But let's focus back on Pang-Tong, a couple I've always liked and enjoyed, and one which I thought has gotten the shaft from judges (maybe from own federation) in previous years. I'd love to see them grab that World Gold and end their competitive careers on a high note. Then appear in some professional shows. One can dream...
I certainly see them landing in some skating tours post this Olympic season. They have a fantastic exhibition program, "Adagio", that is really stunning. In the Olympics gala, I think they did both a triple twist and a triple throw, and their artistic expression is really outstanding. I think they should win a medal at World's if not a gold. If they can keep up their consistency, then maybe even gold, since their competitors all seem to falter more frequently.
I love this pair since many years. Technicians AND artists with a touch of timeless beauty.
They suffered being pushed down by their Federation and the judges far too many times.
After 2006., here is their time to repeat their World Gold maybe if they can keep everything up.
I will cross my fingers for them!
Pang and Tong are so cute that they make my teeth hurt! haha. I'm glad that they're thinking of extending their competitive career and that they'll be at worlds in a couple of weeks =D Give S/S a good run for their $$!
I always heard people say that Pang/Tong should've won silver at 2006 Olympics, and always just assumed that they were held down on PCS or GOE. But I was just looking at their performance:
and then at the protocols to see where they lost points:
and I was very surprised to note that they were credited with a 2T as the single jump in the LP, when they did a 3T. How did this happen? Was it an error? Or something wrong with my eyes? Was it noted at the time? Was there no complaint filed? If they had been credit with a 3T, they would've won bronze over S/Z, and who knows, maybe over Z/Z for the silver with a bit of a lift in GOE.
watching the video I noticed that they indeed made a 3T, but Pang's look underrotated. Looking at the entire sheet of protocols there isn't a single underrotation (<) marked for the whole competition and that seems odd to me. Maybe they didn't mark it before with the intentional jump and just made the downgrade effective in the protocol...
No, the under-rotation rule hadn't come into play yet in that season. It could affect the judges' GOE but there was no extra penalty -- and they did get relatively low GOE's on that jump. In any case, I don't think it should've been called a 2T. Anyone else?
I don't remember any such rule! Maybe Yao Bin didn't want to take away S/Z's medal? Very odd!
Now, Zhang and Zhang has to get togeher. Goodness knows they need some spark to their technical skills.
was there no underrotation rule at all? I remember shizuka not displaying the 3-3 in competition in fear they'd be called underrotated. IIRC, Lambiel got downgraded his 3A at the world championships, though he still won the lp portion