And when is a competition NOT close between these two? That's why it is one of the best rivalries in any sport. So can we please keep the childish taunts off the board? It tarnishes the entire discussion.
Just caught the top two on YouTube. Stunning performance by D/W.
Filtering out the "pause," I still enjoyed V/M's FD more than I have in previous competitions.
The WC will be extremely important for V/M, from a sports psychology point of view. Win or lose, they've got to skate lights out... or D/W will "have their number."
Cant wait for the two top teams to move on, seems like they could do no wrong, ever!
FREE DANCE - RESULT & VIDEOS (Updated)
1. Meryl DAVIS & Charlie WHITE (USA) - 187.36 Free Dance, 2nd Copy
2. Tessa VIRTUE & Scott MOIR (CAN) - 184.32 Free Dance, 2nd Copy
3. Madison CHOCK & Evan BATES (USA) - 160.42 Free Dance
4. Maia SHIBUTANI & Alex SHIBUTANI (USA) - 159.97
5. Piper GILLES & Paul POIRIER (CAN) - 157.83 Free Dance
6. Nicole ORFORD & Thomas WILLIAMS (CAN) - 139.10
7. Cathy REED & Chris REED (JPN) - 131.04
8. Danielle OBRIEN & Gregory MERRIMAN (AUS) - 123.88
9. Xiaoyang YU & Chen WANG (CHN) - 108.82
10. Anna NAGORNYUK & Viktor KOVALENKO (UZB) - 107.02
11. Emi HIRAI & Marien DE LA ASUNCION (JPN) - 105.56
12. Bryna OI & Taiyo MIZUTANI (JPN) - 89.80
13. Pilar MAEKAWA & Leonardo MAEKAWA (MEX) - 85.02
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On a completely different tone, who enjoyed the Aussies' program? Now that was entertaining! Pity I won't be seeing them at worlds. If only the isu lowered the tech min score of the sd from 29 to 28.50!
How's this for weird
Spins and twizzles are stronger for D/W than V/M, but V/M outscored them here.
Lifts tend to be basically equal - I don't think there's a trend; D/W won that.
Footwork - V/M outGOED D/W by 0.01, but that pales in comparison to D/W's out levelling them on one step seqence (1.5 points difference right there).
D/W are clearly working like maniacs this year to avoid a repeat of last year. Very curious what happens at Worlds. I think D/W are the heavy favourites at this point.
Well, I think it will be really hard for V/M on the Worlds after that second place. They`ve just put themselves under even higher pressure. They`ll really need to start working on that little details of Carmen (or they could just add some element, can they? I˙m not really familiar with the rules) to be able to gain enough points to beat Americans, since D/W now have a really strong leading position (as in self-confidence as also in difficulty of the programe), for me they are perfect this year.
If today`s flaw of V/M was intentional, it was a tactical mistake made towards themselves. Although I am a big fan of both couples, I am kind of slowly losing faith in V/M`s "big surprise to win the gold" on the worlds. Considering D/W, they should just keep drilling and upgrading Notre dame for Sochi and I am sure they are on a good way to get the olympic gold.
Can`t wait the worlds!!!
I hope this becomes a discussion issue at the next congress. Figure skating is quite generous when it comes to these things. Maybe the idea of a receiving a deduction for calling a timeout only to continue can be a good idea. It should be like the deductions skaters receive for music or costume violations or interruptions- an add on penalty which does not affect the technical or presentation marks.
if you call time out you are causing a delay in the schedule. If you decide to withdraw its fine but if you restart paying a penalty is fair.
Also on a small side note, did anyone notice that virtue and moir were quite late in the music? Somehow they lost a lot of time between their spin and their circular step sequence.
Asada can try a 3A in second half of the program. She can just stop the program, catch her breath for 2 minutes and do 3A. Very good ISU
I hope Tessa doesn't have some ongoing illness we don't know about. Was it at SCI when she had to run backstage, leaving Scott alone on the podium?