Wow. Didn't see that result coming. Finally, at long last, a nice result for an American pair. At this point, we'll take what we can get.
They have a bit of an immature look about them, which time will fix. Hopefully.
I agree with another comment... they seemed a little rushed, but the shorter steps and lack of long gliding lines may have been part of the plan.
I liked their attack. I didn't feel afraid as I watched them.
Denney/Frazier need polishing but the speed, the fire and the attack throughout their program was great.
PAIRS FREE SKATE - RESULT & VIDEOS (Updated)
1. Haven DENNEY & Brandon FRAZIER (USA) - 155.83 Free Skate
2. Margaret PURDY & Michael MARINARO (CAN) - 154.70 Free Skate
3. Lina FEDOROVA & Maxim MIROSHKIN (RUS) - 154.57 Free Skate
4. Xiaoyu YU & Yang JIN (CHN) - 151.47 Free Skate
5. Evgenia TARASOVA & Vladimir MOROZOV (RUS) - 148.74 Free Skate
6. Brittany JONES & Ian BEHARRY (CAN) - 147.97 Free Skate
7. Annabelle PRÖLSS & Ruben BLOMMAERT (GER) - 147.83 Free Skate
8. Kamilla GAINETDINOVA & Ivan BICH (RUS) - 135.61 Free Skate
9. Jessica CALALANG & Zack SIDHU (USA) - 133.01 Free Skate
10. Britney SIMPSON & Matthew BLACKMER (USA) - 121.51 Free Skate
11. Hayleigh BELL & Alistair SYLVESTER (CAN) - 120.75 Free Skate
12. Meiyi LI & Bo JIANG (CHN) - 116.92
13. Giulia FORESTI & Leo Luca SFORZA (ITA) - 113.48 Free Skate
14. Julia LAVRENTIEVA & Yuri RUDYK (UKR) - 113.00
15. Marcelina LECH & Jakub TYC (POL) - 103.64 Free Skate
16. Rachel EPSTEIN & Dmitry EPSTEIN (NED) - 91.31 Free Skate
Congrats to the medallists. I know everyone was trying. There are years when there are "great" skates with huge potential but that is balanced with rather unextraordinary years. Nothing against anyone but this was a lull year. No doubt the medallists deserved their medals and there is some potential even in 4, 5 and 6th but not the huge promise of a G and G. I expected some huge pairs tricks considering some of the size differentiation and or some huge sbs jumps - none of that really materialized to a wow year - yes a few flicks here and there but not that of a "wow" year. As for pcs and artistry no real magic team either. nice, fairly pretty teams but far from special. just some observatioins and opinions.
Denney and Frasier were a huge surprise for me. I had never seen them before, but they made me a fan. I loved everything about their program, especially the wonderful choreography (which was lacking in some of the others IMO). Well deserving of a gold medal!
I'm also so happy for Purdy and Marinaro. They've been doing well in Canada for a while now, and it's nice to see that success translate to the international stage. I loved their polish and maturity during the FS, even though they had a few bobbles.
Fedorova/Miroshkin are future big stars in Pairs. They will move on over this JW-2013. And on a big scene we won't really see D/F&P/M.
M/R can't barely get a 2twist so no comparison here.
Lina is 15 / Maxim is 18 Years old and they intend to continue as Juniors for 2 more Seasons so plenty of time to develop more artistry
they have attempted triple jumps 3T and 3S, and they have done 2lz-2t
F/M can only land double jumps. Their doubles are not completely consistent though. Maybe they've tried a 3T or 3S in practice but they've never done it in competition. They need to do that before we start proclaiming them as future stars.
M/R can barely get a double twist? That's false. I remember a nice triple twist earlier this season (short program at NHK?).
Their triple twist in short program at NHK got almost all +1's.
Anyway, even if M/R's twist were hopeless, that's not going to improve F/M's chances. Where did you see F/M's 3T or 3S? What competition? Because as far as I can see, they've only performed doubles.