I've named this post after the Davis White gif below.
I thought the Worlds 2013 short dance comparison would be more about questioning what Davis White did to earn 77 points and not so much that Virtue Moir should have kicked their ass.
But after cutting up Giselle into 20+ segments (that will become gifs) because the program is just that choppy (and sloppy, especially at the end), and after breaking up Virtue and Moir's waltz into segments numbering in the teens, both are at issue. WTF with Giselle's 77 points and Virtue Moir, as skated, should have kicked their ass.
As an admirer of Virtue and Moir's skating, it's really an experience to cut the program up into easy viewing segments and therefore see what Tessa Virtue is doing out there. She can outskate Meryl Davis and Charlie White every day of the week and twice on Sunday - her blade run is stunning.
Even in a performance they felt was not their best, Virtue and Moir's feet and blades were obviously cleaner, their moves were sharper and better articulated, but most of all, the sustained edges and run of blade compared to Davis White puts them in a class apart. This should have been no contest - as skated.
When the short dance comparison is posted, I'll with start with Virtue and Moir's waltz so everyone can scrutinize that disappointing showing, and then it will be the turn of that 77 point wonder program, skated clean, so clearly Davis White partisans have nothing to bitch about. Surely Davis White's skating will prove itself to have clearly been the best.
For now in this pause post, I want to show a gif from Weaver & Poje's short program for future reference, especially when Davis White's program is gifed later. It's a nice piece of edge work and got a shout out from the Eurosport guys.
Here's Tessa with a throwaway move:
There is something Davis White's program had (and Weaver & Poje's program also had) that Virtue Moir's did not:
A big honking rest stop right in the middle of the program.
Tessa and Scott don't have one. Their program flows like a spool of thread unwinding.