It will be interesting to see how the Germans handle the threat next year when Volosozhar & Trankov inevitably improve even more, putting even more heat on them. Will they rise to the occasion or will they crumble under the pressure like when Shen & Zhou returned last year.
Volosozhar and Trankov have made me excited about pairs skating again. It has been years. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the great skating of S/S, they've just never done anything for me. But this team is magic, and they have come so far in such a short period of time. I hope next season we see them skate to something that's not such an old warhorse as the Romeo and Juliet they skated to this season. I found this music, particularly at the end, weighed them down and felt ponderous. Can't wait to see them next season!
Congratulations to the two Canadian pairs for an excellent 7th and 8th place. Both pairs skated very creditably, and I'll be interested to see how much improvement they can make heading into next season.
It's honestly mind-blowing to think how good Volosozhar and Trankov could become after getting more experience. If they're this good already they might be greater than Gordeeva and Grinkov. The only reason they wouldn't be wonderful is if they were hampered by injuries, which I hope doesn't happen. I don't remember Tatiana having any injuries when she skated with Stanislav, but I'm not sure about Maxim. It seems like we mostly heard about Maria in his former partnership, lol.
I always was a fan of Savchenko&Szolkowy - and will be in the future -, but Volosozhar&Trankov just blew me away. Not only because of their obvious technical quality, but also because of the joy they expressed on the ice. Especially Maxim looked so confident and absolutely happy with what he was doing - his smile before they started their LP was priceless. I just fell in love with both of them.
(Well, maybe a bit more with Maxim... )
Generally, they have a really interesting dynamic. I never felt that Tatianna was unhappy skating with Stanislav due to their relationship (unlike M/T's noted difficulties, and given that they predate Vasillev....), but I really like how happy she seems on the ice as well.