I adore this team because of their committment to their choreo and for mental toughness, doing it when it counts, as much as for upping their technical difficulty each and every season and changing things up by painting different pictures with their bodies and music choices.
What I find so hard, is that people feel the need to protect old favored teams by always putting down new up and comer's, instead of just appreciating teams for what they are all doing right.
Just for once it would be nice to say something positive about teams other than the one's whose bandwagon, you ride on. My mission that I set for myself every season is TO TRY AND FIND AT LEAST ONE THING I LIKE about every single dance team I see and not to just concentrate on the flaws.
It's too easy, just to hate everyone other than your own fav, because one is worried they can be beat by some other team.
Just because a team did well the previous season, does not automatically mean they should be stuck in that spot, that's how things used to be, but hopefully that mindset is no more; it's a new system, with new rules, and perhaps more knowledgeable judging practices are being used to determine results, and hopefully the fans are taking time to educate themselves too, it's not always what one personally like's, it's about the actual skating skills on display, a performance, athleticism and artistry, emotion all being married to music, costuming, and everything working to-gether in a seamless package.
One has to understand perhaps other factors are always in play, maybe this season's programs are not as strong, as they were previous season, or team did not train as hard, or an injury happened alsong the line; whatever the reason, rank should not be set in stone, but allowed to change, even from one comp to next! Yes folks, even in same season, it should be possible now, for a dance team, to move a few spots up, or down, more like what happens in singles and pair skating; where one day, a low ranked skater, just has a great day and nothing goes wrong; the planets all align. Or, a top ranked skater just has a really really bad day at the office when even a world champ can tumble down from the podium step, then dust off and climb right back up the steps next time out. That's all I am trying to suggest.
Can't we all just spread the love around a bit more, see what's good about a skater, team, what's the point of everyone showing up to do grand prix, if results are set in stone by where team finished at world's the previous season?
I also say having to wait for turn in dance event, is also crap, everyone should be out now to do a personal best, to improve, or entertain the best they can and let chips fall, or why put oneself out there to compete?
I feel one can allow applause, and knowing one did the very best possible on the day, as much as rank, or a medal, be the thing to feed the soul. As a fan, I love seeing the skater get that new personal best score, as much as seeing when they win something more tangible. I think one can be allowed to like apples and oranges and not always have to stick with one choice, every single day of the season, maybe today pears are fresher and look jucier than the tried and true plum, hmmn, even fruit salad can be fun to try from time to time...
Sometimes teams behind get great material they train their butts off and do whatever it takes to improv, and it irritates me when people just parrot what they heard 2 or 3 seasons ago about a team, as the reason they should be held down in favor of so, and so. Wake up, and watch the teams skate; really try to appreciate the growth of each team over the course of their career journey and YES you can love direct competitor's and root for them both to do their best! I hope that the people judging them do know what they hec they are doing and I trust they can be less biased and thus more appreciative of what the team did that day on the ice, rather than just prejudge based on the fact one liked the idea, music, costume, choreo, whatever it happens to be that floats the boat.
What I enjoyed more that anything about last season, was the fact that I appreciated the talents of both D&W and V&M and felt depending on the day and what energy, luck, was brought to bear, the gold could have gone either way; and been deserved. I happen to think the best team on the day won, but it doesn't make me think they are invincible for the rest of their career, but neither are D&W, they were silver medalists last season, it sure doesn't mean they automatically grab the top spot now that V&M are not competing, D&W have to work for it all over againjust like every other dance team, only they have some extra confidence and history of excellence to help them along. That's what Crone & Poirier have done, they too worked hard, took some risks and they have to hope that other's will eventually see their improvement; I sure do.
I also see that P& B have improved, while F&S and a few other teams likely have a big big hill to climb.
D&W who thrilled me so much last season, did not look as sharp at NHK, nor do they have the same thrilling choreo they had, this season, maybe they can't really count on the power of the music, or known story line, great bollywood costumes, or fun trend to carry the day, they are back to square one and they too need to shed the summer rust, and get back to work, maybe tweak things up a notch.
I think that if they take C&P for granted (by thinking of them as just a 7th ranked team, while they are world & Olympic silver medalists skating on home ice with crowd behind them), then they might be in for a surprise, just like the higher ranked Kerr's were.
F&S were surprized by P&B, who also had visibly trained and prepared for the encounter. It's a new season folks, and some teams are readier than others to forge ahead. I happen to think that C&P are one of those teams, who were very inspired by home olympics and V&M's success, and saw what it takes - hard work, great material, and so they too have done everything they could to take advantage of the opportunity given to them by V&M being out of GP play. I applaud their efforts.
Gosh, seldom have I seen such an amazing turnaround and regardless of the outcome at Skate America, as I know it will take a miracle to beat a higher ranked team on home ice, but I also think if any team today has what it takes, to do it, or a least come very, very close, and make it a real hard fought contest, it is Vanessa and Paul!
What is so awesome, is they can't rest themselves, as they are clearly being pushed by the also improving W&P and uber talented P & I, and with the possibility of the return of V&M, WHEE, lesser talented teams might crack under the strain, instead all the CDN cream is rising up and announcing they all want to play to win!
I have always loved C&P programs, but this season, the image and talent, the total package being created and danced, actually matches the quality choreo. If I could make one tiny change, then I would suggest Vanessa change her hairstyle for SD, to something more loose and free falling, sexually flattering style, not quite so uptight, more in keeping with the music.
What I also love this season, is how great her body looks in the FD dress, that fitted style looks amazing on her, she should burn all dresses with the layered ruffled flounces like example her violet gala dress, that hits her in all the wrong places. Think some of her posture issues, body lines, were as much about poor costuming, than anything else...
I am wishing C&P all the best this season, I'll be rooting for them to make their own unique mark this season; a breakout from the pack and jetting way way up the ranks, their performances at Skate Canada were mesmerizing, can't wait to see the programs progress over the course of the season...