Just.watched protocols from FT 2011. Without mistakes VM got... 68 in SD. So we.all know,.what.marks they got for.SD at.2012 WCh
I'm also really concerned about them. They seem to be fighting serious nerves nowadays. How can they overcome that?
"They’re everything in a team that we strive to be...they are to me the quintessential ice dance team of our time."~Kaitlyn Weaver
They're constantly challenging themselves with difficult, intricate choreography from their blades to their fingertips, I'm sure even more challenging than Carmen was, so it takes a while to build up their perfection. As the links above show, their errors early in the season are not totally uncharacteristic. I guess since the twizzle error at WCh last year, we tend to expect every little bobble to be devastating, but at this time of the season, it really is not.
The difficult panels certainly an opportunity for growth, but it does seem to set a precedent and pecking order for the year. Pani, I don't recall their SD score at WCH, please tell me that you're saying that even though they start slow, their WCh score reflects improvement?
That's my take. I tried to be as frank as possible, again, it was not my intention to insult or offend anyone. I am not being snarky or sarcastic, what I wrote there is what I genuinely believe. Just my opinion and everyone here is free to disagree.
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Well, then in order to win, what is the answer? Skate more simply and make no errors or skate a more difficult program and risk errors? If a team has the skill to skate an intricate program, obviously if they skate perfectly, there is no controversy, however is it worth the risk?
In other disciplines flawed skates are rewarded under the premise of superb skating skills, but somehow not so much in dance - ironic, isn't it?
Anyway, this has nothing to do with today, I was just replying to Rafter's post.
Do I think V-M are held to a much higher standard? Sadly, yes. But do I think they can more than meet it? Absolutely. So, let's hope they will and trust their process. I am not worried about today because I saw things that I liked today. Levels? They will work on those.
Just watched the SD. I understand everyone being disappointed at the mark but I really thought that was a great showing for V/M - I thought it looked as smooth as silk and really well prepared. The only obvious mistake to my eye was the twizzle and Tessa even managed to make that look smooth. I saw no evidence of the nerves people are talking about. Yes, they really get nailed in the marks for an error and I don't know why that is, but I loved it.
I think Chock and Bates lost the whole element - just as Paul and Islam did.
Skary Babs: "Today in the original dance some top couples did mistakes...(turns to Maurizio) Maurizio?"
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