02-16-2013, 12:35 PM
True, but not quite true. Soviets skaters were professionals, trained from the childhood and boosted by communist system. At that time American skaters (and many European skaters) were not professionals. That was one of the reasons why Soviet skaters won. Soviet skaters were better but that was because they weren't amateurs.
02-16-2013, 12:54 PM
And Soviet skaters stayed together because they had to. There was no choice, so no partner shopping.
02-16-2013, 03:34 PM
D&W's few programs put all of the old school Russian pairs to shame. I can't imagine any single one of them skating to a D&W programs without puking, passing out, dying on the ice at the end. They were never in the same league technically, although people still think the theatric dramas they amped up somehow make them more "artistic" Yeah, whatever.
02-16-2013, 03:42 PM
I know they're British that's not what I was saying. "By north Americans" meant audiences and commentators in America not the team of t/d.
Originally Posted by tulosai
02-16-2013, 05:14 PM
Maybe some like Bestiamanova & Bukin or Usova & Zhulin. However Klimova & Ponomarenko, Gritschuk & Platov, and Krylova & Ovsiannikov all skated incredibly difficult programs, and did so with amazing power, command, and a larger than life quality.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
02-17-2013, 01:50 AM
Off the ice
And the women had better lines and positions than Meryl, while they were at it
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
It's worth noting that dance teams in the past had to put a lot more time and effort into training CDs. We see teams now struggle to hit the required points when all they have to do is patterns in the SD, but up until a decade ago, teams did two CDs in competition. I don't know if it's comparable to training figures, but surely it would have affected the training and its focus.
I don't see much point in comparing difficulty between eras when the program requirements were so different.
02-17-2013, 04:35 AM
Wicked Yankee Girl