It was fun to hear Scott's side of the friendship with Trankov. I had no idea they went back as far as they do until an instagram photo of them from their much younger years surfaced. I do wonder if the friendship has grown in this quad and now they look back on the history as closer than it was at the start.
Last year or the year before Volosozhar said it was her ambition to have the same impact as Virtue and Moir. She said there is such suspense when they skate, such immediacy. I took that as meaning they're so in the moment and their connection is so alive everything seems to be happening in real time, instead of the skaters repeating something they've rehearsed. Of course when you're that good, it frees you, and then your reactions to each other can have that immediacy.
I admit I was dubious that Volosozhar and Trankov could accomplish that, but this season they're skating with such abandon and immediacy they have some of that quality, and I'm impressed. Trankov has tweeted and posted photos with Virtue and Moir. It's always been obvious that he's a big fan of them as skaters and as people. He and Scott seem like peas in a pod in some ways. Funny, sharp, and both so good. When you're that good, you don't need to be defensive - talking up your pluses and ignoring your minuses. You have the confidence to take in the whole picture because you know you're the best.