Sorry guys no idea how to make a video but I just watched the British Eurosport coverage on Sky+ and here's what the guys said (edited a bit). It's your typical Simon and Nicky stuff!
They didn't talk during the performance. Afterwards:
Simon: Well if there was a flaw there I didn't spot it. It look to the untrained eye faultless. [takes one to know one, Simon ]
Nicky: I loved this at SC... Tatiana Tarasova standing... that was ballet on ice and drama, such drama, technical difficulty. But gosh, she's sinewy, she's sexy, she's provocative, she is Carmen out there. It's amazing to me. Fantastic.
Simon: And she's Katy Perry. [Way to lower the tone, Simon!] She's got it all. But they do seem to be getting better and better.
Nicky: [Something about how he hadn't spotted she looked like KP, because to him she had become Carmen.] And it gets to me sometimes that it's ballet on ice but it's all about this thing I bat on about, it's the relationship between the couple, it's the story, never losing that focus. And here in Russia, this is where they so appreciate that.
[Then they talk about Bestiamanova and Bukin doing Carmen 20 some years ago and now Tessa and Scott building on that.]
Nicky: And I'm just so encouraged people can get to the level where they can take that framework and make it art.
Simon: [Talks about how they were underwhelmed with their marks at SC.] They're perfectionists of course, that's what makes them the best in the world.
Nicky: In a way I don't care what the judges give it because I thought it was fantastic. Are we on air at the moment, should I not have said that?!
Simon: [Chit chat about marks] Undefeated. Unbeatable? We shall see.
Hopefully someone will post the video soon!
Bue, you're right, that move isn't supposed to look like that. They did it well in practice, but it's quite tricky. I love it, I feel it somehow mirrors Scott's kick in the beginning, but if they still can't make it work in every performance, they might have to change it.
The gala was quite good. They began with all four medal ceremonies - I have no idea why they organized it like that, instead of the traditional way, after every event. It felt a bit anti-climactic. It's a pity that there weren't so many people in the audience as I had expected. However, it's interesting (in a good way!) that the Russian people prefer the competition to the gala. Usually it's the other way around. The arena here is Olympic-size and yesterday it was almost full. It gave me hope that the future of figure skating doesn't depend entirely on the Asian audience.
Tessa and Scott skated to Hallelujah (wonderful as usual) and, since all the gold medallists had to perform an encore, they did the diag step sequence and the finale from the FD. The funniest thing was to watch Tessa, in her delicate Mahler-like white dress, suddenly switch to fierce Carmen mode and breath fire in the end! The audience clapped all along and by the time they got to the rotational lift, people were basically howling. When they'll skate it in London, I fear we might not even hear the music anymore...
By the way, the step sequence looked great, wider and with more attack than yesterday. Which means they just have to manage those nerves better, and they'll be fine.
Last edited by IoanaC; 11-11-2012 at 02:23 PM.
I don't really care that the Brit commentators are not as knowledgeable as some of us would like. I love that they love T/S and appreciate so much of the artistry and difficulty of their work. Wasn't Nicky an ice dancer at the same time as T/D?
Even in 1997, G&P, K&O, A&P and B&K had great programs from 1996-1998. ( well B&K's OD's sucked)
I was away for the weekend so just catching up .. saw someone post that Igor had made a comment about the judging and Carmen? What was that about?
Just rehashing what Igor had said last week after Skate Canada
okay I missed that? I don't remember reading anything negative.