I did not have time to go through the whole thread, but I finally got some time to post.
First - I am thrilled with gold and silver medalists. This is what I dreamt of this season!!
When it comes to bronze medal, I would actually see F/S on the podium rather than Dom/Sha and B/A. I have never liked F/S skating, but they won me over this season. I thought that their OD and FD really stood out in comparison to both Dom/Sh and B/A. OD, although not very 'outgoing', was technically very good, and they were excellent in meeting ISU criteria for folk music theme and in interpretation. FD was simply gorgeous. B/A and Dom/Sh looked almost silly in comparison. I cannot get over their horrible costumes (both pairs) and lackluster choreography.
Few words about K/N - I thought they were great. It must be hard for them to be dropped so much in rankings - from being 3rd at 2008 Worlds to 9 at 2010 olympics. Seriously, I find it odd that they lost to sloppy P/B and very average, unpolished K/K (I did not find Kerrs to be interesting this season). In my opinion they deserved to be in top 6.
Ah, and the last dance of Del/Sch brought me to tears.. Really, my heart is breaking each time I think that they won only one World title (being their only Worlds medal). Kudos to them!
Carol, you said. Was it? I thought Tanith was a little stiff-kneed and stiff-hipped and overall looked a bit fragile this season. Ben and she sometimes skated like a delicate lady and her "minder" in the fd. It was almost as if Linichuck was trying to change Tanith's persona and natural style. That doesn't work very welll on many athletes.the move to Linichuck was good for their tecniche but i think they could have chose other choreagrapher.
I agree the choreography was poorly chosen. The choreography and even the music for both of Linichuk's teams was sort of melodramatic/tacky/cheesy/Vegas - just the opposite of the direction in which ice dance is supposedly moving.