Thanks to poster in comments section for the link.
|Ann Arbor's hiring the "Rocky" sculptor to install this in front|
of Arctic Edge. Although Sylvester Stallone has better posture.
It's only going to get more obnoxious from here to Sochi. It's obvious the USFSA and icenetwork are going to implicitly bash VM every time they promote DW. Look at the above. Everyone else gone home - including the uppity, entitled Olympic champions. Davis and White are putting in the work. Whoa, my bad. Puttin in the work. See how relatable. I mean who on earth can Tanith mean when she mentions that everyone else has gone home? Those lazy Shibutanis?
Could she mean - those entitled 2010 Olympic champions who think they can waltz into Sochi, skate more brilliantly than anyone else and just be handed another gold? Without ever hunching over with their backs to the camera wearing hoodies, observed only by dreary, lonely looking late night fluorescent lighting and a devoted First Girlfriend? Could this be who Tanith means?
If VM went home, that means they're not puttin in the same work as Meryl and Charlie. They should have stayed late as well, see if with enough time and effort they can align their spines, acquire unison and sustain an edge. Meryl and Charlie aren't there yet, but it's early days.
Considering everyone, including the First Girlfriend, prefers to talk about skating your heart out, staying late, giving their all, and not about the skating, it's obvious everyone's gotten the message that 2014's Olympic gold will be awarded to the ice dance team who puts in the most effort, and, in case any other skating team turns out to be actually, you know, training too, let's stipulate that "most effort" means who makes figure skating look like it's really really the most hard for them to do. Look at the two of them up there. Skating is harder for Meryl and Charlie than Mitch running for President was for Ann Romney. Geez the poor kids can't even stand up straight.
You know that's just their style. So's them bein on one-footed blade flats or very very extremely shallow almost negligible 'edges'. That's some 10s in pcs we're lookin at.
Look at those two. Stayin late, clutchin each other for ballast per usual, and they still can't get an edge into the ice. But they'll work and work until they get it or can fake it.
If the ice dance gold in Sochi were going to be awarded for skating, Tanith wouldn't have used the photo above, because that photo shows that Charlie and Meryl damn well better be puttin in the work, and maybe they should consider puttin in even more work, because traditionally ice dance has involved skating on an edge.
Instead of bent over like a crab, hips tight, shoulders tight, and on a flat. Heads and necks jacked up. And even then, they're not even pretending unison. Their upper bodies are all squashed like usual, because they have to be pasted together to stay on their feet. Do that tent thing. I wonder which one of them is about to knee slide or scurry.
There seems to be a little effortful choreographic emoting emanating from the body language in that photo as well, so I'll go out on a limb and wager that Davis White aren't reinventing the wheel for Sochi. They're gonna bullshit, "us too" and pretend their defects are their style. Their posture looks a little like a bastardized, junk shop attempt at 'modern' - or, let's be real, letting Davis White be Davis White, but slapping a label on it like Domnina Shabalin did with their aboriginal program where Maxim was crippled so they chose crouched choreography to make it look on purpose.
Modern is all about bad posture - don't you know that? Sure it's really about getting deep in the knees and dropping your center of gravity, but cramping up and distorting your spine and hunching your shoulders forward while pushing your head forward is sort of the same thing, right?
Tanith has been a skater how many years, yet she posts this because the important message for Sochi is how deserving Charlie and Meryl are as people. It's not as skaters - obviously. Or she'd be insane to publish that image. They're deserving as people. Unlike, you know, some undeserving people she's not going to mention but let's just say they're complacent. They're home with their feet up counting their money, lying to the folks, and texting Cathy Hilborn to get the bat signal out to Cass (Code phrase: "Take the garbage out.")
P.S. It's sort of implicit that everyone else can go home before the season even starts, right Tanith? The road to Sochi is on instagram and personality politics and spin.