And this was used as an example:
And look at Charlie. Look at Meryl. On what planet is that proper form for anything? Her ass is practically on the ice; she's in a shoot the duck "pose" but not a real shoot the duck since obviously he's holding her up. Also her free leg is angled to the outside and her blade knee is angled the other way, so it's not even a shoot the duck pose. She'd be flat on her ass/back without him (even minus the fact that he's dragging, if you slowed them to a standstill she couldn't hold herself aligned like that) and he's just standing there like he's just dumped something on the ground.*
We can't run around being "Oh, that's not the element!" when it's how they enter the element, and then be all "oh it is the element!" when they approximate musical style by flinging an arm in the air after they're done with the twizzles (done with the element) and receive character of the music GOE because - close enough.
So let's back up and look at this beauty, since it's the flashy highlight of their free dance - three years in the making:
This must be one of those ways they're raising the standard. Who the fuck cares what legs look like in transition? What does it matter? Why bother?
As always, Charlie has to get her leg position for her.
What would happen if he let go of her leg - would her hip joints make it spring back up and flip her head over heels onto the ice the other way?
She's gonna brace her knee against his thigh and
Two armed grip. You realize nothing about Meryl here is balanced or carried. She's not on a balance point. She's literally being held up in a brace.
My favorite part is how she keeps that Persian arm going. Never mind anything else. That arm is waving from the rubble like a white flag. That's where the GOE rests.
There's the arm. You'd think this was an arm contest - like she's holding something in her hand the way you do at fairs and stuff - don't drop the egg off the spoon! Don't drop the baton! Or some other sport. Fumble recovery! I have the ball!
Can't wait, Eurosport boys. Tell us how spectacular this is.
*Their fans keep saying Meryl's light and airy but the way Charlie's shoulders slump and he braces himself, his body says she weights a ton.