While I agree that S/H are not polished and need improvement on their edges, I think they bring an excitement thats been missing in pairs for a while. They push the envelope technically and I love how for once a grand prix pairs event thread has alot of people commenting! Usually pairs doesn't get much attention, but I think S/H are just what we need to give pairs the oomph thats been missing for a while.
I really loved Y/C's program though. I found it the most refined with the most pleasing choreography. Caitlin's catchfoot on her lifts are a little late and not held long enough though, and John's posture has improved though it still pales in comparison to Caitlin's beautiful lines.
Hmmm, still nada over China pairs overscoring. I guess the fact that Y/C and I/M are not ranked 6th in the World a la Rippon or 7th at the Olympics a la Oda must have something to do with it? Maybe because the Americans and Russians are not perceived to be anywhere within the same league as the Chinese pairs, so in that sense it's okay that the Chinese were overscored despite several technical mistakes over both programs?
I think S/H were definitely overmarked - they do have some good elements, but not all (twist was crashy, 2A was weak) and their presentation is good, even if juniorish. What really bothers me, though, is the sloppiness and their weak skating skills. Their programs are busy to hide the fact that they're so weak. I wish the judges differentiated the PCS more so it would be possible to give them a low SS score but a high transitions score, for example.
I think that if they can fare puberty unscathed, they will do well, but since she's so tiny and he's short, I'm not so sure they will.
CBC only showed the two top Chinese pairs, and I didn't get to see anything else on youtube (yet). I was pretty underwhelmed by both Pang and Tong and Sui and Han. Actually, I've been underwhelmed by all the GP Pairs competitions this season. Someone's going to have to step up and deliver a good performance. I wish Pang and Tong could get back to where they were last year, it has to be devastating to be the Olympic silver medalists and be skating like that.
Lepisto did a triple triple in both SP and LP. Her PCS are superior to a lot of other girls', including Miki Ando, former World Mistake.
If anything, this year shows Lepisto will do well if she just rotates 4 triples.
I thought Y/C should have been 2nd.