Virtue//Moir and Davis/White: Polka Comparision - 2013 Worlds
(pic 1)The following are the two last year short dances, the rhythms of the POLKA, I repeat, POLKA, the point considered stronger on Meryl and Charlie.
Tessa and Scott were penalized 4 points below their opponents to a slight error on one of Tessa twizzle (which by the way did not deserve deduction level because the rotations were all there, at maximus less GoE).
I invite you to look at the depth of the edges, the postures, shoes’s distance, coordination, shoulders position, how both pairs are LEANING with the WEIGHT on the EDGES (= as you incline at left and right).
Then I pointed out with arrows one of polka's key points. (pic 2) Look at how the two couples are supporting. Their inclinations. The distance of the shoes.
Look at how Tessa and Scott work mechanically in a key point, evidently by repley of the judges, is not considered.
The weight is perfectly downloaded everything on the basins and to the left of the picture, the arrows are synchronous.
The polka is a pattern that is much more “rough" so to speak, in fact has a lot more thrust due to the small hops and hop choreography. BUT, there is a but. The fact that there are choreographic jumps, does not induce the couple to NOT do when the edges have to be made, or in the key points and directional changes (to speak bluntly, going from front to back). I just picked up the screen cap that emphasize these points, in order to understand how Tessa and Scott are always on the edges at points of transition, while Meryl and Charlie not. (pic 3)
1) In the first situation is already very obvious difference: Tessa and Scott accompanies the twizzling, subsisting on a perfect external edge, look at the angle of the body bending the left leg compared to the rigidity of the bust. Tessa on the other hand she is also in an interior, which together to that of Scott form an imaginary semicircle (= edges)
Let us now Charlie: it is argued, right on the vertical part of the shoe has no bearing on any of the two edges. Meryl same thing. This often happens in their polka sequence especially because, as already mentioned several times, they have to keep the speed that generate from hops without using the edges, and this obliges them to remain rights on the vertical part of the foot; however this should be penalized by the judges, because in a sequence, they themselves write that the keypoints are given by the proper use of edges. As we often see in DW edges are not even present.
2) the same situation to the next directional change. Scott argued inclined, Charlie vertically.
3) the situation three I put in to show the precision on directional change between Meryl and Tessa. Meryl is very detached from Charlie and takes more time to get closer, turning first with a sell. The two busts are not the same. Tessa with the same selling is already in position, aligned to Scott.
4) is very large the distance between Meryl and Charlie shoes , and, especially, the distance between their basins. In addition, the direction of the two feet is angled differently between the two skaters.
Look at the two attacked basins of Tessa and Scott, perfect center of gravity, supported edges, exactly parallel. The up leg is the last thing to look at because it is very consistent with what I said: if the base is solid, the position of the torso and leg extension are secondarily spontaneous.
5) different distance between bust and shoulders. Also note how Tessa and Scott bent their neck back and forth, emphasizing the theme of their Short Dance, and adding difficulty (by moving the center of gravity of the balance).
6 and 7) the same situation: while Tessa is able to sustain herself on the bust, Meryl is driven by Charlie. The fact that is bent due to the fact that she has to balance with the body not having proper support on the edge. I would also emphasize how the arms of Tessa and Scott are perfectly inclined than Meryl and Charlie. Another consequence.
8) This is a simple cross over but I would like to see how even a basic step, Tessa and Scott have more width, more extension of the legs, pelvis split into more open, and always those neck movements that add difficulty.
9) I do not think that here there is much more to be added. Feet distance, torso angle, resting on the edges by extremely different between both couples.
The second image that I have outlined above is more to see one of Polka KEY POINT, a key point, which is one of those steps that cause the polka to reach the full level (to understand how the hard-fought chactaw the rumba, for those who know what I mean)
It’s clear that even here the difference is disarming in Tessa and Scott is a clear support on the edges, much greater inclination, corsets that create gravity on the basin, a crazy cleaning, is an emblematic image that really makes you realize how this couple is higher in position and in skating skills. I did see this in many of my friends who skate and they also agree that the difference between the two positions is disarming.
This is because the first thing they teach you when you start to skate and is the first thing that judge: how you use the edges.
Tessa and Scott have always been praised for their skating skills phenomenal, already when they were kiddies. And there are unfortunately ignorant fans that right now, they think that Tessa and Scott have worsened even in this, where, unfortunately, for these fans, they remain the best.
It’s also true that, right now, the judges, sadly analyzing replays have come to a different conclusion.
THANK YOU SO MUCH LadyB!!
I am getting so angry right now. They were totally screwed many times. Ughhhh. Fuck the ISU. Go Tessa & Scott!