Meanwhile with the FD they had been scoring below D&W during the GP. They actually won the FD at GPF, but since we didn't know that until the scoring error was revealed, it kind of gets forgotten and their FD is not seen as a strength, either.
I think if the Russian commentators are talking about it, the Russian judges and officials are too, and so are officials from other countries. They're getting this rep now that they're having a bad season, struggling, and really... they're not? Their programs are very good and their skating is excellent other than 1-2 normal mistakes. It's all in the perception.
Pani, the idea that "V/M are not so good anymore", according to those Russian commentators, is simply stupid. It's enough to watch them skate, there's no need to justify anything. Also, remember that Kustarova prefers to ignore her students' shortcomings and blame everyone else. Bobrova and Soloviev fight for a place on the Worlds podium. Any opinion of hers regarding Tessa & Scott is to be taken with a grain of salt.
And thats why i post this - i am worry, because all others check Natioanls results. And i prefer they will say - o, this was Nationals, thats why this team had so high score, but not "they are no so good anymore, because they lose to another team from Canada"
My bet, at this point, is that going forward this year, they'll get slammed on the SD but will win the FD, although not by enough to make up the point difference.
I'm also still curious as to which dance teams at this year's Canadians actually had seriously inflated scores, outside of G/P, whose score, in my opinion, had absolutely nothing to do with V/M and W/P but was about establishing them as a firm Canadian third going forward. Looking at the scores from top to bottom, I had the impression that this was actually a fairly tough tech panel.
IMO, it really is all about perception.
I just still think that even if skated clean, this current configuration of the SD is a step back, especially given that prior to the GPF everyone was giving them the advantage. I know I'm repeating myself here, but the only "problem" they seemed to be having was not getting some of their levels, especially with the rhumba sequences. The way to fix that is not to totally overhaul the SD, but practice, practice, practice. (Not that they don't, but you know what I mean.)
LOL of course the Russians won't like T&S, they ruined the Russian dominance in Ice Dance, no Russian team can come close to them for talent, that does not surprise me at all.
Also they obviously don't know what they are talking about since T&S did not lose the SD so they clearly are not paying attention
Al the negativity is so to me. We're their fans people come on The seasons not over and their SD up until the GPF was their strong point. They fell there and Canadians was their worst performance of the year, in ages in fact. So I'm not throwing in the towel because the Shibs got some whacked out score at U.S. Nats. nor am I getting bent out of shape at Russian commentators who are trying to plant the seeds for Sochi. At worst & barring disaster I still see V&M second at Worlds and in close contention.
I can't believe what's happened in the span of a month. I sure hope 4CC is better or I can't imagine what it'll be like. It can all be turned around and I choose to believe it will but at this point I feel exhausted (and I'm not even competing)I almost wish it was over, when all I want is to enjoy them skate.
I hope 4CC is good for them, their chance to show the joy we saw pre-GPF.
Tessa and Scott: Thank you
Now their choosing Funny Face I blame on Marina. Sure Tessa brought it to the table 5 years ago or whatever, but Marina is the one who suggested it this year and I think any coach with their best interests at heart would have just said NO to it. If Tessa wants to be Audrey Hepburn, let her be it in an exhibition number. There is so much GREAT music out there, why FF?
I agree that V&M are in the same situation B&A were in a few years ago.