In considering Chock & Bates, it seems to me that, along with, and because of, so much two footed skating, and faking-it-skating, they lack real performance energy.While few skaters will light up the building at a season's first competition, with Chock & Bates, there's little of the natural adrenalin we saw with the Shibs, or that builds in Weaver & Poje in those sections of their program where they find their rhythm and get their feet under them. Chock & Bates mime energy in the choreographic gestures they've been assigned, the arms, the faces, but from the hips down, they're flaccid. They're not building energy with their stroking; momentum is constantly thwarted. As with Davis White, Chock & Bates' programs are constucted to work around, rather than with, their medium (ice)
ETA: My video editing program didn't recognize any of the video from the spinning sequence to the end (less than a minute left in the program). I like the spinning sequence, and think the comparison between the teams is useful, so I'll try to work around the issue and get gifs of that part up. Meantime, canadablue's full length video embedded above has the spinning sequence (which the ISU probably should have called a rotational movement sequence).
These gifs don't include most of the title cards that precede each sequence in the full video; the title cards can and should be read in the video embed, as they note assigned values and GOE, and for the purpose of this discussion on the blog, we're still pretending that scoring is meant to reflect what was executed on the ice.
I'm still working out Kaitlyn, but for the moment, I'm thinking her skating is stronger in the "important" parts of the program, and elsewhere she forgets she's supposed to bend her knees, finish her movements, or extend energy throughout her body. Her arms and hands drive me crazy in this thing. But, while she's not the most talented skater ever, at least when she gets a bit half-assed with the program, it's mostly knees up, not knees down. She cares about the skating.The choreography may get sloppy at this early stage, but she's keying in on her basics.
Transition into circular step sequence:
I actually think Chock & Bates have somewhat stronger skating skills than Davis White, particularly Chock vis a vis Meryl. But, even to the extent they're individually somewhat stronger than Davis White, their skating is just a prop. Take an edge and get back on your flats.Take an edge while your partner takes a break. Keeping waving your arms and you're golden. Maintain as much space between you as possible, no sense risking a fall and putting your predetermined medals in jeopardy. Use your arms like two Harry Potter wizards setting up for dueling wands.Your fingertips are the wands and if they touch, that's contact while skating, so your GOE will be awesome. Design programs where the lack of unison is a feature, not a deficit. Don't forget to plant your feet so wide a horse could run underneath and join in the fun.
|See there, it's possible to do this without yanking or |
swinging your partner. Their blades are doing the work.
I don't know why the DSC insists on having their
skaters work harder than they need to on their skating.
What's the purpose?