I agree that the Technical panel has greater power to influence scores than any individual judge.
What I think is remarkable is how little discussion there ever was about the make-up of the Technical panel at Worlds last year in Nice.
As they are all presented under the label "ISU" this has the effect of masking their nationalities for the public (And apparently, most skating fans).
However, it would be hard to find nation of origin or country skating federation ties irrelevant.
The mathematical impact of calling a footwork sequence Level 2 vs. Level 3 vs. Level 4 can influence placements more than an individual +1, +2, +3 GOE when the numbers are added up in these highly competitive events.
Controller - Christine HURTH - FRANCE
Technical Specialist - Marie BOWNESS - CANADA
Asst Tech Specialist - Andrzej DOSTATNI - POLAND (married to former Russian skater)
Canada had a judge on the panel as well of course as has been mentioned - Jodi ABBOTT.
Are Meryl and Charlie just now leaving for SKAM?
I'm going to twizzle into a triple axel and spiral out of it.
I can't wait for the practice reports to start coming in!
I can't wait to see their programs! Notre Dame especially. It's seriously been too long since we last saw them compete. So happy the season is starting finally!!!
Btw, I hate it when places like this change their layout. It takes a lot of time for me to get used to...
Meryl and Charlie are about to take the ice. Meryl in dark burgundy-looking dress. Charlie in plain black shirt and pants. Meryl has her hair down.
Notre Dame run-through! A few new lifts and the rotational one from DF where Meryl is on Charlie's shoulder. Passionate choreography, cool entrance into the spin right at beginning of the program. Diag step sequence early in program. Circ steps late. Will upload video this afternoon!
Thanks, TanithandBenFan! Ahh I can't wait to see!! This sounds promising- would you say the choreo is more intricate looking? And is the circ step sequence new?
Thank you for the report!! Can't wait for the video. I wonder if black shirts and pants is Charlie's real costume or a stand in.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Excited to get there tomorrow! I'm wondering if these costumes are stand-ins or if we'll see them again. I love what I've seen of the burgundy number so I'd be happy to watch that all season!
I always love watching for costume changes and evolutions, almost as much as watching the evolution of the choreography.
Here's the video of their free dance run-through!
Thanks for the video! I like what they showed and am excited to see it in its entirety. I'm not sure how I really feel about the dress though.
Thanks so much!
I really love the music cuts they chose. And Meryl's ending pose! She's working it out! Go Miss, uh, Esmerylda...
Can't wait to see it all (and to see if Meryl goes full Giselle blue for the SD ahaha).
I wasn't even paying attention to the costumes, I was completely mesmerized by what I was seeing! Wow. Their choreo...so intricate, there was hardly an inch between them during much of it. I can definitely see a more emotional connection and this was just practice! Loved the music. Cannot wait to see this in competition. The feeling of the dance reminded me of S&D but oh so much improved in their skating, their connection, just everything. I know I'm gushing already but this was just wonderful. Thank you so much, Tabfan, for giving us this preview!
"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!