Posted by Sari
Sorry for the long silence, I have had a nasty carpal tunnel syndrome on both hands, and thus have not wanted to strain them with tapping away at the computer other than work-things.
I’m so glad
the next Olympics will be nearer my time zone. This getting up at three or four
a.m. is really not my thing. That said, compared to
But to business, i.e Olympic Pair Scating. I have only one real gripe with judging, though I do not agree with the end results. The gripe is the points awarded –especially in the short program – to the homer team Dube/Davidson. I find they have very good posture and great edges, but they made so many mistakes that their total after SP was about 10 points more than it should have been. Most erroniously they had positive grade of execution scores for their step sequence where Davidson visibly stumbled. There need not to be anything more sinister than the fact that judges tend to be more generous to home skaters and that audience excitement will inevitably influence the panel.
The rest of the results were completely defendable and I am a minority opinion. I don’t think the chinese have nearly as good skating skills, transitions or choreography as the germans. I also think that in the throws and the twist, which garner such accolades for chinese teams, judges should pay more attention to the form of the man at the trows and at the landing of the twist. Based on that I would have had germans at least closer despite their mistakes. My last point is wholly subjective and thus should not be a factor, but of course it is: I have never gotten Shen/Zhao. I acknowledge that they progressed leaps and bounds from 1999 when I saw them live but they never sent shivers down my spine, not even with their “masterpiece”, 2003 Turandot which I found technically rock solid but quite boring. I prefer Pang/Tong, but they don’t really do it for me either. Savchenko/Solkowy on the other hand really rock my socks. So bummer for Aliona and Robin, also for the Russians Kavaguti/Smirnov with Yuko's constantly dislocating shoulder.