I'm actually rather excited about the LP tomorrow. Pairs has been my least favorite discipline over the last few years as usually only S/S and V/T really impressed me. Now there appears to be a really competent second tier of teams developing. Not world beaters yet by any means, but definitely improving noticeably.
Marley and Brubaker are being a bit underestimated in the comments here. They still have lots of progress and gelling to do, but Jenni and Todd are really bringing them along and infusing some their own best qualities and those of the Nicks method into their skating. Things like good deep knees, strong straight backs, good flow and speed, better unison and ice coverage. Their footwork sequence is terrific and full of energy. Also, the sbs 3Ts were very much in sync whereas many of the other teams were slightly out of sync (D/C in particular).
Yeah, I think Mary Beth and Rockne have a lot of potential. They still have some growing to do and are a bit limited currently because Mary Beth looks about 13 and any type of really mature, romantic program would just long wrong. Maybe in a few seasons when they are ready, they can give Mary Beth a Michelle-esque makeover and start doing more senior level programs.
I think the one who won bronze at Chinese national is Yu Xiaoyu - Jin Yang, who is quite elegant when you watch them live, not Zhang/Wang
Last edited by treeloving; 02-11-2012 at 11:10 PM.
LOL! I think they exceeded my cuteness threshold the second time I saw this program . . . and now we're in YEAR TWO of it!!! Yikes.
On another note, I'm outraged that Takahashi/Tran got the exact same PCS scores as Denney/Coughlin. I thought T/T's program was gorgeous and detailed and lovely--so many wonderful moments in it. Caydee/John's program, meanwhile, was basic and slowed down noticeably whenever they weren't doing a big trick. How on earth could the judges not notice the difference between these two pairs?