View Poll Results: If you were a bookie, who would you make favourite for the Ice Dance Olympic gold?

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  • Davis & White

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  • Virtue & Moir

    58 26.98%
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    If you were a bookie, who would you make favourite for the Ice Dance Olympic gold?

    Very impressive performance by Davis & White at Skate America. They are now unbeaten since the 2011/12 season when they lost both 4CC and Worlds to Virtue & Moir. Hence, in terms of a winning streak, they have certainly built up considerable momentum. Moreover, at the 2013 World Championships, they set new world records for the SD and overall combined total scores. Earlier in the same season, at the 2013 4CC, they had set a new world record for the FD score. Nevertheless, Virtue & Moir also looked in good form at this seasons Finlandia Trophy.

    Its early in the season, but at this juncture, who would you install as the favourite for the Ice Dance Olympic gold medal if you were a bookie?
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    I would love to see D&W to win the USA's first OGM in ice dance, but for this poll I voted for V&M, mainly because they are the defending Olympic champions and they too are great skaters and great ice dancers. It's going to be a fantastic competition in Sochi.

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    At this point, Davis & White would and should be the bookies favorite, and if I were playing a part in making the odds I would recommend that as well. They have dominated the last year, beat V&M at all their competitions last season, and are off to a strong start in this one. How could they not be the favorites. It is still very close and V&M winning wouldn't be a surprise either, but for now D&W are the favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    I would love to see D&W to win the USA's first OGM in ice dance, but for this poll I voted for V&M, mainly because they are the defending Olympic champions and they too are great skaters and great ice dancers. It's going to be a fantastic competition in Sochi.
    Exactly. Whoever wins, both couples will go down in history as all time greats. I would like to see D&W win, as that would mean that both couples would retire with at least one Olympic title each.

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    I think Davis & White are skating a bit better right now, and have a more interesting FD, so I voted for them. If V&M want to repeat I think they'll have to step up their game later in the season but they can possibly do it.

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    I wouldn't count V/M out yet. They have the most wonderful skills, both technically and artistically, and as we've all witnessed before, they are slow starters and do much tweeking and improving throughout the season. However, if there has been any bargaining under the table (and I sure as h*ll wouldn't rule that out) then the results may not be what the actual skating indicates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clarie View Post
    I wouldn't count V/M out yet. They have the most wonderful skills, both technically and artistically, and as we've all witnessed before, they are slow starters and do much tweeking and improving throughout the season. However, if there has been any bargaining under the table (and I sure as h*ll wouldn't rule that out) then the results may not be what the actual skating indicates.
    But Davis and White tweek and improve throughout the season, too. So it would be in one's favour to bolt out of the gate at the beginning (a la Davis and White at Skate America) rather than be a slow starter, no?
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    Bookie? What's a bookie? Anyways, I will vote for D/W because they are the better team.

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    D/W and V/W are far above the rest of the crowd and they are the two worthy contenders for the OGM. D/W's performance at SA this past weekend looked OGM worthy, and we will see V/M's at SC this weekend. As for who will win the big prize in Sochi, I'd like to see the wealth spread around a bit and let D/W win it this time.

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    I certainly hope that isn't why anyone wins. Because a gold medal should be "spread around"? That would be the worst reason, and damaging to the sport. That's why the sport is in such decline. Not enough take ice dance, or skating in general, seriously because of the impression that it's a glorified beauty pageant where the results are pre-determined. I really hope that the gold medal is given to the team that has the best skate of the days. And I hope that the callers and judges brief themselves thoroughly on the rules and guidelines and use all of them with consistency (that includes PCS). And I hope that people come to respect these skaters as the amazing athletes they are. Some more detailed, informative coverage from the media would help as well.

    And it is much too early to predict a winner. It's only October. There are still months to hone and tweak and perfect programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernDancers View Post
    And it is much too early to predict a winner. It's only October. There are still months to hone and tweak and perfect programs.
    This poll isnt about picking a winner though. It is picking who would be the bookies favorite right now. That based on all logical evidence that exists now would probably be Davis & White. That doesnt mean they have to be your pick as the winner. People often dont pick the betting favorite as the winner, and I am not talking just from a sentimental perspective. That is why many people make money off bookies, and some even make a living off it. They often correctly pick and believe the person who isnt the betting favorite is going to win, which might or might not be the case for many people here too.

    I agree a result should never be about spreading the wealth. If that were true the judges should have given V&M a Grand Prix final title by now. However judges are humans and D&W not having an Olympic Gold yet, combined with their being the reigning World Champs and dominating the last year might give them the edge if the performances end up a total toss up somehow in Sochi. Not neccessarily how it should be, but probably is.

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    At the moment it looks like a lock-in for Mery & Charlie. Yes, it's early in the season but the judges seem to love them over the last season.

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    Definitely V&M. Americans don't have good luck with Scheherazade at the Olympics. In 2002, favorite Michelle Kwan fell and won only bronze, and in 1984, Blumberg and Seibert fell off the podium altogether after their Scheherazade free dance.

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    My vote is for Charlie & Meryl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollyanna View Post
    Definitely V&M. Americans don't have good luck with Scheherazade at the Olympics. In 2002, favorite Michelle Kwan fell and won only bronze, and in 1984, Blumberg and Seibert fell off the podium altogether after their Scheherazade free dance.
    Evan Lysacek (USA) won the 2010 Olympic gold skating to Scheherazade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriecmu0503 View Post
    Evan Lysacek (USA) won the 2010 Olympic gold skating to Scheherazade.
    Apparently it is a bad luck since so few remember him skating to it

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriecmu0503 View Post
    Evan Lysacek (USA) won the 2010 Olympic gold skating to Scheherazade.
    He doesn't count. Anomaly.

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    I think the PCS at last years Worlds said it all. The judges have chosen D/W and things do not change very drastically in one short year in ice dance. I think this is appropriate because it would seem really awful if D/W don't get an Olympic gold medal. However, you have to earn it. This isn't about everyone getting a chance. I just think they they both skate their programs cleanly with all level 4s that D/W will win by having better PCS which is really telling you all you need to know about who the judges prefer.
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    Uh, in 2009 Virtue/Moir won the bronze at Worlds and Davis/White weren't even on the podium. In one short year, they won gold and silver at the Olympics. Things certainly can change drastically in one year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    Uh, in 2009 Virtue/Moir won the bronze at Worlds and Davis/White weren't even on the podium. In one short year, they won gold and silver at the Olympics. Things certainly can change drastically in one year.
    Not since the 1970s though has there been 2 teams as far ahead of the field as V&M and D&W are. Alot can change in one year, but one thing that definitely wont is those 2 being the top 2 teams. Had either team been staying in they could start to be challenged after 2014, but I doubt either will, regardless of the Sochi results.

    After the 2009 Worlds there was still no dominant team. Domnina & Shabalin barely won their first World title, a kind of lifetime achievement award, but were barely holding together physically at that point and a shadow of their late 2007-2008 level of skating. Picking them to win the 2010 Olympic Gold would be an iffy choice at best at that point. Belbin & Agosto had still not won a major title, and it was looking increasingly unlikely they ever would. They had worked hard and made improvements, but the judges just werent going for it at that point. Delobel & Schoenfelder had dominated the fall of 2008 after their surprise World title in 2008, but had since gotten injured, missed Worlds, and gotten pregnant. There being ready in time to even contend in Vancouver was a long shot. So it wasnt even very surprising V&M and D&W rose to the top 2 spots the following season.

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