When I watch this lift, I see that Tessa's foot may have briefly touched the ice immediately before she is put back on her feet.
It's a CoP world now. Details count. Perhaps that's why Davis White's lift got better GOE. We know how GOE is determined. Was something fractionally imperfect in something VM did? Strip points!
Did DW skate without falling on their face? They win.
We can see that DW's curve lift is equal to VM's in difficulty. And GOE is better.
But why not look at a few things. Screen caps, then gifs.
Charlie's arms, his torso vis a vis Meryl's torso. His right arm completely encircles her trunk. But her legs need support. And his left hand is not just between her legs supporting them, but his bicep and shoulder is braced against her leg. Plus his torso. And, you know, his face. And her right arm is around his trunk, just below his shoulders.
I love the big deal she's making of her free arm. Her trunk, her legs, everything actually engaged in the move is pasted to Charlie. But look ma - left arm is waving.
You know what I notice? How Charlie has her arms yanked back which keeps her chest up. She's not doing it - how they got into the movement is fucked up, so she's in no position - literally - to manage her own body. It's a pure force move - she's got her right arm clinging to him but the rest is fucked up. There's no technique here at all.
I'm curious about that left foot of hers, particularly what the toe pick is doing. I don't know if there's video from behind, so we can see what's happening with her left toe pick.
Both damn arms yanked back by both of Charlie's arms, and, again, seriously with the toe pick.
What does GOE even mean in a lift when the mechanics are this trash heap.
I don't get why this has anything above L1. Her fucking crotch is straddling his fully planted skate boot. There is no skating skill demonstrated here. He's leaning the other way. He's got her left arm fully yanked in as he leans in the opposite direction. She's full on theatre with the right arm and the head, but the arm and the head are showing off what? That she can elevate her limbs around her damn pelvis? Shit, so can I. He's the one holding her in that position - she's not.
And now for a gif (we've already seen the exit of this thing screen capped).
What do you think? The left foot touches the ice or no?
I am still grounding all of this in the rulebook. "Level of difficulty" is obviously whatever they want it to be, as far as the ISU is concerned.
The next gif will go back to the DW spin, and I'm curious. If the guy's skate boot butts up against the instep of his partner's skate boot for more than one rotation in a spin, does that matter?