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    Who has the best death spiral among current top pairs?

    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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