I wanted to take a post and link to Ice Dance Analyst Blogspot- and thank you VERY much to those in the comments below who first linked to it and highlighted what this terrific blog is pointing out - right in front of our faces is evidence that Davis White have repeatedly been credited for key points missed by Meryl. If she's on a flat she gets credit for the correct edge. Other teams do not. The authors also have a twitter:
It's absolutely unbelieveable that sportswriters and skating commentators engage in NO analysis of the actual skating in ice dance in any way that's relevant to the rules by which this discipline purports to be judged. NONE. This season we've been buried under an avalanche of bullshit about momentum, personality, theme, acting, costuming, work ethic, 110%, "tight" "loose" - chemistry - and nothing about the skating. This season is of course the season which will culminate in Davis & White winning the gold in Sochi - so OF COURSE.
Ice dance fans are treated with contempt by their sport. If they weren't, Virtue and Moir's reality show would be impossible, Davis and White's bogus scoring would be impossible. I don't think these things are unconnected. The fans of the sport are kept uninformed. The fans of the sport are treated like easy marks. Even when the fans push BACK, the sport then uses its journalist/groupie cadre to reiterate bullshit about fans - ubers, shippers, romantics, rubes who can't respond to anything but in your face non-skating showmanship, dreamers - we're anything they say we are, except informed observers. They mutually enable the continuation of a corrupt and self-serving status quo.
The "journalists" who cover the sport - even those who have covered it for decades - don't know anything about it. I'd challenge, for example, Christine Brennan or E.M. Swift to watch a skating program and distinguish one edge from another, one jump from another, understand what run of blade means, understand what directional variation and changes of hold means, understand what skating into and out of an element means - understand anything whatsoever about figure skating. They've covered it for years, and have never felt this to be important. They also hobnob with figure skating notables who comprise their sources, and yet with all the ways people "inside" figure skating have chewed the fat with these two "journalists", and with countless other skating "journalists", a rudimentary understanding of the basics of figure skating has never been relevant to those conversations.
There is no accountability in this sport. This is NOT a sport. It's absolutely shameful that the only places where ice dance is analyzed, where the rules are referenced (the rules, not the protocols) and where scoring is critiqued are places created by FANS. Fans - not sportswriters - go to the videotape for replay and gifs and slow mo, then go to the rulebook to see if what was executed matches how it was scored. This exercise is basic to ALL sports and is nonexistent in the coverage of figure skating even by those who make their living in figure skating.
Meantime these same fans are continually dumped on coming and going - by those who cover the sport, and by the skaters themselves. There is a huge resistance to having an informed public.