Ice Dancing and Johnny Fan
So what do you think ESPN will show tomorrow?
Two and half hours tomorrow(with NBC scheduling Boitano's show against it!). Four gold-winning skates. One ice dancing accident. One silver medalist who made himself memorable in the free skate. One Ladies silver medalist who landed a triple axel. One American lady who fell from second to fourth. One pair of silver medalists who locked themselves in for the Grand Prix Finale. Two would-be medalists that melted down. Two hometown skaters that managed to win a bronze against the odds. One hometown skater who finished just off the podium. One Russian pair that won the bronze and caused tongues to click by skating to "Love Story."
And a bunch of other competitors to that would be much less likely to be shown in the broadcast. There may not even be room for all of the above! Squeak in some other ladies and ice dancers perhaps if there is.
Who do you think makes it and who do you think doesn't?
I usually feel that American TV tends to treat the Pairs and Dance disciplines as the unwanted step-siblings of the "Real" figure-skating: Ladies and Men's!!
Their coverage of SA (and that event even featured the top American ice-dance team!) made that abundantly clear. I wouldn't expect it to be any different in their SC broadcast.
I'm fairly confident Savchenko/Szolkowy will be shown - there is a picture of them being interviewed by ESPN on their website.
but I agree with you maggylyn - pairs and dance get no respect. :(
What can ESPN put in 2-1/2 hours?
Dance: Definitely a talk on G/P's accident. ok, that's to be expected. But will they show the 2 newbies to Grand Prix: C and L and also C and J? Of course they wouldn't dare leave out V and M. Would they?
Pairs: Just the winners: S and S. Too bad, not that they shouldn't but because D and D are so up and coming and should be seen. btw, Steurer has a great team here.
Ladies: Mao looked good but it's early and she will look better in Paris.They should show Nakano's 3A and a pretty good skate if you get used to the wrap arounds. They should not leave out Joannie's return to the podium. Sad about Hughes. I do wish to see Ashley's mad jumping spree again.
Men: Well his nibs, Brian was not at his best in either SP or LP but he did look like he improved as a musical skater, but then he lost the tricks. VDP in that funny pair of long johns skated so carefully, if he missed anything it would look gruesome, but he didn't. Buttle, if they show him, has to snap out of it. They probably wont show Mabee and my new 'star' Chippeur who looked like he left his hockey game to do 4 minutes of free style.
All of the above is my training in writing a critique and not a judge.
Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport
I sure hope they show the competition.
So, what did they end up broadcasting?
Ice Dancing and Johnny Fan
The top five ladies after the short plus Ashley Wagner, the top five men, S&S, and K&S. I'm fairly certain they would have included D&D and V&M if the basketball game right before hadn't gone over! Both were included in the start and closing montages. As it was, they didn't even mention the ice dancing competition!
All Hail Queen Yu-Na!!!!!!
Where were their heads? How can they leave out Dube and Davison; and Virtud and Moir? or was I distracted? I didn't see Ashley either.
What I did see, is always interesting from a perspective point of view. The LIVE arena perfomance is so different than the proscenium effect of the TV performance.
I'll try defying gravity, you can't pull me down
i caught part of ESPN's coverage and i can not believe that mao's coach is so adamant on his opinion that the new rule on flutzing is unfair. i think that it is fair, especially to skaters like joannie who fixed her lutz with hard work.
Oh I know! And Miki over the summer fixed her lip! In fact when you think about it (although Meissner lips and a lip is actually harder I hear than a real flip)
Originally Posted by zephyrskates
Meissner, Yu-na, Miki, a Joannie all of real lutzes. And well their real lutz is harder than what Mao's doing.
Nobody changed the rules on Mao. The rules always said that the lutz was suppose to take off on the outside edge. It's just now the ISU got tired of skaters like Mao getting away with their bad technique and so they are enforcing the rule.
They should be glad that Mao was able to get away with it for this long.
of course, not having cable coverage I elected to watch bits and pieces of NBC's skating special (in HD!!)...anyone know the format of what ESPN actually televised? Sounds like they had to cut off the beginning because of the basketball game going over.
Would somebody please upload espn coverage of Skate Canada? I'd love to see Mao and Joannie. Thanks a bunch.
V&M not shown
Since V&M Ice dance wasn't shown, anyone have a link to it?