While I have not seen any of the dances yet, I often find that D/W skate to music that is too big for them or to mature/somber. I felt that way about Belbin/Agusto when they were around - but to a lesser degree. I have this odd thought that B/A could get away with that kind of music because she was to tall and a bit more mature looking, but White can't because she appears much younger, is shorter or her body portions are not as equal. Of D/W's programs thus far, I adored the Beatles medley and their Bollywood from last year. I really disliked their OD last year.
But of course, I wish them all well!
Last edited by dwiggin3; 04-29-2011 at 02:39 PM.
This might be a side note, but based on today's results, there is a very good chance that US, Canada, and Russai all could send 3 dance teams to the next year's worlds.
Personally I would be thrilled to see if France can also send 3 teams to worlds next year since it will be held there. Currently PECHALAT / BOURZAT is in the 3rd place and Carron/Jones is the 11th. If P/B hold the 3rd place and C/J pull up to the 10th, France can very much send 3 teams. I really hope it can happen.
I just hope they both skate well but Marlie comes out ahead. They have been too awesome this season not to get the final prize and that program is just crazy hard and crazy amazing.
Just a note on the skating order question. PJ Kwong reported that the listed orders we first saw for C&J and the Russians were incorrect. They skated today according to the actual draw results.
I really enjoyed Weaver and Poge doing that Fox Trot. It's a great dance for Happiness and Technique. They had that in spades.
I am so tired of watching sturm and drang or even sad couples breaking up.
I am of the opinion that nothing untoward or biased happens with tech calls most of the time, including this short dance.
My thoughts are that V&M delivered like they always do.......smooth, effortless (at least they make it look that way), exact, attention to line and detail.......they are awsome. D&W always look like they're working so hard or late for something, they're good skaters, but I don't get their marks.......never have, but especially this year. Shibs were smooth but very juniorish, W&P were elegant as usual, and I didn't see any mistakes so I hope they can keep it going for the FD. I don't see what's so special about I/K except they're pretty good and nicely matched (she's very pretty). I hope P&B can deliver a good FD tomorrow and get themselves a bronze.
I can't wait to see V&M's FD..........I hope they can retain their championship. If the marks are handed out for actual skating, they should be able to.
By the way, there is also a CANADIAN judge (Clark), and there are 5 European judges on the panel (FRA, EST, ISR, AUT, GBR).
All the wuzrobbing is hilarious. No one seems to recall that the Shibutanis beat both W/P and C/P at 4CC. S/S won two bronze medals in the GP, one of them beating I/K at NHK. They've been gaining ground on the competition little by little this season, so I wasn't the least bit surprised that they scored so well at Worlds.
I thought both D/W and V/M skated well and deserved their high marks; however, IMO P/B were way overmarked---their SD was better performed earlier in the season than it was in Moscow. W/P's SD was good, but not really much improved over earlier efforts and that's why their marks didn't go up. Unfortunately, W/P's FD has never been as well received by judges as their SD, in part because the program just doesn't suit them as well, and partly because they've yet to turn in a clean FD internationally. C/P (who have two of the most boring programs ever this season), got dumped because their SD is a snooze and Vanessa badly messed up the twizzles.
I/K were more exciting to watch than B/S, but both teams are a bit unbalanced: in both teams, the lady WAY overemotes while the guy is stolid and slightly disconnected. IMO, I/K will soon pass B/S, if not this Worlds, then next season.
BTW, for those indignant at the Shibutanis' upward trajectory, take a look at the protocols. You will see why their TES is so high. And remember that NEITHER of the tech specialists is American.
Did not get a chance to watch the SD live, but will watch on Univ Sp TV at 6:00 p.m
Congrats to V/M, D/W and P/B. Good placement for the Shibs, I really think this team will be the one
to beat at Sochi.
I will be rooting for D/W to take the Gold tomorrow.
(FWIW, I prefer V&M and hope they win with a wonderful skate, but I can understand why someone would wonder if Tessa will make it through the FD after what happened at 4CC.)