Damn it people, would you leave Meryl and Charlie alone? There was NO CONTROVERSY in their win. They were clean, sharp and beautiful. Deal with it.
Nobody belittled Tessa and Scott's success 4 years ago, why the need to do it to Meryl and Charlie?
Well, we've got 15 minutes to finish reminiscing over the dance competition, then it's off to the ladies!
Lad, first you post about how V/M should be nominated for the Order of Canada medal since "anyone can win an Olympic medal". Did that not get enough attention for you? Did you have to start another to further downplay D/W achievements?
Very bad taste.....
Compare this to V/M's where they don't lose flow or speed when going from open hold to closed dance hold. And yes, their dance hold is actually finished and closed. And they skate on deep edges to maintain this flow and speed: 1:37-1:42, 3:19-3:23 , and 4:03-4:07: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg2Ozj1R0bw It looks EFFORTLESS, you don't even notice they are changing holds because they don't lose speed.
D/W - choreography has lots of small hops, jumps and leaping. Yes, it accentuates the music beat but they also skate on shallower edges (MUCH shallower than V/M) and they "run" sometimes on flats.
And no offense, but "gliding on edges"? The first part of V/M's FD before their lift, is gliding on edges (and on one foot!). What Charlie is doing to swing Meryl during lifts I would hardly call gliding on edges.
And look at the step sequence of both teams, particularly the one where they skate in closer holds (the circular steps). V/M's hips ALWAYS maintain even spacing, their hips are much closer together than D/W. D/W's hips at times too far apart in the footwork, and they have a harder time getting their lines to match as a result (although it's not as bad as 2010). They don't hold their edges or positions longer than a millisecond, whereas V/M actually hold theirs longer (they won't sacrifice quality).
It's interesting you mention Charlie's footwork. He toe pushes sometimes (look at that part in his midline step sequence in the SD at GPF), not the same depth or power as Moir.
I've heard enough whining from V&M ubers to last a lifetime, especially from those who sit in front of a TV screen and think they know everything about skating, judging, etc. Ridiculous.
To add to my post above, look at D/W's right forward inside brackets, both in the SD midline step sequence and FD (diagonal step sequence). When they exit on the right back outside edge they often don't extend the free leg and almost all the time never match (SD). They never hold these moves long enough (both their edges and lines). They hit a right forward inside bracket really quick and that's that. They hit the edge but don't hold it long or extend the leg. Enough to get the level and that's that.
Sour grapes are a big part of every Olympics, but . . . yeesh, this is getting disappointing. There's no shock that a team that has been among the top 2 for the past 4 years, dominating the past 2 years, won. None.
I think the sad part about all this faux-controversy is that it's missing the bigger, better story: V/M and D/W were a new vanguard of this sport that energized and elevated it and -- in the eyes of many -- made it legitimate. It's an enormous success, they did it by driving each other to new heights (way before Vancouver) and ought to be celebrated by everyone in the sport. When these two teams are gone, the sport will owe both a debt of gratitude.