I noticed they lost to C and L but under two points despite a fall. If anything this should give them hope. C and L were looking to be world bronze medallists. I and K just closed the gap if anything.
It was her mistake in concentration, she started to think about him instead of concentrating on her own element, which caused that she did technical mistake and fell. Lena's protectors can say that it was because Nikita was struggling, but he is struggling always (even in short dance he was in trouble with twizzles, but no so much like in free dance) and Lena was watching him just this time. It was Lena's concentration which went down and caused the fall. If she would do the same in other element, in lift, for example, she could possibly fall as well (so it is better that she rather did it in twizzles), in spin - it could lead to similar mistake like they made at World Championships 2013.
Every couple uses speed of rotation which works well for them… and good skating skills means better technique and faster speed of rotation in moment when the skater does everything well technically. If you would try to persuade Nikita and Lena to more slower speed in rotations there would be even more mistakes in that element, I guess.
Zhiganshina & Gazsi, the couple is entertaining and try to bring something new every year, it is nice. From technical point, they are average couple. Their technique is not good. Not only in twizzles but in other elements also. Their twizzles are slow, it looks like they would disconnect every half turn in twizzles, it sometimes looks like that there are almost small jumps from one half turn to another (and they are doing it also in simple turns during the rest of skating). I would try to guess that maybe that separation of half turns leads to slow speed of rotation, or definitely it is caused by average skating skills. And yes, their unison is not good very often. If they get high mark for skating skills or high mark for twizzles or step sequences - I don’t think it would be OK.
D/w haven't made any mistakes in 5 years now!
EC 2012 sd was another example of disaster from I/k. 2013 worlds. 2013 NHK. 2014 Russian nationals, 2011 Russian nationals, COR 2010, etc. all of them had huge mistakes. It's competitons like this disaster that brings up how bad they are as a team that can fulfill potential. It's seems they have already reached their ceiling and are in a shocking spiral where they are getting worse and worse and not working as a team at all in any way and is destined to be overtaken by many teams including teams that were created after their pairing like chock and bates.
If they can Elena (19) is going to be youngest olympic ice dance medalist after Klimova. (17) They are most promising young team we have. Other teams like Shibutanis, Chock/Bates, Gilles/Poirier, Papadakis/Cizeron had to work hard for Ilinykh/Katsalapov's skating skils alone. They are so much better than older teams too. For example their skating skills are better than Pechalat/Bourzat and Weaver/Poje. Plus that they can sell every program, even Ghost. How can one say they are falling behind other teams I don't understand. Had a fall, lost a level and you are done.
While I&K have better skating skills than Weaver or Pechalat, Riazanova and Sinitsina also have better skating skills than Weaver and Pechalat. Especially it is very obvious in Sinitsina & Zhiganshin skating, and they have also great speed.
But components are also about choreography, interpretation (interpretation of music or story, not Lena presenting herself in front of judges), performance - in all these compenents I&K looses painfully to Pechalat, Bobrova, Weaver, even to Cappellini, Sinitsina. You don't need to love all these couples, but if they express the music or story, they should be appreciated giving them marks which they deserve.
It was not just loose of level in two elements, they also lost any atmosphere they created in program to that moment, and you can obviously notice that since that time Nikita had to push Lena across the ice to finish skating, she was lost.
Choreography of I&K is simple with comparison with other teams. They are not keeping the rhythm, which is required and effects compenents as well. And interpretation of music/story…we already talked about it in European thread, there is no meaning and connection to music or story in I&K free dance. This is all what should be reflected in components mark.
Pechalat, Bobrova, Cappellini are skating to the music and reflecting story the music / story perfectly, you don’t need to like watching the couples and their story doesn’t need to be close to your heart, but they express what they are skating to perfectly. I&K are not.
The reaction of the audience is important and it means that those people love the couple…or their music…or simply figure skating. Talking about standing ovations in NHK – Japanese people love classical music, they are always so excited while hearing the music.
And during this European Championships, I read one funny story…there were Russian fans cheering for I&K…and there were some other fans (probably Russian fans as well) sitting a few lines lower and screaming loudly for I&K also. During warm-up they screamed: “Come on, Lena and Ilia!!!!“ Fans sitting above them start started to laught and after a while they explained with patient that their favourite boy Ilia is called Nikita in real life. The audience is not always a measure of skating qualities. A popularity and skating quality are two diffirent things. Watching Lena who spends some much time posing for media and describes how she learns how to take care about her hair and face, how with make-up – I can understand that many people start to watch skating more and more but with no knowledge of it.
Only other team who has harder dance than Ilinykh/Katsalapov is Weaver/Poje. Other teams like Bobrova/Soloviev and Pechalat/Bourzat also doesn't use dance holds, mostly skate side by side. At least Ilinykh/Katsalapov usually skates face to face. If teams had to tell story as reading a book, than Pechalat/Bourzat should get the olympic gold medal. And Virtue/Moir shouldn't even be olympic gold medalist. I don't know which part of Iliykh/Katsalapov's dance you are talking about but I'm seeing all elements fitting the music and they are selling their program very well.