It's the famous rotational.
When Belbin Agosto did it, she glided into him and he made a sort of catch basket with his arms to transition her up onto his shoulder. He didn't hoist like she was a sandbag and the hurricane was coming.
I'm not understanding the hand still braced on his shoulder, nor his once again supporting her supposed free leg.
All right! Somebody's earned themselves some knee slidin, hoppin and two-footin!
Arm? What's the position called?
Tanith Belbin was one of the most inelegant, graceless movers ever to stand on the second platform of an Olympic ice dance podium, so she and Ben must have been so much worse with this.
Look at those last two stills. Ben's just put her down and they're already letting go of each other?
A few Tanith and Ben notes: Tanith doesn't need to have the butt cheek of her supporting leg practically sitting on Ben's shoulder. She can actually hold that vertical split with her point of contact approximately at her knee. And it IS a vertical split, verus Meryl who has her butt cheek damn near sitting on Charlie's shoulder, and whose leg is much shorter than Tanith's and yet she can't sustain the leg line for the move - Charlie has to hold it.
It's perfectly possible that Charlie is holding her free leg as a means of stablizing himself - he often shows just as much need for external stablization. Except that whenever Charlie isn't holding her free leg in a rotational her legs drop, her knees bend and the whole thing unravels.
Ben and Tanith also transition to a higher plane after the first rotations.
Meryl and Charlie actually have to cross through and PAST each other's working space to get into that lift. Charlie does one of those crippling looking squats and forward leans and literally gets under Meryl, Meryl is actually pushing down with her hands and humping herself over onto his shoulder while their weight is on the ice and he's in that horrific looking crouch.
Tanith and Ben face each other, don't use each other as a climbing boulder, and use their cores, an efficient hold from Ben, and the rotation to transition into the lift. And this was in 2006.