I like them because they have beautiful twists, lifts, and death spirals. I do not think they are artistic geniuses but I think she has a certain delicacy and grace in her skating. She is ballerina like and her posture is impeccable. i don't see him as the total truck driver some try to paint him as- for instance I think he is better than coughlin- however, i think he clearly is not up to her level on those qualities and in fact think the fact that she is so good at those things hurts people's image of him more than is warranted. they also can hit some great positions- watch their exhibition from this year. I actually think they'd be great show skaters- better than competitive ones.
I myself do think they have some grasp of artistry (at least as great of that of s/k CURRENTLY, though I do see S/K as having more range and potential).
That all said, I don't delude myself that they can break through to the very top level unless they are able to fix the side by side jumps. at this point, I doubt that can/will happen. However, as a second tier team I thoroughly enjoy watching them, despite their flaws.
At the moment I do believe realistically B/L have both the potential and likelihood of scoring better and placing higher than S/K internationally, and I think this is why the Rus. Fed. will be pushing them over S/K for this season. Neither team at this time is particularly consistent. While I personally would not go so far as to call S/K headcases, i do think their brand of inconsistency is also more dangerous than B/L's. B/L mess up SbS jumps and not much else. S/K might mess up anything or nothing, from death spirals and spins on up. However, next season, especially if S/K can get a consistent triple twist and become slightly more consistent in general, I do expect that to flip.
does anyone know what happened to kavaguti and smirnov? did they retire?
smirnov got injured a couple months back, needed surgery and has not recovered enough to compete here.
Actually, Stolbova-Klimov don't look like a Russian pair. They look like a Canadian/US pair (and that's not in a good sense). Not trying to be offensive, but little touches, like posture, stretching legs when they are supposed to be stretched, pointing toes etc would make such a difference!
I agree that Bazarova's jumps are bad, but side by side jumps are only 2 elements out of 12 in the FS and only 1 element out of 7 in the SP. And their other elements are usually pretty reliable and beautiful to watch.
Stolbova-Klimov improved a lot on their lifts, look at her extension and positions
of course she is not as naturally flexible as Vera but she is landing most of her jumps and they are huge
I can also say the same for Tarasova/Morosov, not surprised they score high when they are clean
Bazarova really needs to work on her jumps
I am not sure if I would call Duhamel deplorable. Just not very aesthetically pleasing.