When Xue realized they had won the gold medal, I thought Tara Lipiniski was back. That is the first time I saw Xue react the way she did. It was terrific. I am so happy for Shen & Zhao but wished their music had been better. I love them!!!
Fantastic night of skating last night!
I think everything for the most part was fair. P/T were phenomenal, which I was so happy about. They are undoubtedly one of the most talented pairs in the world and for so long haven't gotten the recognition they deserve. I was kinda sad that S/Z couldn't lay down a program reminiscent of the 2004 GPF LP or another one of their legendary programs, but it definitely was solid. The showed passion, well executed jumps, and while the lift may have broken the mood of the program, it really wasn't -that- big of a bobble.
D/D really impressed me. While they weren't "on" technically, you really felt something watching that program and they fought hard. The last combination spin gained speed throughout and you could tell they were giving 110%.
Definitely happy about the podium! :D
I feel P/T deserved the Gold. Their SP was clean, and on per with the Russian around 73-74 range. I don't know what their -1 deduction is for? Do they go over time limit or something?? I think they could have win by a very tiny margin, if they SP was marked a little better.
S/Z skated enough to win the Gold point wise, but their LP was slower than usual and very cautious, same goes with the S/S, but at least they stay on their feet.
Overall we got one repeat of 2007 world podium! Could this be the same for men and ladies event??
Yes, P/T went over the time limit in the SP and got a -1 deduction. I think it could have gone either way with P/T and S/Z really, and I guess I could have accepted it either way, but just with their story, I was happy it was S/Z.
Watching K/S and V/M was kinda rough though. Both pairs just feel so mismatched. I mean, I was watching with some of my friends who know hardly anything about skating and even they commented about how with V/M it was so obvious that she was far superior to him. And with K/S, stylistically they just have never made much sense to me; his artistry seems slight more refined, she's kinda all over the place, and just the different way they portray their artistry makes their programs seem disjointed and very non-unified.
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surprise they one--no- congrats to all.
only thing say-blocking still there why-all year stated would win-overlook some mistakes possible-favor probably. but teams didn't skate well. so who knows.
now we as public wont be able to say biased against chinese in olympics why won gold-politics as usual.
I thought the results were right: S/Z several pts ahead after the short, P/T ahead in the LP. S/Z come out golden and P/T close but silver. I enjoyed P/T's inerpretation of the LP and feel that their artistry has come a long way. I don't agree with the poster who found it robotic. Props have to be given to whoever chose that music for them because the music was part of why it was so enjoyable, IMO.
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The problem is not so much that Yuko Kavaguti is 28, but that she has so many physical problems. Her joints are hyperflexible, which means she suffers from frequent shoulder dislocations. In fact, her left shoulder became dislocated during the FS and she had to push it back into place. Her costume was designed to allow her to do this, which is why you saw her "ripping" her costume to "show her heart".
Oh, please.. The baring of the heart was to accommodate her shoulder problem ? let's not be ridiculous..why aren't her other costumes designed the same way ?
Look , this woman has lovely lines , and has many qualities to be admired. Certainly , no-one would fault her determination. Clearly this is something that happens to her all the time, and she absolutely has my admiration for popping the shoulder back into place and continuing.But the costume bit is obviously a choreographed and calculated attempt to move the audience. I'm just saying it's too obvious for me.
I was thrilled to see the Chinese teams going 1 & 2. Pang & Tong were exquisite. That program for me will be as memorable as any of the best Gordeeva & Grinkov programs. The choreography was beautiful & so were they.
I'm so extremely glad for Shen and Zhao! I knew nothing about them before this season because they had already retired when I took interest in the sport. The first time I saw them was at Skate America 2009- they just had me at hello! The more I got to know them, following them at current events and also looking up their previous career high-points, the more I fell in love with their style and their story. I must be a hopeless romantic, but for half a season all I kept thinking was that I wish these two would get their faery-tale ending... I didn't go to sleep last night, as the FS started at 3 AM where I am and concluded just past 7 AM. I was exhausted all day, but the joy of seeing a modern-day love story on ice reach its golden conclusion was more than worth it!
Oh that Dick Button!
He was going on about how much catchfoot K&S had (which is why he didn't really care for them). And thanks to him....I noticed that Yuko does do the catchfoot thing way too much.
But real excited for S/Z and P/T. I think S/Z wasn't perfect of course, but I feel their artistry really made up for those slight bobbles. I love the S/S Out of Africa program, but yeah, just couldn't get it together last night.
Also excited for a top 10 finish from E/L! How about the +2 GOE lift?!! And I B/D had a nice comeback. They talked on the figure skating review show this morning about how they want to do well enough in World's get a third team for 2011! That would be pretty awesome.