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    I'm so excited for the gala tonight!
    What do you think they will come up with?

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    I've been wondering that myself. After DelShoes' created their FD to show their careers together starting from childhood, it got me wondering if Tanith and Ben will do something along those lines. Sort of a tribute to the years they've skated together. Or maybe it will be something upbeat and fun.

    NBC had better not chack them.

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    I would love to see something like Falling slowly again, but on the other hand Ben has such a great humour and they could do something like Elvis or Green Acres. Or they are doing the Michael Jackson-Medley now!

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    Green Acres is my favorit axibition along side with Falling slowly. I think they will skate Leona |lewis song thta they are using this eason. Leona has a betifull song about friendship, theycould use tonigth, it would be nice "tribute" to tehir 10 or 11 year together.

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    I think they should wear D/S's OD outfits, skate their own OD and tell the judges who are still there to stuff it! No, they really shouldn't, but I can wish.

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    I'd love it if B&A did a Surya Bonaly but the way they've been carrying themselves this week I sadly will not get my wish. Darn it, this is not the time to continue being so gracious.

    Actually, I saw the exhibtion list and they skated to "Bleeding Love." I was wondering what happened to the new program then thought that maybe they were saving it for SOI.

    Last season when Tanith and Ben first skated to "Bleeding Love," I saw the comments and snarks about Tanith's so called "overacting." I was surprised when I finally got to see the program this year because from the way people were talking I expected to see an Anjelika Krylova as Carmen type performance. I found Tanith's interpretation appropriate to the theme she and Ben were skating to and she only played the hurt, jilted lover at the beginning and very end of the program. Once again my televsion picked up a different program than those of some of the other posters. That is the only thing I won't miss about B&A no longer skating as eligibles.

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    Did anyone tape the exhibition and could upload it?
    Stupid ES showed nearly everybode else, but cut Tanith and Ben off.

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    Tanith and Ben have been totally classy for the whole competition. They're such gracious competitors; what great role models for the other skaters! *cough Plushenko are you listening?* They, along with Weir, have earned my respect.

    I'll definitely miss them too. Along with other N.American teams like Bourne/ Kraatz, B/A really paved the way for the current ice dancers. I don't think I'll forgive the judges for undermarking them and robbing them of another Olympic medal. Or Linichuk for throwing them under the bus. It's terribly sad that when Tanith puts in effort to improve, they get programmes which do nothing for their medal chances. If only Christopher Dean, Wilson etc had done their programmes ....

    Arghh I really don't like reading all the speculation and news on retirements after the Olympics. So many of my favourites are leaving!

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    well, they said that they are going to take a time from competition to tour with SOI and think about their competitive careers; maybe they stay one more season. I wish they stay, they NEEED a masterpiece FD you know. Dean or Wilson could bothdo briliant FDs for B/A.

    I saw their EX last nigth and it was the first time that i really liked. I can't wait to see them with SOI (and maybe next seaosn??!!!...I can dream rigth?)

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    This is the article wehere they say that they will think about their future plans for competing.

    I guess Wilson or Dean would put so much efort to do one great FD to B/A, i wish they stay one more season too to close this chapter of their skating with a monumental program.

    and yes icedancelover...we can dream, i'm dreaming about this too

    Belbin and Agosto's spot will be filled by two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre.

    Belbin and Agosto plan to continue skating as well but have not decided if they will do so competitively or just in shows.

    "We're going to take some time while on tour with 'Stars on Ice' this spring to consider our competitive plans for the future," Belbin said.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/02/27...medium=twitter

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    Quote Originally Posted by mishieru07 View Post
    Tanith and Ben have been totally classy for the whole competition. They're such gracious competitors; what great role models for the other skaters! *cough Plushenko are you listening?* They, along with Weir, have earned my respect.

    Yes they have. And yes Plushenko could take a lesson. I suppose the only difference between B/A and Plushenko is that they probably knew, going in, that this would happen. Plushenko, on the other hand, never even considered that he would not get what he thought he "deserved". Plushenko actually did get what he deserved and behave like a spoiled brat. Sadly, B/A did not get what they deserved and behaved like champions.

    Maybe B/A should have exhibition outfits designed to look like this: or

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    I'm not done with B/A yet! I want tehm to stay another seaosn, and i want them to get Dean or wilson or some fresh and modern choreographer to emke their OD and FD, I want them to shut up every linge hater (is that to much?!)

    I guess we can have some hope that they will stay, they aied nothing about not competing anymore, they are just not going to worlds, wich I think its a good idea, they need some rest and have some fun with SOI to a possible fresh comeback.

    My bf had to present a storyline and a soundtarck for a short film project for college, they had to use references from music etc, he chosed Yann Tiersen and he came up with storie called "Comptine D'Un Autre été ",he chosed some song of Yann and his story its about 2 longtime friends thta are loking to the pass and discovering how their life has been like a movie, and how they are trully friends no matter what. I can totally see tanith and Ben skating something like this would be really nice

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    I think they need go to the WCh and its sad for me, they they didnt. I think they could at least take gold at WCh in next two season, Remember, after 2006 OG all thought, that B-A will be own leadres in ice dance an dthen they was only on 3d place at WCh 2006 and then 3d in Tokyo. Thats whyi think you must never said never. We dont know, what will happened with D-W in next two seasons - Tanith and Ben could have there chance, i think.
    I wish they will go to Igor and Marina for traning and for some of the fresh choreogracher for the programs.
    They are such a kind people. I cant imaging, how it hard for Tanith to look happy for her boyfriend medal. I think they must be first World Champions from USA in ice dance - thy deserve this. Please, dont go yet.

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    They were really a class act. I got a chance to watch the press conference from last year's worlds recently and Tanith was very gracious about both her current training situation and the talent in Canton. And lately she's been saying she misses Detroit! I had the feeling that no matter what their results in Vancouver, they were prepared, but honestly I wasn't expecting the level of graciousness they showed. I haven't had the opportunity to see B&A's fd yet but I was quite surprised at how much D/S struggled in their fd. They got out of sync in the footwork by the short end of the boards, the transitions in some elements were labored and the belt carries were sloppy. On top of everything else Oksana's skirt pulled a Tessa and draped itself over Maksim's head during their straight line lift and I guess as a result he was a hair wobbly and his hurt free leg was even more bent than before. I know what the shortcomings are of B&A's fd but I can't imagine their performance having been subpar to that.

    Anyway, B&A were very popular and quotable this Olympics, made the most of the experience and are great example of good sportsmanship (as they were during Nationals too).

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    NBC only showed the medal winners, at least that I saw. I thought I might have missed Tanith and Ben so taped the rerun at 1 AM but they didn't show them. Stupid NBC.


    Quote Originally Posted by LaLola View Post
    Did anyone tape the exhibition and could upload it?
    Stupid ES showed nearly everybode else, but cut Tanith and Ben off.

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    Tanith and Ben were shown on the MSNBC broadcast earlier this morning. I still don't love the song "Bleeding Love" but their exhibition makes it more bearable. Both Tanith and Ben are looking so much more mature and sophisticated. They both were really feeling the music and performed the heck out of their program. Both looked .

    I will agree to disagree with people on how good or not good B&A's FD was. I do think there was room to up some of the difficulty (B&A are more than capable of handling more) but they skated even better than at Nationals. IMO they did more than enough to beat DomShabs. I won't go into competition discussion any further, at least not in this thread. I don't want there to not be a place to cheer and discuss B&A in general on the main board. I'm in and out of the various folders so much I have to keep checking to see which one I'm in.

    I would love to see B&A work with an outside choreographer if they decide to stay on. It seems that Linichuk usually does her own choreography but there have been a couple of instances in the past in which her teams have gone elsewhere for their programs. I'd love to see Tanith and Ben with David Wilson choreography and they could probably do well with a Christopher Dean program as well. Has Tom Dickson ever done icedance choreography? I remember how much I loved the short program he did for Yukina Ota a few years ago.

    I'm going to try and keep my excitement at bay until B&A have announced their final decision. I do think there is much more to them.

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    Bleh, no David Wilson. His stuff is soooooooooooooo dull.

    I'd love to see them work with Tom Dickson though.

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    LOVE Tom Dickson!

    Has Shae-Lynn Bourne worked with any ice dancers? I've loved her work for singles skaters.

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    They showed Ben a lot during the closing ceremonies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legjumper View Post
    LOVE Tom Dickson!

    Has Shae-Lynn Bourne worked with any ice dancers? I've loved her work for singles skaters.
    She created the POTO FD for W&P. Plus with V&M still competing would she consider doing dance choreography for an American dance team? Maybe a lower ranked team.

    Slightly off topic for a moment:

    Since Shae-Lynn's name has come up I would like to take the opportunity to take back the negative thoughts I've had about her abilities as a choreographer. In the past I wondered exactly how much work she actually did on some of the skaters she was credited with helping. The reason for that was until her retirement from eligible competition the only programs I can remember that she (and Victor) were credited with were their 99/00 Latin OD and Harry Connick Jr. FD. In addition, most of her own professional programs have consisted of little more than hydroblading, Besti-squats and Shae-Lynn doing the hot chick strut.

    After seeing the material she created this season I take it all back and hope she can come up with some comparable material for herself at some point.

    Oh and go Ben!

    Even though his name hardly ever comes up in porny skater conversations, I always thought Ben was cute and his personality does add to that. For some reason this season and in Vancouver in particular, he was looking rather . I'm glad he's getting a bit of attention himself and watching MSNBC this morning he was featured on a commercial promoting this years Census.

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