Pairs technical programs: While I enjoyed their style, and the technique, I didn't see much growth from both teams from Salt Lake. The Meadowlands program that B/S skated reminded me of Dark Eyes '98. The Crying program that S/P skated reminded me of Love Story, but rather than Jamie dying, they're broken up. However, I liked their transitions better than B/S's, probably because of their transitions in and out of lifts. B/S had more speed, but S/P had more speed in the lifts. Judges gave B/S higher marks.
Viktor Petrenko's artistic program (Flight) is beautiful, he is a wonderful jumper, but his arms remind me of Irina Slutskaya- all over the place. His program is vintage Viktor, however- very dramatic.
Kurt's tap program (Ding Dong Daddy) has some footwork that will make Morozov drool. And wow! Kurt looks so fit! But when he's not doing footwork, he seems to be doing a lot of two-foot skating...
Browning beat Petrenko- 99.8/97.6
Nicole Bobek (Dust in the wind) beautiful dress. Balletic arm movements...reminds me of Rosalynn Sumners in her heyday. Double flip- landed. lots of moves in the fields, spinning on the toe pick. nice high double axel...travelled a bit in her combination spin. good speed. good flying inside edge camel a-la Sarah. Finishing with her trademark spiral sequence. ending position. split on the ice. She started crying at the end of routine. Beautiful. Wow. A tad slow, though.
Oksana Baiul (Swan Lake- Tchaikovsky- Lillehammer!) Boureeing on toes. Flapping on the ice. White outfit this time. Triple salchow- landed, with speed! Catchfoot spiral, good edge. Good camel spin, no travelling. More bourees and arm flapping through footwork. Good speed in this program. Landing triple toe loop; two- footing double axel. She has this real fight in her jumps. Catchfoot camel to end routine.OMG I AM SEEING OKSANA OF 1993!!! She had so much speed!
Oksana beat Nicole- 98.8/97.4. (Oksana was dumping stuffed animals onto Nicole's lap)
Ilia Kulik (A House Is Not A Home) Petrenkoish arm movements, but more speed, and he's much more pleasing to watch. His backoutside edge spiral is beautiful. Something many of today's men can learn from. good spring on triple flip. Flying camel, again, something most of the men can learn from. Triple lutz landing had a smooth edge, but he can stretch his free leg more. straightline footwork very ilia- tons of waltz/mazurka jumps. double axel, smooth, and the split slide on the ice...OUCH...i don't think it fit the program. he bends his knee in the spiral, and only one spin...
Brian Boitano (Persistence of Time) Creative murder mystery theme. Beautiful spread eagle into tano triple lutz. He sits on a chair- I hate it when skaters sit down for longer than five seconds! Not too many arm movements, like Kulik and Petrenko. Telegraphed triple toe/double toe/double loop. Very quick head movements. Fast footwork, not as fast as kurt. Beautiful triple salchow! Fastest spinner, IMHO in the men's competition. Great spread eagle into (i missed the entrance of the jump) a triple of some sort. the jump was beautiful. landed well, great rotation. i just missed the entrance.
Kulik beat Boitano- 98.8/98.2 (Closest one...Brian is 20 years older than Ilia!)
Sale/Pelletier (Who Wants To Live Forever a-la Woetzel/Steuer) Not like the traditional programs (lovey dovey) that we see from most pairs. Their interpretation is better than W/S. David has a great spread eagle! Good speed into and out of throw triple salchow. They actually try spins they didn't try in their eligible days. Adagio lift was beautiful, and the drop dismount fit the music. They did, however, do too much posing in the middle. I think the drum beats could have been better used for footwork. Nice triple twist lift. (ooh! the wind lifted dave's shirt...nice six pack), another good lift, with great dismount (rotational dismount). Not too many arm movements. Her spiral reminds me of Josee Chouinard. Strange...I didn't see a death spiral...
Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze (Let Me Fall) Yelena, get rid of the pink outfit. She has great turnout in spread eagle. I like the leap of faith. Good transition from leap of faith to a move in the field (he's in a spread eagle while she maintains the dive position). High split double twist. She fell (like the song asks) on the throw triple loop, which I think interrupted the following carry lift. Scary fall; her foot didn't stay on the ice! I like their death spiral positions and how many turns they do, but I don't like how she sticks up her butt before entering the death spiral. The split carry lift is very elementary, IMHO. They didn't have as much speed here as they did in the technical program, and the moves looked the same, set to different music. I liked their rotational star lift. It kinda got cold. No more mistakes after the throw, but there was no more passion.
S/P beat B/S- 98.8/97.6.
Overall- World team defeats North America- 588.9/588.6
Am I the only one who thinks that Yelena Berezhnaya looks like Reese Witherspoon?