brief highlights, but Martini seemed impressed with FP&M. For the little bit they showed, I noticed FP&M bump legs once. This is just depressing.
FP&M did not perform the dance well. He did not match with her leg extensions. I wasn't impressed with Belbin and Agosto either. The best team I thought were Denkova and Stavinski, as well as G& G.Navka and Kos. had timing issues...very obvious timing flaws.
Melissa Gregory is wearing parts of Camille on her arms. Somebody call PETA!
In my heart, I'm actually Canadian....
Absolutely ridicolous. I find it impossible to imagine F-P/M winning the compolsury ANY year, but now that they have a system which is supposed to be more precise about technique and precision, plus having not skated internationally in 4 years???? I'm not surprised at all about Belbin/Agosto being dropped down to 6th. I've been watching Dance for 25 years and due to previous results, I am not conditioned to believe for one minute that a US team is going to win medals (I'm still recovering from that silver last season because it was such a shock) -- tho I do believe that will change in '10. In theory, anyway. After these results I'm really not sure. I am thrilled about Dubreil/Lauzon, tho; if they're 4th now, given that technique has been their weak point in the past, they should be able to move up, tho there's a lot of talent above and behind them.
What burns me up, tho, is the Drobiazko/Vanagas thing. This team, IMHO, is #1 when it comes to technique and precision, and COP should be right up their alley (I think the Euros results showed that). But here we are back to 8th again.
Well, we'll see how this evolves. At the very least, it's going to be very interesting, as I thought.
Lauzon should get a special medal for being the most comfortable and elegant man in tails! (Much as I love Agosto, he just can't pull it off like that!)
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
Well, all I can say is that the after see this huge shock that FP/M are in 1st that after this phase of the competition................The gold medal is up in the air
All I can say is who knew that at the Olympics in 2006 the most interesting discipline would be dance?
I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories . . . But in this case, I wonder if Cinquanta bribed or threatened the judges to make them put F-P/M in first place. Otherwise I don't understand how they could have been placed so high. I watched their dance twice and was not impressed. Their extension and overall line didn't match up to the other top teams. And their footwork seemed okay but not outstanding. I agree with Tracy Wilson that Barbara is a good performer and did a fine job of "selling" the program. However, that isn't enough to merit first place IMO.
Personally, I would have put the Bulgarians in first. I thought they were brilliant tonight. After their subpar season, I had all but written them off, so it was nice to see them come back and skate great.
People lets not start a riot here! The top 8 are all virtually tied, all are still in contention for a medal! Now in the Original dance we will get to see how F-p/M fair with the side by side twizles I can't see a way how they could remain at the top spot after the OD, anyways I'm they would still get the medal... home counrty hoobla!
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
Tanith Belbin did not look happy after the compulsory round
In my heart, I'm actually Canadian....
[QUOTE=eyria I agree with Tracy Wilson that Barbara is a good performer and did a fine job of "selling" the program. However, that isn't enough to merit first place IMO.
I agree with you but would like to embellish on that. As far as I am concerned, the compolsury dance is not a PROGRAM. It is a SET COMPULSURY DANCE MEANT TO BE PERFORMED IN A CERTAIN FASHION WITH CERTAIN STANDARDS OF TECHNIQUE. (Sorry, eyria, I'm actually not yelling at YOU -- tho it might look like it -- but since you brought this point up tho I've gone into rant mode again... ). Much like the compulsury figures were. (Yeah, granted those were judged oh so accurately as well....) The "selling it" factor should be the difference between say 2nd or 3rd if all technique is equal, at least at this stage in the game. I can see it being more of a factor in the OD or FD when things are a little more subjective. Maybe they should have them skate the CD with bags over their heads so the judges might actually look at WHAT THE FEET ARE DOING. Because it is apparent to me that they certainly weren't doing that here.
Ptichka -- what DOESN'T Patrice Lauzon look fantastic in?? Give Ben some time, tho; I think in a few more years he'll have that same thing going completely on -- he just isn't quite ripe yet....