It seems obvious the media connections of the USFSA has decided to exploit the London Worlds thusly - if DW lose, it's because the fix is in. They're clearly the better, more powerful team, but figure skating judges are corrupt. All the USFSA can do is point out that DW were robbed at Worlds last year when everyone knows the winner should be determined by the audience applause-meter - and the article of course overlooks that VM won the audience applause-meter in Moscow when they lost to DW. Moreover why weren't the Shibs declared US Champions two years ago in Greensboro when in the opinion of many the audience reaction to their programs was more genuine and enthusiastic than to DW's?
And the USFSA is making the most of implying there's inherent corruption in having worlds in VM's home town.
The whole thing is fucking insulting and I can't recall another instance of the USFSA doing this to a non-US but acknowledged brilliant team - Olympic champions yet.
Except for their efforts on behalf of Sale & Pelletier - a script they're following here.
While I don't blame Meryl and Charlie, the article purposed their quotes in the most obnoxious way possible. As framed, they came across as "sure we were robbed, but we're too classy to complain. We're noble like that. Go ahead and complain for us though!" Backhanded at its best.
I love how Plushenko's whining and shit fit was used as the example of poor sport reaction to being robbed, versus DW's noble reaction. Did the "journalist" here believe Lysacek shouldn't have won?
I'm ready for the USFSA to declare there's no point in having Worlds in London at all.
Where was the USFSA when Worlds was awarded to London, Ontario a few years ago? Why didn't they scream bloody murder then? Is it because Worlds in London is actually a boon to the USFSA - they can pressure the system to 'prove' it's not corrupt by giving DW the win? They're trying to paint the ISU into a corner - the only way to prove ice dance isn't corrupt is if DW win. Otherwise it's a scandal.
Of course the real scandal is the USFSA trying to railroad an inferior team into the world championship a year before Sochi. To that end they're wire servicing articles like the one linked in the comments to the post below this - claiming that VM bobbled and stumbled and DW were frantic and seamless. DW weren't flawless or seamless and they were frantic but it's the old thing - if your program is pure skating any minor snag in the seam will be visible - if your program is a lot of flailing, rushing leaping and wild skating knit together by snags, the snags become style points.
Just as in 2002 the US and Canadian forces collaborated to produce propaganda asserting that if S&P didn't win, the corrupt Russian figure skating interests would win again, so the USFSA is following that script in London. DW can skate however they want in London - they'll be declared faster though they're not, powerful though their blade run is shorter and their twizzles don't cover as much ice, spectacular although their lifts are far less difficult than VM's. VM will be treated as if all they have to offer is elegance and if there's a single inelegant moment in either performance they should lose.
IOW, the USFSA is setting up a double standard. DW are the winners ahead of time. The only way they can fairly lose is if they face plant on the ice. If VM win it's because Worlds are in London.
Meantime I think only Scott Moir so far among the Canadians has managed to say anything truly related to the competition - i.e., he hoped they bring the audience into their program instead of going out to the audience. When you visualize how often Meryl and
Charlie's faces are turned out to the crowd instead of towards each other, beaming their heads off like a dental ad, you can see the distinction.
Of course anything Scott says is overshadowed by Ryan Pyette continually mentioning the freaking 2005 London Knights in all his recent articles, specifying how Tessa befriended them back then (har de har Ryan - she befriended the entire freaking team at age 16?) while Scott merely rooted for them (what did Scott do - judge the contest among them for the guy who got to nail Tessa?). That's a joke set up right there, but we all know it's a sham boyfriend dealie here so please already. Just make your real point. The way he's shoveling that into his articles apropos of nothing looks incoherent.
After worlds there will be a bunch of articles about how hard the rules are to understand, blah blah blah figure skating is a real sport, when it is the people within the sport who bend over backwards politicizing it and misrepresenting it when they can't fairly win it on the ice.
After Sochi I believe two people who have a lot to answer for are Ryan Pyette and Steve Milton. Since when has it been official that you must tell the truth about the other sports you write about but it's fine to serve as the personal publicist for and to lie for figure skaters? Who said? Both are sports reporters. There's not "out" for them to act like paid groupies for VM.