|This was a straight line transition to a rotational.|
This shows Meryl changing positions for the rotational
and the exit.
There's a sort of weird symmetry to the first version transitioning to a rotational lift and the second version being instead of a rotational lift Meryl climbs down off of Charlie to be dragged rotationally around on the ice.
NHK. This I found interesting. Trying to glide in different holds and changes of direction, with no hopping, trotting, skipping, jumping or yanking even when they're linking. They do it.
Skate America. It seems to me that Charlie's edge catches a bit there after they pass the judges. Also, he seems less able to just stay in the moment and work the glide. He's starting to violate the spirit of the thing.
I gifed this thing (NHK Trophy) both real speed (above) and slow mo (below) because what the fuck is it? I don't get Charlie's skid stop at the beginning and him having to angle himself back in order to control it and i don't get why, when she gets up, Meryl does this half assed tip-toe thing close the space between them and get in hold.
Once they're in hold (and before the broken legged kicking and other what the fuckery starts) - look at their feet. They're bracing themselves on each other, bearing down on each other to get stability for the way they have to actually try and glide into different poses and positions before they launch themselves across the width of the rink. They are not skating. All the power and energy is coming from the top down, from the grip, to balance themselves. They're stablized by each other, not their blades. Once they start covering ice they're back to jumping, hopping and kicking.
And here it is at Skate America, below.
Man, before the fall even, see how Charlie just yanks her. You know Marina and Igor didn't tell them to do it like this. This was how they understood it. What I don't get is the skating. How does the sport wind up with two time World Champions who don't skate their programs and can't dance them?