I have no complaints of the results, but as for the Latin Dance which is never an easy dance to capture in competition, the Canadians took a risk. However, they danced with the rhythm of the Samba on the downbeat. Furthermore, since the Samba music is much faster than the other Latino music, it makes it more difficult to dance to on skates.
I give V/M a heluvalot of credit in making it presentable. The opening of their program was to die for. Fabulous, and they maintained that Samba throughout. Those steps are not easy on blade-to-ice. Much easier as Sonia Henie did them on toe rake. One glitch I noticed was that lift over-the-back - not the one over-the-shoulder,looked very laborious.
Davis/White did their standard performance and they did it well with no glitches.
S/S were behind P/B by 4.09 after the SD, and it was P/B's catastrophic fall that allowed the Shibs to move up to bronze.S&S were not that ahead of B&S, P&B and W&P.
But S/S were ahead of B/S and W/P in both SD and FD. Their FD sealed the deal.
I completely agree.I don't mind having so many greats teams. It helps to bring excitement to the competition and I love that.
Congratulations to Meryl and Charlie. An historic moment for US Ice Dancing. They deserved evey point they got from the judges, they skated lights out. I am so happy for them.
And the young Shibs benefited from P/B's fall but that is sport and the Shibs were excellent in the SD and the FD. Loved V/M FD and I knew that Meryl and Charlie
had to be spot on and then some to beat them and they were.
Outstanding skating from the top three, Congratulations!!!!!
Dance programs are NEVER at their peak in their debut. The opening Samba section in V/M's danse was - WOW!! the level then dropped in the remaining 2/3s, but I really don't think it would have been possible to sustain the energy of that opening to the end, in a first-time performance. You could see they had to think through it and reach for it here and there. I echo the lament of another poster regarding the Diana Krall music, and the underwhelming choreo there, but do have faith they would have made more of that section with more mileage on the program.
D/W's FD didn't "sizzle" at all, and our perception of their expression suffers all the more by having V/M's smowing hot one just before it. It is still a really really neat program though. Their choreo was difficult, endlessly intricate and detailed. They delivered it with mastery of technique and passable - if not smoldering - expression. It had neither the highs nor the lows of V/M's program, but I think their steadiness and polish through a routine of so much amazing non-stop difficulty is what crowns them the rightful winners of this one.
The Shibutanis are precious. That was really classy.
If you can find him writing any figure skating article that is remotely positive on anything, then his name is not Phil Harsh.
Sooo happy for Meryl and Charlie! I loved their FD! I was so nervous for them, it was hard to watch!
Also great to see the Shibutanis on the podium, they did an amazing job!
I love how D/W and V/M really bring the best out of each other, really shows how great sport can be!
Was a great ending of the championships, so much passion and fire!
Congrats to D/W. So happy for them. When they change some things to the program I started to really love it. I love the beginning of V/M program but D/W's program is so difficult.
Congrats to V/M and the Shibs. Sorry for N/B. I kind of wish they won the bronze because they will probably retire soon.
Anyone it's been exhausting. Will try to ignore the negatives.
V/M are amazing in my opinion and very courageous for coming back so quickly after a major surgery. They could have well skipped the season entirely and many would have presumed D/W win by default. At the end though, I am glad to see Ice Dance is now treated and judged as a sport as opposed to a pageantry as it often was in the past.
Why does the european team have to be mature? Shibutanis are like kids on ice playing with their dolls and skating for their parents at a talent show. They just need to be coached by Z/S.