I have to say, my truth is, Maia is fresh faced and pretty now , and I can well imagine her growing into one of those young women with the sort of mysterious beauty that fascinates and is greater than the sum of it's parts. Eye of the beholder.
Davis and White seems to enjoy the International scene, in fact they have more success abroad than on the North American Continent. Kwan was the exact opposite. I think 90% of her biggest titles came on North American soil and in the later part of her career she seemed to not leave North America too often. She used to only really like to do Skate America and Skate Canada (The closest grand prix events to home). In fact I remember a comment Butyrskaya made "Let her come to Europe", regarding competing against Kwan. So even she seemed to notice a pattern.
I know I'm late, but congratulations to the first American ice dancing world champions.
I must say that Elena ILINYKH chic is absolutely gorgeous. She has the most potential of any female ice dancer in my opinion. But she is packaged alll wrong, her partner is not so good and their programs are terrible.
I really enjoyed the Shibutani's; they deserved their bronze!!! And their reaction when the realized they placed is just too precious!
But as an ice dancer the most potential?
Meh. Her stroking is not that good. She needs to develop deeper edges. Long way to go. How she will develop remains to be seen.
Congrats to Meryl & Charlie and all the medalists (the Shibutanis are wonderful and so cute). I did feel sad for Nathalie & Fabian - that was truly an unfortunate fall to an otherwise charming free dance. I hope they will still continue to compete.
I must say that the judging of the ice dancing spoilt the whole tournament for me. I must admit that I’m no expert for ice dancing at all, but I will never understand why Virtue/Moir didn’t win gold and why the Shibutanis got bronze instead of Pechalat/Bourzat. Nothing against the US-teams, they surely delivered good performances, but it just didn’t impress me, I just couldn’t get enthusiastic about them. Virtue and Moir were just breath-taking, it was the same in the exhibition today.
I thought the judging was perfect! But just my opinion. Tessa can dance, no doubt about it, but this is a sport. The difficulty, precision, transitions in D/W performance was just mind blowing. That free dance D/W was about the most jam packed I ever witnessed. I did not like V/M program as a whole at all. It was not seamless. After the dazzling first 30 seconds or so, it just seemed like a bunch of random pieces of music thrown together.