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    Who has the best death spiral among current top pairs?


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    We debated how ugly death spirals can be when current top pairs try to do more difficult type to jack up points under CoP. I have collected some youtube clips so you guys can comment who has the best death spiral! I am not familiar with the technical details of different death spirals, so I classified death spirals into two categories: 'easy'(or more 'beautiful one') and 'ugly' one. Before this year, two death spirals were required in the long program, so it's quite a fun to compare the 'easy' one with the 'ugly' one.

    Here's my collection, I marked each 'death spiral' in the program.

    Pang & Tong, 2006 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2dur1z2ru0

    1:50 (ugly)
    3:15 (easy)

    I&B 2006 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C-yTq9pLzg
    1:50 (easy)
    3:35 (ugly)

    Petrova and Tikhonov 2006 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMDDefnahwY

    4:00 (easy)
    5:15 (ugly)

    Zhang/Zhang 2004 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXT3zGKoJi4

    2:55 (ugly)
    3:30 (easy)

    O/S 2005 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvontQSgz7g

    2:15 (ugly)
    4:40 (ugly)


    Shen/Zhao 2004 GPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHQRfNDX3kI

    2:00 (ugly)
    3:00 (easy? forward)

    2003 worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hbaclG6B1c
    2:40 (easy)

    2006 GPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py2cbRtvLpo
    1:50 (ugly)


    TT/MM 2006 Olys
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zytM0JVXNY

    3:40 (ugly)
    4:50 (easy)

    M&B 2006 Olys
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JazJLIrpf6A
    0:00 (easy?)
    3:20 (easy?)


    S&S 2006 GPF
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBRKR8y9GPs
    4:14 (ugly)



    Based on these video clips, it seems to me Pang &Tong can do a very decent 'easy' death spiral, shen&zhao, M&B and zhang&zhang are also not bad at doing 'easy' death spiral. My standard is that their body position is quite low and speed is good.

    I&B seem to have the ugliest 'death spiral' even doing an 'easy' one, position is high and there is no speed at the end. TT&MM's death spiral is also not up to their world-class standard.

    When top pairs do the 'difficult' death spirals, every pair seems to be quite ugly!!


    Your opinions?

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    This isn't really answering your q, but one pair in the US Nationals did a d.s. that made me gasp - totally gorgeous - and I think it was N&L. It definitely wasn't I&B. Does anyone remember such a moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spun Silver View Post
    This isn't really answering your q, but one pair in the US Nationals did a d.s. that made me gasp - totally gorgeous - and I think it was N&L. It definitely wasn't I&B. Does anyone remember such a moment?
    Inoue and Baldwin LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_b1U_1Mj5A

    Vise and Trent LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq7vB18l1QU

    Nam and Leftheris
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a91NbwV9nzQ

    Watch yourself! N&L does improve a lot in a lot of pair elements such as d.s. and 3twist. I remember they had a very sloppy d.s. last year.
    Last edited by iloveaxel; 01-29-2007 at 10:08 PM.

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    Yup, it was N&L. So elegant! I'm not sure what your criteria for "easy" and "ugly" are but I certainly couldn't call this one ugly.

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    I love this pair, but their death spiral was horrid (in this instance) and it made me dizzy! (she kept bouncing up and down!)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMoZhsrnVrs

    Good one...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dwJk8Jjn3A

    it's one of those with an awkward ending, but theirs don't look awkward. a lot of pairs that year (it was the required d/s that year) had this abrupt stop at the end of the d/s
    Last edited by blue dog; 01-30-2007 at 12:29 AM.

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