Weaver & Poje didn't even contend last Olympics, and I don't even think they're the most talented team currrently competing in Canada, but look at the sustained run of blade below compared to Davis White, even from Kaitlyn.
Below, we see Chock & Bates face to face, side to side, arms' length apart at the torso and skates, and if the woman is going to turn in "hold", it happens a yard away from her partner, while he puts his free foot down. She turns, he steps forward.
|Chock Bates don't even attempt to skate close together. |
Weaver & Poje obviously do, and succeed where their skills
and program mileage permit.There's no attempt at even the
illusion from Chock & Bates, and no penalty for not doing it.
|Oh look, Andrew keeps skating when supporting Kaitlyn's turn.|
Weaver & Poje: I really hope at least one other ice dance team does one of the other "new" twizzle position variations. I'm over this one.
|Lord look at Chock's wide-planted feet. As for the rest of it,|
we know now from FSU that synchronicity/unison isn't
important in ice dance, although of course you should
max out GOE for having done it, and get the level.
That's only fair.
I think the key to the Davis White era of ice dance is do nothing, give a "that's right, bitches" look at the crowd and drop the mike.
I'm just spitballing here, but I wonder why Davis White-ing didn't happen so much in previous eras. If you go to youtube, and look back in the day, and give or take a male singles skater, if somebody wasn't top rank, they generally went very earnest.They were eager to please, they smiled, or they were very very serious and determined, and there might be a bit of anxiety/insecurity in the eyes when the hard parts came up. With Davis White-ing, you can suck all day long, as long as the choreography builds in a "can't touch this" facial expression and "did you see THAT?" look at the crowd, and keep your arm waving like a flag.
Transition to straight line lift:
|Change direction and stuff right in front of the judges.|
Why does the DSC build so much extranea into the
|Madison Chock certainly worked on all|
the right things over the summer. I hope
she doesn't end up needing shoulder
rotator cuff surgery, like so many male
pairs skaters do in the end.
|Davis White legacy. Butt jut.|
|Can't even with this.|
|Neither guy is exactly Scott Moir down there, but|
Kaitlyn exits on a nice running edge.
|I love that she goes under and grabs his leg, but she swings his|
leg down and to the side to set him up to skate the turn,
not get pulled around into the turn.
|The spin itself seems fine to me, but of course it's launched|
with a pull and a yank from miles apart. Evan's position yanking
Chock into it - what's happened to him?
|Why don't they yank more? Why is it all so mutual? They're just|
asking for Gilles & Poirier to be the 2015 Canadian Champions.
|If Even is skating down to his partner, I think he overshot |
and landed in the basement.
Weaver & Poje: some nice things here.
and here, despite Kaitlyn needing to get her feet under her a bit better in a couple of spots.
While we're nearly at the end, this as far as my program was able to make gifs from the main video, so I'll try another one to get the spinning sequence giffed.
What we had in Nebelhorn was a good team, Weaver & Poje, skating a free dance with a lot of genuine skating content, a program designed, as much as their abilities allow, for them to work interdependently and skate their elements, choreography, linking moves and transitions. At this stage, it's uneven, with plenty of room to grow. We have another team, Chock & Bates, skating a wide open program in every sense of the term - wide stepping, wide space between them, content-lite, tons of sliding, trotting, pulling, two-foot gliding on flats, and posing. They won the free. It's not going to grow, because what CAN grow? Madison Chock will flip her hair with still more elan? Swing her arm right out of its socket? Maybe Evan will add some toe twinkling when he yanks and pulls Chock? Can he stick his butt out more? Almost fall over in a few more places?
Chock & Bates will skate their program exactly like this as the 2014-2015 season wears on, getting higher and higher scores for this same performance while Maia and Alex Shibutani's programs grow and grow, and their actual skating kicks Chock & Bates' ass even more than it does now. When Chock & Bates debut new costumes, their scores will explode. By the time of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Chock & Bates will clear the Shibs by about eight points.
Weaver & Poje's scores, despite Skate Canada being, apparently, behind them, will actually depend upon how they execute.
All its years of whining and bitching out stunningly skilled Russian figure skaters, North American ice dance has arrived on the World and Olympic podium, and this is what it looks like. No wonder they bitched for years about the Russians. How awful for teams that are actually good at something to be winning all the time. It's supposed to be about storyline off the ice. Now, finally, it is.