I wish D and W well but I wish there was some way of rewarding V and M for their innovativeness and versatility. It is a bit like the great Michelle Kwan - her programs really looked similar -- different costume but had a similar look about it - though gorgeous. D and W aren't at that level but everything kind of looks the same. Now I will be criticized and D/W fans will differ I am just saying they haven't really taken chances.
^ I don't think the IJS is set up to reward originality, creativity, novelty, etc. A level four twizzle sequence is still a level four even if you have been doing the exact same sequence, regardless of the music, in every program for five years.
As for the incomparable Michelle Kwan, yeah, her approach was, "if its not broke, don't fix it." Five world championships later...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OLzIvi1FbA to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2auou58sUa0 there are some differences, but not a lot, the programs are similar, the style is similar, the elements are similar... Beautiful, but always almost the same...
some politcking will happen no doubt but looks like good news for W/P as they will have the undivided attention now of C/K
Back to topic: If P/B believes the best choice for them is to move to Igor camp, then we fans support their decision, root for them and wish them good luck, just like we have been doing so far.
I sincerely hope Nathalie and Fabian to have the best season, which is injury-free!
Hmm... well, I won't say Pechalat/Bourzat are washed up but I personally never found them very interesting to begin with. I don't know if Schpilband can save them but I don't think he can hurt them. They were always a distant 3rd in my mind and now there are several teams that can challenge for 3rd so the heat is on.
And I agree with several of you--I will be utterly shocked if D/W and V/M don't finish 1-2 in some fashion but my 3rd place bias is Cappellini/Lanotte. Assuming D/W and V/M both retire after Sochi, I'll be interested to hear who's moving to Zoueva's camp.
If only they hadn't been in the unfortunate advent of IJS where dance on the whole suffered.
Wow, what a shock!
I think P&B will do very well with Igor. Fabian's twizzles need a little of the Shpilband magic, and P&B have done well but not perfections in the SD pattern dances. Igor's team of Fusar-Poli & Klimova (and himself of course) have been very successful to help teams up their technical ante. I just hope C&B and C&L don't get lost in this shuffle.
I don't think P&B are done, I don't think they're boring, and they have done amazing the last 2 seasons considering their injuries and difficulties. One can't deny however, that age is not on their side.
I believe V&M have always said they will retire next year, D&W said not, but if they win the Olympics, I would not be surprised if they do retire--which would be a leg up for every other country's dance teams.
But yes, things can change. The question is, how much?
The reason why the Notre Dame dance wasn't as successful for me as a piece of choreography was precisely because it seemed to a step backward after three years of technical and artistic progress for Marlie. And even this year, Charlie in particular has made great artistic strides, particularly in his connection to Meryl AND his control--he's finally showing that he can hold back and control that amazing power of his, to hold then release a move, rather than go balls-to-the-walls as he did for years. I would love to see Marlie skate that tango program now--that choreography was intense (enough so that they had to change it in order to temper the momentum of the program at one point), and with their undeniable improvements in connection and control, I think it would really be something. There is no doubt that Voir are the more naturally gifted, but to deny that Marlie hasn't taken incredible chances with their artistry--and succeeded beautifully--is something I cannot disagree with more strongly.