^^ That's the point, they have seemingly sacrificed intricacy and sophisticated choreography just to do an axel that they rarely hit? And the guys are getting up there in age..hmmm....
the Golden Era
good luck to that
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
even Mao who has been doing 3A since juniors gets two footed landings after all these years
I am surprised to see P/T in the lead, for me their Lady Caliph does not compare favourably to B/S, still they deserved to be in the lead they were the best. I was disappointed with S/S, I don't see this programme challenging V/T in Sochi or anywhere else, I found the programme to be slow. I was pleasantly surprised with P/Z, much better than I expected, she has improved a lot in the last number of months.
I couldn't understand M/R low mark but when I watched it I see they messed up the combination spin. I think they were undermarked in PCS, they were ranked 7 of the 8th couples, a bit harsh I think.
PAIRS SHORT PROGRAM - RESULT & VIDEOS (Updated)
1. Qing PANG / Jian TONG (CHN) - 70.38 Short Program, 2nd Copy
2. Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY (GER) - 69.07 Short Program, 2nd Copy
3. Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG (CHN) - 64.24 Short Program, 2nd Copy
4. Alexa SCIMECA / Chris KNIERIM (USA) - 57.99 Short Program
5. Xuehan WANG / Lei WANG (CHN) - 57.16 Short Program
6. Anastasia MARTIUSHEVA / Alexei ROGONOV (RUS) - 53.02 Short Program
7. Daria POPOVA / Bruno MASSOT (FRA) - 51.82
8. Felicia ZHANG / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY (USA) - 50.33
Is it just me or has time been quite kind to Pang/Tong. He doesn't look nearly as scary anymore to me and she doesn't look so emaciated. It could just be that I have gotten used to their look, but I think age has helped them.
I love P/T's SP, very nicely done and skated. Like the dress too. She looks stunning.
S/S is about their average right now. The 3A th setup was really long and distracting, why don't they put it earlier so that they can do it better? There is no bonus for doing it late any way.
P/Z make big progress comparing with last year but I hate their costumes, so bizarre looking and color combination.
Thank you Mao88 again!
This. Most of you guys in this thread oversee the point.
Originally Posted by Blades of Passion
S/S are not going to be happy with a silver and doing a flip is just that - aiming at silver. They're going for gold. Even if their chances are 1%, they're still gonna try. They are fighters and silver is just a pretty package for defeat for them. I guess they would rather fall to bronze or even off the podium while trying to win the gold than simply give up the hopes of gold even before stepping on the ice.
I for one respect that. I would love for other teams to be so competitive and ambitious. And if they're seriously thinking of landing those axels in Sochi, they have to try them every chance they get. Even if it means losing some GP events before it clicks.
I still believe it will click and they will hit it.
Also, I wouldn't judge by what the jump looked like here. She just had a massive fall on that a couple days ago. She's probably still bruised, mentally too.
I got that and respect them for that. But a easier placement of the element would earn them just as much.
Originally Posted by SimplyLex
Peng is 16 and Zhang is 29……You know Zhang Hao was the OG silver medalist in 2006 with Zhang Dan. They also attended 2002 OG. Zhang Dan just retired 2 years ago.
Originally Posted by Sara
Wow, first time seeing the new Chinese pair W/W, surprisingly good! I can't see why the American pair S/K ahead of them. S/K 's SP feels longer than a LP to me.
Just watched W/W and S/K and I agree. And S/K's fall together really made me LOL, so synchronized.Never seen this kind fall before.
Originally Posted by Ilvskating
S/S has a beautiful piece of music, but the choreograph needs to be more dramatic & emotional. He should really change his "bootleg" pants.
Let's not pretend you are talking about the camema work in your original post, shall we?
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
yes, that was hilarious very much synchronized
Originally Posted by hippomoomin
But she was. No need to pretend! Yay!
Originally Posted by apple123