This post started out as speculation in a comment section but then I thought - why not throw it out there.
The comment section observed that Skate Canada has consistently and persistently explained why Patrick Chan deserves to win per the ISU rulebook. Skate Canada has spelled out that no other man has Patrick's combination of skating skills and quad jumps that conform precisely to the CoP criteria, and that's just life. The other guys don't have this this and that.
We're not left to think "skating skills" is some type of prettiness or swoony dreaminess - it's a complex set of skills and Patrick's capabilities are in another realm in this way, that way and the other way. CoP has to give him the points - he's racking them up according to CoP's own system almost every instant he's on the ice.
But we hear nothing from Skate Canada about why Virtue and Moir, if CoP is to be a legitimate judging system, also are just about unbeatable no matter what the "other teams" bring to the playing field. There's nobody else who does this, that and this. So suck it up. (I always feel that slight complacent toolish edge from Skate Canada whenever they "explain" something, but notwithstanding, I agree.)
But then I remembered the past two Canadian championships, and thought - what if Skate Canada is hoping to use DW tactics to make winners of GP? That would explain a LOT. It would explain why Skate Canada doesn't do for Virtue Moir what it does for Patrick Chan. Slipchuk repeatedly lays out the case for Chan in CoP-centric language.
The case for Virtue and Moir is beyond easy to spell out - for Skate Canada to make the case in CoP-centric language, skating skills language, bladework language.
Don't even say 'D&W'. Just say "other teams" or "no other team can" and then hit the bullet points and connect it to the rules.
But if they were hoping to get G&P scored with D&W glasses, they won't do that. They'll not only let VM swing, they'll pull the chair out, like they did 2 Canadians in a row.
It seems to me the agenda of the past two Canadians was to strip points from VM - just like the ISU judges are apt to do, and then pile on the points for G&P to create the impression G&P weren't that far off from championship form. It wouldn't serve SC's agenda to remind us what good ice dancing actually looks like, specifically, to break down what high level skills require. Something has to explain why they put VM under a microscope or pretended to, but let Piper practically fall down in the midline without impacting the points.
This DW exercise is becoming more and more horrifying. I started out thinking about the overscoring they've been getting since 2009-2010. And this season it reached a tipping point. I'd never noticed they did only two twizzles until it came up on Aunt Joyce's blog and he said the two twizzles they do are level 4 so they don't have to do three sets. I parked that info in the back of my head to look at later - I was curious what elevated the level of those twizzles. There's been a bunch of stuff about DW I'd meant to look at more closely, and the purpose of this project when it started was to demonstrate that VM were clearly the stronger team, with better speed and power, more blade run, better partnering and cleaner elements, and that the stuff people assumed DW had over them was accomplished with a lot of theatricality instead of actual speed and power.
BUT. I never expected to find what I'm actually finding when the programs are deconstructed. FYI - deconstructed just means - look at what they are actually doing, and compare it to what they're awarded for doing.
What we have here might be the first ice dance world champions who neither dance nor figure skate.
I've got a dance spin gif from Die Fleudermaus that I'm trying to troubleshoot before I upload it. It's in slow mo and focuses on something in the dance spin entry. Mother of God.