I recall it slightly differently. Marijane Strong sent the music to Marina/V&M thinking it was perfect for them. Marina didn't feel it. Then Elena Tchaikovskaia suggested the music to Marina for V&M. Because it was independently suggested for V&M by two different people Marina took a second look at it. It was not specifically suggested for the SD. The SD was going to be Carmen but when they sent the music to the ISU to get verified were told it was not suitable for the SD. So their intended SD became their FD. I understand that both Stong and Tchaikovskaia just heard the music and thought it was made for V&M to skate to which is why they brought it to Marina's attention. So the original SD ideas were Giselle for D&W and Carmen for V&M.
Originally Posted by golden411
On theme with the thread. I don't think the Shibs are underrated. I think they had great success in a year where they probably had their best programs that worked for their style and expression while capitalizing on the mistakes of other teams. I think they are a top ten team on a good day but they lack the style, expression and personality of teams above them. On a good day P&B, W&P, I&K (to name a few) are superior. I think they are technically better skaters than the Italian team C&L but they are eclipsed by them in style, expression and personality. I personally don't know if they have it in them to convincingly present anything other than what they did in Moscow. That may well have been the highlight of their career.
Interesting theory, BlackPack!! If you are right, my instinct is it may be Capellini/Lanotte's turn for bronze next year. (That is, if they continue to improve and get good programs.)
Originally Posted by BlackPack
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