After McLaughlin/Brubaker missed the shot at Vancouver, I'm not convinced there is a sure thing when it comes to pairs, because they were a whole lot more of a "sure thing" than any of the teams this quad.
I totally agree with you there! I dont think there was anyone predicting that Mclaughlin/Brubaker wouldnt make the Olympic team. I honestly think that outside of Denney/Coughlin anything can happen. Every team seems to be having there issues. I dont think any of these teams has had two clean programs in one competition. I think only a few of these teams have skated clean sp. Denny and Counghlin, Kayne and O'Shea
and Donlan and Speroff are the only teams that I can think of. I am not sure any team has had a mistake free long program yet.
I wouldn't be surprised to see at least one of the teams on the Olympic team being a surprise. Not sure which team it will be, but it will be exicting to watch.
That said, I would just like to say I'm very impressed with both Denney sisters, they were made for pairs skating, and it would be the bomb if they both made the Olympic Team! Just the possibility makes me wonder if two siblings in the "same discipline" in figure skating have ever both made the Olympic Team at the same time? The only ones I can recall that come close is the Hughes sisters, but Sarah made the Team in 2002, whereas her little sister Emily made it in 2006.
^^^ Maybe a new Trash Can thread can be started for this topic?
ETA that a link to photos from Scott Hamilton's recent benefit show in Cleveland (including Davis/Brubaker's performance) are posted here: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4048694
Last edited by Sylvia; 11-13-2013 at 06:25 PM.
"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
Lol I forgot about that part of pairs skating. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be unusual at all in pairs or dance. Just off the top of my head I recall Kitty & Peter Carruthers. But as regards pairs (& dance for that matter) I meant with "different" partners. Not like the Kerrs or the Shibs.
Anyhow, I think it would be cool to see the phenomenal Denney sisters both make the Olympic Team at the same time with different partners.
ETA: sorry for straying off topic a bit folks. mea culpa.
Welcome to FSU, where you can always count on a cheery positive post to be followed by a harshly negative one.
Denney/Coughlin have made nice improvements this year. I really love how they eliminated her weaker lift positions and made their lifts more impressive in the process. They're not without fault, but they pretty much always skate well (oftentimes clean), have 3twist/throws that stand out among the best in the world, and will most likely be crucial to Team USA's medal chances in the team event. Pairs and Mens are the two events where people are predicting the US to give away a lot of points, but on a normal day, D/C should be able to keep us close enough to Canada's pair, which will be a top mission.
Marissa/Simon's 4S throws so far have been quite impressive. No, she hasn't landed it cleanly in competition yet, but she seems to be able to get it on her feet with relative ease. And in this judging system, that's very much rewarded. For example at NHK, their 4S throw outscored Denney/Frazier's very well done 3Lo throw (speaking of D/F, they are coming along nicely). Because C/S now have the difficulty in throws (they're no longer reliant on the 2A throw), I would love to see them scale back a bit on their SBS jump difficulty. Just focus on one SBS triple, not two. That was working for them last season and seemed to help their confidence.They have a lot going for them (wonderful lifts), but the planned SBS jumps just seem too ambitious and are probably not worth it with all the difficulty they have elsewhere in the program. The bronze medal at NHK could have been theirs (they also lost a couple levels on spins that they normally get).
Scimeca/Knierim haven't shown their actual abilities so far this season, but it is somewhat expected with his summer injury. Hopefully he did not come back too soon, is feeling healthy, and can regain his confidence in jumping. They had level 3s on SBS spins and pair spin at COC, and their throws are not as consistent as they were last year, so it just seems like they need a little bit more time to get back in the swing of things and get more mileage on their programs (which are a step up from last year). But when she does land a throw (like the 3F in their LP at COC), it's huge and gets great GOE, and you can see that the strong scoring potential is there. Hopefully they'll seem more like themselves their next GP.