And Finally … the Ladies of PyeongChang

I am going to focus mostly on the outfits here. I think I will talk more about programs in another blog and I don’t know if I can get into all my feelings about the ZagMeds. I agree with a lot of what Naked Ice has to say about this. I’m not sure I agree with her final placement, Evgenia left me kind of cold, but on the whole I usually like what she has got to say.  Anyway, let’s look at some of the ladies!

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Pyeongchang Pairs

I’ve spent a lot of time on the dance, so now I will take a bit of time to pay attention to the other ladies in the competition. Pairs has always been my favourite discipline, followed closely by the dance and ladies. It always seems to me that there are some many more interesting possibilities for movement when they are two people on the ice together. I love to see spectacular moves and unique choreography. And then of course, there are the dresses. Who can argue with that?

Note: I may have gotten a little carried away with this post. But it’s pairs!

Savchenko/Massot – Well, if you can’t appreciate the dedication or the skating that brought about their gold medal, I don’t know what to do. I think I might be even happier for Bruno. I was worried what he would do if Aliona did get the gold and he felt it was his fault. I will that I think Aliona has hit her stride fashion-wise. I think her two dresses at Pyeongchang were the best two I’ve ever seen her wear. Do you remember all those years of generally crazy costumes? She’s come a long way.


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Suggestion to the ISU for the Team Event

I haven’t been making outright suggestions so far. Basically, I’ve just been doing whatever I feel like, but now I have one and I think it’s a good one.

This is my proposal: for the ISU should run a team even just like the Olympics, prior to and in conjunction to the individual skating disciplines at the World Championships. And, this should also happen every four years, but 2 years out from the Olympics, nicely staggered like the Winter and Summer Olympics.

It is a little odd that with Olympic medals on the line, skaters only experience this kind of competition once every four years, like an after thought. (I’m sure I’m not the first person to think this.) It makes the team even just seem a bit like a medal grab but I think the team event can really be good for the sport and should be treated a bit more seriously.

It has certainly demonstrated that it can be benefit for skaters competing in the individual event to first compete in the team. It raises the quality of skating and helps to put out a better event and it is exciting in itself. It has a dynamic all its own, from different teams’ strategies to the skaters’ perseverance when they are skating for their team and not just for themselves. And, I think, it is already paying dividends in encouraging countries to improve their skating programs across the board. Look at China’s dance team, and the improvement in Japan’s  dance and pairs. We see Israel and South Korea becoming more competitive. True, the top three teams have remained the same from 2014 to 2018, but who thought Italy could get so close, only one point back from third after the short? Maybe in another four years and with a bit more attention, the competition for the medals will become tighter and more intense.

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Short Dance Olympic Updates

Many skaters are trying to freshen up their look, bring out more fire in their performance and attract the judges attention with every last effort they can make, so – no surprise – there has been a mass wardrobe change for the Olympics and many new short dance dresses have already made their debut. And we are only in the team event! Can’t wait to see more.

Tessa Virtue – It’s still cut high to the hip like her previous dress but this one sparkles even more with major bling and interestingly shows less flesh. (I also think it’s interesting that this dress has a rectangular motif, rather than triangular to match Scott. However, the solid black and glittering beads do match very well, as you can see.) As my sister said, “Tessa’s new dress is divine. One of my favourites ever. Even with one sleeve!”

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