Shibutani's lift position on 4.00 looks like Ilinykh's position in SD lift. I like rotational version, but probably its never be enough for level4.
He and Victoria will have to commit to becoming a new entity which will simply take time.
What I mean is this:
I fully agree.No hard feelings as they say, a man has to do what a man has to do. I just hope I/Z are dynamic, interesting, with mad skating skills. ##Bucketlist
But I know that not every male dancer wants to show and present his lady. Because it is difficult.
The boy has to concentrate on his technique, elements and presentation…plus he should lead his lady, present her and help her with every difficulty. It takes more effort and it is more danger for male partner, because he has less space for concentration on himself = his elements. Also there is a problem with ego…some people have a big problem to support somebody because they are afraid of overshadowing by that person.
In my opinion great male dancer must fulfill more criterions, but the presentation of his lady is one of those.
Talking about presentation of the lady – Maxim Shabalin and Povilas Vanagas always come across my mind on first. Their ladies were great in presentation (especially Oksana), but those ladies were simply shining thanks to their male partners who did so much for presenting them on the ice.
I would like to see Ruslan presenting and supporting Lena in a similar way he did with Victoria. And I would like to see Nikita forgetting about his own ego and start to present Victoria like Ruslan did before.
Every lady needs to feel comfortable and save with her dance partner, then she can fully open inside and shine.