And in 2005 a lot of people thought Del-Sh must win FD.
Grishuk & Platov
Krylova & Ovsiannikov
Anissina & Peizerat
Navka & Kostomarov
Denkova & Staviski
Delobel & Schoenfelder
Virtue & Moir
Davis & White
And in 2005 a lot of people thought Del-Sh must win FD.
The work of delobel&schoenfelder is far ahead of many of the teams remaining of this list (if not all). As a pure skating perspective they don't have anything to envy to any of these teams. They just lack the accolades of the others as they were never rewarded properly by the judges and were severely undermarked for most of their careers
Anyway, the range of music, styles, voids, originality...is far ahead of everyone else on this list, save Grishuk and Platov perhaps
Well, with only a day left, it's looks like it's inevitable. A least we enjoyed a mini Delobel and Schoenfelder retrospective, which was nice.
For me, the way they moved together created the chemistry. Their best performances were the ones where they were both really into the ice and skating freely. They could create an incredible sense of power and "fullness" with their skating that few couples could. Olivier in particular I found incredible to watch. To see this big lanky guy get down in his knees and create so much power and flow and use his body to create such striking shapes has always been mesmerizing to me.IMO the only thing about Isabelle and Olivier that could be a factor that might count against them was their lack of chemistry with one another. However the rest of what they did was so good that for me it cancelled out the fact that DelShoes didn't have that passionate, romantic or just plain great friends loving skating together vibe that many of the other teams had. Or at the very least those many other great things minimized their sometimes not being tuned in to one another.
I can understand people not loving Isabelle, but I always felt that Olivier was a unique talent and never really got enough recognition. He's probably my favorite individual ice dancer on this list ahead of even Grishuk, Platov, and Krylova. I *hated* the way the end of his career went down, especially with the kind of "Ok, thanks, bye!" reception they got at the Olympics. I also hate that the few times I've seen them skate as pros, they look like they barely skate together anymore, and she's not even in that good of shape. He's at least still great to watch. I'd rather he pull a Bourne and skate solo.
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Although they never won an olympic medal, there are still people who remember them. For example, the commentators of German eurosport were talking about their Frida programme from 2005 during the SD in Nice. Hendryk Schamberger even said that they made history with that programme, so I think people don't forget so easily what they brought to ice dance.
I also think Delobel & Schoenfelder had chemistry.
When we will start next round?
Since it is clear who's going, how do you guys think the rest will shake out?
Looks like it'll be between D&W and N&K next round. N&K do have the better record so probably will stay. I hope DenSta outlast them, since I think they should have had N&K's 2004 title and they are just better quality.
K&O vs DenSta is interesting.... both have two time world champions and were largely overshadowed by another team. K&O have the edge with an Olympic medal, and they are better skaters, but I strongly prefer DenSta's body of work, so it's really tough.
IMO the top 3 should definitely be the 3 OGM couples. It's not because they have the OGM (I voted out other OGMs in early rounds in other disciplines), but they really are the three strongest couples for me. G&P have the best record which is going to be hard to beat, but they have a lot of haters too. G&P definitely win for versatility, A&P for creativity, and V&M for the most effortless skating (better lines and lifts than G&P, better and more secure footwork than A&P), but they suffer a bit from a perceived lack of innovation. I guess you could make the argument that K&O deserve to be in the final 3 over A&P, though IMO by the end A&P's work was stronger. K&O were not able to pass G&P in 98 (as G&P were able to do to U&Z in 1994), and were already being pressured by A&P in 1999.
I think G-P will be a clear winners. And i think top 3 will be 1. G-P. 2. A-P. 3. K-O.
I must to say i dont like a lot off G-P programs. I love 3 - Libertango, Rock-n-roll in 1994 and "Feelings begins". I strongly dislike Latin FD and Quickstep FD (1995, 1996 FDs). But i respect them, becasue they could change situation and left Linichuck for show something really innovated and fight for there second OG so hard.
As for K-O. I feel like they could have much better results with another programs. They really used so many different styles, but could you imaging how great Anjelika could be in classic ballet?
A-P... I think they overused drama, but this were high-quality drama. Marina made all this by herself, she worked so hard. But if Krylova skated at 2002 OG i think K-O derseve gold more, then A-P.
And I agree something more classical would've suited K&O. Their exhibition to Tosca is one of my favorite programs from them.
I agree that the final four should be those four, but I'm not sure who I'm going to vote for in the end. I think the final two should be Virtue and Moir vs Grishuk and Platov. That's going to be really hard, but I think that Virtue and Moir should win out. If only Grishuk and Platov could have finished The Feeling Begins on time, I may have supported them even more.
K/F-“Spatacus”-1993 WC EX
K/O-“Tosca” 1996 WC EX