Yanking, pulling and dragging is the new skating, and as long as you make strong eye contact with the audience, and avoid any kind of contact with each other, you'll max out the scores. If Madison does win a U.S. gold medal in ice dance, I hope she hangs it on her left arm; it's doing all the work here.
It's a bit dispiriting to go through this, because it's not as if I have Virtue and Moir to fall back on. Ah, here's the real thing! We're going to see variations on this Chock Bates deal all over the place this season, although after breaking down the short dance I already know their predetermined victory over the Shibs is criminal.The Shibs skated better than this in 2009. But as we all see, the secret to successful ice dancing is to strip out most of the skating, and the secret to strong pcs is to skate far apart. But at least they have great lines!
|Bobrova and Soliev posture is the new proper|
See that straight up and down thing from Madison, dead on her flat? Lots and lots of that.
|Pulling is the new skating.|
|Work it, Maddy's Arm.|
|Lift prep. A flat and two footed in quasi snow |
plow, all hands on deck. We all know how high risk
these short dance lifts can be. A real test of the skating skills.