Yes I think they have. I also think Davis & White could find themselves vurnerable to being caught and even passed by teams like Weaver & Poje, and a couple of the Russian teams (NOT Bobrova & Soloviev though) by Sochi. Olympic silver is probably going to be as good as it gets for them when it comes to the Olympics.
One advantage D/W have is the step pattern in the SDs - the Yankee Polka in the 12/13 season and the Finnstep in the 13/14 season - is very much designed for them. Fast feet puts the European teams at a deep disadvantage, and even V/M will be playing some catchup her.e
3/4 times they have skated the FD, V/M have gotten a level 4 in the diagonal step sequence. The one time they didn't was at Canadian nationals. Pure coincidence?
emdee..There is no singles event in ice dance and as NorthernDancers points out, it's the quality of both partners together that makes a team.
I'm not sure you ever could really say that PP was a superior skater to AP..Andrew did have good early training, and you always could see the quality. Although he did not have the advantage of being in a partnership of long duration , he never had the posture problems that Paul still has ( although to a lesser degree ) and Andrew never seemed distant from his partner. Any advantage Paul may have had in edges and power has now been at least equalized , if not surpassed ... and Paul has quite a way to go to equal Andrew's fluid use of his body and genuine seeming expression...now Paul has a partner who is in no way ( at this stage ) the equal of Kaitlyn . I think the international scores W/P have been receiving are proof that they aren't simply relying on emotion. That they can manage to convey emotion is just another feather in their caps.
Sorry if this went OT..now I've run myself out of time I'll have to come back to address the real topic.
Last edited by colleen o'neill; 04-03-2012 at 08:01 PM.
No.Have Virtue & Moir moved decisively back ahead of Davis & White?
Back to the original question--
No. I think it's a dead heat between those two, and the judges show that. Otherwise, V/M would be winning by more than two points. Also, I think their coaching team sees this and will be doing all they can to make sure each team is the best it can be.
Although, truth be told, although each coach on their team may have its own favorite, I think they view that if any of their skaters win, it is a success for the school. If V/M win, it is good for the S/Z school. Same if D/W win...
This paricular contest is wonderfully entertaining, but the usual scenario, in a case like this, is the arrival of a dark horse that can beat them both.