Originally Posted by GF2445
Originally Posted by demarinis5
(1) Davis/White have competed at NHK Trophy a total of five times (incl. four since 2009), compared to one time for Virtue/Moir (in 2007).
(2) Another possible factor:
Davis/White have skated in Mao Asada's "The Ice" shows in Japan, although not this year. (And in addition to the tour for paying audiences, the cast of The Ice, incl. D/W, also has given special performances for those affected by the tsunami.) I believe that "The Ice" also is broadcast on Japanese television.
Virtue/Moir have a history of skating in Yuna Kim's shows in Korea (and the U.S.), although their schedules have not permitted them to so for the last couple of years.
(3) And in all seriousness, I wonder whether the ShibSibs videos also have helped Japanese fans get to know D/W better.
D/W have appeared in several ShibSibs videos, b/c the Americans are together a lot for adventures away from home. They have been fellow cast members not only for The Ice, but also for the skating/gymnastics show in the U.S., etc. Plus the Americans all go to U.S. Figure Skating's Champs Camp.
No offense to Davis, but White esp. is a ham
with a big laugh
-- he's hard to miss in the videos.
AFAIK, Virtue/Moir have never been in a ShibSibs video. The Shibs have not made one showcasing Team Canton training at home. And competitive events on the road are not conducive to shooting their videos.