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casken
02-21-2012, 10:39 PM
Is it just me or are people irked by the addition of music to Meditation that Moskvina added.. the extra "flourishes"? I loved the subtleness of the GPF as flawed as it was .

YES YES YES.

Even with the big splat on the throw, I always much preferred the GPF skate to the Olympics. Like you said, I hated the extra flourishes that were added as well as the new "ta-da" ending that was probably added to get more of a reaction from the American audience. I also much preferred the fitted off-white costumes to the billowy blue/red ones at the O's.

As for the topic, I always agreed with B&S winning, and I've noticed over the years more people coming around to that viewpoint. S&P definitely had a few superior elements (most notably the one arm lifts and lifts with changing positions), but their program was far inferior with the stops, posing, constant skating side by side, etc compared to B&S who were constantly changing directions, weaving back and forth, and used elements and connecting movements together in interesting ways (sbs spin into combo spin, spiral into throw, etc) Not to mention the only way Jamie started landing her jumps was to pre-rotate them ala Amber Corwin. It's most noticeable on the double axel.

aftershocks
02-22-2012, 07:50 AM
I'm happy to see the civil tone (so far) not necessarily so typical in discussions of these programs.

I try to separate out "enjoyed more" from "better skating performance". I don't always succeed but I try.

I enjoyed S/P more, which is a major feat considering how much I dislike the source material. But the speed and presence they had added up to more than the sum of the parts.

I appreciate B/S's generally superior skating skills (as individuals, not all their pairs skills were better than S/P) but the minor errors that were almost always present bothered me more than similar errors by a lesser team would.

Also, both the SP and LP of B/S were kind of similar in mood, maybe a little too similar, S/P showed greater stylistic versatility (at SLC).

On the night (for me) B/S skated 90-95% of a more difficult program while S/P were around 105-110 % of a simpler one.

Final : Kind of a toss up, I probably would go with S/P but I do understand those who would go with B/S.

Basically it was a really close competition that would cause controversy no matter what the result.

In the abstract that's good for skating as very close competitions and fans endlessly rehashing competitions helps support the idea that skating is interesting to follow.

In this case, however, things worked out differently....

ITA with your thoughts.

While I always enjoyed watching B/S, I found S/P more interesting. Guess I have a soft spot for S/P who I feel had an outstanding professional career too. I think S/P skated more cleanly and confidently in the fp at SLC. S/P were epitome of North American style, and that ain't too shabby. Looking back, I find it more disappointing that Shen/ Zhao were kinda dismissed in being relegated to a distant third place at SLC, when all three teams were very good. That's why I'm glad The Second Mark told the story of all 3 pairs teams and treated them all as top rivals and close contenders. It was thrilling to see S/Z triumph at Worlds 2003 when they were finally considered favorites for the gold. They exuded magic despite Shen's injury -- they would not be denied.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qqHEd0Bq9o

This is my favorite of S/P eligible performances:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELys8PkIjEM

Ultimately I feel that S/P and S/Z exhibited more passion and chemistry in their on-ice partnerships than did B/S, who while beautiful together somehow IMO did not fully express an emotional connection. Perhaps that is why the Chaplin (City Lights) program of B/S worked so well for them. It allowed them to convey the relationship between two characters other than themselves through interacting via telling a story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXaxmjBg3lc&feature=related

luna_skater
02-22-2012, 08:17 PM
On the night, though, Sale/Pelletier had a much higher performance quality in all the intangibles and all the things you can see and feel live - that you can't see in a recording.


Thanks for this review. I wish more people realized what a difference being there live makes.

As a Canadian, I was rooting for S/P (not that all Canucks necessarily were) and had never been a big fan of B/S. I was watching from my couch at home. When B/S finished their free, I remember thinking both "wow" and "S/P are in trouble." When S/P nailed their free, I still thought it was going to be close, and while I was disappointed they were 2nd when the results came up, I wasn't shocked. So it's interesting to hear how the mood differed for someone who was actually in the arena.

I think the thing that's always bugged me a bit about B/S is, like someone mentioned upthread, the small errors that are often present, and the fact that moves often feel unfinished to me. Skaters of their calibre really could have taken an opportunity to run away with the event, and didn't. In areas where S/P sometimes lacked complexity, they still displayed precision.

Yazmeen
02-22-2012, 08:46 PM
I think the thing that's always bugged me a bit about B/S is, like someone mentioned upthread, the small errors that are often present, and the fact that moves often feel unfinished to me. Skaters of their calibre really could have taken an opportunity to run away with the event, and didn't. In areas where S/P sometimes lacked complexity, they still displayed precision.

THIS! I will preface this by saying I realize that Elena recovered (amazingly) from a serious brain injury; however, there was always a disconnect to me when I watched these two. It sometimes seemed like both their minds were not in the same place, and these small errors would add up. The errors also seemed more distracting with them because their heads just sometimes didn't seem to be together to finish things off as a pair properly. They should have almost always crushed their competition, but mistakes just got in the way too many times.

kwanfan1818
02-22-2012, 08:50 PM
On the other hand, despite the flawed SBS jumps, their "Swan Lake" SP at Nagano was exquisite; it's still one of the most beautifully skated programs I've seen.

Sk8tn
02-22-2012, 08:58 PM
Fall and all, I think S&P deserved top 3 after the short program so the "control their own destiny" point was pretty moot.

In the free, B&S's program was so complex and well executed compared to S&P's that the minor step out should not cost them the title. But it's just me.

I am much more interested to know what would have happened if S&P skated to Orchid (and cleanly), which was a brilliant program and one that could rival Meditation.

Oh God, yes! Orchid should have been their Olympic FS! That is the one program of theirs that I still watch from time to time.

martyross
02-22-2012, 09:24 PM
thanks for your opinions everyone.

EBASKoroleva
02-23-2012, 04:43 AM
Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze won fair and square. That's all that really needs to be said.

Their programs were amazing. Lady Caliph is the best pair's short program ever and Meditation is also so romantic and complex. It's also a far better program than S&Z's Meditation but that's a different subject entirely. They are so amazing and so missed.

aftershocks
02-23-2012, 05:11 AM
^^
As is apparent, many prefer B/S performance, and some prefer S/P performance. There is the unfortunate matter of the undue influence brought to bear in the judging of the event, and the resulting scandal, so "fair and square" is debatable, just as the perceptions of everyone who viewed the event in the arena and/ or on television vary to whatever degree, for whatever reason. I think B/S are amazing in many ways and I'm sure they are missed by many. There is no perfect pairs team, no perfect skaters (although Gordeeva/Grinkov, IMO come close).



Oh God, yes! Orchid should have been their Olympic FS! That is the one program of theirs that I still watch from time to time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2LZAXxRzeg

Sasha'sSpins
02-23-2012, 09:52 AM
An oldie but a goodie. I love resurrected debates! :watch:


It's not just you, it's me as well.

Anyway, Love Story is a beautiful, and very pleasant program, but there is nothing difficult in term of choreo, transitions...only cross-overs.
Meditation is not my favorite piece of music, but B&S had so much speed and complexity. There is no debate for me that B&S are superior in everything, it's not about this little toe at the end of the side by side 2Axel.
So, it's funny to imagine that under CoP, B&S would have won easily, without any problem (large margin after the SP, and after the LP, IMO).

^^^
THIS.

B&S for the Gold. No contest. They deserved it anyhow under either code. The French judge muddied the waters of course but imo the Russians skated away from the pack after their SP. S&P's "Love Story" was a little too cheesy for my taste but they performed the heck out of it. B&S simply outskated them overall on the night imo even with the minor errors.

Blair
02-23-2012, 10:21 PM
Although both were great, I preferred S&P on the basis of the perfecly clean elements throughout the program...the twist, death spirals, throws, jumps, lifts...all were done spotlessly.

B&S had some loose ends despite the fact that their program was more complicated. That alone can't convince me that B&S were better that night.

ltnskater
02-24-2012, 04:18 AM
Although both were great, I preferred S&P on the basis of the perfecly clean elements throughout the program...the twist, death spirals, throws, jumps, lifts...all were done spotlessly.

B&S had some loose ends despite the fact that their program was more complicated. That alone can't convince me that B&S were better that night.

This! S&P were perfect that night, B&S were not (and this was not just the step out of the double axel), in fact they were so far from perfect as many has mentioned before that it really detracted from their performance.

Back in 2002, I was caught up in the media hype (also because it was my first time watching figure skating), so I didn't really know any better.

10 years later, knowing much more about figure skating, and rewatching both performances, I still think S&P definitely should have won that night (my opinion of course, which is why there was a huge debate). But close? definitely! B&S did not have as difficult a program as people are trying to make it out to be, there were lots and lots of empty crossovers throughout the program (same with S&P), but that described virtually all the pairs back in that era with very few transitions before and after elements so we certainly can't hold it against them.

B&S program had nice choreographic positions that they held throughout the program (e.g. spiral spreadeagle combination) and other beautiful moments, that one can argue made the program more complicated than S&P's program, which I do agree with and also why the decision was close. Had B&S skated their program to its potential and as well as S&P skated theirs, I would have no problems B&S winning.

Unfortunately, this was not the case, S&P were completely in sync with each other, their program was difficult in a different way requiring extremely precise timing and coordination between the two skaters for it to work, and they absolutely performed and sold the hell out of it. B&S on the other hand, as many have mentioned before, were extremely nervous which in itself is not a problem, but it showed glaringly through their skate. Not simply the step out of the double axels, but the throws were a little shaky, the whole performance as a whole did not have as much energy, and the overall presentation simply was not at the level it could have been and should have been on that night.

Comparing the elements, S&P had the edge in all of them, their lifts, throws, jumps, death spirals, everything was performed better and superior to B&S. On top of the stronger performance and execution that S&P had, in my mind, they were better that night. Actually, in terms of performance, I would argue that even Kyoko Ina and John Zimmerman were better than B&S that night, second best behind S&P, but that is a topic for another day.

skatingfanfun
02-24-2012, 05:29 AM
I think B/S had better program overall, more difficult and more beautiful, slightly flawed. S/P skated clean and with perfect emotion but the program was way too simple for an olympic LP. They should have skated Orchid, but they could not handle the program. Any way, even Orchid could not compete with B/S's Meditation. So maybe went back to LS was a good decision, who knows. Orchid would do better for skating fans, but LS spoke better to the general audience, and it worked.

escaflowne9282
02-25-2012, 02:33 AM
For me, it's Meditation. I was very impressed with the choreography and construction of that program, particularly the edge-work and intertwining steps surrounding the death spiral. There were so many shifts in weight, shifts in balance, changes of hold and position, constant extension above the hips and moments of continual movement.

I thought Love Story was skated very well, but with S&P, I always found certain aspects of their presentation to be quite unfinished. Jamie Sale's line always looked quite ragged to me, and his posture was terrible at times. They rarely extended above their hips. Their basic skills, edging/ stroking, and overall flow/glide really weren't bad, but not quite as strong as B&S. The program itself seemed to spend a lot of time standing in one place and mugging or setting up for jumps as opposed to really utilizing the ice well.

I found I agreed most with the Chinese and Polish judges who made sure to give S&P the technical mark, but gave presentation to B&S ,who had a program that ,IMHO, really paid better attention to the judging criteria of presentation under 6.0.
However, I can understand those who would have wanted to reward a cleaner skate as well. It was a close call in my eyes.

I also thought Orchid was a beautiful program. I loved the pairs spin and the counterpoint footwork in particular. That program was so beautifully phrased and used up the ice surface very constructively. S&P had a nice use of connecting steps, more intertwining body movement, and more variations in hold and motion than they did with Love Story . They managed to skate with their same bravura/connection without giving any of that up. Love Story felt like such a cop-out in comparison. ::shrugs::

aftershocks
02-25-2012, 04:53 AM
Thanks, ltnskater for your thoughts. I completely agree with your post, #27. I agree with your post #26 too, Blair. I also agree that Ina & Zimmerman were often under-regarded for their excellence. Even at the 1998 Olympics, I felt Ina & her former partner Jason Dungjen deserved to be in third place ahead of B/S in the sp.

S/P and B/S were close competitors. S/P were the epitome of North American style which combines grace, artistry, and athleticism at its best.

Also, skatingfanfun, could you please provide links to where S/P and their coaching team said that they had decided not to perform Orchid at the Olympics because S/P could not "handle" the program. I believe S/P switched back to LS, not b/c it was simpler, but b/c it was a popular, memorable program that they probably knew like the back of their hands by that point. Just b/c LS was comfortable for S/P does not mean they could not "handle" Orchid. After looking at Orchid, I would not be surprised if Moskvina was inspired by S/P's Orchid program to create Meditation program for B/S. Some of the moves and general theme are similar. There is especially a similarity between the costumes of S/P for Orchid and what B/S wore for Meditation. Moskvina was also inspired by S/P's Love Story apparently, since she used the same music for her current pairs team a couple of seasons ago.

I feel that a lot of the criticism of LS being "way too simple" is based on looking at the program through IJS-centric eyes. Funny how we forget that free programs were supposed to be free with no necessity for "difficult transitions" or complex choreography requirements. In fact, that is in part one of the reasons why IJS was born, in order to give the judges leeway to give extra points for difficult elements (not to mention helping to cloak judges in anonymity), and to disregard falls (hands down w/o butt touching ice, :lol:) and other so-called minor errors, in the overall scheme of things. Of course, IJS has proven to have been a long and winding road to Abysmal Falls, a step-out off the edge of nowhere and down into Alice's rabbit hole, or into a worm-hole, which has been a short-cut to "50 years" (as David Kirby said) of readjustments to get things right.