World Championships 2017 review: ice dance
The last part of my review is about ice dance. This time it’s not because I’ve saved it for dessert, but because I don’t have much to say.
I saw a storm of indignation about judgment, scores and placement. Well, as I said in my first review: ice dance stopped being a sport long ago. So you either accept it and continue watching or you don’t accept and stop watching.
I agree that judgment was disgusting in some cases, but I can’t agree that it was only about the top-three. Actually, I have no questions about placement in the top-three, but scores could have been less generous.
Virtue and Moir should win the short dance if skating skills, purity of steps and ability to dance of both partners still mean something in ice dance.
If Papadakis – Cizeron want to win the Olympics, they should start working hard on their basic skills and steps just right now (especially she). They lost the SD not for the first time, it happened before and Virtue – Moir wasn’t the only one to whom they were losing it. Just this season great free dance wasn’t enough to win overall. Unfortunately for Gabriella and Guillaume, Scott almost fell not on the element.
Maia and Alex should try their best to find some nerve, some spark and bring it to their skating. Yes, they won a well deserved bronze but it wasn’t easy, I’d say it was a warning call.
At this Worlds we had two main dramas in ice dance: American and Russian.
You may say that Americans won the bronze, so there’s no drama. But looking at the results of two other pairs…it’s cleat that it’s not the result they’ve expected. I think a lot of fans would gladly see Chock-Bates as US pair No.1, but unfortunately they’re not consistent.
The fact that I liked about judgment at Worlds, that they didn’t hold back Hubbell and Donohue in the short dance regardless their standing in the national team. I really hoped they will skate their beautiful free dance well and hold the bronze. Ah, Zach, you broke my heart(
Another Russian campaing for spots failed. Stepanova-Bukin triumphantly broke into the top ten. Fantastic result :) According to the judges their tango was almost good as Gilles-Poirier’s. Nice try judges, I’ve almost believed it))
According to the same judges, Bobrova-Soloviev‘s free dance is almost a masterpiece and only ice dancing gods have better free dances. Guess we imagined a bunch of ridiculous movements and terrible mix of Chopin and Vivaldi.
I feel extremely sorry for Piper and Paul, Anna and Luca that their beautiful free dances were so undermarked! I hope, at least they know that viewers loved them and it was a pleasure to watch their performances.
And the three spots were so close! Only 0.75 points separated Russian ice dance from the victory and triumph. Only one pair standed on the way…..almost written-off Canadian pair, who trains in Russia with a Russian coach. Ah what an irony)
Well, Mr. Morozov, now all hopes on you. You will have to rescue Russian ice dance. Whether with your wife, or with your daughter)
Related topics: Alexandra Stepanova Ivan Bukin, Anna Cappellini Luca Lanotte, Ekaterina Bobrova Dmitri Soloviev, Gabriella Papadakis Guillaume Cizeron, ice dance, Madison Chock Evan Bates, Madison Hubbell Zachary Donohue, Maia Shibutani Alex Shibutani, Piper Gilles Paul Poirier, Tessa Virtue Scott Moir, world championship