Indeed A&C were amazing. As Charlie and Ben pointed out, Igor really understands how to choreograph the tango! Still, there's not a lot separating the teams in 4 - 6 position. And even the top positions are rather close. It looks as if the judges were keeping about 2 points or so separation between each team. And it was going to be interesting where Anthony & Christina landed. Going in, likely A&C were not really expected to best both the Parsons and M/C. But after A&C's performance, it's not surprising they placed just ahead of M/C. It's still very close overall. So it will be an exciting battle right through to the end for positions 3 - 6 at the least, as we suspected. Although H/B will likely retain third, and the others will be battling 4 - 6 to stake out territory and position themselves for what's going to be a jockeying next several years, with no end to battling in sight.Wow Anthony and Christina were great!
I think M/C are looking good and they have been improving. Remember how M/C got all level 4s at one event on the GP over other teams? Listening to commentary, Ben Agosto pointed out all M/C's great skills, and then he mentioned how with maturity and experience they would need to learn how to gain speed more quickly and efficiently by leaning their blades into the ice (like Madi & Zach are so good at doing) rather than pushing and pulling over the surface of the ice in the effort to gain speed.Does anyone else (besides me) feel that its time for McNamara/Carpenter to make a coaching change?
M/C's coaches got them this far, and so we'll see what happens as Lorraine & Quinn progress and develop. There aren't that many top coaches available out there. And not every U.S. ice dance team is going to be ending up at Montreal camp! Enough are there already.
I asbsolutely love every outfit that Madi Hubbell wears. In her Skate Talk Online interview last fall, Madi indicated that her mother sews all her outfits. What a beautiful job her mother does. Madi's mom understands her daughter's body!