This skating-centric post is brought to you by more of Tessa Virtue's reality-based instagram output, and her mirror image:
It wasn't a boob day that day. Not to mention, Tessa's photoshop genie decided to slice off the entire left side of her face except for her left eye. Interesting aesthetic choice. The left of her neck also doesn't work with the right side of her neck (image left and image right).
Whoever does these "right half of the image is differently aspected than the left" jobs for Tessa got sloppy with the skirt of the dress. Follow the skirt line on the left of the image up to her hand (the heel of her right hand). That line isn't going to bend behind her, but continue up. They cut it out above her hand/wrist (well, obviously, and as well as liquifying her waist and disappearing the boobs). Not to mention, if her hand is resting on her right hip, that is some set of wide hips compared to that waist and tiny boned upper body - guess Tessa is now an extreme hour glass shape when she's not a hipless wraith.
They also messed up the skirt line in the lower right. I recognize that bend at the bottom (bottom right of the image), because, when experimenting with photoshop/liquify myself, and also on freeware, that weird bend happens all the time when I'm hasty with the radius setting. Also, obviously the edge of the wall on the right is curving inward like nobody's business, but her arm and shoulder conceal the full exent of its inward trajectory. But good job with the extremely low resolution and matching Tessa's skin tone exactly to the wood tone.
Finally, besides the obvious differences between Tessa foreground and Tessa in the mirror, it's just interesting that Tessa in the foreground has skin that's practically synthetic, while the Tessa in the mirror has a back with more realistic skin texture despite being much further away.
This is going to be a very video heavy post with canadablue's annotated ice dance comparisons, but including canadablue's "feet only" videos. I LOVE feet only.
I will add gifs, I THINK, but want to get the post out first and see if having this many video embeds creates any issues.
Before getting started, and thinking that Tanith Belbin this week decided that Paul Islam lack skating skills and you can tell because Mitch yanks and pulls her through the step sequences, and how that started me considering just how ugly, in your face obnoxious, thuggish, asshole and foul the people around this sport intend to become, and how some good skaters are embracing the New Reality (not to be confused with "reality), I looked up some proverbs about lying, and found these, some of which I've read before, and some of which I think are outmoded and/or simply don't apply to the world of skating:
"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. ~Mark Twain".
I believe he's saying if you lie, you have to keep track in order to keep your story consistent. We know that with Scott and Tessa, this doesn't matter. Whatever they said last is the truth. Just delete whatever they said the time before that.
"Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb"
Oh, well this one is already happening, but not on the internet. (I'm not counting fan gossip and fan lying.)
"No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. ~Abraham Lincoln"
You don't need a good memory to be a successful liar. You don't even need to lie successfully (i.e., have people believe you). You just have to not acknowledge that you're lying and have evidence that you're lying ignored.
"Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world. ~Thomas Carlyle"
No, it's because people suck that Scott and Tessa have to lie. They're very protective.
"A half truth is a whole lie. ~Yiddish Proverb"
I don't think they agree. It's half and half. And shouldn't they get some credit for the true bits?
"Every lie is two lies — the lie we tell others and the lie we tell ourselves to justify it. ~Robert Brault.
Eh, I don't know how many lies people tell include lying to "ourselves". I think what people tell themselves is the truth. "It's easier." "It's more convenient." "Too much trouble to change the story now."
I'm going to start off with the feet only of Papadakis & Cizeron. Thank you canadablue
This is the short dance, where they were beaten by the Shibs. Please remember skating is meant to be scored to the weakest link.
The Shibs: when she's got skaters whose claim to distinction is, you know, actual SKATING, Marina's choreography kicks ass. This is a fantastic, exhilerating program.
Here are the comparisons. I'm not going to do it today (still working out gifs for the videos already here), but I might do a feet only comparing what Tanith believes are Alex and Mitch's terrible, deficient, undertrained step sequence at CoC with an example of the textbook, non-pulling, non-yanking step sequences of Davis White showcasing Meryl Davis's superior edgework and Charlie's wonderfully clean feet.
Did Tanith - or any commentator at the GP - have anything negative to say about Evan Bates yanking Madison Chock towards him, grabbing hold of her leg and running down the rink pulling her like a little red wagon, then yanking her like a pull toy and calling it a lift entrance? You can't even call it figure skating. Perhaps I've overlooked these censorious remarks.
Here's PI vis a vis Papadakis/Cizeron at the Autum Classic:
PI vis a vis Chock/Bates:
And vis a vis Gilles Poirier with their 1980s paso:
To follow up on the Paul Islam free dance discussion from their outing at Autumn Classic, here's their outing at Cup of China where you can see their terrible skating skills.
This or that comment booth can complain all it likes about this or that team being treated unfairly. None of it matters until it's pointed out the number of teams who are gifted with scores they didn't earn on the ice. Other than when it's Russian skaters, the last time I recall someone's scores being called into question (outside VM verus DW bullshit where, when VM were allowed to win, they were questioned) was at the 2010 Olympics when Sandra Bezic was skeptical about Dube Davidson's scores vis a vis Langlois/Hay.
Stop looking at the "loser" and look at the winners, that's where the corruption lies. Of course I realize that nobody in the comment booth is looking for corruption. I'm sure we'll have some occasion this season when figure skating gets to show off how much it cares about not being corrupt - I wonder which designated Russian skater is the chosen scapegoat.
When I look at the GP season so far, it almost feels beside the point to critique teams I like and look to them 'growing their programs' as ice dancers used to do. What's the point of noting that Hubbell Donohue need to and likely will recoup the speed they need after this season's programs acquire more mileage. Or that this season's programs may be designed so that Alexandra Paul's skating (not her body) will acquire greater foundational power and amplitude.