In a comments back and forth under one of the posts below, a participant told me the 'baby lift' I mentioned was actually the curve lift.
I had forgotten about the curve lift (the one where Meryl's pelvis is riding Charlie's boot - the pelvis being ground zero of your gravitational center, and Meryl's pelvis sits on Charlie's boot in a position any intermediate pilates student can hit, and Charlie's boot is on the ice, and she has her arm stretched back for Charlie to hold, and Charlie is manfully leaning in the opposite direction.).
As it happens, what I'd had in mind as a 'baby gif' was indeed a throwaway lift and not the curve lift, because, as said above, I'd forgotten all about it.
How could I? It was one of the first things I'd gifed due to its super difficult exit and its over all tremendous execution that well deserved getting higher GOE than Virtue and Moir's curve lift at Worlds 2013.
Oh, let's have better quality
Please note her leg and knee are clearly on the ice.
Level 4 lift and higher GOE than Virtue Moir in today's ice dance, ladies and gentlemen.
This curve lift will be gif-ed in a moment, both Davis White's and VM's from Carmen, but it sent me back to Tessa riding Scott's boots in Pink Floyd.
Of note - Tessa's core is the glue holding this fucker together. It's not everything and the kitchen sink in there to support her core. The control shown by both of them - Scott's blades so that Tessa doesn't slide right off, Tessa's magical core which kicks Charlie White's magical hair's ass since Tessa's core is a real thing.
Look at Scott's position.
Look at Scott's hands and realize again it's her damn core holding this thing together.
Look at the continuity. When Scott lifts her up and rotates her into the set down her hand is on his neck. That same hand remains there (only releases even more, so she is balanced even more independently) during the split glide. Look at the angle of Tessa's torso and head. Look at the angle of Scott's torso. He's inclined towards her - from his hips, not breaking the line of his spine. He's not counterbalancing her angle. He's on the same fucking angle.
I'm sure they really review this shit at ISU Judges School because "difficult" is obviously a concept the ISU takes seriously.
One hand on the side of Scott's neck. Why isn't it a full arm, and wrapped around Scott's leg in a vise grip? Do we doubt the choice of neck is choreographic, and that she couldn't as well have done this as easily with her hand on his chest, hip, leg?
To finish it off, why didn't she just slide off Scott's boot with her ass on the ice, kneel, and have him haul her up to her feet with both of his hands? Why be fancy?
I'm continuing this is the next post but wanted to throw this in from Pink Floyd as well.
I had remembered this as Tessa stepping down assisted by holding Scott's hand, but no, she steps down by herself and then takes Scott's hand.
P.S. - Brilliant as Tessa is here, not possible without dead steady, secure edges and stability from Scott. Look at him. What she's doing actually shows off what he's doing. This team.
Carlos Kleiber is one of my favorite conductors - well he's the only conductor whose stuff I'll seek out just because he conducted it. He was a genius - for some people he ruins every other version of the compositions he conducted.
He always felt inadequate to the music. The angst! But when you listen to anything he's conducted, it kills. His friends (who talk in a filmed profile called I am Lost to the World) all threw up their hands - how could he have felt inadequate! He was the best!
Other conductors said this. Other conductors were all - why is this dude beating himself up? He's better than us all!
I thought about Kleiber while watching Tessa warm up for Carmen at worlds. Posture looking a little low-spirited.
The girl is a genius. That's how geniuses are. What they're aiming for is usually unobtainable. They're not "shoot for the moon, even if we fall we'll land among the stars" types. They want the fucking moon. It's in them, they can't help it.
Every time I go back and look at something she's done on the ice, I see something new that makes it more sensational than I realized when I first saw it, and it was pretty damn impressive the first time.