Posted by Sari
1) the technical demands seem to have gone up a level. All in the top four were doing or trying for two side-by-side triple jumps.
2) Petrova/Tihonov wusrobbed. This is pairskating, and they were clearly better at all pair elements (twist, lifts, pair spin) than Totmianinova/Marinin, and I do think T/M's lack of second sbs triple cancels out Maria doublefooting the throw sal. Besides thought P/T have reputation of being the ultimate competent bores, I find T/M much more yawnworthy, especially this year. Circus Princess is great material for P/T but why have they taken out their trademark carry lift where Alexei is in spread eagle and Maria sort of slowly falls out of the lift :-(
3) Great that Zagorska/Siudek got the bronze, they were clearly more together and had the flow from element to element compared to Obertas/Slavnov who were still going from trick A to trick B. (And I suppose there is no Zayak rule for pairs, as these two went for three triple toes.) I am, however really interested to see O/S next year, when Moskvina has had them in hand. She can turn almost anything into solid gold, and these two already have enormous potential.
All in all, technically good skating but I have to say - and I say this as a fan of P/T - that when Petrova/Tihonov deliver the most exciting program of the evening, something is sorely lacking. And people who grumble that there is no movement in dance results should take a look at this.