That said, if anyone can emotionally + mentally get though it, it's the Shibutanis. What I love about those two is that they are there for each other and clearly know how to deal with the other. Of course some of that comes with being brother and sister, but it also comes with being in a partnership for so long. That's why as a fan, I don't count them out ever. The fact they did not give up after he suffered all that pain speaks to their determination and persistence.
ETA: Given his injury, it will be interesting if they will be at NHK. Perhaps it would be best if they went back and focused on Nationals....
V&M's Carmen is really special. Nothing else coming this year out of Canton is even in the same universe choreography-wise IMO. Which is great for the Canadians, but for the other teams there...You clearly saw the difference between this and what the Shibutanis did. Even with the mishaps IMO the Shibutanis have a beautiful FD, much much better than that misguided and IMO potentially harmful for them SD, but it's not in the same class choreography-wise IMO. And neither is D&W's FD, it's good, but it's conceptionally so much weaker than what the Canadians are doing IMO. The German commentators said that V&M seem in a league of their own this year, and I do think the much superior quality of their FD to D&W's FD plays a major part in that perception. Yeah, it's not quite there yet technically, but still...(that's a recurring theme with all three teams: not as sharp in technique and levels).
I/K just need to dump that music cut. Right now. I can appreciate what they were going for...and perhaps with a different music cut (without endless speaking!) and less soapy melodrama it might work, but not as it is now. I'm glad that they got deductions and relatively little (for COR LOL!) points for this, perhaps they'll get the hint.
S/Z are super talented and have programmes stuck somewhere in the 80ies. They'll be wasting their potential if they don't get away from their coaches and/or if their coaches don't rethink their whole strategy about packaging teams.
Last edited by katha; 11-10-2012 at 12:39 PM.
It's a shame the Shibutani's debut started like this. I'm still perplexed by their SD music, but I love nothing more than being proven wrong when I think an idea isn't a great one.
My feed was so choppy so it was really hard for me to watch their FD, but Maia's hands were absolute perfection. Such a weird thing to note, I know, but I thought she looked pretty magical out there. I really hope they can grow from this experience as they get to NHK, and that Alex is able to make a full recovery before competition!
I love the Shibs and was amazed at how well they skated after the break, if Alex is injured. Maia is really quite a lovely dancer. Hope they can recoup for NHK.
On another note, what was up with Elena's "costume"? It looks like something you would wear for the Saturday housecleaning.
I hope Alex is alright. Watching it I was so scared like at 4CC last season. My heart dropped. But I am so looking forward to NHK Trophy, so I hope he has plenty of time to rest and treat his injury. Knowing Maia and Alex, they won't let this setback bring them down at all...praying for them~
One judge gave I/k a lot of sixes and one judge was a lot of sevens with most judges being all eights or some nines in pcs so they have to worry if it was not nationalist judging the sixes could grow at euros or just outside russia
I'm not sure I believe though that V/M are in a league all their own- I think they had a FD that is a legend in the making but their SD is only so-so for me. I think D/W's SD is the epitome of the polka/waltz concept- it's only unfortunate that their FD isn't on par with it or they would be difficult to beat.
As for I/K, unfortunately, I think their scores at Rostelecom Cup won't discourage them at all- I think they'll think they have a really great FD score and continue on with their FD. They got some deductions but not enough- it was still a really good score- even above W/P's FD scores so far this season if I'm not mistaken.