Odd how nobody on the US side mentions both early fd lifts are easier and uglier versions of stuff VM have done in prior seasons.
There is no way they'd present this piece of shit as their Olympic long if they were going to be legitimately evaluated. I remember last year how it was all oh, oy, Virtue Moir are really going to put some air between themselves and DW this season, and then ND - last year's piece of jerry-rigged repurposed crap - got scored instead.
That the judges at this comp could only award the 73 points to DW's short - and who cares if it's their best pre-season score ever - sort of demonstrates that Meryl and Charlie's programs are a shit show. They couldn't creep that up to a few percentages better than VM's 76? No, they knew the internets would howl. Save it for the GPF.
Someone has given me permission to use their screencaps, and I'm going to add some of my own.
Well, this one:
The grab, clutch and clench and cling version of VM's Carmen lift has already been mentioned, but after I get these up I'm off to gif VM's "float onto the guy's back" lift from their latin fd in 2011, where Tessa just floated up there, as opposed to Charlie swinging Meryl onto his back with both hands - seriously, really? - and then, still assisted by both hands, she turns onto her back.
The last rotational is ass.
Either the fix is in or I don't know what.
Here we go with caps. Short dance later, "back float" caps later too.
Their run-down-the-clock tricks are still in effect, so is the fakery. They start center ice posed together because, you know, ice dance. Then they do a lot of two foot flourishes until they're yards apart, like so, up above. And then they commence two-footed "Persian" poses. BTW, that pose of Charlie's is culturally all purpose, just like their twizzles are style of the dance all-purpose.
The best spinners in the WORLD.
Here we go into the headstand. OMFG - Meryl does a headstand!!! She's UPSIDE DOWN.
They're like a knuckled fist on that ice.
|Voila!And I can't wait for this fucked up|
Carmen hand-me-down to get better scores than the actual thing.
Look at Meryl's right arm completely across Charlie's shoulderes.
Also the position of his right arm.
|Everything still clinging to Charlie, all four arms and hands completely|
girdling the core while she rotates into the exit.
Posing is ALL they can do without pasting their centers of gravity and all their limbs clutching. Not only can they not skate into these things, they can't execute using core strength and control. They climb in and out. They cling like monkeys to a tree. They can only pose - and even then, it's limbs only.
|Meryl uses both hands on Charlie to stabilize herself|
for when she changes edges and skates into the next thing.
|Oh - that's right.|
More to come.
(I am assuming, based on nothing, that for the immediate moment, we'll be spared new additions to Scott Moir & Co.'s latest contribution to the multi-year photographic opus: "Scott Moir Spits on Fundamental Principles of Child Psychology, Especially as Regards His Own Child" because it might be considered unsportsmanlike to distract the internet fandom while Meryl and Charlie are debuting their Olympic programs. Create an inappropriate visual chronicle for his kid to enjoy years to come? What's the problem? Pull focus from Meryl and Charlie's summer comp? Not classy.
I may be wrong, but they usually try to adhere to some type of sportsmanship protocol.)