I'm actually more outraged that M-T/M were severely underscored in the SP, and should have cleared 200, maybe even taken the bronze if not for D/R's high difficulty.
Bottom line: I think we all knew that there was no way the Canadians would beat the Germans regardless of how they skated, and this proved it.
The judges use GOE hold up skater, how a flawed element can get +1 and +2 instead of a deduction is beyond me...
Great skate from Tanya/Max
guess the vodoo and rabid cursing didn't work
S/S were overscored, D/R should have gotten silver
However, I'm in no way surprised at all the huffing and puffing and dissing of S/S. They will never receive the full respect they deserve from TPTB and from some short-sighted and biased fans. S/S are one of those underdog teams, even as defending 4-time World champions, who have to keep proving themselves over and over. Yes, they have won 4 World championships, but that's because they deserved those championships however grudgingly the judges gave them the points. Being a few decimals behind D/R in sp was an in-your-face tsk tsk to S/S by skating community:
"You guys are old, and you didn't bring innovative and inspiring programs this season, so nah, nah, now you've got to fight just to make second place! We hope it will be all about your crappy costumes next season too, cuz there's no way you're gonna get Olympic gold ever, ever. You'll be lucky to get another Olympic bronze. V/T are aesthetically so much better than you even if they don't yet have a well-defined style and are only relying on their Russian lines and clout. Even if V/T come up with more boring programs next season, V/T will be propped because come on, they're Russian pairs and the tradition is gonna get back on track just in time."
Ya know, even when they burst onto the scene with their breath of fresh air skating at 2005 Worlds, S/S were soundly sent the message to wait their turn. They were better than some teams in front of them, clearly! But they received two 6th place finishes at Worlds before finally ISU judges had to give in and start rewarding them. They were just too good, too original and innovative. Even the attacks against Steuer and the effort to break up the threesome did not work. They remained steadfast and loyal to each other and they changed pairs skating in the process. Keep turning up your noses people. I hope S/S go home and retool and come out next season to Shock and Awe! Obviously, that's what they'll have to do ... move mountains and wrought miracles, just to even begin to come close to the slightest possibility of edging V/T. Of course, S/S will also be fighting not only against judges, biased skating fans, Russians and the powerful Russian federation, their own federation, and their hugely talented competitors, but also against father time's effects on their bodies. More power to you S/S and S!!!
Like another poster here said: S/S Never Give Up!!! And they never rest on their laurels. Ha ha, that someone here also said S/S put in the 3-axel at the end of their fp to scare other teams. S/S don't need to scare other teams, they have respect for other teams and for figure skating. And other pairs teams actually do respect S/S (even if they never say so). Other teams are also in awe of S/S's talent and chutzpah. A measure of that respect is the way in which S/S and S's pairs innovations have been copied by other teams over the years. I think Tatiana idolizes Aliona, and fancies herself in Aliona's image -- she trained with Aliona under Steuer prior to pairing with Maxim. During that tenure, Tatiana picked up quite a few of Aliona's mannerisms. V/T and S/S are hugely competitive with each other, but they also have a great deal of respect for each other too. D/R are over the moon to have been considered in the same class as S/S at these Worlds. Put that in your pipe and smoke it all you critiquers!!!
If there's any holding up, it's not because of nationality, it's just deference to the team that's dominated pairs skating for quite a while, until this season (and the last, really) when the cracks are starting to show. If things were reversed, and the Canadians were the four time world champions up against a newly successful German team, the judges would give the Canucks the higher marks, too... probably.
And having looked at the list of recent World Pairs medalists, I hope D/R can reverse the trend from the last 5 years, where winning the World bronze seems to trigger an immediate slide: Dubé/Davison broke up the partnership, and now neither skater is doing well. Kavaguti/Smirnov won bronze twice, but seems to get more and more behind with each season. Pang/Tong are geriatrics muddling about before they go off to have babies. Takahashi/Tran broke up soon after winning bronze. What horrible fate will befall Duhamel and Radford?
Some judging faux-pases:
- V/T got a 10.00 on performance/execution with a fall
- S/S got two +1's for their two-footed triple axel
I'm just thrilled to see the Canadians skating so well. It's been ages since we've had TWO world-podium worthy pairs teams on the national team. It's a big ask, but to have two top 5 placements in men's/pairs/ice dance and a top 5 in women's would be arguably our most successful Worlds. And a medal in every discipline would bode well... especially for the Olympic team event.
PAIRS FREE SKATE - RESULT & VIDEOS
1. Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR & Maxim TRANKOV (RUS) - 225.71 Free Skate
2. Aliona SAVCHENKO & Robin SZOLKOWY (GER) - 205.56
3. Meagan DUHAMEL & Eric RADFORD (CAN) - 204.56 Free Skate
4. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS & Dylan MOSCOVITCH (CAN) - 199.50 Free Skate
5. Qing PANG & Jian TONG (CHN) - 194.64 Free Skate
6. Yuko KAVAGUTI & Alexander SMIRNOV (RUS) - 191.59
7. Vera BAZAROVA & Yuri LARIONOV (RUS) - 184.72
8. Vanessa JAMES & Morgan CIPRES (FRA) - 180.17 Free Skate
9. Alexa SCIMECA & Chris KNIERIM (USA) - 173.51
10. Stefania BERTON & Ondrej HOTAREK (ITA) - 171.77