|I guess it's okay to diagram the mechanics of a lift|
if you mistakenly think you're deconstructing something fabulous.
1) Meryl, her hand in Charlie's, is balanced on one leg on the ice. It's like she's not even human!
2) Charlie bends down and circles her torso with his arm. He really gets his back into it.
3) He flips her right over. That's the most scariest, impressive way ever to get into a lift. Tessa Virtue wasted time in ballet. Bravo Meryl, why do the work yourself?
4) Meryl is sitting on Charlie's back, and basically just "hangs on" with her hands until he gets his leg up. Cheerleading pyramids have more efficient transitions and entrances.
5) Then Charlie raises his hind leg and glides backward for a bit, at which point Meryl sticks her arms out then up.
Unreported is how she gets down from it by turning and gripping Charlie with both hands, then just plopping down on two feet, but maybe if they'd diagrammed that part, the reporter would have passed out from awe.
These are the people who later write articles about why this team should have won over that team. Because figure skating - who the fuck knows what's going on? This publication just spelled out why the lift ISN'T great, all the while thinking they were sharing the unbelievably amazing.
The Charlie Meryl spin that they're great technicians who perhaps don't have VM's abilities when VM are skating at their most sublime, but whose technique is irreproachable, is the biggest crock of shit in sports. They've abandoned technique for theatricality that camouflages the cheated technique they have to use in order to execute with apparent speed and frenzy. If they actually did the lift or move properly, it would be obvious they weren't on VM's level. So they invented this different, fraudulent way of presenting, and it's just what the ISU wants. Virtue and Moir have textbook technique. And the highest level execution in the sport. They're the best at every call.
I've said it before - this is not a sport. Until there's transparency and accountability, it's not. And neither is possible with uninformed journalists. Journalists who chase scandal, drama and corruption will never be able to report accurately unless they are informed enough to tell with their own eyes which skaters gave the better performance, and why, according to the existing criteria and rules. Without the media knowing fuck all about figure skating, they can "investigate" all day long and they're just contributing to the problems.