New canadablue videos from the Grand Prix series below, and here.
I'm throwing in this prediction right at the top: in 2015-2016 Weaver and Poje will be dropped faster than Cappellini and Lanotte. This season's scores and titles were/are checkmarks on ice dance's To Do list, and done.
As ice dance judging continues to be unfair, disgusting, and depressing (the Shibs! That was heartbreaking.), and thus upsetting, I thought this "feet only" video post might benefit from comic relief:
Sinitsina / Katsalapov, Rostelcom Cup (full length)
If you watch the feet-only version, the actual skating doesn't become truly dire until after the lift collapses, whereupon you start worrying he's going to slice her shins to ribbons. Full body also shows Nikita skating with an ass jut that makes Dmitri Soloviev's look clenched.
Now Sinitsina & Katsalapov feet only, where you can watch the skates instead of his ass (in a bad way), his facial expressions, and his wildly swinging arms.
And here is Chock and Bates's brilliant winning skate at Rostelcom, feet only:
The lifts in particular. I don't know what these Chock and Bates lifts got at the GPF but the GOE must have been spectacular. Shpilband, he's like a lift magician.
Here are the poor Shibs at Cup of China, who just can't get their levels, darn it. They need to go to Igor!
This reminds me of when Virtue and Moir just couldn't get their levels and Davis White were getting their levels more frequently and nobody actually looked at the element to see if either team were actually getting or not getting their levels on the ice. I don't know why it's okay to discuss how something was actually skated when it's a pairs team, but poor form to do so in ice dance. Nope, it's straight to the protocols, because we know how reality-based those are on the TES side. Side-eye the pcs, go ahead, but TES protocols on key points and lifts - always solid.
In the actual Grand Prix final, loved how this "sport" managed to hoist Chock and Bates and Papakadis and Cizeron onto the podium alongside Weaver and Poje by hook or by - let's face it - crook. The skating threatened to get in the way but ice dance always gets around that one. The Shibutanis were punished on the levels for daring to skate so brilliantly on a day the Chosen Children were having a bad time. That's how they'd do it to Virtue and Moir. Brilliant skate! Oh wait, no, it was, invisibly to us, a not so brilliant skate in areas only visible to the judges. Lift level and key point, oh dear. Look at the protocols - must be true.
Here's Papadakis and Cizeron at Cup of China:
Paradis Oulette at Skate Canada:
and Weaver and Poje:
It's not everybody who factored, and I'll be posting more videos later (thank you, Canadablue) such as Gilles Poirier, but I think this gives us a nice overview of where ice dance is going, and where it's going is all about where it's coming from.