Many fans are excited; some are wrecks. It's a given they're going to skate better than Meryl and Charlie, because they're far better skaters than Meryl and Charlie, so these nerves aren't really about skating.
Once Virtue and Moir skate, the season is launched. Are we in for yet another season where no matter how they skate, (or, more importantly, no matter how Meryl and Charlie skate) Scott and Tessa won't be scored better than Meryl and Charlie? Will Meryl and Charlie get away with murder yet AGAIN for an entire season and in every encounter with Virtue and Moir?
Following a summer where the ISU implied Scott and Tessa "misused" the interruption rule at the 4CCs (as the only reason Virtue Moir would wish to interrupt a fd in a competition they were leading would be if they couldn't win otherwise, this is the implication left by the ISU inquiry) - fans' apprehensions are justified.
Meryl and Charlie will get 9s, 10s and +3's, and defeat VM in pcs, no matter what's going on with their blades, or whether what they do actually matches the criteria for maximum scores in the ISU's own rulebook, just as they did in 2009 (where, it was recently pointed out, Charlie bellyflopped on an element in Lake Placid. Instead of the team receiving the required -2, the team received a "0", which is the baseline GOE for a successfully executed element. So even back then, +GOEs were their baseline). They will execute the same two-set twizzle pass and the same assisted dance spin rotationals and be declared the best in the world at both.
I've noticed something about the image that's been built for Davis and White. Meryl and Charlie are such wonderful people, their skating is never called out. Even people who privately believe Davis White are blatantly inferior to Virtue and Moir refrain from saying so publicly. That "nice' meme we're getting about Meryl and Charlie is so aggressive that, paradoxically, it's deployed as an intimidation tactic. They're so nice, that if you criticize them, you're not.
The sd pattern is the Finn Step.
This is the last time Scott and Tessa competed the Finn Step, Tessa skating like Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid - legs on fire.
Here's Meryl and Charlie:
Scott and Tessa are so much better it's ridiculous.
Charlie has said that the Finn Step is good for him and Meryl because they have "quick feet."
The ISU likes to score Meryl and Charlie for imitating something rather than their execution of the thing itself (scoring what they do prior to and after an element as components of the element itself, which is how they get "character of the dance/music" twizzle points for the same set of bombastic twizzles in every single program). With that in mind,
with this quote:
"But the Finnstep is problematic. With all those toe pick steps, can you imagine in the world championships? The ice would be pitted with holes. I don't think that's practical"
Toe pick steps! Additionally, the FinnStep starts off beat/off time, which is fabulous for skaters who simply let the music accompany them instead of actually skating ON time.
|DW are ice dance innovators. You can actually do it without a partner.|
And without doing much dancing. Or skating.
I wanted to get these Finn Step youtubes embedded before the weekend, but later on and prior to the competition, this post is going to be built out with more about the Finn Step, as well as with some comments on Tessa and Scott's using their bridal shoot photos for a new round of fan shaming.