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    News Virtue and Moir News

    I have not posted or checked any posts for awhile here at Golden Skate, so I don't know if anyone else has posted this. Anyway, I just heard this news on the radio today - Virtue and Moir are making a six part tv show this winter about their preparation for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi. It's going to be about their lives on and off the ice. I am looking forward to seeing this show!

    http://www.therecord.com/sports-stor...rtue-and-moir/

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    Ooh, exciting. Yet again I wish I were Canadian. (Love my country, but we've become so backward about skating.)

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    I wish I could follow the finest and the most beautiful ice dancers in the world. So good.

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    Thanks for the news, Ladskater.

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    Hopefully some kind soul will upload it to YouTube or something the day after it airs. Then I'd rush to go watch (read: d/l) each episode before it gets taken down!

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    I added the Virtue/Moir SD/FD music announcements to the Programs thread.

    Cross-posting here the source article link and its other V/M news:

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    Secret's out: Virtue, Moir disclose program music
    Olympic champions to jazz it up in short, go classical route in free

    By Klaus-Reinhold Kany and Lynn Rutherford, special to icenetwork.com
    (08/05/2013)

    The IN article has bits of other news.
    - Virtue: "we have five new lifts and other new elements in our programs."
    - Per Zoueva, Finlandia [ETA: meaning Finlandia Trophy] likely will be V/M's first international competition. (As marikat previously reported in the V/M fan thread, they will skate their SD on Sat Aug 10 at the Quebec summer championships.)
    - "Virtue -- who had operations in 2008 and 2010 to correct compartmental exertion syndrome in her legs -- emphasized that full-time training has not been a problem for her."
    - Virtue says they don't know whether they will retire after Sochi. []

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    Their choices seem very safe to me. To overwhelm their judges they'll have to work that much harder. They've seen them do these type of dances so many times before. But who knows maybe they'll give these programs a fresh twist.

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    I was so eager to learn about the new programs that I saw the word "Finlandia" and immediately thought that V/M were going to skate to the piece Finlandia by Sibelius. Whoops! That's the venue, not the music. Wake up, Olympia....

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    Virtue and Moir have skated to a more diverse selection of music and dance styles in their fd's during their competitive career than their nearest rivals. I wonder why people don't think DW have to work that much harder when they unveil yet another bombastic, theatrical epic, either literally or in execution.

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    I agree with you here. I just think that D/W, although limited in their artistic range, their athleticism and technical skills seem to have won over the judges in recent memory. They're actually quite amazing when they have the right material, for example Sampson and Delilah. However their speed, athleticism, and just sheer strength masks how little interaction they have with each other. Bless Meryl, IMO she interprets for them both. They're not dancers. Yet still on many an occasion their PCS marks are higher than those of V/M. Like it or lump it, its just the way COP works. Techies have a greater chance of coming out on top. So maybe if V/M were to be somewhat novel, equipped with the ease of execution that D/W have they'd have a chance. Though not exactly my taste I think that was what they were trying to do last year, they just couldn't match D/W in terms of performance execution.

    As I said however, I hope they prove us all wrong and do something grand. May the best skate on that night, WIN!

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    Actually, for whatever reason, D&W have been more adventurous and interesting in their OPs & SDs than in their FDs. While they don't have as great on ice connection as V&M, they have a great connection to their music, which is why you will see audiences around the world giving them standing ovations, a sure sign that a team is not merely technical; it is not just the judges that love D&W.

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    I think both teams have done a fair job of exploring music choices, however I would say they did not "step up" to grab the opportunity that was uniquely before them, as dominant, North American (and thus 'face changing' 'culture differentiated') champions, and truly take a lead in either altering or broadening or expanding upon the music choices that used in competition, in a way which would have allowed the sport to evolve - at least from a music standpoint. This comment is naturally an opinion (and many may feel there is no need to expand musical offerings in the context of competitive programs) but I think it was a bit of an opportunity lost. I'm not saying it would have been EASY in any way, shape, or form - given the rules. And yet, that is exactly my point ... true "path finding" leaders of a "next generation" become the ones to shape, force, influence the rules (e.g., Torvill-Dean). And in this particular regard, while these teams most definitely leave a legacy with much to be proud of (quality performances, etc) they are in my opinion, clearly not achieving, as they approach what seems likely to be their final competitive seasons (yes, maybe, maybe not) and high-exposure Olympic year. Not a diss. Just an observation and given how much we are seeing the predictable similarity of music choices coming from SO MANY of the skaters this season, emblematic of an issue, not addressed in this generation, and not by these two great teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    Their choices seem very safe to me. To overwhelm their judges they'll have to work that much harder. They've seen them do these type of dances so many times before. But who knows maybe they'll give these programs a fresh twist.
    Well, given that they've got to do a quickstep, their aren't that many SD music options in terms of genre. It's got to be a jazzy, snappy rhythm, unless they do something completely out of the box, like a polka/ballet mashup. I think the Finnstep will be a crowd-pleaser for audiences.

    I confess to not being up to snuff with 20th century Russian composers, but I've never even heard of their FD music. The man/woman going through life together theme seems like one that would suit their strengths.

    Small tidbit concerning D/W - short dance will emphasize speed and flow, and will be different than V/ M.

    I don't suppose that's all that surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    I was so eager to learn about the new programs that I saw the word "Finlandia" and immediately thought that V/M were going to skate to the piece Finlandia by Sibelius. Whoops! That's the venue, not the music. Wake up, Olympia....
    Which, by the way, would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    Their choices seem very safe to me. To overwhelm their judges they'll have to work that much harder. They've seen them do these type of dances so many times before. But who knows maybe they'll give these programs a fresh twist.
    I think they've already confirmed that they weren't going to decide to be adventurous this season ever since it turned out that their Carmen FD didn't work for the judges. If the rumor stating that D/W is skating their new FD to Scheherazade is true, I would say it's even more of a safe choice than V/M's- at least V/M is skating to a type of music that isn't commonly used in figure skating.

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