Gazing at a Glorious Great Lakes sunset
Knierim & Frazier that cost them levels on several elements ... they need to be allowed to go through the normal ebbs and flows that all pairs go through.
That's what I've been thinking. They came out together roaring, with amazing match-up of their elements. They'll probably learn from this ... already have, most likely. They're allowed a few skates when they're having to make adjustments. But I don't agree that everything was a result of 'Brandon held back' or 'Brandon didn't [this or that].'
I wrote more in my post on the previous page about this, but Alexa looked a little more aggressive than usual, and she seemed stressed. As a performing musician, I know how easy it is to speed up just the tiniest bit during a performance, without realizing it. Something similar might have happened, and it threw their timing off. Pairs mistakes aren't generally attributed to one partner or the other.
I think "House of the Rising Sun" is fantastic for them.
So do I!
I'll take this over a recycled Hallelujah, but we keep getting recycled Hallelujahs because it's emotional and easy music to skate to.
I love Hallelujah and I think it's a wise choice. There are good reasons why skaters use emotional music -- because it works to carry the audience along with them. I don't think it's right to denigrate anyone for using music that helps them.
But I also think Miura/Kahira have gotten a boost ahead this season because they're re-using both programs, so naturally they're more polished at this point than nearly everybody else's programs. That may have been a smart choice by the team.