I really like Don't Stop Me Now and Billie Jean. I think those two are my favorites. I am hoping that we get to see a new program for "The Ice".
It is news. I believe they did that show last year as well?
I notice that also all the cast members will be giving free skating lessons to kids.
In conjunction with the invitation-only shows, cast members will give children from the area free skating lessons. All donations from the shows will be given to the International Red Cross to help the rebuilding efforts throughout the region.
Strictly speaking, a vote for D&W in that poll is against them
Its a foregone conclusion they will get eliminated either this time or next. Its an opnion poll like most threads around here that discuss skaters. You like them or you don't. Their competitive record is outstanding including the US's first world champions in ice dance. In US skating they will never be a weak link. They will be remembered as one of the greats.
And they are improving every year, too.
I saw this video of an early practice of Polovetsian Dance and was impressed with how much Meryl and Charlie have matured in so few years, although I thought they were pretty amazing even then.
It sounds like the music cut was a little different in this video, too, no? That last bit sounds more like the track Domnina/Shabalin used the same year.
Hey MarieJessup, welcome! Thanks for the link, that was awesome to see. And yes, literaryfreak, that final music cut? They definitely didn't use it, thank goodness.
Oh, and TABfan, yeah, I'd totally buy a DVD of D/W practices, too!
Personally, I think someone who wins the US's first ice dance title and has D/W's track record is a much stronger link than a Russian team who dominated in an era when being Russian was a deadlock on the medals/gold in ice dance.
But that, too, is just my opinion
Yet, D/W had some tough competition with V/M despite her injury. Didn't they win the SD at Worlds that year?
Apart from that, I mentioned US and not North American; I cannot recall any Canadian teams coming close to win a title after or before B/K before V/M took over whereas there were a few top US teams.
And I think that as many faults as the current judging system has, it's fairer than the previous one. I truly doubt it would be a North American dominated era if it were still the 6.0 system and I doubt V/M and D/W would have won the medals they have already won. They would have had to wait their turn, climb the ranks and wait for the skaters in front of them to retire. If you look at the results from the 6.0 system you'll see that a young team overtaking a veteran team in the top 5 rarely happened.
So, I think that D/W and V/M actually have to be the best skaters of the era in order to be the dominant skaters whereas I think that it was just Navka/Kostomarov's turn to be at the top.
And in general, I don't think one can compare dominance under the 6.0 system to dominance under the current judging system because, as I said, under the 6.0 system it was more a wait-your-turn system and much easier to fix results. Also, the skating skills required were entirely different and it was much harder to compare the programs so it was a lot more subjective. Which I guess is why the system was so vulnerable.
In other words, I don't think it can be decided by a teams dominance whether they're the weakest link or not because of the different circumstances skaters skate under.
Again, this is how I see it
Before they won gold, B-K fight so many years for the podium. Nobody want to see North Americans at the podium in that time. B-K made the way much easy for B-A. V-M and D-W didnt had such difficulties. IMHO.