Their time will come. I find them an endearing and also exhilarating and exciting team to watch.
For their technical mistakes in the rhumba section, the Shibs were hit hard. It looked to me like Maia and Alex in this case were not able to make their nerves work for them. They were just slightly off, but that's all it takes.
FS is not only subjective, it is political. When rivals are as close in abilities as V/M and D/W, at any event it can go either way. We shall see what happens. To me, it is quite clear that V/M's fd is not overall as strong as D/W's, despite the improvements Scott and Tessa displayed at 4CC. Meryl and Charlie will need to relax, enjoy and be in the zone. Their program is so good. I hope if D/W skate their beautiful program to their best and don't win, that they will know in their hearts that they still won by achieving their best performance. I hope they will take possibly not winning gold in stride and come back even stronger next season to take their title back from V/M in Canada, no less. Yes, I know, not gonna happen on V/M's home turf. But Meryl and Charlie will never give up. They most certainly deserved to win 1st place in the sd at the 2010 Olympics. But they didn't let the judges get them down -- they kept pushing to improve. I like how Meryl and Charlie carry themselves when they don't come out on top. Contrast that with Scott's sulky attitude when he and Tessa didn't come out on top at GPF in Canada!
I won't argue the placements of the top 3 . As has been mentioned the margin between V/M and D/W is really quite small , but I do think P/B were marked too close to D/W ..I really felt they were closer to W/P..I/K were incredibly gifted and consequently C/L were royally robbed .
I guess I have some political theories.....but I have to go for groceries , so I'll just leave it at that...for now
Congrats to V/M, D/W and P/B they all skated like the champions that they are. Bravo!
Shout out to C/L and W/P fabulous skating from them too! I am a happy camper.
I/K & C/L are soo close that the judges didn't know the outcome themselves. I can guarantee you!
For those that like ice dance, just wanted to post that Princess Caroline of Hanover (& Monaco) and her daughter Princess Alexandra of Hanover (herself a skater) attended the Ice Dance portion today with fellow Monaco skater, Kim Lucine.
Considering that overall the pairs short today was sub-par to say the least - I have to give credit to all the ice dance teams that just brought it. Period. This event is far from over but if today is any indication of what is in store for the FDs - shall be a barn burner...
Trankov was right. The ice is soft. I never saw so much snow sprayed at a Worlds in my life! And I have attended many Worlds. Poje sprayed snow on every corner, which is why the GOEs and SS were lower. He wasn't the only guy with this issue, but it just shows his basic edges are not as good as Moir or White.
Virtue and moir will not be beaten tomorrow funny face has become an artistic and technical marvel the hurdle to clear was the SD they have had little difficulty getting almost all level 4`s for their fd across the board all year D&W fd just does not cut it amymore it has not improved since skate america i even think pechalat and bourzat might challenge them for silver.
I'm feeling a bit let-down... the political explanations (judges, home team) make sense but are depressing. And I would understand if V/M beat D/W on PCS because the formers' skate today was so alive... but tech? OTOH, why did Meryl and Charlie take out that cool fishdive ending they had at 4CC? I hope the judging is fair tomorrow. Otherwise, Meryl should make sure to break her nose next year.
BTW, where is Doris?
I just finished watching the last three groups on our tv, but I can comment to the things I understand from icedance:
Capelini/Lanote get my vote for best dress and best program and then Natalie and Fabian, for their courage. Kudos to french team for being there to cheer!
I liked Tessa's dress most from early in the season, the blue one. This one was not very rumba like. Too bad that Carron/Jones didnt qualify, I liked them a lot at Euros. I dont understand why R/T are so low, I always like them more than I/K, and I read Bobrova had birthday today, thats a bad birthday gift!
I am not so sure D and W deserve to win the gold if they skate their best and V and M skate their best. They both have amazing performances and it is kind of some like Chinese food and others like Italian both are good which one do you like unless someone makes an error. I do think V and M deserved today's win and the spread should have been more as I mentioned earlier but I also thought P and B were too close far too close to D and W and that W and P should have been closer. Originally I th uoght I and K were overmarked but when you look at their performance i agree it should be higher than the Italians but in the end they are basically tied. I still believe that V and M and D and W if they skate their best should tie technically but on PCS V and M deserve the win.