Bowness is Canadian and she was TS at both Worlds 2012 and 2013. V/M won W2012 and D/W won W2013. So what does that prove?
My worry are the scores they are going to receive- they need to grow their scores to in order to try and close the gap and be competitive with Meryl and Charlie.
The tech specialist determines the levels for all elements and when the race for ice dance Gold is between and American and Canadian team, and the tech specialist is an American, bias (which is uncontrollable and part of our human nature) is going to play a role and visa versa (if there was a canadian on the panel)
Im a bit confused. Who determines the levels? Isn't the American just an assistant?
Blumberg is the tech specialist for TEB.
Whats the difference between the Tech Controller and Tech Specialist?
The technical specialist makes the calls. The technical control provides oversight, communicates with the referee, etc. The assistant technical specialist helps out. In the case of a disagreement there is a vote among the three.
I hope Papadakis/Cizeron skate to their full potential and show Gailhaguet that they are the best choice for the second Olympic spot.
They are the most exciting Ice Dance team I have seen for a long time.
Monko/Khaliavin - Former Junior World Champions. I thought they were very promising. Unfortunately, under Zhulin's tutelage they seem to be going nowhere. Pretty generic choreography. A jarring, sudden music change in the program. The middle part had very different character to the first and third and they didn't seem to go well together at all.
Orford/Williams had a cute ballroom program. A bit sickly sweet but it had nice character, quite a lot of closed holds and was well presented. Could have used more highlights I guess. Technical elements weren't very impressive though.
However, don't forget that pangtongfan has predicted that M/K will get Russia's third spot for the Olys, and that he is always right in his predictions since joining the boards!
Wow! french team was awesome!