You do wonder about tong's health; his jumps especially is where it shows. but it is early. I think Ssquared really could wion the OGM with the 3A at the end -you cn see the audience and judges getting carried away with it; i wonder though if there is a bad fall (they almost landed it here) will they bedecducted because of the aftertaste. Afterall there should be a price to pay too on the other side if there is such a high reward and the axel is worth a lot. I honestly think they will land it; they have been so close.
I think S/S have their work cut out to win OGM, even if the Th3A is landed at the end, the rest of the elements that they do are not a match for V/T. I don't like JCS but it was very impressvie in SA. If P/T pull of this programme at the Olympics I could see them scoring very highly, they always seem to deliver in Olympic seasons, his jumps are an issue.
My favourite performance was the Wangs, it was real joy to watch, they are definitely a couple to watch, the Chinese future looks bright, it's funny what can change in 12mths. I enjoyed M/R's performance, the bothced lift looked a bit scary, she could have fell on the ice face first. The atmosphere in the K&C was a little frosty, I still think they are being judged harshly on the PCS side.
I think Pang and Tong's freeskate reminds me of their last Olympic program oddly enough something about the music. I do find it inspiring but their skating isn't as magical as it was in Vancouver - still there is time. I do wonder about tong's health/injuries and are we simply hoping on the day of he actually is able to land the jumps. I hate seeing teams decline but we all in life I guess decline as we get older so to speak. Maybe they still have some great skates in them.
I like Pang/Tong's program more than their Vancouver program. It's probably the best pairs program of the year.
That said, the marks for 3Ath & 4Sth completely do not reflect the difficulty of the element, compared to the 3F/3Lz throw.
I have to say, I so admire this team - true grit. They just push and push, really remarkable. I am so impressed with Pang and Tong - yes there were issues, but my goodness, they managed to give me some chills. It was nice to see Zhao in the KnC, I only wish Shen was there too - does she coach also?
I agree with 3T3T. S/S really have their work cut out for them if they want to win Gold. Technical elements alone - V/T's throws have height, distance & flow; side by side jumps are always secure, lifts are superior. Everything they do is sharp, crisp, spot-on and bigger. Their presentation has also improved dramatically. Maxim has a bit of humour in him, he seems to enjoy playing a character. Masquerade Waltz is well-choreographed - matching costumes and all. That is the SP to beat. S/S's Short Program was lifeless.
I can also see Pang/Tong scoring high if they hit all their technical elements. Their 'Lady Caliph' program gives me chills- so much passion & love (of course they are engaged, that makes a lot of difference). S/S can even be in trouble trying to secure a Silver if other teams are spot-on with their elements.