World Championships 2017 review: pairs
Here should have been a pathos preamble about the importance of the pre-Olympic World Championships, power disposition, alliances and bla bla bla. But actually, I don’t believe in such things much. For the current level of technical difficulty in men’s, ladies’ and pairs’ competition almost a year it’s plenty of time. Anything can happen.
Yes, yes, I hear the exclamations “Ice dance, ice dance! What about ice dance?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, ice dance stopped been a sport long time ago. You either make up your mind to it and continue watching or don’t and then stop watching.
No 1 in my personal “Meet in dark corner and check how fast they can run” list is Finnish cameramen. I really wanted to throw something heavy in him! What can we see from the angle “camera on the ceiling”? And that wire…..
I completely agree with Tarasova, pairs should have a day-off between short and free programs, because it’s the most difficult and high-injury discipline.
“Quad throws are killing skaters”, they yelled, but the horror on the wings of night of this championships was a twist…triple. First the Swiss guy stunned the audience….Who knew that it was only the beginning! Vanessa’s back somersault made my heart sank to my stomach. And the cherry on the cake – Ksenia Stolbova crushing Fedor. Well, that was scary.
Young Czechs are very nice, but the girl is rushing a lot. It’s ok. They say that it goes away with age. And she burned her awful tights!
American pairs have only one spot for Olympics. But I don’t see anyone reliable except Alexa and Chris. I wish them to fully recover as soon as possible and have a great off season. Strange thing, Alexa was ill, but it was Chis who made more mistakes…..Well, maybe he was too worrying about her.
Ah, Valentina! I think at this World Championships only Elizabet Tursynbaeva’s mom was happier. Valentina, you also should have taken your mom to the kiss and cry corner. I’m sure, Madam Marchei would have shown us what a southern temperament is! This time Valentina also remembered that actually she’s from single skating and knows how to do at least a toe and a salchow. That was a great performance, very cool and very emotional. Love them.
Looking at Vanessa James, I get a light emerald shade. Yes, I know envy is a bad feeling. But she’s so beautiful! Unfortunately didn’t turn out to repeat European breakthrough. It was one of my biggest sadness from pairs’ competition. I love their free program, so it’s pity to say goodbye on such note.
It’s bad to say such things, but I see some positive side in Eric‘s injury. They had no chances to win this World Championships….but since he had an injury there are no reputational losses. They performed badly just because of the injury. So, new season from a clean slate. And Eric is a real man! Has skated both programs clenched his teeth no matter how bad he felt and didn’t let down Meagan and their team. Respect!
Interesting, does saving the spots and the highest place at Worlds brings Lyuba Iliushechkina somehow closer to the Canadian passport? Halloo, Canadians! I never understood your skating federation, but at least have something reasonable should be not alien to it? They need a solid second pair for the Olympic team competition. I’m really happy for Lyuba and Dylan, their place and marks for PCS.
I didn’t expect anything from Stolbova – Klimov. Including two clean skates. Because miracles do not happen. But I did not expect SUCH! With all the Russian generous spirit they made mistake everywhere where it was possible and dropped to the 13th place. And when there was already nothing to lose, with all the heroism peculiar to the same Russian soul they did almost a feat in the free program. I think that’s right that they’re going to change programs. These are cool, but not for OG. I hope next season they will do without depression and without injuries.
I always suspected that vampires exist. Especially in figure skating. Hao Zhang does not age, but blooms with the new young beauty next to him. I think they were undermarked in the short program. All because of stupid rankings and early warm-up. But still the result is impressive. New pair has passed the entire season at such high level without a single major breakdown.
Just tell me, why European Champions, the winners of the GPF Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov in the free program program look like a poor Cinderella? When all their rivals dressed up in designer costumes and have programs made by famous choreographers? The designer of this something (I can’t even call this costumes) is listed as No 2 in my list “Meet at dark corner and check how fast he runs”. I would be ashamed to let even juniors to wear such “costumes”. And the fact that these “costumes” received a deduction is just a sign from above, regardless of whether something has fallen off or not. I really hope that this pair will get some good investments during this offseason: coaching attention, programs, costumes. Who knows, maybe this pair will be the main hope for medals.
No matter what Aliona Savchenko says, she returned for gold. Everything was on her face, when Sui/Han’s marks appeared. But the pair is moving on increasing: bronze, silver and then….well you never know. They understand that it is impossible to win only with ultra-c elements. They work on both technique and programs. Both programs are very cool. If I were a skater I’d already booked John Kerr’s time for doing my program.
Sui and Han are mind blowing and breathtaking! It’s hard to believe that at the end of the summer she was in a wheelchair. Programs are absolute luxurious and they skate with lots of freedom. There is no feeling “I do it because choreographer said so, here I should wave and here I should smile”. Flight, freedom and what a sensuality and sexuality. Who would have thought five years ago that these “little Chinese in a funny cowboy program” would become such an oustanding pair.
To be continued.
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