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    As to the premise that the Shibs have less "power" than Crone/Poirier, at least at this event, it would be a hard premise to defend:

    PCS
    Shibs: 44.58

    Skating Skills 7.50
    Linking Footwork/Trans 7.21
    Perf 7.43
    Choreo 7.54
    Interpretation/Timing 7.61

    C/P: 42.90

    Skating Skills 7.32
    Linking Footwork/Trans 6.89
    Perf 7.29
    Choreo 7.11
    Interp/Timing 7.29

    The Shibs beat C/P on every component of PCS, including Skating Skills & Transitions.

    The Shibs have lovely, silent, effortless stroking. You need to see them live to completely appreciate this. They are not yet as powerful as V&M or D&W, but they are definitely in a class with C/P. They have improved massively even from the GP series.

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    ......[ The Shibs beat C/P on every component of PCS, including Skating Skills & Transitions.

    . They are not yet as powerful as V&M or D&W, but they are definitely in a class with C/P. "...



    Ya might appear so for this competition ... but it was an American Technical Controller....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fan1961 View Post
    ......[ The Shibs beat C/P on every component of PCS, including Skating Skills & Transitions.

    . They are not yet as powerful as V&M or D&W, but they are definitely in a class with C/P. "...



    Ya might appear so for this competition ... but it was an American Technical Controller....
    Well, given that the PCS scores are given by the judges, rather than by the Technical Controller, that would be pretty irrelevant, but for the sake of full disclosure:

    Judges:

    Referee Mr. Alexandr GORSHKOV ISU

    Technical Controller Mr. Robert J. HOREN ISU

    Technical Specialist Mr. Rock LEMAY ISU

    Assistant Technical Specialist Mr. Michael WEBSTER ISU


    Judge No.1 Mr. Mark STORTON ISU

    Judge No.2 Ms. Sandra WILLIAMSON-LEADLEY ISU

    Judge No.3 Mr. You-Hwa LEE ISU

    Judge No.4 Ms. Jodi ABBOTT ISU

    Judge No.5 Mr. Shawn RETTSTATT ISU

    Judge No.6 Mr. Evgeni ROKHIN ISU

    Judge No.7 Ms. Kaoru TAKINO ISU

    Judge No.8 Ms. Maira ABASOVA ISU

    Judge No.9 Ms. Tianyi ZHANG ISU

    Technical Committee:

    http://www.sirc.ca/news_view.cfm?id=...&search_where=

    Rock Lemay, technical specialist, is Canadian
    http://www.isuresults.com/seminars/F...ipants_all.pdf
    Robert Horen, technical controller, is American
    And Michael Webster is German
    The referee, Alexander Gorshkov is Russian.

    It seems like a tech panel that was well balanced for Canadians & Americans.

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    The Shibutanis would have received lower PCS scores too if they had been in the penultimate group for the FD, no doubt in my mind.

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    Of course, there is a question if those PCS are actually fair, given the way PCS tend to increase as the groups do, regardless of actual prowess. After all, W/P outscored C/P on every component as well.

    The Shibs lost to C/P on four of the five PCS in the short dance, for example, so the premise wouldn't be that hard to defend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen o'neill View Post
    But it annoys me when people use the term as a defense of ,or an excuse for a skater (as is often done for C/P ) amounting to.. it's cruel to point out any faults, or level any critique ( even of their coaches !) because they're just kids. I believe Vanessa and Kaitlyn are the same age or within a year of each other . How is one a kid, and the other not ? Or, for that matter, how is a 21 yr. old a mature woman and her 20 yr. old partner a kid ? This has been going on for 3yrs. at least. These skaters have now been to many elite level competitions. When does it stop ? When does it become a crutch ?
    Well stated. These are professional athletes. They do this for a living as well as for the love of the sport. It's part of their responsibility to filter, absorb and use criticism in order to improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcoates View Post
    Well stated. These are professional athletes. They do this for a living as well as for the love of the sport. It's part of their responsibility to filter, absorb and use criticism in order to improve.
    yes as long as the criticism is constructive and actionable... to say that an athlete is a wicked witch or a prince is neither.

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    The Shibutanis last year looked like were in danger somewhat, dropping to 4th at JUNIOR Worlds. However they are having an amazing resurgence this season.

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    Pogue..I have to sleep sometime. Boy that was a rough night ! But what the heck ! I'm just glad I found a link that worked ( Bless you ScroogeMcDuck ).I was thrilled to sit here bleary-eyed, giving myself bursitis by leaning on my elbows on my computer desk. Now, that's what I call entertainment !

    Thankfully, Bold is doing World's and I can at least be more comfortable in front of the TV, then.

    Problems or no, that first bit of V/M's choreography looks pretty dazzling..Hope they're strong enough to deliver it at World's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colleen o'neill View Post

    C/P didn't skate particularly well , but well enough. They,too, had a couple of bobbles.. (bumping together, having to reach..that kind of thing ).They were obviously not happy with their marks, but who knows whether that was just due to knowing mistakes they'd made , or if they thought they were undermarked. Anyway, they can't have been pleased to be passed by the Shibs.
    I did not notice any kind of discontent when they received the marks. FWIW, I think they skated well, I did not notice the bobbles you mention. And Shibs had not yet skated so V/P can't possibly have been thinking about being passed by them.

    Quote Originally Posted by colleen o'neill View Post
    ..... Maia Shibutani and Elena Ilinykh are really kids at 16-17. This year C/P will be 21&20 ..P/I , 20&21.

    But it annoys me when people use the term as a defense of ,or an excuse for a skater (as is often done for C/P ) amounting to.. it's cruel to point out any faults, or level any critique ( even of their coaches !) because they're just kids. I believe Vanessa and Kaitlyn are the same age or within a year of each other . How is one a kid, and the other not ? Or, for that matter, how is a 21 yr. old a mature woman and her 20 yr. old partner a kid ? This has been going on for 3yrs. at least. These skaters have now been to many elite level competitions. When does it stop ? When does it become a crutch ?
    Since you nitpick, I will as well. Vanessa and Paul are only recently 20 /19 , Kaitlyn will be 22 in another month, and Andrew is 24 next week. It would seem the difference is closer to two years for Vanessa and Kaitlyn and more than three years when you consider the difference between the two teams.

    As far as the "this has been going on for at least 3 years" that would have put V/P at 17/16. You said earlier in your quote, that at 16/17 Maia and Ilena "are really kids" , but you seem to imply that has always been an invalid label for V/P and just given as an excuse or defense.

    I knew as soon as I saw the results putting V/P ahead of W/P you would be out in full force. I can understand people having their preferences in style, etc., but there is something to be appreciated in all skaters.

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    tangos...I think you misunderstand me, whether intentionally or not, I don't know. I said I thought C/P looked displeased with their marks..well they certainly didn't look happy. I did not say they pouted or put on an unseemly display. Please don't read in what is not there( I'm just stressing that, not shouting )....I said I couldn't be sure because the camera work was not the best, but I thought I saw them bump together in one place , have to really reach for each other in one or two more , and camera work aside, generally they looked tense to me. I haven't seen a YouTube up, but we'll be able to see when CBC airs it tomorrow.

    My remark about the Shibutani's does not relate to how C/P looked in the K&C ,I just remarked that it can't have pleased C/P in the end result.( Especially since many people thought they'd be a shoo-in for silver if V/M did not compete.Who knows? maybe they thought that themselves..maybe they weren't completely happy with the way they skated..maybe the ice was bad..Who Knows ?)
    I'm sure they can't have been happy that the Shibs were scored higher in the SD,either , and that they didn't make the last group for the FD. Who would be happy about that ? I'd be unhappy, too, if I was them.

    No, the "kids " thing has only begun to irk me in the last year or so. Vanessa and Paul were kids when they first came up to seniors , but they've been up for 3 yrs., now and had the benefit of loads of experience and attention. When will they no longer be kids ? I don't think W/P ( or anyone else I can think of) were called kids in that way after their first year together. Maybe not ever, in that excusing ,defensive way.
    I only compared years of birth, not whether people were born at the beginning or end of the year. 6 or 8 or 10 months can make a big difference when children are just starting school, or when they hit puberty..but at 19?, 20? , 21? Not so much...

    Now, do I think C/P deserve this bronze medal..yes. Do I think the Shibs deserve their silver medal ? yes. Do I think W/P might have had the bronze if they'd managed to hold it together ? yes. Do I think anyone should say, "Oh, but W/P are just kids, so no-one should say they need to hold it together at World's "? no.
    Do I think that the Shibs could bypass C/P again at World's ? yes,and very possibly on into the future, if C/P don't work, work, work on their problem areas. And do I think it's possible C/P can do that ? YES. Will they ?..I don't know.. I'd love to see it.

    ETA: I've never said I find nothing to appreciate in C/P's skating..I've frequently said I find much to admire. Their talent deserves to be developed to it's full potential. I just can't understand why there has not been more attention given to doing that. Making excuses,or covering up the problems won't really do it. Therefore it frustrates me.
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    Attaining power when skating can be achieved but often, as in the case of C/P, it is at the expense of line and how close they are skating together. I still find them to be two single skaters out there and their opposite colour outfit exaggerates this look for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backoutsideedge View Post
    No offense, but I find this post laughable. C&P are far more powerful skaters than the Shibs at this point. The Shibs will get more power in their skating but at this point POWER is the one big thing they are lacking.
    You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, however, having spent more than 20 years as a skating analyst - 10 years working for television - I don't think even Tracy Wilson with whom I worked, would call my opinion "laughable."
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    Someone was kind enough to upload the CBC coverage of the Free Dance:

    Davis/White:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WipUUXmzyTk

    Virtue/Moir:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/aplysia06#p/u

    Shibutanis:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/aplysia06#p/u/2/s-DO12zKTk0

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