The Shibs beat C/B in the free dance here, and would have at nationals as well, had it not been for the lift deduction. But eh, maybe the Shibs reign of offensive terror over ice dance will come to an end one and for all next season.
Yay for D/W.
As for Tessa and Scott. I think the biggest issue with that program, besides it being Carmen, is that at times it seems as though they aren't sure about the program. It's like they want to perform the heck out of it but are cautious because they just aren't sure about it. Caremn isn't the type of music that you can hold back with, you have to really have to go for it. Right from the start of the season it seems as though they've just been going through the motions and have no connection to that music what so ever. Regardless of how I feel about them and how I've felt about their past programs, they could always sell the program and I always felt they believed in their programs, I don't feel that way with Carmen.
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Leg cramping (for Alex) also was the reason that the Shibutanis stopped and restarted their program at a previous competition.
I posted the official ISU language regarding restarting earlier in the thread (post #104 on p. 7).
And @LynnRutherford tweeted (emphasis added):
Scoured ISU rules after Virtue&Moir stopped FD midway 2day&restarted, no deduction. Lots of words, seems 2 be at referee discretion #4CC2013
6:15 AM - 10 Feb 13
So the rules were followed (whether the haters like it or not).
There's also the issue of allowing a team to restart and then assessing technical merit as though there was no pause. Obviously, taking a short break and catching your breath is going to help in the remainder of your program. I just don't see a fair way to judge this, but I think a penalty has to account for this fact. It would be very bad for figure skating for a team to win a competition over similar caliber after stopping during the performance.
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Ryan Pyette @RyanatLFPress
Cramp in the leg isn't usually much to worry about, but Tessa Virtue has proven a warrior who doesn't stop for minor pain.
10:18 AM - 10 Feb 13
Congratulations to Davis/White.
Wishing the best for Virtue/Moir (and the Shibutanis!) next time.
FREE DANCE - RESULT & VIDEOS (Updated)
1. Meryl DAVIS & Charlie WHITE (USA) - 187.36 Free Dance, 2nd Copy, Interview
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 Free Dance
5. Piper GILLES & Paul POIRIER (CAN) - 157.83 Free Dance
6. Nicole ORFORD & Thomas WILLIAMS (CAN) - 139.10 Free Dance
7. Cathy REED & Chris REED (JPN) - 131.04 Free Dance
8. Danielle OBRIEN & Gregory MERRIMAN (AUS) - 123.88 Free Dance
9. Xiaoyang YU & Chen WANG (CHN) - 108.82
10. Anna NAGORNYUK & Viktor KOVALENKO (UZB) - 107.02 Free Dance
11. Emi HIRAI & Marien DE LA ASUNCION (JPN) - 105.56 Free Dance
12. Bryna OI & Taiyo MIZUTANI (JPN) - 89.80 Free Dance
13. Pilar MAEKAWA & Leonardo MAEKAWA (MEX) - 85.02
Complete Final Warm-Up Group
Medal Ceremony: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
I just think D/W continue to improve even after being together for so many season. Honestly I think they should have won Worlds last year but they are just so close in talent. Just never know.
Tennis has a rule allowing for medical time-outs, doesn't it?
I think the legal break is several minutes long (don't know exactly), during which a trainer is permitted to attend to cramping (or whatever ails the player).
And I'm pretty sure that tennis players at the very top of the sport have been known to take such time-outs when necessary.
p.s. Thanks as always to Mao88 for finding and organizing all the video links.
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Thank you to all for the many videos!
I continue to be impressed by how D/W continue to polish and improve their FD. I wasn't sold to it at the beginning of the season, but they have since made me a fan of it. They performed the heck out it, especially Charlie.
Hope Tessa makes a full recovery.
Wishing the Shibs the best at worlds!!
Finally watched the top two free dances - I just cannot get over how good both of these teams are. I'm really speechless. I would never want to be a judge who had to differentiate between them. The interruption was really too bad, and I do hope Tessa is just fine - but it was too bad as such a thing always is, but also becasue I just thought they were nailing this. Good for them for finishing as strong as they started and wow, wow, and wow to Meryl and Charlie - they really do give 100+%.
I think we're so lucky to see V & M. Though they lost understandably so. You can just see by their lines, posture and emoting they are the best that we will see for some time. How they get beaten in artistry is beyond me. But as they say taste is taste, not going to argue this further. They need to take a gamble, IMHO, Tessa will always need to manage her legs, so keep the technique creditable and maximize on GOE points. If Morozov can engineer fairly comfortable lifts for I&K I am sure these guys can do so and much more impressively. They must see that there is no point arguing with physics, M&C have the perfect size difference and apparently strength to maximize on technique, they just need to be smarter. They (personal opinion here) are the better dancers so play to this strength instead.
I really hope they don't call it quits before Sochi, they'll be missed