My top 3 FDs so far: 1. Davis/White 2. Lynn/Logan 3. Parsons
One of my new favourite teams this season so far are H/D .I 've only seen them once before doing their Titanic programme.I love their SD and FD .They are gorgeous together lovely edges and flow and great chemistry Are they a couple off ice as Madison said I love you before the SD ?Have they a good shot for a place against S/S and C/B ? I hope so.
Yes Maddie and Zach are a couple on and off the ice.
Yes, I think they have a shot for an Olympic berth against S/S and C/B. I haven't seen Shibs' programs yet, but much prefer Hubbell/Donahue's to Chock/Bates'. I heartily dislike the C/B FD. And it appears that H/D have improved a lot.
It's going to be heartbreaking no matter who gets left out. I wish we had 5 spots.
I am really looking forward to Skate America. We will get to see the improvements that have been made to D/W and H/D's programs and the debut of the Shibs. I think we will have a better handle on the "pecking order" of the US teams after this weekend. I love H/D's programs this season and I am really hoping they perform well this weekend and that the judges agree with me!!!
Any objections if a new thread is started in GSD for U.S. ice dance news & discussion since summer is over?
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Hubbell and Donohue have had problems with levels last season. I hope their coaching team is able to fix it.
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I wondered what would have happened to the Shibs if they followed Shpillband to Novi rather than staying with Zueva. It appears that the Shibs stagnated while Chock/Bates, who followed Shpillband, blossomed. As the #1 team, no doubt that the Shibs will get more attention/devotion from Zueva once D/W and V/M retire after this season.
However, I am not convinced that the Shibs' will improve once they become the #1 team @ Canton. The Shibs' strength always have been their technical superiority with their incredibly quite blade, good speed (not as fast as D/W - no other team does), and ability to gain good levels. The Canton teams all seemed to struggle with levels after Shpillband's departure. In addition, I am just not certain if Zueva can create cutting edge/innovative programs to overcome the inherent disadvantage a sibling team presents.
I just worry, since I am a big fan of the Shibs - I want them to do well.
I don't think the Shibs will be the No. 1 team in Canton, even if Davis/White leave after this season. I think Zoueva is maneuvering to fill her stable, if not immediately after this season, after other teams become disillusioned with their results and/or their Federations start interfering at the beginning of the next Olympic cycle.
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
1.) Alex's injuries in the 2012 season to the early part of 2013. They have been pretty quiet about this, but there's been mention of it in passing.
2.) Maia's growth spurt. She's still pretty tiny now, but she's a lot taller (and filled out) than she was when she won World bronze a few back.
I remember when Alex went through that growth spurt a few years back, it was a real struggle for them. I remember a lot of people worried that Maia wouldn't grow and be too short for him!
While they haven't been super vocal about it, I'm sure it was frustrating to maneuver dances/lifts/etc when your sister isn't a tiny little thing any more.
The levels are a big problem, but perhaps now that it appears both of them have stopped growing they can focus less on finding their center of gravity/training around injuries and focus more on getting the key points.
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As far as I am concerned, the Shibs had the best two programs for their senior debut season (2010-2011). Their "Carousel Waltz" SD was appropriate for their young age (16 & 19 at that time), and their “smile” and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" beautifully played up to their strengths: elegance, quiet blade-work, wholesomeness and natural exuberance. The relative simplicity of their FD choreography also highlighted their technical excellence, e.g., three sets of swizzles (not many teams did it at that time). The result showed at the 2011 worlds (bronze medal, though they got help from P/B’s disastrous falls).
I was slightly disappointed with the following season’s FD, which seems like a mere continuation of the previous FD. Although it was more technically challenging, I saw no new innovations other than the extended lift. All other lifts, spins and swizzles were unchanged. To their credit, however, they kept working on their SD program. Although many considered saltry, and sexy Latin dances to be disadvantageous to the Shibs, they collaborated with the renowned ballroom dancing instructor Corky Ballas over 2/3 of the SD choreography. The program improved greatly by the Nationals.
Many people posted their puzzlement and disappointment over the 2012-2013 “missing” SD. I, too, share the similar sentiments. Although “missing” is one of my all time favorite programs, I felt that it was really wrong for them. “Missing,’ as you know is danced by the legendary French-Canadian sibling team Duchsnays. They are known for innovative programs that are edgy and often in your face – qualities that are diametrically opposed to the Shibs, who are known for polite and wholesomeness. By giving “missing” to the Shibs, I just felt that Zueva was taking an easy way out. I imagined that it would have been paramount for Zueva to dispense her then limited resources to her #1 and 2 teams (D/W & V/M) in order to maintain her status in the ice dance world after the split up with Shpillband.
The end result could have been short-changing her #3 team with less than original programs. “The Memoirs of a Geisha” FD, though it was beautiful, did not break technical ground, and ended up playing on the Asian stereo-type. As I mentioned previously, they appeared regressing on the technical ends, too, as they did not gain many level 3s and 4s.
The Shibs are smart and hard working team. I have noticed that they have been increasingly more collaborating with outside experts. Starting with Corky Ballas in the 2011-2012 season, they hired a Japanese dance expert in 2012-2013 season. This season they have multiple expert on both their SD and FD programs. Perhaps this is their way of compensating whatever deficiencies they perceive in training in Canton. I truly wish them the best luck on this Olympic season.
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