05-02-2011, 12:39 PM
Boo hoo for the Shibutanis - they were basically told they have no room to grow or improve and are the third best team in te world. Boo hoo.
05-02-2011, 01:34 PM
05-02-2011, 01:35 PM
Last edited by 100yen; 05-02-2011 at 01:41 PM.
05-02-2011, 01:55 PM
They were the third best team at the 2011 World Championships. But that doesn't mean there's no room to grow or improve. Ice dancing is fiercely competitive, and ALL teams (including D/W and V/M) have to continually grow and improve, or they will slip in the standings.
Originally Posted by gmyers
C/P were 8th in the world last year, and seemed poised to move up to seed status, but they stagnated this year, and didn't seem to improve since their gold-winning first event at Skate Canada, and dropped to 10th.
05-02-2011, 04:16 PM
Beliver in Sasha's Perfect Program
Tessa did seem to struggle with that dance. The first 1/3 (Hip, hip, chin, chin) was great but after that he really seemed to "get" the latin style more than she did. really no hip action from her.
Originally Posted by Ilvskating
05-02-2011, 05:44 PM
"Hold an edge and look sexy!"
Crone/Poirier were 7th last year.
Originally Posted by chuckm
05-02-2011, 06:17 PM
Then it's an even bigger drop.
Originally Posted by museksk8r
05-02-2011, 10:24 PM
Which is even truer when you consider that the teams that placed 3rd, 5th and 6th last season, were not at worlds this season.
05-02-2011, 11:12 PM
Constable , Costume Police
Gee, I've wanted to be blabbing more, but life keeps getting in the way...First I have to say that the 'posture' business is a silly knock on Tessa, since that photo has caught her in mid-gyration. Their dance obviously just needed a bit more time. I think if it had had 6 competitive outings , like D/W's , Meryl and Charlie would have been doomed to another silver ( Not a bad doom for either team. )
D/W ( all credit to them ) worked on that dance like fiends this year, and it paid off . It was vastly improved from the beginning of the season. The true tango expression was still lacking for me ,though , and their best, at least , most moving FD ,for me , remains S&D. Still , I'm happy for them.
Also, if I might make a minor correction, Paul Mc Intosh did not say C/P would revolutionize ice dance (which would mean that all sorts of couples would be trying to emulate them ). He said, at the very end of his comments (after being led and pressed by PJ , who obviously has a special connection with the Lane / Razgulajevs school ), that they would be world changers..which might mean any number of things. It may mean that he believes they'll grow to realize their potential, or that they're good enough that they won't be able to be dismissed whether judges like their style , or not...or, who knows ???) It was definitely complimentary, but his specific meaning was unclear. Though he had a hand in the early training of both V/M and W/P ,he praised all the Canadian teams , reserving , I thought ,special praise for V/M.( Which is understandable. ) He had easily as much praise for W/P as for C/P, but was very objective in his comments. So I doubt he would be happy to be misquoted in this particular way. I was glad he stressed that all our top teams are young and we can look forward to more development and improvement from all of them.
I'm off for walkies, I'll have to come back.
05-02-2011, 11:28 PM
You know, you always have to walk your dogs, you always say you'll come back, but you don't always do. (just teasin' ya)
But thanks for the McIntosh correction. I really do wonder what what he meant now. And I totally agree - Samson and Delilah remains D/W's finest FD so far.
05-03-2011, 02:46 AM
Constable , Costume Police
Well, I always mean to come back ... and now it's too darned late !
05-03-2011, 07:43 PM
Wicked Yankee Girl
I'd have to agree that S&D was Davis and White's best FD ever.
However, I respect the work they did on the Tango FD more-I loved S&D from the first time I saw it at Skate Canada-it was perfect for them. They really had to work to master that Tango FD, just from a technical point of view, and the work they did is showing for those who know where to look in their exhibition this year and in the Golden Waltz part of their SD.
They will be glad in future they did that Tango FD, and not just because it was the one they finally won Worlds with.
05-04-2011, 11:50 AM
Thank God for Stephane Lambiel and Matt Savoie!
Do you mind elaborating on why you thought their SD was not as difficult as the others and why he in particular needs a lot of improvement? And why do you feel they need repackaging? What kind of packaging would you suggest?
Originally Posted by NorthernDancers
05-04-2011, 01:49 PM
I/ K are a talented, young team, but after watching that FD I think it's almost perverse to have them skate to Don Q. Even if one just glanced at the program on a very superficial level, I/ K's interpretation, not counting skating skills, was only just okay. IMO they spent a lot of time frozen in bravura Spanish poses made famous in the actual ballet choreographed by Petipa of the Kirov and later Gorsky at the Bolshoi. Moreover, Elena didn't have even basic or correct epaulement, and her arm positions were especially troublesome. Her neutral arm positions lean forward instead of aligning with her shoulders, neck, and upper back, this is a BIG no-no in ballet port de bras, this is ballet 101 in that it's one of the principles you first learn in a properly taught beginner ballet class. Why Zhulin allowed his prized pair to take a step back in eyes of judges by skating to a badly choreographed and ill-prepared Don Q is beyond me.
This wasn't Yuna interpreting to the music of Giselle, I mean I/ K were out on ice in full ballet costumes. If ice dancers are going to skate and interpret a ballet in the full artistic sense, then they should make sure to be perfect within that context as well.
D/ W were absolutely brilliant technically. They only had one level 3 on a DiSt, and how they were able to not lose speed while having holds so close, I'll never know. But I do admit to loving V/ M's FD more, I mean that tempo is insane and I find it odd that their CiSt was only a level 3. I was actually fine with either winning but D/ W had a more dominant season so they got the nod, so I'm happy for them.
This WC is when I finally took notice of the Shibs as the real deal. Their fluidity and skills at such a young stage in their career is something to behold, and it would be interesting to see them progress and branch out even further. Also, the Shibs come across as very likable personalities on ice, they make you want to root for them. That's a very rare and special quality to possess. Their FD was infectious and at certain points they made me want to go join them out on the ice....dance for the sake of dancing, sometimes you don't need any drama or motives to dance. That's how I sum up their charming FD.
Last edited by nikiya; 05-04-2011 at 01:55 PM.
05-04-2011, 02:02 PM
Rooting for the divas with Kwanford
Love the description of the Shibs, nikiya. This wasn't even their best performance of the season. I agree about the interpretation of Don Q too. I/K didn't pull it off.