Many participants here remain interested in skating, even if Virtue and Moir themselves don't give a shit. Because, as far as the public goes, they want the public to know that skating is just a way to deliver chemistry and personality, just as pasta is simply a delivery system for sauce.*
Only epicureans know both ideas are erroneous.
I LOVE this video.
And, just like aWaltzFlower (the author of these videos) I'd also like to know how the hop qualifies as a "dance" jump, as opposed to the same straightforward hop skaters use as a rotational aide for spin rotations.
I'm certain the ISU will clean all this up once Davis White hop and skip away with Olympic gold. I'm serious. I know they will.
The very fact that all of the other teams are moving in a skating direction - IOW, a non-DW direction - suggests they've all gotten the message that massive scores for dumbing down your skating are a DW - and DW-only - phenom.
Anyway, to repeat, I just love the above video. The timing, the commentary, and of course, the content.
I'm glad I missed some of the desperate fan rationalizations, quoted in this video, claiming three twizzles are EASIER. Jesus Christ.
The above is spin entrances, exits and in betweens. I honestly cannot imagine anybody arguing with a straight face that DW have more variation (not to mention what they do do IS dumbed down) but at least the above video settles that issue.
This is sort of a dispiriting time in the VM fandom. I HATE feeling a like a fan. Meaning - they have pretty much gotten me to the point where if (IF?) they're second in Sochi I'll be - fuck you, you asked for it. I'd like to think I prioritize skating over personalities. I think the truth is, if they lose, I'll be disappointed, so I still have that much care. Just not as disappointed as I might be otherwise. This shit makes it easier to take.
Even taking the fuck you part out of it, I do believe in karma (not the literal concept, but that what you do that is wrong ends up working its way back to you, tripping you up and hurting you, unless in some way you yourself recognize it and correct somehow). I don't think karma looks like what people want it to look like. Apparently on this blog, in some quarters, there are those who think it should look like public exposure/humiliation/condemnation. I think that's unlikely, if only because "karma" (however you want to describe/define it) isn't about the objects, it's about the subjects. It's not about us, it's about them.
I do think that the things they've messed with, played fast, loose, and cheap with on the web (their relationship, their marriage, their daughter, and, least of these, skating politics - everything is grist for their bullshit) are things that, in the end, will work on them mentally/psychologically and end up damaged. Because that's how it works. Karma isn't dramatic; it's organic.
As far as the skating goes, for sure the politics are against them. But we've also got them totally throwing out their previous attitude towards preparation. They now assert that doing a reality show up until weeks before the Olympics is GOOD for them even though it runs counter to what they've said before about preparation. They pretend everyone in their lives thought the reality show is a good idea. I don't believe it. I think most people in their lives, including in their coaching environment, long ago decided not to touch this shit with a ten foot pole. Tessa and Scott are adults. They're going to do what they want to do. If it's not skating, they don't listen.
Anybody with half a brain can see that one of their arguments for the reality show - that it's just a camera crew following them around grabbing pieces of their real lives - is lies. Everything with them is lies. Even people who believe in the script can plainly see this is scripted behavior, and requires actual camera set-ups, not field cameras.
EVERYTHING. The canoodling on the couch from six different camera angles. Jean Marc coaching them on chemistry instead of choreography. The stilted scene in the restaurant with Tessa's ballet flat footsie that also featured multiple POVs (multiple POV's mean multiple camera set-ups). They're not in their own homes, either, and in Cassandra/Connor's home, the prep includes clearing the filming area of personal effects. In Tessa's "space", the prep includes setting the stage.
They are acting full time while training full time. But they're super humans - this isn't going to impact them in any way.
I don't believe them. I think it hurts them and they know other people aren't on board. It hurts the skating. It hurts the perception (especially perception, which everyone on the planet but fans think is so so so so so important in figure skating).
Thank you VERY much to aWaltzFlower. Great job.
*Of course, on those terms, Scott and Tessa are telling us they don't really HAVE chemistry or personality, and as for skating, they're a bunch of whiners. So, not sure what they're going for with this.
P.S. apparently Davis White have added romantic touching to the program right before the spin. As I read it, they OF COURSE, STOP in the middle of the ice for this display. Maybe even with all the posing and the gliding and the separating and simple hand holding, they still needed a breather. If memory serves (and it may not) the spin was one of the few elements they skated into. So now even that is asking too much and they need a stand still pose section before it.