|Advantage Davis and White. Experts say this is a stunning position.|
I vaguely remember it all started with the short dance. The questions here were who of V/M or D/W would place first and if France with P/B could manage to sneak into 3rd, pushing the Russians with B/S to 4th.
All of you who follow the media and the message boards will have heard that apparently the fix is in. It's always nice, when unnamed sources come forward with information that is all too happily taken up by various media outlets, and fleshed out with all sorts of suggestive and biased information, and a veritable list of why V/M are just superior in any way. Read all about it here, and make of it what you will, preferably nothing. I'm not even a Davis & White fan, I prefer V/M, but good journalism looks different, a lot more different.
Anyway, D/W actually did beat V/M in the short dance. You be the judge whether it was due to the alleged fix, Tessa Virtue's tiny twizzle bobble (V/M lost more than 2 points to D/W on that element.), or something else entirely.
|Poised for 2 Olympic medals?|
I'm still somewhat miffled about how P/B were stuck in ice dance limbo 5 years ago, when Delobel & Schoenfelder took a more than one year hiatus, during which P/B couldn't move up in the dance hierarchy (due to D/S looming in the background as French No1) and both teams taking major PCS hits for it in Vancouver. Now, fast forward to the present and it seems that the Olympic bronze that had gotten within their reach over the last couple years, is gradually slipping away from them again. Sigh, they gave us Circus.
Meanwhile, this year's Euro champs Cappellini & Lanotte placed a rather distant 5th, after losing levels on their steps and dance patterns. I enjoy watching those two quite a bit, and they are very likeable, though their programs are not groundbreakingly original, or daring out-of-the-box performances.
Ok, so all the skaters of all the teams skated. Japan (30 points) and Italy (31 points) made it to the finals, together with the three skating powerhouses Canada (41 points), Russia (47 points), and the US (34 points).
Then came the Pairs Free, but let's put that into the next post with all the other disciplines. Barring epic surprises by the dozen, the podium will pretty much mirror the current points standings.