I think that very important part in pairs skating is the unison of the two, weather they are performing a side by side jump, pair spin or footwork section.
During 2002 Olympics in LP S&P did not take off or land their side by side triple at the same moment. For me - that shows lack of unison. Both B&S and S&Z had the take off and landing at the same moment. And I think T&M as well.
I've always preferred B&S but that particular season I was very impressed with LP S&P had put together. I think it was called The Orchid and it was to 2nd movement of Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concert. They showed off all the things they, imo - improved about themselves in past seasons. I was so happy that Olympics were going to be so interesting since I already knew the Russians had a very complex LP.
So when they pulled out Love story, program that was 3 years old, with crowd pleasing tricks and exactly the same spread sheet of elements as their 2001 LP... I usually think that when you can "cut" the program from element to element while watching it on tv for the very first time - that the choreography is not that good since there is nothing going on between the "big" elements.
Can anyone tell me why did S&P drop The Orchid? I dont remember reading anything about it.
Were they playing it safe?
Was The Orchid too complex for them?