You know, at the end of the day if we've participated in FS or followed it for a while we know that the judging can be . Not pointing fingers here.
But the sport itself is not . It is an amazing endeavour that takes years of commitment to acquire the technique that makes the art appear easy. Watching the top skaters is a privilege. So kudos T&S. Thanks for your commitment, and I hope you continue to enjoy the sport on whatever level makes sense to you. (And thanks to all the other skaters as well.)
That #26 photo is stunning. Tessa's arm movements are to die for, really. And one never wonders if Meryl and Charlie ever did it.
I honestly don't think I could love Scott Moir more than hearing that he said that too her. <3So unbelievably touching for Scott to tell Tessa that no matter what they did she should remember he loves her. Way to go Scott!
With V&M, they should have hit back at knocks on their 'deteriorating technique' in 2012/2013 (they made mistakes because of the difficulty of their material, a level of difficulty that was not approached by any of their competitors), about Tessa's injury, etc. Actually, when they started losing on PCS, SC should have emphasized their superior skating skills, posture, line, sense of movement. I just cannot fathom how they could sit back and let all of this happen, especially after seeing some of the agressive PR campaign mounted against them.
Anyways, ita that watching these top skaters is a privilege. I just hope that the discussions on the issues in the judging continue so that things improve. And i really hope fewer people frame it as a matter of preference when there are specific things about sound technique that make it sound technique and there are criteria laid out in CoP (though yes, the rules could stand to be more specific) that are supposed to elevate this to something beyond personal preference.
After watching yesterday I believe that it doesn't matter what was done on the ice. It was what was done off the ice that counted.
So honestly I am glad that they had two wonderful skates.
John Doyle in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/...board/follows/
I am not 100% sure what he is trying to say, but these swan song articles are really starting to depress me.
at number 26. Honestly they are so convincing that I still sometimes think, really? Not even once, guys?!
Thanks Bue, that is an interesting article. I'm not sure I really understand what he is getting at either but it seems like he is kind of saying this is figure skating, get over it. I think the world has changed though and people demand more explanation in just about anything. Doctors, dentists - whatever, have to try to explain things to us as we are no longer willing to accept that they are better educated, it is too complicated for us to understand, and we just have to take their word for it. We can come home and look things up on the internet, even read ratings and other people's opinion of that professional. Also, social media has brought like minded people together. The mayor of our city won his first election based mainly on a very successful social media campaign. Governments have now been toppled because frustrated and angry people have shared their feelings and ideas. I do not believe figure skating can remain or gain popularity without being able to back up their decisions. They, like everybody else, need positive reviews (I realize you can't please everyone) to retain fans.
Just one more thing and then I am finished - we all have to own our own history. What does Dr. Phil say "the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour". Figure skating has a "prior", in fact they are "convicted felons" in the eyes of many. No matter which side of the SLC fiasco you fall on, it was not a success for the sport or it's judging. No one suffers more then those who appear to have won under questionable judging. Just ask Patrick Chan. This lovely Russian girl who won did nothing wrong and skated her heart out for herself and her country and she deserves nothing but our respect and praise. If anyone answers for this it should be those who call the shots. I feel the same for Davis and White.
Why would skate canada complain ? They probably decided long ago to politick for the men, and let the ice dance go
poths Void: MarieM carries a rusty old blade in her handbag!
Because Chan messed up more?
Anyway, I'm glad Team Canada has been enjoying the Olympics.
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"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
Tobias and Bourzat look cuddly.
I know, not going to happen but a girl can dream!
All this talk of judging controversy is doing no favours for the sport. I'm not sure if this will all die down after the Olympics but it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward. I think Ashley Wagner said it perfectly with "This sport needs to be held more accountable with its system if they want people to believe in it."