After watching the top 3 pairs medalists, I couldn't help but come away with thinking about what a relatively sloppy discipline pairs seems to be. A ton of acrobatics but at the expense of finesse and story telling. There are no teams like Gordeeva/Grinkov, Mishkut/Dimitriev, Sale/Peletier. Just... I don't know... jammed packed with elements.
Being one of the younguns here,this is my perspective. one weekend, i looked up some the older teams G/G, dimitriev and his ladies, etc. I ruined myself for pairs altogether. I cant enjoy most of these teams now that I have seen what the best used to be like.
I haven't read the whole thread, but I have to say, it sucks for Canada! Three teams in the top 10 yet still only 2 teams get to go to Olys next year.
As far as S/S still are able to make interesting programs, I could not really care less who wins bronze and silver. K/S, Z/Z, P/T... The performances I will forget tomorrow. Sorry, I already forgot.
Give me lovely, synchronized SBS that goes with the music so well as this:
You know what, give me T/M any time! I was not the biggest fan, but now I truly miss them. Everything was so smooth and precise... With a lovely flow.
I just rewatched Savchenko/Solkowy's free skate, and i really do think this one is quite beautiful, easily the best pairs program I can remember going back to B/S or S/Z at the end of the 6.0 era. But yeah, programs like this are a rarity these days.
I think pairs has went backwards. If more pairs would focus on being clean they would score higher.
I think I watched most of this event, I really can't remember. None of the pairs stood out to me except the beautiful Canadian team, whom reminded me of G&G in terms of looks & style (also I recall the girl got her face slashed by her partner accidentally in a live skating event quite a few yrs. ago, thus kudos for her for coming back!). The other pair that didn't bore me was the team that won from Germany ~ cheers ~ love the ending throw jump! Hmm, one other pair stood out to me, but in a peculiar way, it was a Russian or Ukranian Team? wherein the *man* was built like a lumber jack, huge & manly compared to the waif that skated with him. Lol, and I recall Scotty saying in reply to Sandra "well, one does tend to lose finesse with all that power" or something to that effect. ROTFLMAO.:chorus:
Oops, I also recall that I cut out half way through the second American pairs team, and was disappointed when I did so because when I came back they got a rousing USA standing ovation ~ good for them!
The US new team, Candy and Denny are the fastest Pairs I've seen come out of the USFS. They are good but they need more acrobatic tricks and a purposeful style.
I hope McL Bru know what to do for next season. They can't be making dumb mistakes during the big comps.