I thought the ice dance free was a hot mess (speaking about the event as a whole). Whatever, the podium placements ended up as expected, albeit in a convoluted way. I would also have been happy for H/D if they had pulled off a surprise bronze. They had it and they blew it (big time).
I was there, and the Shibs had pretty good crowd support, the best of the Americans. The audience was positively chilly toward poor Chock and Bates. Now that was a poor choice of program to bring to Helsinki.
It was a strange event, but they survived it and they'll be fine. I think I was too exhausted from the mens free to really process. It didn't feel like any of the top dancers were really "on," gorgeous as they are. I give Piper and Paul the "most screwed" award.
I'm very excited for the masterpiece they can create with Stephane. I liked their free this year, but in the arena it got tedious listening to so many teams with a similar style of music. Serious became snoozy.
As I learned watching the Final Four games last night, sometimes the win is scrappy and even good teams lose out. That said while the Shibs weren't perfect on levels and for that lift deduction, they did enough. That's a testament to their training and hard work. Congrats on bronze!!
Stephane does not have much experience with ice dance programs but he made the choreographies of Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI 2014-2015 . I think he did a really good job.
The Shibs planned to waste no time getting started. Nice to see them so eager.
There are rumours about Maia and Alex skating La la land too. If this is true, C/B and the Shibs are taking their rivalry to the next level .
NO. NO. NO NO NO. It can't be possible that this is true. Maia and Alex have always had more superb program tastes than an overrated movie.
Lambiel choreographed their exhibition program this past season to "Do You Remember" by Jarryd James
So either they are turning that into a FD or he is choreographing them something else original.
Just putting this out there. :2thumbs: