Sort of that feeling of "let's have fun and let go!"
As to the original topic of the thread, I rather enjoyed what I saw of their FD. Granted, it was not a perfect performance and I do think the choreography itself could do with some tweaking but I think it has a lot of potential and would love to see what improvements they'll add to the program over the course of the season. But to be honest, I think with D/W & V/M, the question of winning/losing will depend more on the performances the day of competition. Although the teams have different unique strengths, it's not like they're complete slouches in their respective 'weaker' areas...
Yeah, when we talk about one of these two couples being stronger or less strong than the other in some element, we're talking about grade A vs. grade A+, not about A vs. C or D.
Another point: Tessa, Charlie, and Meryl are all dealing with innate physical challenges that are not based on injury. Tessa's compartment syndrome is obviously the result of some physiological anomaly of hers, because other ice dancers train just as much but don't get this problem. Meryl's vision problem and Charlie's asthma (and Yuzuru Hanyu's) are also in this category. So what we're seeing here are athletes who don't start out with the most perfect, ideal physical equipment, and yet they don't accept the limitations of their respective conditions. They just keep going and getting better and better. That's incredibly inspiring.
What is Meryl's vision problem?
AHA. I have been saying to my friends for years that there was some problem with Meryl's eyes. When I sit close enough in practice, I have noticed that she is constantly blinking and touching her eyes and make-up. I thought maybe she had problems with her contac lenses or the lights or something. I am glad to see this in print. Yay for Meryl and her perserverenceWhat makes their accomplishments even more remarkable: Davis is dyslexic and lacks depth perception.
"When she was younger she would pretty much hug the boards because she had no depth perception," her mother, Cheryl, said. She also has trouble seeing with her right eye.
When Davis skates during warm-ups, she tends to stay close to the boards, away from the couples also warming up. "It's pretty scary to not know how far away the other skaters are from you," Cheryl said. "She depends on Charlie a lot for that. He protects her. She's been with her for so many years he knows what she needs."
We also noticed at the Salt Lake Classic that when Meryl and Charlie are just skating around - warm-ups and practice - Meryl is always on the outside of the circle. I'm guessing now it's because it puts Meryl closest to the boards where she can get her bearings better.
When competing, Davis memorizes where the painted lines are on the ice so she can get her bearings. But there's been times when she's had to compete on ice without such markings.
Cheryl would like her daughter to share her story, but Meryl has resisted. She doesn't want to talk about her vision problems or have judges and fans think it's a factor when she's on the ice.
But those closest to her marvel at the obstacles overcome and view her as a role model for others with the similar dyslexia-related issues. "She's just learned to accommodate her whole life with it," her mother said. "It's surprising that she has done as well as she has."
Davis, a student at the University of Michigan, said she became a stronger person because of it. She tells kids facing similar challenges that self-belief and determination will help them reach their goals as well.
Charlie`s asthma is not nearly as debilitating as what some of us have but regardless both teams work very hard; they have too and they have to practise smart too especially Tessa. In fact, i was going to say it is amazing V and M can stay remotely competitive considering the injuries.
IMHO Davis and White will win. I agree V and M have not improved as much for whatever reason; I would say though D and W have stagnated or limited musical range however that does not reduce their scores - that is the name of the game. It is about playing smart - fair or not (it is fair depending on who you want to win lol). I would love to see V and M give D and W a run for their money but I do think D and W will win short of a some error.
Be that as it may, in the skating world, these two splendid couples are almost equally praised and admired, and almost equally gifted and accomplished, though different in some aspects, and it sometimes seems as if one could toss a coin to decide which one should win in a particular competition. This alone will make the season even more tense! Nothing is really a shoe-in at this stage, it seems.