It was so close! Does not look like it looking at the results but it really was. And there were really interesting up and coming teams. I really enjoyed Ice Dance this year much better than last year, so much so that I have not even wanted to do my analyses on the twissels and dance holds and amount of progressives, because I am still at the point where I just want to enjoy the programs as whole.
Okay, I am disapointed for my babies, Denkova/Stavinski, who are my all-time second favourite Ice Dance team ever. They lost the free dance with the absolutely smallest possible margin, and the third place in the OD was due to being royally screwed by the sekrit computer. (Have I mentioned that this secret judging sucks?) But I am trying to think positively: if they get a non-waltz compulsory in Dortmund, they might be closer to Navkamorovs, if the computer picks an actually representative selection of judges they will - if all other things are equal - be second. And Navkamorovs have a defenitely beatable free. So they just might still win the worlds. So go Beanie & Pocket.
As you might infer, I am not a great fan of Navka/Kostomarov. Beautiful people with beautiful edges and lines, but they just seem so detached from everything they do. The pink panther - Austin Powers FD is very dancey but still empty, and I just think that Den/Sta are just so much more interesting and have the sort of pairness Naakka and Kostomarenki (as Jukka calls them) lack. They do, of course, have the nostalgia factor. Every time I see Tatiana, I remember the wonderful days in the early nineties, when Ice Dance was real soap opera with fights at restaurants and strange goings-on in Zhulin's famous Moskow apartment ;-)
Grushina/Goncharov deserve their medal for the hard work, and they have the best material ever this year. The OD is actually rather nice though sing sing sing is just a bit trite choice of music. I suppose the FD was meant to be somehow thematically serious as she was dressed as a dove of peace and he was dressed in some sort of representation of armour (or crocodile, you never can be quite sure about these things), but it never really grabbed the audiences. Grushgons still lack that magic that can pull audiences in.
Delobel/Schoenfelder have a great OD this year, shame about the fall. I don't like them as a pair because Oliver is so much taller than Isa that they never really look compatible on ice. It allows them to do great tricks, though, and the FD had plenty of really innovative lifts.
Poor Scary Sergei and Gallopin Galit. They are so not going anywhere. There was some improvemet last year when they were with Dubova, but now that they are back with Tarasova they have relapsed. Frantic movement, running steps and not a clean edge anywhere to be seen. Galit still pushes from the toepick and sort of hops over the skate every time she is supposed to do a turn.
But Faiella and Scali are going places. If you want to do an old school ballroomy dance, this is the way it should be done. Pizzazz and dazzle and fun. Torino here we come.
Outside the six best teams, there were few positive suprises. Finns Huot/Valkama had their best result ever (18th), it is nice to see them improve even though they are full time students at MIT and have other priorities in their lives. The Brits Kerr/Kerr were really entertaining, great result for them and for the first time in a long time a British Ice Dance team which has potential to get better. And I did also like Gudina/Beletski's humorous free dance to Largo al Factotum. The idea could have fallen totally flat, but they carried it of with panache.