Excuse me but frankly I can like whom I want to and not have to rationalize who I like to others simply for being 'Canadian'. What am I not understanding...that I don't see in cold absolutes like you do? That the sun and moon do not rise for me around Virtue & Moir? That I can love Carmen but also love Hunchback of Notre Dame? People can like both teams and still be big fans of both teams. We don't have to trash the competition to validate great skaters or programs. I prefer Virtue & Moir and think they will be and are legends in this sport.
K&P and U&Z were both fabulous skaters. D&W and V&M are fabulous teams. D&W ARE artistic skaters... they also are consistent technicians. Virtue & Moir are musical and artistic skaters...they are also great technical skaters. Do I want Virtue & Moir to win in London...yes. Would I love to see them retain their Olympic title as well...yes. But if they make mistakes... I totally get how D&W can and would beat them. Both teams skating clean programs... as of right now I think Virtue & Moir should win.
~I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.~ (Charles R. Swindoll)
I also don't think U&Z are an apt comparison to D&W. U&Z were very slinky and balletic which is not the style I associate with D&W. They are maybe a little more like the Duschesnays, but without Dean's choreography.
I think Twilight was just trying to give an example of an era in which there were two excellent dance teams, and one dominated over the other, but the other one was still much beloved by fans and has a well-regarded legacy. She's saying that enjoying D&W's skating takes nothing away from V&M, just like being a fan of U&Z takes nothing from K&P.
It's true that it's possible to love more than one top team at a time; I've often found myself in that position in the past. Having two (or more) or your favorite teams competing head to head against one another.
However conversely, people aren't always going to love both teams that are competing for one spot and it's not always because due to "sinister" reasons; because someone has an ultimate favorite team that no one is supposed to defeat.
I don't hate D&W; contrary to what a couple of people might think I never have. It's just that while I have loved icedancing the most out of all disclipines the dance teams I've found go into two categories. My favorites who come out almost year after year with programs that I like/love or teams who while not favorites have had a few programs that I've liked/loved more than most of their usual work. I also appreciate the althletic ability of those skaters. D&W fit into that second group. I really like D&W's OD and find their Notre Dame FD more interesting than anything they have done since Samson & Delilah. Their is something though that is keeping me from totally jumping on board with the FD as I have the SD; maybe by the end of the season.
I think there have only been one or two dance teams whom I did not care for and D&W is not one of them.
I think part of the issue is that some (this isn't directed towards you Twilight) feel that those of us who don't think D&W are equal to V&M are saying this out of some misplaced protectiveness towards V&M. I realize that these days the meaning of certain words seem to mean different things to different people (not only in figureskating) but I don't feel that D&W are particularly artistic. I find them to be very talented althletes with the ability to perform some of the most difficult elements in the world. They are also very fast and despite V&M's improvement in that area still have the best dance spins in the field.
I'm not saying that to be mean or disagreeable but this is what I see when I look at D&W. V&M have really stepped forward this season (they just need to amp up the level of their performances) and should be preparing to distance themselves from the rest of the field. Some pretty major names in the icedance world have said the same. These are people who aren't neccesarily in the same category as we dancefans and have no other connections to V&M. There are no ulterior motives in those people saying giving praise to not only the Carmen FD but the skating skills and the overall package V&M have. Those comments make me feel as if I am not entirely off base.
ITA about V&M being extemely artistic although I'd say that DenStavs and DelShoes were very artistic/creative in their own rights. That said, I'm not sure that as much as I love many of those teams programs, either team has ever had a SD or FD that was as widely praised throughout the icedance World. And even V&M have had to grow into their artistry. The potential has always been there, they only needed a "Carmen" to bring it to fruition.
Despite my feeling this way, I realize others are clearly seeing something different. There are certain aspects of icedance that will always be subjective however their are some that are not.
You are echoing exactly what I think. Thanks.I think part of the issue is that some (this isn't directed towards you Twilight) feel that those of us who don't think D&W are equal to V&M are saying this out of some misplaced protectiveness towards V&M. I realize that these days the meaning of certain words seem to mean different things to different people (not only in figureskating) but I don't feel that D&W are particularly artistic. I find them to be very talented althletes with the ability to perform some of the most difficult elements in the world. They are also very fast and despite V&M's improvement in that area still have the best dance spins in the field.
Did I start that thread? I can't remember... I know I was a more vocal B&K fan.
Cherub721- that was exactly what I was meaning.
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V-M can get more fans if they walk in front of this supermarket and streets because people love it. then people will recognise. They need to have lot off fans for WCh. Zhulin can come and give support and love. He will bring own Russian bunners then all buner problem solve
Hi! After a while of lingering here, I decided to finally post something
Adding on to the debate Canadians' appreciation for them, I can say based on my experiences that they do receive a lot of support. When I went to the CNE show this summer, the arena was packed. And this was on a random weekday. For an arena to be THAT full, especially when they did two shows a day for almost 2 weeks, that's support. And I guarantee you that most were not huge figure skating fans, but VM got far more, and louder, cheers than any of the other amazing acts. I think that it shows that they are well known and have a lot of recognition.
So anyway, my seeing them at CNE is what made me become a big fan. I remember seeing them on TV during the Olympics and admiring their grace and beauty. Then, they showed the clip of Scott tricking Tessa with their placement, and it made me love them a bit more. I kept an eye out for them the past few years, and when I saw they were coming to my city, I just jumped at the chance. Needless to say, seeing them in person just strengthened my love for them and here I am
Nice to see you here ofdarkness. Great 1st post.
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The real problem with all this talk about being "equal" or "not equal" is that it leads some fans to think that, every time their favorite team gets beat, it could ONLY be because of some kind of fraud. And that's hardly a pleasant or constructive (or realistic) attitude.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
When the question perioid was opened up for the assembled journalists,
a womank--whose accreditation pass was tucked inside her sweater so it
couldn't be seen---directed her comments in a combination of German
and English to Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz, who stand
second to Grishuk and her partner Evgeny Platov.
"Why is so your timing so slow in your jive, it is so far from rock
and roll?" the woman asked.
A visibly shaken Bourne replied, "I don't know how to answer you. I
thought these were supposed to be questions, not statements."
Then the Canadians' coach, Russian-born Natalia Dubova, who had been
fuming at the back of the room, stood up to point out that the alleged
reporter was a relative of Grishuk's. Her aunt, as it turns out.
Dubova was once the coach of Grishuk and Platov.
An ISU official later discovered that the woman, who did not give her
name, was accredited not as a reporter but as a chaperone.
After the conference Bourne was close to tears and Kraatz said that
the attack felt like "getting kicked in the (bleep)."
To say these Canadians don't get along with the Russians would be an understatement. At the Champions Series Finals, the couples bickered.
Grishuk said she could do the Canadians' "Riverdance" routine in a heartbeat. One of Grishuk's relatives even got into the fray by lambasting the Canadians for their original-dance piece.
The relative, who was wearing a press pass, claimed the Canadians weren't dancing to rock and roll. The Canadian couple responded that the Beatles are, indeed, rock 'n' roll.
"It seems like every year the Russians pick the same kind of TC music and the same kind of programs," Kraatz said.
"They pick that slow, sad music. It seems like all they have to do different is change the expression on their faces."
Not sure if this is a press conference, but comments after the Nagano FD
The winners' former coach, Natalia Dubova, now guiding Canadians Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz - we'll get to them in a moment - ripped the two-time Olympic champions.
"I always asked myself, `What do they do for me?' " Dubova said. "They don't improve the sport. They should do something to improve the sport. All I remember is (Jayne) Torvil and (Christopher) Dean improved the sport."
Grishuk wasn't surprised by the remark. Dubova, after all, sided with Maia Usova when Grishuk had an affair with Usova's ice partner and husband, Aleksandr Zhulin, six years ago.
Grishuk's latest fray is with silver medalists Anjelika Krykova and Oleg Ovsyannikov, who suggested they were the best team yesterday.
"The public likes us better," Krykova said. "I think we had a better program overall."
The subtleties could not be overlooked. Krykova and Ovsyannikov kept calling Grishuk "Oksana," her first name until she changed it so fans wouldn't confuse her with Oksana Baiul, the 1994 Olympic figure skating champion.
When a Russian reporter called Grishuk, "Oksana," she interrupted.
"It's Pasha," she said.
While Dubova couldn't resist chastising Grishuk, she was more concerned with the judging of her pair, who finished fourth. She didn't notice the irony of a former Muscovite living in Lake Placid, N.Y., criticizing the "Eastern Bloc of judges."
"Ice dancing is not a sport," she complained, perhaps the first sane statement of the evening. "Something must be done. When five of them (judges) are from the East Bloc, it is easy for them to work together."
Judges from Poland, Lithuania, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Russia were accused of cutting back-room deals before the dancers competed.
Bourne, who complained about being judged below bronze medalists Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat of France, said, "The Olympics are all about the survival of the fitness. It's about true games and sport. That's not what ice dancing is right now. It's about off the ice.
"I don't feel awful at all. It's more like a joke than anything. All I can do is laugh about it. It's so stupid."
Some felt that way about the couple's routine performed to "Riverdance."
Peizerat also took exception. When asked if he thought the bronze medal should have been shared, he responded, "What's the point of the question? Should there be a tie? Two bronze medals? I don't think so."
Thank you so much for those gems. I'm LMAO reading the articles. Remember the "ice dance sex scandal" special made about U&Z and G&P on T.V.? It's on youtube. Ah, sex scandals, partner swaps, name changes, platinum blonde hair, violet dyed boots, fake reporters harassing skaters...
Thanks Cherub! I remember hearing about most of this drama, and it's actually quite funny to read now, back then as a B&K fan I was livid of course, but I wasn't sure it was press conferences that it had happened at so thanks for the clarity. That must have been so awkward but man I wish we had some videos of it though Maybe that's the reason everyone is so civil today , they know it will be on youtube 20 minutes later.
Here's another question/observation with all the drama back then I always noticed K/O managed to stay out of it, or at least it seemed that way. I always liked them. I never heard anything about them, no accusations, no name calling, unless I missed something?
Good point on the youtube thing!
Yeah, I haven't heard much about K&O in that respect either. Maybe they were just a little smarter and more subtle... I was about Krylova correcting the reporter and saying "Oksana" not "Pasha"... effing brilliant.