Now all they have to do is stay injury free for next year's Grand Prix series. They really need to get out there and get some exposure on the circuit. They, like W/P, have so much potential as a young team and I can see them moving up as long as they remain healthy. Here's hoping they have a Kick A$$ FS and nail everything.
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Their SD is definitely one of my faves this year. The sensuality and smoothness of the first section is lovely. They are a very well-matched team and I hope they continue to improve. Oh, and I really like their FD, too. So different and can't wait to see it again.
"He's so approachable and if she were anymore beautiful, she wouldn't look real." - Scott Hamilton on Meryl and Charlie
Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2011 World Ice Dance Champions and 2013 World Ice Dance Champions!
The fact that they came so close actually makes this more painful. I get it, though. They just had too many little mistakes to make up the ground that they needed. Performance wise, it was a beautiful skate though, wasn't it? All in all, a really impressive way to end their nightmare of a season.
On a completely irrelevant side note, I don't think Alexandra has ever looked more beautiful that she did tonight.
The fact that they came so close to beating Ralph & Hill, even though R/H were clean, is really encouraging, though. Despite R/H's massive improvements this season, it doesn't look like P/I will have any problems beating them next season, assuming they're healthy. What worries me, however, is Gilles & Poirier. Or rather, the way the judges reacted to them. G/P really didn't impress me all that much, but P/I or anyone lese won't have a chance against them if the judges just hand them marks that they don't deserve. Honestly, their score was a complete joke.
Ah-h-h-h... the colour of that dress was exactly the kind of thing I was hoping for. We can't discuss the competition here , but ...but...
Gilles and poirier were much faster than them they really need to improve their speed and power if they want to become contenders.
The advantage to "overscoring" is obvious. If this is to be Canada's "next" great team, they'll need to come out of the gate strong on the GP next year. Aren't they eligible for assignments (other than SC) with Paul as a "comeback" skater? I'm sure they'll get a Senior B assignment in early fall as well.
I'm sure it was also in the back of judges' minds that "positive" judging was not going to impact a WC/4C assignment. I'm sure this program would not have been marked as kindly internationally, but the judges won't have to face criticism for overmarking as this is it for the program.
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I am really sad they didn't get 4th place, it is so rare these days that we get to see beautiful ice 'dancing' which this team really do.
Stop, don't say that it's impossible, cause I know it's possible...
I have a question to put out there. I'm not really sure how GP assignemnt selection works, but will P/I even get any next season? I know they made the national team, but they are for all intents and purposes the lowest ranked members. I assume that means that the teams above them in the ranking will get priority. Is it still possible for them to get 2, or is one assignment the best we can hope for?
I agree that they're lacking a bit of power right now, but that's something they had a lot of before Alexandra's injuries became a factor. I suspect that once they are healthy and properly trained, that will return.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
G/P were not overscored at all, they were fully deserved and just watch, internationally, they will do just as well next season (obviously in terms of relative scores). P/I were underscored in my opinion... and should have been ahead of R/H and gone to worlds, but I'm happy that R/H finally get to go to Worlds cause this will be their last chance.
Unless they change coaches--something R&H need to do as soon as possible, IMO.
IMO P&I were underscored and shafted...
It's good to see that SC has decided to give them an event in spite of their finish, though. I am insanely excited to see how they skate at 4CC!! I fully expected to have to wait untill next season to see them again, so this is a real bonus!