Monday, August 12, 2013
Wanted to get that out of my system.
Later on I want to look at the "new" DW twizzles from last season, where they added "stuff" before the twizzles, consisting of leaping, and Charlie pulling and yanking on Meryl. IOW, once more speed-skater-ing themselves into an element because they can't generate rotational momentum from their edges.
Those Giselle twizzles - and Giselle itself - fall apart even more dramatically now that Scott and Tessa's new sd has been unveiled. I invite anyone who has spent time looking at Scott and Tessa's new Finnstep sd to look again now at Giselle. Everything about it.
In the Finnstep, I looked at the exit to Tessa and Scott's sd twizzles, I thought, okay, did they stop dead after the last twizzle in order to hit that dip? No. They actually have a running edge. They drop into that dip from a moving edge. In Giselle, Charlie and Meryl pivot onto their other foot the second the final rotation is completed.
I also read over on fsu a post from a fan who apparently believes VM are executing twizzles in the style of their music every single time out of the goodness of their hearts and simple personal artistic integrity, as this poster doesn't believe you get points for that. Yes, you do get GOE for that. You also get points for sustaining an edge upon your exit.
Of course Charlie and Meryl get points for both - and I'm going to look at Giselle in particular - even though for them "running edge" means leap UP and pivot onto your opposite foot the instant your rotation is complete (always be leaping), and "style of the music" means "not at all in the style of the music." They're pretty half-assed about that level 4 hop into them as well.
I am interested to know if DW fans bragging on how DW have enhanced their twizzles can explain what the almighty pulling, tugging and yanking from Charlie, as well as Meryl's backwards walk (walk, not glide), has to do with the style of the Giselle music or enhanced difficulty. It seems to me that to the degree Meryl and Charlie changing their orientation at any time during a program threatens to topple them over, it is difficult, but a simple upright straightfoward 180 doesn't seem as if it should challenge Olympic level ice dancers, and otherwise they've simply taken the opportunity to grab momentum from swinging their bodies into the air, and from Charlie yanking Meryl a few yards across the ice.
They do a minor variant of the hauling and leaping in Notre Dame, but it's the same stuff.
Here is Comment 2:56pm's video montage of DW and VM twizzling.
Why VM - or any skaters - bother with styling their twizzles in the character of the dance when one size fits all bombastic twizzles with the arms slung behind the back from either shoulder height or below suffices as "character of the dance" for DW, beats me. ISU doesn't want "innovation", so naturally in the Orwellian language of contemporary ice dance, staying the same, as DW have done season after season, fd to sd, becomes "innovation." They're the leading edge of being static. If ISU recognized that VM raised the bar in Carmen - look what is possible with twizzles in the style of the dance and a sustained edge out of the twizzle, for instance - the standard for level of difficulty and even GOE would be raised, which would mean DW would be getting lower scores.
Posted by oycanada at 7:07 PM