|They do this all the time. Rocking up and down like a woodpecker doorknob to create the power|
to push in the blade, instead of the blade giving their blade run power and speed.
|The Woodpecker. And down and up and down|
and up and down and up. Bodies. Not knee
flexion creating glide. They're a rocking
chair out there.
|Alignment. No huge stomping|
Big Footing to push in the edge.
Look at the alignment. Shoulders
settled, spine aligned, heads up.
Needless to say, Meryl Davis is bow-legged. But so was Michelle Kwan. So was Kirsti Yamaguchi. So was Midori Ito. Off the ice, it can be a fashion value add (Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker). The reason it is so pronounced with Meryl is she doesn't use her whole body to move. She moves in isolation. Her abs may be working but they're working independently of her lifting her leg. When she lifts her leg - bam, that's it, it's just the leg/hip - it doesn't impact the rest of her body, so all you see is the gap. Nothing else is happening.
This season more than others I've been distracted by the bow-leggedness, but bow-leggedness is common, and often an asset, in skating (it's long been considered a possible asset for jumps). I think what distracts is that because of her build, when she moves her legs we notice that she's not using the rest of her when she does it, and that's why it looks odd/off.
Personally, Canadians anyway are pleasant to me more Americans. They somehow taking (basic) skating more seriously, but Americans can somewhere do careless work, somewhere they did not hold moves, they give themselves indulgence to skate like this, and you will never see such attitude in canadians.You go, Ksenia Monko
Here's my thing. Skaters and coaches can see what DW aren't doing compared to VM, and have said so, yet the ISU/judges pretend they don't see it. Pretend is the word. If skaters and coaches busy with their own careers know this just routinely, then the judges know it. It serves their interests to score as if they don't see it.
Someone like Ksenia can see the careless easily. IMO, what Davis and White do isn't aimed at the judges, but at the public. The goal is to fool the public into thinking they're great, and that enables the judges to score them as if they are. They have to be plausible. The judges, though, aren't actually fooled themselves. They know what's not happening out there. They just need the wool pulled over our eyes.