"They figured out how to feature their closed hold rather than being ruled by it."
So glad Scott and Tessa are getting rid of crutches like closed hold. Maybe they can get rid of the skating too, and then actually get somewhere.
"Scott seems to have more core strength."
Ah, that extra core strength Scott needed to manage fat Tessa.
|Scott's previous core strength. Tsk.|
|Davis White in Sochi.|
|Nobody thinks it would have happened if |
you didn't agree to Gadbois.
Watched this video URL of Virtue Moir's GPF practice:
Briefly thought - oh hey, I didn't know Tristan Rogers was an ice dance fan.
|Igor (left) at GPF SD practice.|
And then I remembered Tristan Rogers was
(Tristan Rogers was once a soap opera superstar.)
|Pani, this is because the Gadbois team is actually coaching|
I hope Tessa and Scott have enough open skating to prevail at the GPF short tomorrow, but my hopes are not high.
ETA, from the GPF short, a gif of the lift:
Excuse the double subtitle in this gif, but VM routinely do stuff, casually do stuff without calling attention to it, that are completely beyond the skill set of other dance teams. For example, the way Scott releases Tessa's hand before the lift, so she simply gets herself into the entrance position by following his glide with her own glide. Then once she has stepped in, observe the sheer efficiency and stability - and complete security and confidence - with which Scott pulls down her free leg onto his thigh. There is no steadying. It's seamless, not a wasted movement.
Finally (I think) after watching the Universal broadcast of the GPF short dance, my impression Ben Agosto is completely in the tank for P/C, far more than Tanith, which surprises me considering Tanith's husband. He made no comment on Cizeron's obvious stumble at the top of the program, but gushed over their twizzles because they were in unison. Look, a unicorn!