Next time you have the chance to see them skate in person, just watch Scott move across the rink in warm-ups. Watch how he strokes and pay particular attention to the way he gets his edges deep into the ice, the power of his blade drives, and the way he carries himself. He is smooth, smooth, smooth. His skating is exquisite.
tessa also moves differently and better than meryl.
for one, tessa has better posture, frame and lines.
2. meryl is so stiff compared to tessa. just watch how tessa uses her upper and lower body and is contracting her abdominals to control her movement compared to meryl who only uses her lower body and her movement doesn't look that controlled compared to tessa's. instead it looks contrived and she looks stiff
3. tessa is more graceful that probably has to do with her lines
also i was backreading aunt joyce formspring awhile ago and someone told AJ that tessa's edges aren't that great and he replied that tessa is the greatest technical female skater in ice dance or something like that
and i was like WOW AJ finally said something nice about tessa instead of body shaming her like he usually does.
Cherub and BK Fan.I'm a little uncomfortable with the way the issues are being framed here, even by the V&M fans, to be honest: sport vs. art, athlete vs. artist, fast vs. slow, and skaters vs. dancers.
It is not one vs the other. It's on a continuum. D&W are not unartistic or completely unable to dance, nor are V&M unathletic or slow. It's a matter of who has what, to what degree, and how it plays into the scoring.
Just to clarify there is no question that both teams are athletic but if you had to watch both their dances without any knowledge and use one word I would describe them in the way I did - Athletic/artistic.
We know that the athleticism in V&M fuels and backs up the artistry. I find in D&W there is just a slavish portrayal of elements. Less and less are my senses engaged in watching them and it seems to me an endless rotation and repetition of movements sometimes with no crescendo.
In the case of T&S their whole bodies are in tune with the dance. Their moves and lifts are athletic but done with such delicacy of movement, control and flow that you get immersed in the program. I always feel as though I am an invitee into their bubble and not left on the outside.
This is what drew me to them when they first skated seniors and has held me there over the years
Emdee, I agree with everything you said. I just think we need to be cognizant not to allow the conversation to be framed that way, and I am glad I said that, because it lead to a thoughtful post like yours.
Basically I don't think we should take V&M's athleticism for granted is all.
I felt bad for Scott when that interviewer kept bringing up Patrick Chan. Like hello, you're supposed to be talking about Tessa and Scott lol.
Agree about the post Golightly (and that's saying a lot since Subway and I haven't always seen eye to eye.
I'd love to see a footwork contest between Patrick and Scott, speed among other thing being something judged...
That would be some great skating.