Meryl and Charlie seem to be like making history in Russia: 1st Ice Dance World Champs, 1st to win 4 consecutive GPF titles...hopefully another in 2014!
I'm going to twizzle into a triple axel and spiral out of it.
I keep forgetting D/W have broken not only one, but two records here:
1. First ice dance team in history to win the GPF 4 times.
2. First skater(s) in any discipline in history to win the GPF 4 times consecutively.
it's more that they gain an intensity/adrenalin type thing when someone beats them or scores close to them, like a horse race where the leading horse can be loping along and speeds up when another horse comes close.
I think it's like when your little sister beats you at chess. You think it's a fluke. You had the stomach flu. You were distracted by family stuff. Then she does it twice
AFAIR, neither team spends a lot of time watching the other train; they are far too focussed on themselves. They are just aware the competition is working hard.
Reality strikes when you see the scores/lose. Enough is enough. Then you decide the slow spin won't do and the choreo lift needs changing. That sort of thing.
Does anyone here have the medal ceremony?
I've heard this before, what did she do?I think Kaitlyn as developed a sense of class, but she certainly didn't have it early in her career.
I tried to read the V/M thread, but I ended up blocking so many people that there isn't much left to read I can handle criticism and opinions that are different from my own. But I can't handle nastiness and insults. I don't think I've ever seen a team that inspires such vitrol as D/W have.
And I think you meant V/M in your last sentence.
Looking at pictures from the whole weekend--Meryl is crazy buff this year. Her muscle definition, even in candids, is pretty amazing to be as tiny as she is.
But back on the subject of Meryl and Charlie. I recognize my bias when I watch other teams and I have a hard time when people don't recognize their own biases and just get nasty. Tessa and Scott and Meryl and Charlie are the best of the best. They have different styles and feelings and one is not somehow better than the other, or less deserving of a win. Sometimes they have weaker programs or something, or dubious judging at a single competition when one team has clearly performed better on the day, but ultimately, these two are such a gift. This rivalry is so much fun.
Now I need two seconds to vent ahahah. I've been reading way too many articles and blogs and YouTube comments. Why do I do that to myself? For the life of me, I do not understand why people continue to peddle the nonsense that Meryl and Charlie have no connection. If they had no connection, they would not interest anyone. Not all connections in dance mean a certain kind of romance or sexual intensity. Otherwise there are a lot of competitive social and ballroom dances that have this so-called "zero connection". And a lot of ice dance teams with equally "no connection". I competed in Lindy hop and the connection between couples, especially in Jack and Jill competitions (which means you change from partner to partner in different rounds and often don't know the person you dance with), is about fun and friendliness.
Besides, I think it's more of a case of Charlie not being as strong of an actor as Meryl.
I've seen so many articles that claim Meryl and Charlie's FD is vulnerable... despite the high scores it's received all season. And not high scores where the PCS is beaten, but high scores that are high because their PCS is the best. That does not indicate, to me, that their dance is vulnerable. It indicates to me that the judges like it and, perhaps, see the improvements in expression that we see.
I also find it strange that people think Meryl and Charlie have to worry about fighting for silver or bronze. And that Nathalie and Fabian are on their tail. While yes, Nathalie and Fabian are moving on up, Meryl and Charlie came in with the highest scores by far. Why does that mean they're in danger? Why is it just them and not also Tessa and Scott?
None of this is a criticism of Tessa and Scott, mind you. It's more of a criticism of some professional comments and other things I've seen this season. It's just getting old. And I know it comes with the territory of being at the top so it's not going to get in the way of my enjoyment of their programs. But if I can't vent at least once, I'll probably be raging at people who don't care about figure skating ahaha. Worth it for the looks, maybe, but I don't want to be carted away to the funny farm.
WOO THIS GOT LONG. MY APOLOGIES.
I don't understand this either. P.J Kwong and Kurt Browning have both said this. P.J has even said the FD is beatable, even though no one has outscored them yet. I actually laughed when she said that D/W were beatable, while they were outscoring V/M all season long.I've seen so many articles that claim Meryl and Charlie's FD is vulnerable
I just think Meryl and Charlie are more of themselves when they skate and Tessa and Scott more like become the characters they portray. Like, the emotions we see from Meryl and Charlie are natural Meryl and Charlie. It doesn't have to be a good or a bad thing, but I for one like it.
And yes, hopefully Russia turns out to be a history making place for them. As for CoR, well, that disastrous OD to a great extent made me fall for Charlie's personality, so for me it isn't a bad memory at all, more like something to laugh about. Seriously, I think it was just adorable
Don't worry, circuscandy. The media loves to fuel the fire, so to speak. The V/M D/W rivalry keeps up interest. And also they want tension...who will win? Especially leading up to the Olympics. I personally pay little attention anymore to the talk about Meryl and Charlie's "connection". They have never had "no connection", it's just that being V/M's rivals makes folks critical of things that appear to separate the teams. I just feel that V/M are better actors...their connection is the same as D/W in reality...they are skating partners, friends, that's it. Also yes, being at the top certainly gets you attention...good and bad!
As far as the V/M thread...well, in the beginning it wasn't too bad but when D/W started beating them, they suddenly became the keepers of all things holy about V/M and their constant target is D/W. You will seldom see any negative comments about any other team in there. Which makes sense since D/W are truly the one threat to V/M every time they compete. Then besides the V/M ubers, there are ice dance purists on this forum who see themselves as the keepers of ice dance before CoP and pretty much anything most teams do is crap.
I just finished watching Universal Sports program on the FD...I really liked Tanith's comment at the end...she said D/W invite you in to enjoy their program while V/M seem into themselves on the ice. Most V/M fans find this a strength of V/M but I agree with Tanith...it's more enjoyable to watch a skating program that involves you with them.