I thought the choir thing was cool also. Are they able to sing every national anthem, or what? I don't recall seeing that before.
This was a farce. I love SS, but they didn't deserve the marks they got. I just hope that there is enough backlash about the judging of this competition, that we see some changes next year. Yeah, not holding my breath... VT and SS will get gold and silver at the Olympics whether they skate well or not. It's in situations like this my love for figure skating is tested, how can you explain these results to casual viewers??
I'm anticipating the same will happen in the ladies with Carolina making errors and still gifted the silver (though I would hope that she goes clean and justifies her medal).
If S/S hadn't done the 3A throw at the end of the program, D/R would have won silver. I think it was very gutsy of Aljona and Robin to go for it.
The levels are what they are. I guess I understand that. And I would argue that's all the more reason why this scoring system is alienating people from the sport. I honestly don't care that the levels of D/R lifts weren't as high. I thought they were more musically appropriate and better executed. I hate having to wait for the protocols to be released so I can "understand" why the scoring is the way it is. There is nothing about this system that is more transparent. It simply allows for the judges to make up excuses for why one skater or team is propped up over another.
Honestly though, even with the levels, difficulty etc... the other place D/R were robbed was in the PCS. I warrant that S/S probably do have better SS and deserved the score they got for that, but no way did they have better performance, transition, choreography or interpretation than D/R. That's where D/R had them absolutely trounced. I would haver had D/R at least a point higher than S/S on all four of those which would have given them a 5.6 point advantage there. Factor in the difference in SS of .91 it would have come to 4.69 and the silver would have gone to D/R.
S/S are wonderful skaters but this was simply not their night. Yet again the NJS showing its flaws and holes. What's really a shame is that not only does this system alienate the fans, but it seems to only exasperate the problems it was put in place to eliminate. Bureaucracy and politics at its finest.
The fact there isn't a trillion of raging posts and that quite a few people (some of them Canadian!) actually defended the result is the biggest surprise of the World Championships so far.
(I'm totally on the fence myself. I don't think S/S skated well and I would not mark them so highly on the PCS for this performance but if they made the level features and D/R failed to do so, fair play.)
P/T seem to be following the usual Chinese Pairs' evolution: great technical skaters for oh, the first 70 or 80 years competing, then all of sudden they seem to develop great artistry.
Seriously though, I thought P/T had the most "beautiful" skate of the day, but you do have to give the best sbs spins award to the Russians.
I guess now we can talk about V/T-flation. Yes, they deserved the win, but that is a program of *big tricks* and not much else. And so it goes...
Rewatching D/R on CBC TV - they really have no flow out of any of their big tricks do they? They were crawling into the throw 3lutz. I hope this pushes MT/M to dethrone them next season - MT/M wuz robbed!!!!
After some thought, intellectually I understand the placements and have no more issues with it. I hope s/s are able to fully recover during the off season and develop interesting programs (i really liked pina and send in the clowns).
Really happy for both Canadian teams... 3 spots! 3rd and 4th! I think it is kind of perfect place for them... high enough to gain international recognition and close enough where they sense they can do better.