Sunday, May 26, 2013
The most prolific fans on skating message boards also know nothing about skating. For them, ice dance is a vehicle to deliver a performance, and the performance is what the judges evaluate, with the skating a secondary component.
The performance isn't a vehicle to deliver the skating. Which, of course it is, but they don't know enough about skating to judge it on that basis.
I think they don't want to know more than they do about skating, just as many don't really want to believe Virtue and Moir are married. Actual information would restrict 90% of all discussion on skating boards. What is that 90%? Pet theories rooted in ignorance - theories about skating, theories about relationships, theories about training centers.
Good skating is actually pretty black and white, no matter how reluctant the figure skating industry is to let us know that.
You'd think, though, that even for fans, "power" would be something easy to see. Yet a popular point going around now is that Virtue and Moir have lost power since Vancouver.
Of course, the opposite is true. This would be a point very very easily made by Virtue and Moir, but they seem to prefer to let DW have the field to themselves, with implying that they've long since caught up to and passed Virtue Moir. Virtue and Moir and their various stooges seem unwilling to say the obvious, which is they've become far more powerful since Vancouver.
A couple of side notes: one very prolific, high profile fan decided to worry about Scott doing "high lifts" in SOI instead of dance lifts. Of course this fan fretted about that, since high lifts are much easier on the back, shoulders and arms than dance lifts.
Another note - in the performance of Worlds 2013, after she's out of the twizzles, Tessa touches her foot down prematurely when she and Scott hit the exit pose. She does, though, exit on that one edge, which is more than Meryl normally does. Meryl and Charlie's exit generally consists of immediately hopping off their twizzling edge. Even putting a foot down fractionally before she intended, Tessa still has more of an exit edge than either Meryl/Charlie - and she's already out of the element anyway.
Posted by oycanada at 11:27 AM