I wonder why V/M move that gorgeous crazy lift that they did at the beginning of the program like at 4CC. You can tell that they aren't as crisp from not performing but still great.
I expected something more with their samba. It certainly wasn't as difficult or polish as D/W. I"m not sure why people are saying this. I do agree that they are naturally more elegant and expressive.
I can see now why D/W program was more than 2 points ahead. The transitions tell the story.
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And if anything they're proved they can change, especially after the direction they were going with last year's FD, and found something that really worked this year. S/Z do a good job of changing up the style season after season...nothing similar about V/M FD from this year and last for example.
Hehe, hey you never know, they could change your opinion sooner than you think.
But anyways, your opinion is still as good as mine!
I'm sorry but who are you talking about? Blanc/Bouquet?
There is no such thing as unreachable. On that point, I like to comment on B/S and I/K more specifically since we haven't talked about these two very much yet. In terms of their FD:
Elena and Nikita looked petrified to me out there today. They were fine during the 1st minute of their FD, until Nikita stumbled not once but twice on the Sync. Twizzles, 1st a slight off in the unison on the 1st pair of twizzles, then he lost his balance on the 2nd set of the twizzles and came down early. From that point on, they skated very cautiously and slower than usual. What didn't help their cause either was the in-between composition of the dance left a lot to be desired, meaning there were way too many instances that they were either on two feet or not fully utilizing their blades and edges to create intricate connecting steps between each of their elements. They also could have better utilized their upper body to better engage the audience. Combined with clear lack of confidence on their part and a subsequent mishap on the combination lift, the performance level was quite low. Even the partisan Russian audience caught those troubles and stopped clapping after the 1st minute of their dance because they were struggling pretty badly. At that point, I was very curious to see how the panel would have placed these two because emotionally, it almost felt as though those two were destined to be moved up in Moscow. But given such poor skate, I wanted to see whether the panel had the guts to put them down and they did rightfully so on the technical marks, which is exactly what should have happened. I knew that this is going to be a well judged competition from this point forward. On the positive side, this is a very handsome and talented young team. I believe their potential is quite high and think that given the right material and coaching, they would could easily challenge the North American dominance in Ice Dance in the foreseeable future.
Ekaterina and Dimitri had demonstrated a lot of promise last season when they did their OD on a Soviet Navy folk dance which was traditionally a dance that only men can perform. One of their most remarkable quality is their creativity but this season, by becoming the top Russian team, it almost seemed as though the label blinded them to do what a top Russian team is supposed to do as opposed to continue to distinguish themselves through their uniqueness. That said, today their FD was somewhat unoriginal and they skated cautiously as well. Although there was no major error aside from a little step out on the part of Dimitri, their technical elements lacked polish and the type of smoothness and effortless feeling that the Shibutani conveyed. Execution issue aside, they could have also gone a little more creative with their lifts and dance holds, which Weaver/Poje did very well in today's FD and succeeded in setting themselves apart from the pack. To make a long story short, Ekaterina and Dimitri needs to find material that make them unique and stand out in the crowd. Their choice of FD today fails to do that as it simply has the generic image of a man and woman in love, which most people have seen at least 1,000 times. Unique also means they need to further challenge themselves technically and create dance composition that would impress the audience and the judges about their skating skills and what they can do with their blades. In terms of their talent and potential, I think they are slightly inferior to their teammates of Elena and Nikita. But this can be made up by hard work and perseverance. I look forward to seeing how this team manages their rivalry in their own country as well as internationally next year.