I'm learning there's not enough meaningful difference between a lift done in a show and a lift done in a competition. If it's L4 in competition, it's L4, end of. The supporting partner's blade run speed, the liftee's rotational speed around her partner's shoulders/neck, the degree and type of pelvis support in the final position, the type of skating done before and afterwards, the degree and nature of the prep before, and the set down/recovery after - all of this insufficiently mitigates the risk Virtue and Moir undertake.
Before I was schooled, I'd have said that in this lift, Tessa has her core pasted to her husband and, again, is actually using her upper chest/back/neck to arch back. And I'd have said that she's carefully set down at almost no speed, with her feet planted particularly wide apart (For Tessa. For Meryl Davis it would be typical.). Now I know better.
Some people who've watched this video of Scott and Tessa skating "Let it Snow" seem to believe Tessa isn't just pulling a Meryl Davis by skating without fully engaging/opening up from her core, specifically, her pelvis and hips, as she's used to do, but that she also doesn't extend her free leg above hip level - or even at hip level. I've learned those people need their heads examined.
|Lesson: This here was an accident when |
they lost their timing out of a lift. Momentum
and all. One of these days they'll really mess
up, and Scott's penis will go right in.
Addressing a comment below, asking how does one explain the part "where she's supported only by her thighs and is arching everything including her pelvis": how do you know she's arching everything including her pelvis? From this (key screencaps)?
Observations. Her knees are spread apart, which eases pressure on both pelvis and lower back. She's positioned fairly high up on his torso, his hands are under her skirt supporting the small of her back, and as she rolls up her spine out of the upside down position, you see her lower pelvis is against Scott. She's working the hell out of her shoulders and really extending, dangling those arms to extend the visual impression of the oversway. She's got more of her rib cage engaged than when she holds a more extended arch, but gravity's helping her here. Her hips, lower pelvis and lower back are secured by Scott, going by how that part of her body remains in place/still as she rolls up her spine.
The bottom of the sweater just above the hem hangs a little stiffly. Tessa rotates around Scott's shoulders, she extends her arms over her head while her upper body is upside down, and that sweater never rides up. The skirt gets pushed up and flipped up, but that sweater is super-glued to Tessa's skirt.
*Others have a different take. They believe that while the non-pregnant Tessa was recovering from her second round of CES surgery, she was spending tons of time in the gym, and thrilled to be there, as it had been so long. Tessa said this, so they know it's true. Prior to her second surgery, she didn't even feel like an athlete, because she couldn't train like one in a regular gym. Afterwards, she could, and what a treat. Besides, she clearly acquired a bucketload of muscle she hadn't had in Vancouver.
While finally, at long last, able to "train like an athlete", and while acquiring new muscle, which, we're told, burns calories more efficiently than fat, Tessa got wider and wider through the fall, apparently because she'd decided to slack off a bit and gorge on steroid-injected chocolate throughout the summer and through the balance of 2010. Who doesn't pile on the pounds in Nov-Dec while aiming for Canadians in January, followed by the 4CCs in February, and prepping for their World Championship title defense in Moscow.
P.S. Reflecting back on Scott's rampage through London on Victoria Day weekend (and Tessa's birthday!), and also reflecting on the blog's prior referencing of the movie Soapdish, I'm kind of curious if maybe some of Scott's buddies weren't going around London playing the part of "Rose" to Scott's "Celeste." Yes, Scott Moir is a London favorite son, and it was a big weekend. Still, without Tessa next to him, he doesn't stand out in a crowd. Furthermore, both Scott and Tessa seem tinier in person than they do on television. Yet so so so many people spotted Scott Moir that weekend. Many of the sightings were presumably authentic, as in, not plants deputized to tweet his whereabouts and behavior. But, as to recognizing Scott Moir in the first place, I wonder if that part didn't get a little boost. Going by reports of their behavior, they were amping it up. A bunch of guys tweeted about his boorishness, and how many guys, even in London, are ice dance fans who can pick Scott Moir out of a crowd of revelers, even assholes, without a little assistance?
ETA: to supplement the discussion below, this link: What is public relations provides an irreverent but on point overview of how public relations minions operate. Try to visualize Virtue and Moir's bastardized, Rube Goldberg set-up - family, friends, mentors, pros, etc. all wanting to play their role. And at the end of the day, the people who are spending the most time on it are those surrounding the celeb, not the celeb themselves. It's set up, everything's in place, and then the celeb (or Virtue Moir) just steps in for the photo op, publicity stunt, or other. It's not Scott and Tessa running the logistics. They have their lives and schedule, and what's in the area of p.r. is coordinated by others, so they just have to show up. That's how it works.