From Ice Network:
Classy as always, Ms. Davis.When asked what were the reasons for the 2.7 points between them and Virtue and Moir in the free dance, Davis and White could not provide any answer.
"We do not know, but we will be willing to find out what the judges are expecting so that we can come back stronger," Davis said. "We're aiming for progress. Concerning our performance here, we're really proud of it."
It actually did, but Alex tumbled on their opening twizzles, and Maia looked completely lost for a short while before catching him again.
"It's been a challenge [to complete the program after that]," Alex said afterward. "But we train so hard for every possible situation that we managed to come back strong after that. It's another learning experience to put under our belts. We'll come back stronger next year."
Mrs P translating fred astraire and an iconic oscar winning actress is risky especially for a movie that was not well known, the lifts by virtue and moir are superior and all new their GOE higher than D&W, the skating skills and step sequences better in unison V&M skate closer together the dance holds more seamless, Charlie has to do running steps to catch Meryl who can hit fugly positions sometimes.
I don't think "Funny Face" was groundbreaking in general, but I do think it was a risk for V/M. The music is rooted in the American/Broadway idiom (in a sport that's culturally more European than anything), they're working with iconic figures (so if they fail, they feel like palid imitations). They haven't really tackled a story/character piece, so it was new for them as well, along with a broader emotional range than any program they've done.
CAS, I'd be interested in hearing more thoughts about P/B. It's hard not to feel like this is a lifetime achievement award of sorts - a medal for skating well under duress on home ice.
1.) Funny Face is a very well-known movie. I love that movie actually. It's considered a movie classic and garnered several Academy Award nominations. Also Gershwin songs are pretty well known. S'Wonderful is a very popular standard.
2.) Again WHY are the lifts higher than D/W? You can't just say it's "superior."
3.) Do you have any photos of these "fugly positions" you speak of?
After rewatching the programs i think the french deserved bronze, weaver and poje were incredible but all the lifts they used this year were from past programs, i do concede the french did really push the boundaries there on their lifts, they skate faster as well although the second half of their program did lose energy somewhat.
But why should D/W be penalized for doing music that suits them this year? Just because they didn't pick challenging music (per the definition, I suppose), the program itself was still quite challenging with a lot of great transitions. (I'm not really aiming this at you IP, just thinking out loud.)
Music is just one essence of the FD...
Last edited by Mrs. P; 03-29-2012 at 10:48 PM.
I liked how Weaver congratulated Pechalat at the end of their program.