C/B were great too! Just a delight and so well deserved into second. They have improved SO MUCH since the grand prix. It almost makes me wonder if they might be a spoiler to get into the top 6 at Sochi?
I do think when you look at the other top teams in the world they don't fully have that chemistry yet, but it sure is coming along.
I thought Hubbell and Donahue were magnificent tonight. Honestly it's hard for me to decide if I preferred them or the Shibs. I feel like H/D are so authentic and have this extraordinary chemistry, but the Shibs routine is so dynamic. In any event it looks like the judges made a choice and frankly I'm not surprised this is the podium.
Damn, I was hoping Hubbell/Donahue could finally pass over the Shibs. Meh.
At least they got the higher TES in the FD.
I thought that S/S should have placed higher... C/B are so boring, I dread seeing them skate their FD. H/D were good tonight but S/S were much more awesome and deserved 3-4 points more. C/B may have the best lifts after D/W but that is about it. Everything else is done better by either H/D or S/S and exponentially greater by D/W. D/W are the greatest ice dancers ever - did I say that above?
I hope Davis/White and Chock and Bates did not leave their Olympic performance on measly Nationals ice (Kwan was notorious for this). I think those were the two best performances of any team in any competition this whole season.. by far!
^That I doubt. Meryl and Charlie have a way of building building building after nationals. Frankly they were amazing, but I think even in that near flawless routine I saw room for improvement, and knowing them I'm sure they do too.
Chock and Bates have Igor as a coach. I'm sure for them it's the same game.
Meryl and Charlie are unbelievable!
I'm heartbroken for Madi and Zach, however. I like the Shibs, but think H/D should have beaten them in both the SD and FD here. In the SD Alex had a bad bobble--both had lovely, crisp edges and good speed. Their FDs are very different from one another, but while the MJ program is fun, I think Madi and Zach's FD is absolutely fantastic, and they skated it lyrically and with emotion--and their lines are so lovely! I hope they will at leat be sent to the worlds, that Madi heals well, and that they come back fighting for a place in the 2018 Olympic team.
Congratulations to all the winning teams! Can't wait to see D/W's performance. Wow, 200.19! Can they score higher than that at the Olympics, or have they reached the ceiling?!