Congratulations to all the medalists!!
D/W: Their second outing and all of a sudden I am a fan of this free dance! Don't know what changed, but it was very lovely and emotional.
I/K: Good for them on giving such a good performance despite being ill. Personally I prefer their short dance to their free.
Shibs: So happy they were able to medal! And this is my favorite free dance of theirs.
Now to the final! First head to head between D/W and V/M. I am actually more curious about how the two Russian teams will stack up. Could be a good preview of Russian Nationals.
FREE DANCE - VIDEOS & RESULT (Updated)
1. Meryl DAVIS & Charlie WHITE (USA) - 178.48 Free Dance, 2nd Copy
2. Elena ILINYKH & Nikita KATSALAPOV (RUS) - 156.62 Free Dance
3. Maia SHIBUTANI & Alex SHIBUTANI (USA) - 154.56 Free Dance
4. Nicole ORFORD & Thomas WILLIAMS (CAN) - 130.10 Free Dance
5. Cathy REED & Chris REED (JPN) - 124.46 Free Dance
6. Penny COOMES & Nicholas BUCKLAND (GBR) - 122.80
7. Xintong HUANG & Xun ZHENG (CHN) - 119.56
8. Xiaoyang YU & Chen WANG (CHN) - 108.28
I was comparing V/M spin to D/W spin in the FD, both level 4 spin. D/W spin faster (+1.21 GOE NHK). V/M is slower (+0.5 GOE COR) but show much more tenderness and intimacy with M's head below V and looking at her while they spin. To me it feel like V/M has a private moment on ice and sharing with the audience. That's the type of connections I like to see from D/W.
But that's V&M style. To each its own. The last thing I would like to see is Merlie trying to copy anyone else. They don't need it. It seems to me that they have much more of an athletic and powerful approach to their free dances and it just looks spectacular the way it is. Besides I don't believe that every single ice-dance team has to look like they are in love. If someone like Virtue & Moir can have moments in which we feel like witnessing an intimate moment it's fine. It looks great. But if someone tries to express themselves in a different way showing power like Merlie or a theatrical approach like Zhiganshina & Gazsi that's great as well.
I'm relatively new to this whole Ice Dance thing (didn't really start following it until the 2010 Olympics; though it caught my eye in 2006 when B/A won silver), but I'm having a hard time with this whole connection = being in love concept. And I have a hard time with D/W = no connection.
Because I do believe D + W have a connection with each other. But I see that connection more of a theatrical and athletic one rather than of an intimate nature. This might sound silly to you, but they kind of remind me of those who do those synchronized diving events. When you watch the top Chinese divers in a platform diving event, like at the Olympics, you are amazed, not just because they are good athletics, but they have a connection with each other that enables them to dives with great precision and coordination. And when they do that, it's sort of like art to see their bodies work together to achieve this athletic feat.
Likewise, I feel that D + W's long partnership has enabled the connect each other in a way that enables them to express their power and athleticism in a beautiful way. I think that's the best way I can explain it.
I also think it's great that V/M are able to express intimate moments in their skating. I agree with mikiandorocks that we should be lucky we can see so many different styles in Ice Dance. I think it does increase interest in the sport when many styles can thrive.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 11-25-2012 at 09:53 PM.
1. It's not as if D/W have avoided programs with romantic themes, though. Phantom of the Opera is a romantic melodrama and they clearly included gestures and moments meant to convey that (they failed at that, imo). Their Tango was a similarly chaste affair (though so technically audacious and thrilling it almost didn't matter).
2. For me, it's that I don't see their bodies work together as much as I'd like. When they do, it can be thrilling (all the lifts in the tango, the DF rotational lift). But because Charlie tends to be of limited expressivity, they really didn't "perform" as well (their Latin SD was a notable exception). Connection doesn't mean being in love. A pair like Savchenko/Szolkowy demonstrate that all the time but I don't see as deeply with D/W. It's definitely not a theatrical connection (athletic I can buy, but not theatrical). Those synchro divers you mention tend to seem more mechanical than anything, so it might just be different perceptions (though D/W definitely have a mechanistic quality to some of their movements)
I like this discussion about connection.
As everyone knows, V/M and D/W are very different teams but to say that D/W have no connection other than an athletic one is not only selling them short but is also missing the more elusive quality of their connection.
V/M have more of a traditional romantic connection with a lot of eye contact, body control, slow accentuation of their lines, and intimacy. I also feel that it's more traditional because it seems to me to be generated by Scott and received by Tessa and it's rooted in their physicality with one another.
However, I feel that D/W also have a romantic connection on the ice but it's less traditional and also less rooted in the physical- it's more a meeting of the minds. To me their connection is more cerebral even though they express it through movement- whether it takes a light, infectious, joyous quality or if it's darker and anguished. They have an emotional energy that flows out of them so that their Yankee polka is the lightest and most gay of all the interpretations. Charlie is also a real gentleman in his manner but it can be a delight to see that when he does send that energy out that Meryl reacts to it with a twinkle in her eye in their lighter programs. Their darker programs have more pulsing undertones that can be sexual but more mysterious and held in than V/M. I also feel that Meryl generates quite a bit of the emotional connection between the two of them in these instances while Charlie is the one receiving so the flow of romance feels different. She has a gentle, dreamy, indirect kind of energy that she uses to reach out and touch him with and it seems to absorb into him so they don't always look at each other but the connection is still there.
I also feel that D/W's emotions when they skate are less controlled than V/M's so to me the abandon in their movement is something that's uniquely their own.
Last edited by missysays; 11-26-2012 at 01:39 AM.
D and W and V and M are both awesome teams. it is such a debate as to who is better. I do think V and M need to focus more on the techinical elements - speed, crispness and the lifts but they do have the stronger programme in the free probably but techn not as strong. The real battle is the bronze after gold and silver. Well maybe not. P and B - the judges like them; I personally think W and P, I and K and B and S should be over them this year and maybe the Shibs as well and mayb eC and L. Someone is going to get lost in the shuffle between C and L, W and P, and the two russians. I don't think the second American team can squeeze by them. A world bronze by P and B in 2013 will probably push them to Sochi but if they fall to say 7th or 8th we might hear a retirement.
The meeting of the minds is the perfect way to describe their connection. I feel what the audience gets out of Meryl and Charlie is the opportunity to see two people who enjoy dancing their hearts out ice together -- not because they are connected in a romantic feeling or way, but rather they are feeling off the energy they get knowing they're in in the same place, in body and spirit. And that energy, when the program is done well, actually ends up being projected to the audience.
That's not to say Tessa and Scott don't get that same feeling of being in the same place in body and spirit -- I know they do, but again they express it quite differently.
In the end, I don't think one connection is superior to the other, just different -- and as a result you're going to have some fans drawn to one or the other. That's just how it goes.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 11-26-2012 at 02:00 AM.