And the Shibs are held up once again. No way W/P should have gotten only 92 (what they would have gotten without the -1.00) for that, especially since it was much cleaner than SC. In the end, I guess it was the lift deduction that cost W/P the gold, but I don't think it should have come to that. I'm just happy that they rebounded with a great FD after their messy SD. I think this should be enough to get them to the final.
I know that S/S are great technicians, and I respect them for that. But I'm sorry, that FD was empty aside from the required elements. There was just no spark. I don't get it.
Also "again?" Sorry I don't call losing the gold by 14 points to B/S in CofC being held up "again."
Finally, I watched W/P. They were great. S/S were bland compared to them.
(btw, why W/P got deduction ?)
I've only seen W/P a few times and I/K perhaps once before tonight. I'm a little amazed at W/P's prominence. To my eye they don't suit each other stylewise or temperament-wise, her line is gawky, and her facial expressions comical. (I love him, though!) She's like the nasty-girl villain in a movie. That moment at the end where she goes from mourning to crowing in a flash is hysterical... as is the expression on her face when she realizes they lost. Someone's going to be throwing a hissy fit.
As for the Shibs... they astound and delight me. They make the difficult look effortless while skating as one. I'm very gratified by this almost-didn't-happen win after all the criticism they've gotten here this season.
ETA: Oh, and I/K ... lovely team in terrible material. What a beautiful woman, my goodness. But Ave Maria as the background to yet another Sturm und Drang romance? No.
Last edited by Spun Silver; 11-11-2011 at 11:33 PM.
I respect the Shibs' technical ability but that free dance was bland and unoriginal.
I love the potential of Weaver/Poje and Ilinykh/Katsalapov's free dances but they need more mileage.
One could argue that being held up doesn't mean you score higher than your opponents, but that you score higher than you should.
^ I don't know how you manage to sleep at night with such horrible programs stalking the earth and winning medals.
I think the judges agree with the opinion that the Shibs need more mature programs before they're going to have a more solid position at the top. If you look, they had the lowest PCS scores of the top three teams. Even lower than the PCS scores they got at Cup of China. Where they won is on the TES scores today. They had the highest base value on their elements- also really nice GOEs. They whole-heartedly deserved their tech and goe scores. They have some of the most glorious, cleanest movement, edging and positions in the world. They just need better choreography and packaging. Even with this more generic and youthful program, you could tell they were really listening to the music in this outing. Really stepped up the performance in all places- I could see Alex visibly slowing down and almost sighing with the swoop of the melody and they hit that closing pose/beat at the end of the program for the first time this season. It was great outing for them and the program made me very happy. It also showed how motivated they are to make so much artistic improvement in just one week- I can't wait to see how far it goes by the end of the season. This competition also showed me that they have true competitive mettle- they're not just going to cave in. Go Shibs!!
Having said that I think W/P had a really mature program and it was beautifully skated both technically and emotionally. The deduction looked like an extended lift. Otherwise, I think they lost mainly on the base value of the elements. Once they go home and have their coach look at it, I think it will be something they can easily fix for the later part of the season.
As for I/K, I really liked this program. It has a beautiful scope to it and interesting shapes and different ways of presenting the elements, such as the mirroring/oppositional twizzles. They just need to practice it more so they raise their GOEs. Of the top 3 couples they were the only one to get negative GOEs- which was deserved because it was messy in some places.
If you look at the PCS marks, W/P would have won and I/K would have come in second.