Just compare Grishuk & Platov's Libertango with Albena & Maxim', the gap is day and night.
Though I do believe that they could very well win the OD over V/M and B/A this year- if they skate well. The judges really, reallly like their OD- rightfully so.
GPF is going to be an extremely interesting competition this year if all teams show up healthy. Then we'll really see if D/W's scores hold up under head to head competition- I somehow don't think they will.
Congrats to Meryl and Charlie. I am so pleased for them.
Their marks today are in line with the marks from Rostelecom Cup. This is the third competition with similar scores so it isn't a flash in the pan!
I enjoy their POTO. The performance is over in a flash, while some of the dances tonight seemed to drag on forever.
Also congrats to the Kerrs. They are a joy to watch and it is nice they are being rewarded by the judges this year.
D/W are fabulous. They just keep getting those gold medals around their necks, don't they? Three different ISU judging panels have all been right in line with each other, they are definitely getting the scores this season. And they deserve it.
I have loved this team for a while now and I'm just so pleased things are paying off for them, as Charlie said.
Love that the Japanese audience appreciated them, I know it must have been such fun to skate to that applause! Congrats to the Kerrs, too, they obviously have a great fan base here.
I have loved D/W's FD since the beginning, I loved it very much here..such a passionate performance.
I am not the most objective person when it comes to K&K and when they are "on" I've always thought they had pretty decent skating skills. I expect them to pick up +GOE points in the second mark; if they skate their FD well I expect their PCS marks to be a little bit higher. I realize that at NHK they weren't completely "on." However, I've read posts in which people have said that Sinead and John's skating skills/technique are as good as they could be.
I need to try and watch their programs paying attention to only the quality of their skating and required elements.
I'm trying not to put too much thought into it though because all the different scenarios as to why which team is getting which marks is starting to make my head spin. It's possible the judges have promoted D&W to top NA team but OTOH it's possible that the judges are judging the winning dance teams against the field those skaters are competing against (as I believe they tend to do). And there are probably many scenarios in between.
I agree that the OD is/will be D&W's biggest strength once they begin to face the rest of the top teams. I do think they could beat V&M and B&A in this portion but IMHO unless the other two teams make huge mistakes or have shaky tentative performances I would still give V&M and B&A the nod in the CD and FD.
I think even with the OD people are reacting to what they might feel is a more interesting choice of program especially since many teams went with the tried and true folk and country dances.
However the judges are supposed to judge each team on how well that team interprets the rhythm they did chose, the difficulty in those programs and how well the content was performed. Of course once again trying to second guess the judges is tricky as they could react positively as the fans have to D&W having chosen something different from what the majority of the teams in the top teams are skating to.
Wow, controversy in an ice dance thread! Perish the thought! Yes, D/Ws marks are very high, but against teams arguably not quite on their level. K/K are very entertaining and always crowd-favourites , but there are clear weaknesses to their skating such as partnering or twizzles. And the judges for whatever reason just don't see them as a top team yet.
What does seem clear is that D/Ws OD in particular is really a hit. And why not? It's great. I personally would HATE if they suddenly started winning against the big guns with this dreadful, dreadful Phanton FD. Don't get me wrong, they skate it as well as can be skated, but the material they were given is just absolutely unworthy of a team of their caliber IMO. And they had two of my favourite FDs with Eleanor Rigby and Samson and Delilah...it figures that they would finally start winning stuff with one I hate. Sigh.
I didn't mean to imply that K&K should have beaten D&W in the FD. I do think that there are some areas in Sinead and John's skating in which they should be picking up a few extra points in "if" they skate well.
katha, I agree with your opinion regarding D&W's FD. As much as I'm rooting more for DelShoes, V&M and B&A, I wouldn't bat an eye if D&W had another FD on the same level as Eleanor Rigby or Samsom & Delilah and they beat those teams. It was due to those two programs that I began to see what others did in this team.
Everytime I watch W&P's POTO I can't help but think that was the program I expected D&W to have after what they've skated to the last two seasons.