Pairs Event Wrap-Up: Your thoughts on the podium!
Well, what did you think? Did the judges get it right? What did you agree with/disagree with? Post away!
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I'm so happy that Shen & Zhao won and Pang & Tong got silver!!!!!!!!! I would have been so upset if Kavaguti & Smirnov had won or even medalled with that performance.. I was afraid that was going to happen, because they're Russian and all, but I'm so impressed that the judges didn't hold them up. Pang & Tong were SO WONDERFUL, but Shen & Zhao have better PCS, IMO, and they were my emotional favourites as well!!! I'm also happy for the Germans although they were def. not at their best. I wish the Canadian teams had skated better. For the record, I think Sale & Pelletier's version of Love Story was MUCH better than Mukhortova & Trankov's.
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
It came out right and quite in the Olympic vein with the surprises like P/T rising above themselves and K/S having such an abysmal skate.
S/Z and S/S were clearly the top two teams based on long records, and both skated reasonably close to their own levels.
P/T had the skate of their lives and their ovation will go down in Chinese skating history (at least). They won the FP but not the whole competition. It would have felt terribly wrong if they sailed away with the OGM based on one fabulous skate.
That said, if anyone but S/Z had won over P/T with the mistakes in their FP, the skating world would rise up in indignation. But it was S/Z, and most of us are thrilled! I wish we could all party together!
For tonight I'm a fan of the judging system. We'll see how long that lasts!
The event was very well judged and there's nothing to say about the podium. I'm obviously a little sad for S/S, but I saw it coming.
If there was at least one thing teh judges got right in this pairs competition, then it's the podium.
Hope this continues throughout the figure skating event.
Whatever, whoever, whichever, whyever (), however the scoring turned out, at least they got the podium right.. or rather, if they had some other team on that podium, it would've been major wtfruzrobbed moment in the history of the sport..
she takes the audience on her journey of emotions
For me it was wonderful!!! Pang and Tong had the skate of the lives to rise from 4th to the silver and they looked understandably thrilled. S/Z's mistakes were not so terrible that they should have lost the whole competition to the 4th place SP finishers - at least from my humble perspective as a fan watching on TV. I'm sure others will have more interesting and details things to say about how the scoring played out.
Now if S/S had outskated S/Z tonight ... that would have been a different story. But they didn't and I can understand Aliona's tears of disappointment or bittersweetness or what not. That was a little sad but congratulations to them on the bronze and for their absolutely terrific SP. It's one of my faves!
And congrats to the Chinese for going 1-2. And I love you S/Z!!!!!!!
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Shen & Zhao: we finally get the happy ending we've been waiting for. While they weren't perfect (I got worried during that lift), there was only one pair I felt worthy of the title and it's them. Where are they ranked all time? As I stated on the LP thread, they're up there amoung the top 3 or 5 All Time best pairs. Now they can live happily ever after and have a little Xue or Hongbo.
Pang & Tong: I remember 4 years ago when I said they were robbed of a medal. However after they won Worlds in Calgary, they still weren't given any respect. Tonite, vindication! What was turning into a splatfest from everyone else turned into the SOTL for them! While there might be a small handful who think they were robbed of gold, I don't think so. The silver was well earned and I couldn't be more proud of them.
Savchenko & Szolkowy: I was hoping they would skate clean because I really do love their "Out Of Africa" LP. But once Robin fell, I knew the gold was gone. But they fought back to make sure Yuko & Sasha take their silver or bronze away from them. It's a beautiful program despite being flawed and should be proud of all the work they have done in the past couple of years. I do hope they'll compete one more time in Torino for a 3rd straight Worlds title for redemption for tonight but we'll see as we get closer to Worlds. If this season is their last, they will be missed.
As for the rest of the competition, it was a splatfest! Everyone fell at least once. However, I was kinda jinxing Yuko or Sasha to fall. (I know I'm bad) I do hope Maria & Max stick for another cycle but it would be tough with Vera and Yuri in the mix in the next couple of years. I also think it's the end of the line for Dube & Davison. I do like them but it's just not working anymore. I am proud of the Americans, who despite knowing they have no chance at medaling, they just went out there and go for it. That's what the Olympics is all about... performing your personal best. I'm also impressed by the lesser known names in pairs such as Vera & Yuri, Vanessa & French Yannick, Anais & Antoine, and Nicole & Italian Yannick.
And judging wise... it was fair (with the exception of Dube & Davison's scores in the SP) and I applude them for doing their job. I hope this keeps it up for the Men's comp. tomorrow.
Finally... 2 thoughts: thank you NBC for keeping chatting to a min. because a lot of fans were able to enjoy the skating; and who would've thought Russia would be shut out in Pairs! If Shen & Zhao can beat the Russians, I wouldn't be surprised if it carries through in other skating events.
Just wondering about that too. This could be the thin edge of the wedge, or blowing the door open for the other skaters. The scoring system allows for whoever skate well to be marked accordingly (over scoring across the board not withstanding). But before this event, I was not able to believe that Russians would not be on the podium. It will be interesting to see what happens in Dance. Can the North Americans overthrow the Dance throne?
Originally Posted by ARipp42014
Go marry the quad if you love it so much
I want to know why Aliona cried. Did she cry because she was relieved this whole thing was over? That they won bronze? Or was she sad that they didn't win gold? I'd feel bad for her if she was depressed over not getting a higher placement.
I have not seen the skating yet, but I´m extremely happy for Shen & Zhao as they have been my favourite pair since fall 1998. I´m also very glad for Pang & Tong´s silver medal, great event for Chinese skaters! I like Kawaguchi & Smirnov and would have been happy if they had got the bronze.
The only sad that I have to say is I feel like Yuko was getting yelled at or made Moskvina really angry...which is sad. She really tried her best, and I bet she feels like it was her fault...=/
Vancouver 2010, 247.23, Bronze
First of all, congatulations to all the medalists!
I think, Shen & Zhao's win has made so many fans around the world happy. Like, finally!
If I have to choose between the two non-faves, I'd give the gold to Pang & Tong.
Of course I'm disappointed with how S & S and K & S have done. But who's to blame? In their case, certainly not the judges. I wonder if they stick around for another 4 yrs. Shen & Zhao should inspire them in that regard.
Fabulous!!! I was really hoping S/Z would be golden.
I'm sorry that S/S didn't skate better. You could tell they were disappointed. I thought their program was lacking a little in expression after some of the mistakes. P/T had an amazing skate. Thought the judging was mostly great and the top 3 teams were definitely right.
Dh and I were debating: how many times or since when has their been no Russian team on the podium? I said, "I guarantee they know at Golden Skate."
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Yes! Looking at her I felt bad but I thought about the over all big picture of that "team" and don't feel so bad. I will say they both had great composure after realizing they likely would not medal. I am not trying to say anything about coaching, she is a Icon coaching, however watching Tamara walk off as soon as the camera came gave me a terrible feeling.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
By the look on Jamie and David's face I would have to agree with you there. Regarding one of my favorite teams, Jessica and Bryce have time though it is so hard to be in Canada in the "epitomizing sport of the Olympics" and not have a medal with two wonderful teams like that. Seeing Jessica's look on her face ... that was painful. Seemed like everyone who weren't in contention (so to speak) for the medal were very content just to do their best. I was so pleased with this event over all. There "Drama" well just par for the sport.
Originally Posted by blue_idealist
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This competition, I think, was ALL about mental toughness. I think both S&S and K&S just wanted it too much, and so put more pressure on themselves. P&T, though, seemed quite relaxed in their "underdog" position - and delivered that perfect performance. I mean, I personally like the Russians and the Germans better, but that was THE kind of a performance once hopes to see at the Olympics.