|This just in. Piper and Paul are fun.|
Why wouldn't she invite them to watch in person at Canadians?
Reminds me of this from William Thomson's visit to FSU after Nationals. A couple (that's it, a couple) of members were wondering if the scores at Canadians 2012 were cooked for Piper & Paul, and he took offense.
To clarify one point. Skate Canada does not in any way pressure or manipulate judging. In fact, we specifically request that they judge what occurs on the evening and not worry about team selection etc. We have selection criteria that allows us to look at more than one event.*I guess the policy has changed since William Thompson, former-CEO Skate Canada, departed. Or he simply failed to mention there's no need to manipulate anyone. Judges and results are irrelevent. Ask Amelie Lacoste, and ask Paul/Islam and Ralph/Hill.
As a former Olympic judge, I find this suggestion completely objectionable and patently untrue. Our first obligation is athletic fairness to the skaters. If judges make errors, it is because they are human and not as a result of pressure from Skate Canada to place skaters in a particular order.
William Thompson CEO Skate Canada
Gilles and Poirier have made the world team before the competition selecting the team has been been held. They've already met the criteria. They're so fun!
Hold the medal ceremony now - VM, W&P and of course, G&P.
Gee, even Virtue Moir always say "If we qualify."
The lack of respect this team is showing other Canadian dance teams is ridiculous. But where are they getting it? Their own Fed.
Skate Canada is hammering us over the head that the only Canadian ice dance team worth talking about other than Virtue & Moir is Piper & Paul. And they're going to Worlds, even before Canadians are competed. You love them, right? They're so FUN!!!!!
The overkill promotion of this team by Skate Canada is obnoxious , typically unprofessional, and completely disrespectful to the other teams competing for the podium. The federation has made its agenda over obvious, to say the least. This is no surprise - it's consistent with how Debbi Wilkes and other Skate Canada officials behave whenever a non-chosen member of Skate Canada competes, even those on the international track. They are contemptuous of their own figure skaters and make no bones about it in public.
Be sure to check out Piper and Paul's fantabulous new website decorated with photos conveniently and generously donated by all of the professional photographers whose work is on display, blinged out with Thomas Sabo, with links to and from Barb's twitter, Skate Canada's twitter (same difference) and Skate Canada's website (same difference) and P.J.'s twitter. Be careful when you open the page; you'll get glitter and exclamation points all over your keyboard.**
*Just re-read that part. Why didn't they look at more than one event when it came to sending MTM or Dube/Wolfe to Worlds 2012?
**I haven't even visited the page yet. How off am I?
P.S. I certainly hope that, if there is any reaction from Gilles Poirier, they don't use or imply a "consider the source". Both know that the premise of this blog is true. Any insinuation that the blog's premise is off-base will bury them and Skate Canada in more lies. Those two know Scott and Tessa are together, and Piper (and the rest of the Gilles family) knew it long before she teamed up with Paul.
I"m calling them out for arrogance, and lack of respect, and I'm wondering if Skate Canada has let them know they're going to Worlds no matter what. Again we have a contradiction - if Piper and Paul are so delightful, such fun, such charmers, why are they treating Paul/Islam and Kharis/Ralph like gum off their shoe? That's what "check us out at Worlds!" means. Kharis/Ralph used to be very close to Crone/Poirier, but Paul is moving up in the world now.
I think Piper & Paul are just mirrors of their Federation, and on such a sugar high they're not looking at the implications of their behavior.
Let's give this a beat or two and see how long it takes before Paul/Islam and Kharis/Ralph are instructed to show they're the biggest supporters of Piper & Paul of anyone, think there's no team more deserving, and couldn't be happier with how things stand with G&P and Skate Canada, versus the table scraps they're getting.
P.P.S. - Kharis & Asher, Alex & Mitch, I apologize if this means you will now get dirt for scores at Canadians.
P.P.P.S. - regardless of their figure skating quality or lack of, the promotional push for Piper & Paul is suffocating. It's a parody. It's the sort of dynamic where some smile monster comes at you and demands you acknowledge no emotion but laughing and clapping. It's ruthless, with no connection to how they're scoring or what's being put on the ice. Once again, a Skate Canada public relations scheme demonstrates their low opinion of the target market. Cretins who can't think for themselves and need a sledgehammer.
Skate Canada continues to behave as if promotion is just putting out the words you want, recruiting an amen chorus, and a mesmerized public will adopt this opinion as its own.
This isn't personal to Piper and Paul, but Skate Canada has taken a new dance team and used them to completely insult pre-existing dance teams and forcefeed this one to the public, and it's obvious the skaters have been told to play it up. What are they getting in return?