02-23-2010, 09:25 AM
1 Someone asked who fell - it was the Georgian couple that got a fall deduction, but I don't know which member.
1. You know, Delobel and Schoenfelder really had a tough break this past year and a half. I thought they'd retire after their Worlds win - the younger couples were coming, were strong, and they'd peaked. Except they hadn't - their "Great Gig in the Sky" program was a gem, and this... their "La Quiete" was quite a good program. There's something sad to me about skating to "The Impossible Dream" and simply not being able to skate your best, though, that'll make their fun performances at the Olympics tinged with sorrow for me.
2. Faiella/Scali gave a beautiful rendition of one of the season's great programs (though Scali, seriously - Virtue/Moir dance better than anyone. That's what they do. If you didn't see passion in that performance). I wish they could've podiumed, but they will in Torino.
3. The Zaretskis' are perhaps the least appealing top ten couple ever. I don't think they hit appealing positions and their movement across the ice isn't at all effortless. That said, they clearly felt this program.
4. I'm glad Crone/Poirier performed well in the free dance. I don't think they were undermarked at any point, though. If you say there's a range of marks acceptable, they got the low end both times, but they were still acceptable marks (not in their FD - the marks were high). And Samuelson/Bates were good. Also liked Bobrova/Soloviev.
5. I don't like the changes Cappellini/Lanotte made to their routine, but I thought 82 was low.
6. If the Kers were as good as skaters as John is hot, they'd be on the podium every time. But that reverse lift was staggering.
7. Pechelat/Bourzat confuse me, and this program is no different.
8. Domnina/Shabalin were underwhelming. There were shades of what could have been sprinkled throughout (that straightline lift, for example), but they fell behind and just couldn't catch up.
9. Someone on another board has basically said you can only politic when it's close. The top two teams were so far ahead of everyone else that they were competing with each other (despite fears that DomShabs could get silver). Such is the case here. Belbin/Agosto didn't have the programs or the skating to really own bronze. It was sad because I felt that they knew they were being thrown under a bus by their coaches, and I can't imagine this experience was good for them. Will they be considered the best team to never win a worlds/Olympics?
10. Two teams. Two amazing skates climaxing three great skates at their first Olympics. Gold and silver for the training mates, friends, and rivals. Virtue/Moir winning gold on home ice with that masterpiece of a program, so exquisite that a minor false moment could break the spell completely. How do they top this? Davis/White performing brilliantly, with passion and bravado - they made me not hate Phantom for four minutes, and that's not a transgression I'll easily forgive. But for a long lasting rivalry that lasts until Sochi? I'll do it. Just this once.
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02-23-2010, 09:49 AM
leave no stone unturned
02-23-2010, 10:08 AM
I have never heard anything like that. It is their choice to go to Worlds, skate canada cannot force them. But, Scott said "They want to go to Worlds, because they have not win yet a world title", so you'll see them there for that reason.
Originally Posted by mishieru07
02-23-2010, 10:16 AM
Away with the ice dancing faeries
I think, again, it's all down to personal taste. I've never seen what other people have commented on Belbin and Agosto, her more than him though to be fair. I just don't connect to them or their performance and I thought this Olympics they had some truly rotten music choices which just grated and jarred on my nerve endings.
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
Having said that, I certainly wouldn't say they were crap or that they didn't deserve the place they got or the marks they got just, for me, I've never managed to get any sort of emotional connection watching them perform.
I're read elsewhere that Skate Canada made all the teams sign to agree to go to the worlds if they were at the Olympics. Haven't seen anything official from SC though.
Originally Posted by herios
02-23-2010, 10:20 AM
I agree with you, I would have F/S placed ahead of them in the FD. at minimum, that is a beautifully choreographed and performed.
Originally Posted by Cadiva
02-23-2010, 10:25 AM
02-23-2010, 10:28 AM
As good as Davis and White's skating is, it's very melo-dramatic and over the top. A lot of arm waving and unfortunately Phantom of the Opera has been done many times over, you'd think they would be more creative, this being an Olympic year. Besides, I failed to see a story being told in their free dance, unlike Virtue and Moir, who were clearly the best tonight and all year!
Originally Posted by theresa
02-23-2010, 10:39 AM
On cloud nine and refusing to come down!
02-23-2010, 11:22 AM
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02-23-2010, 11:24 AM
Well, I'm late to the party. I was watching til 1 am last night then went to bed. I couldn't be more thrilled with the top 2 results. Both couples skated great & were far and away the top 2. I'm glad the judges called it that way.
02-23-2010, 11:38 AM
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Virtue and Moir made me cry. That dance was perfection. They looked beautiful, the dress was lovely, they skated it with the perfect emotion. Best dance at the olympics in recent history.
Davis and White. Were better at Nationals. The dance seemed a little frantic and times but Charlie handled his nerves really well, he looked very stiff and unsure before the music started. Other than his near slip of the spread eagale in the opening lift, it was great.
F&S. Really like this program. I think it plays to thier strengths and has some very nice emotion to it.
Domina and Shabalin. Boy. They were just so slow. Hearing Reqiuem for a Dream for the second time during the broadcat also made it seem more tiring. It was thr best the skated all year, but not medal quaity. Tan ans Ben should have beaten this even after being behind after the CD.
Tanith and Ben. They impressed me. Certainly the best they have looked since they moved to Linchuck. It must have been very hard for them skating after Virtue and Moir and knowing thier gold dreams were gone before the event even started. They skated with speed, confidence and had had no awkward moments in thr lifts that they had at Nationals. Beautiful performance and just like at worlds last year, were robbed by thier teammates and teacher's pets. I keep thinking of when Tanith and Ben left Shapilband after the 2008 worlds for Linchuck to get a coach who would make them top prority, only to have Domina and Shabalin follownweeks later.
The Kerrs. I like this program a lot, not as well skated as I have seen in the past.
Samuelson ans Bates. Great job! I love the new costumes. Her positions are just so elegant and dance-like. They look so much more mature than even earlier in the season, I hope they have a breakout Worlds.
02-23-2010, 12:12 PM
Oh okay, if that's what he said, then I feel a lot better. The translation definitely had a different meaning in the article. You're right Sniper, some journalists feel the need to make a controversy out of nothing.
Originally Posted by Lucky Star
02-23-2010, 12:21 PM
Dedicated follower of the black line
Voir and Marlie are, IMHO, just so much better than everybody else. Voir just cannot retire! This could be one of the epic skating rivalries of all time!
I really felt that B&A were better than D&S in both the OD and the FD. I cannot understand why they didn't get the bronze. I saw in the protocols that B&A got a level 2 for their twizzles in the FD. I didn't see anything wrong. Maybe I missed it.
02-23-2010, 12:29 PM
Yes, you did. On the first twizzle, Ben had an extra turn at the end.
Originally Posted by Wicked
02-23-2010, 12:34 PM
My top two teams won!!! I'm very happy for the Canton/Camp Sphilband teams. Igor and Marina must be overflowing with pride for their kids. While I'm a D/W fan, I too believe V/M rightfully won the gold. Though I think the gap is bit too much. Both opened up Ice Dancing to a whole generation in a new way (COP helped here). Different styles presented in very solid, well-executed programs. V/M-type teams will strive hard to continue to do well in their style. D/W-type teams just found validation for theirs in D/W's success. I hope we get solid, very competitive couples in the Kerrs and Khok/Nov style as well (the voidy, surreal, weird/quirky teams). .