Meryl and Charlie were gorgeous. They do need to get higher levels on those step sequences though and fast...before the GPF. Last year they got level 4s on EVERYTHING and thats what they need. The last minute of that program is just beautiful though. all those lifts that go so well with the music and the story. Charlie seemed to show a little more passion and emotion at SA...I would like to see him maintain that level of performance.
Have to say, side by side, I love Notre Dame more than Carmen right now, but might change my mind by worlds.
First thing I want to say about this FD: 96 for I/K has been just disgusting!! Considering the scores that B/S and C/L received it was aburde: almost 51 for the PCS! It's maybe my problem, but there's nothing I like in their FD after the first 30 second... I just can't get why they receive so high scores... They are Morozov skaters?
Then that I'm happy for the Shibs, they deserved the silver medal! I like this program but maybe I expected too much from them, so I can't fully appreciate it...
And I liked D/W a lot more than at SA, but my favourite FD of the season remains V/M's Carmen!
From Ice Network:So sorry for Elena. Glad she managed to do the dance and well. FWIW, I do think Elena and Nikita do perform the heck out of that FD, so I think that does help them get a boost in the PCS.
Ilinykh and Katsalapov's routine to music from The Ghost featured Level 4 twizzles and lifts and a Level 4 spin, while the footwork earned a Level 2 and 3.
The reigning European bronze medalists achieved a new season's best as well with 95.66 points and moved up one spot to second, finishing with 156.62 points.
"Today was a tough day. Lena suffered from a kind of (food) poisoning. I found out about it just shortly before we skated," Katsalapov revealed. "It was a shock for the whole team, and everybody tried to help her, and me, too."
D/W did peak at Worlds in 2011 when they won.
A pattern is a pattern until it breaks. I think in fact D/W are in a great position -- they still have some work to do on the tech, but I think they have a key opportunity to work on the PCS side more as well. We'll see!