No commentary from me on the free dance. The first two portions were fun, but it's really hard to describe ice dancing in writing and on top of that in real-time, so maybe just some thoughts about the final group when it comes time.
I once again enjoyed the Czechs, their free dance really seemed to fly by, and I really like her personality. Yu/Wang also were also pleasant surprises, she's very pretty. The Austrians I find somewhat sloppy in everything they do, and I was bored by the first half of their dance but I'm liking the second half when the music picks up. It's different..
I haven't followed dance all year. Are Carron/Jones' free dance costumes the same as Delobel and Schoenfelder's from 2001 and 2002?
I really didn't care for Hoffmann/Zavozin. At first, I thought that it would be a nice change from the previous two teams, but that was just not good all-around in my opinion.
I was just going to blog about this piece that Rubleva/Shefer are skating to, Une Vie d'Amour and how Belbin/Agosto used it in 2000, I think? And she just mentioned it. Rubleva got her dress stuck in her blade and very subtly pulled it out.. Belbin/Agosto also ran into that problem one of the first times I saw them, at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Funny how some things stick with you, and unbelievable that it was 10 years ago already.
Cappellini and LaNotte with the big error.. I thought she was too dramatic about it at the end but I understand that she probably feels terrible about having bad skates in the original and free dance in their home country, and now they will probably JUST miss helping qualify three teams for next year.. Crone and Poirier looked a bit frantic to me at times but they did well. Zaretskis, I liked the dance more than I thought I was going to but I still don't really understand their scores.
Really enjoyed Pechalat and Bourzat. Good decision to go back to the other dance. This seasons dance was creative but it just didn't get the point across or flow as well. Davis/White, I love this program, and I don't think I'll get sick of it. It might be the best I've seen it performed. Even though the very end, the intensity was still there and they really went all-out. Pressure is on for sure. Virtue and Moir didn't have the impact for me that they had in Vancouver, but it was still pretty good aside from the slight balance check on his twizzle. As far as who should have won, I can't decide that unless I actually scored it.