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21 February 2010 @ 11:14 pm
Olympics: Ice Dancing Original Dance  
I was blown away by one couple tonight, big-time!!!

Oh, boy! I'd heard about Domnina/Shabalin's Aboriginal dance, but hadn't seen it before tonight. And wow!!!! That was, indeed, terribly offensive. I kept trying to figure out why (after all Davis/White aren't Indian, Belbin/Agosto aren't Moldavian), and then I finally decided that it's because, even though not intended, the dance came off as if they were making fun of the Aboriginals. It was as if they were portraying them as caricatures; it was ghastly. And I'm appalled that they beat not only Faiella/Scali, but also Belbin/Agosto. It's not my favorite dance by them (by a long shot), but they skated it so well and with such joy. So, yeah, I was bummed to see them in fourth. I definitely think they should have beaten Domnina/Shabalin. I'm hoping that I'll like their free dance better than I did when I saw it at Nationals, because I wasn't that impressed with it either. *sigh* I just wish they had stronger programs for this Olympics season. Ah well.

But for me, the highlight was DEFINITELY Moir/Virtue. I was spellbound during that routine; it was simply rapturous and I'm so glad they came out on top. Woohoo! As for Davis/White, I want to like them because they're so good, and they're team USA, but I just ... something about them rubs me the wrong way. I just don't. So even though I think they're likeliest to win, I'll be rooting for Tanith and Ben, and Virtue and Moir.

Quick short-track speed skating note: Woohoo!! Apolo won his record-setting seventh Winter Olympic medal. GO APOLO!!!
 
 
 
hell is other peopleworkswithwords on February 22nd, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
I am SO glad that I wasn't the only one who felt that was just STRANGE/HORRIBLE. As a Canadian, I can't help but love Moir/Virtue, however, Tanith is from my hometown so I have lots of love for them as well! I'd love to see either of them leave with medals!

Edited at 2010-02-22 12:46 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Belbin & Agostoarabian on February 22nd, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, plenty lots of people are not pleased with that hideous original dance. It's just terrible.

Not Canadian, but when it comes to figure skating, my love knows no nationality, LOL! I'm all for Belbin and Agosto, and Virtue and Moir at this point. They're my favorites. :)
Beckbeck_liz on February 22nd, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
I was mostly so distracted by Domnina/Shabalin's costumes (which are still awful, revised or not) that I couldn't pay attention to the actual performance, but what little I saw of it I agree with your assessment. Someone else said that with their cutesy expressions and so forth it's like they were playing the aborigines as cute little monkey or something, which GAH. *shudder* I can't believe that scored as highly as it did.

I adore Belbin/Agosto, and I thought their skate definitely deserved above that of the Russians, but they're just not as good as they were. bigboobedcanuck - someone else posting about skating, if you're interested - has suggested they peaked with their silver medals in 2006. I hope she's wrong but I fear she's right.

Virtue/Moir and Davis/White were clearly much better (V/M in particular were FANTASTIC) than B/A. I do like Davis/White, but there is just something about them that bothers me. Not sure what or why. Still rooting for them, though, just not as much as V/M and B/A.
Arabian: Belbin & Agostoarabian on February 22nd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I don't agree that they peaked because their 2008 US Nationals free dance was PERFECTION. It's my 2nd favorite ice dancing free dance ever (Bolero's number one, of course). Just magnificent.



I think the issue is that sadly, their programs this year are just NOT that strong. Which sucks!! I don't think that W&D and V&M are better than B&A, I just think that they have such better routines, and right now (as I told mosca, it's more that for the first two years after Torino it was pretty much a given that they were coming to Vancouver to get their gold. And then came the injuries, and W&D beating them, and this is their last Olympics and it's just all of that is getting to them. I hope they can just put it out of their heads and deliver an amazing routine.

Edited at 2010-02-22 04:04 pm (UTC)
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on February 22nd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, the cultural differences. Growing up in the place where political correctness pretty much does not exist (not saying it's good, just pointing out the fact), I can see how the Russians simply did not think this would be an issue in any way. I highly doubt they planned to offend anyone. What would be the point? Aboriginal people have done nothing to them, and, frankly, I doubt they are stupid enough to be shooting themselves in the foot like that on purpose. Also doubt they tried to make a cutesy cartoon out of this. Excessive mugging is something that's adapted by a lot of skaters, because they think it enhances the performance. Which it never ever does.

Bottom line: it wasn't a very good dance. And the costumes were distracting. But it is certainly the one that will be remembered. Looking at the whole competition, the yawn-inducing mediocrity of most of it is what offended me. lol.

But seriously, with all the talk of Belbin and Agosto prior to the Olympics -- and not having followed them much previously -- they are kind a ... blah? The other US pair seems better. And I'm rooting for the Canadians. They are wonderful.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on February 22nd, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
I think the reason they aren't getting that much anger directed towards them is because it's obvious they have no clue how it's coming off. This is my first time seeing them, and while I don't like this routine, I do like them, so that says something.

As for Belbin/Agosto. Sigh. Take a look at the youtube clip above to see them when they are fantastic. This is JUST not a good program, and unfortunately, neither is their long if the US Nationals is any indication. And the nerves, the pressure, the injuries, etc. are having a toll I think. *sigh* When they are on (as they usually are), they are amazing.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on February 22nd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's probably not fair of me to make a judgement based on two dances I saw so far. I'll say that for Belbin/Agosto: they can move. There's no flailing and none of that annoying over-dramatic execution. It really is too bad that their routines aren't their best this year. But, like you said, skaters have to make concessions for the injuries and other unfortunate circumstances.

As to the Russians: I am seeing the "outrage" in the press, but I'm sure if the Olympic committee or the judges really thought this was meant to offend, they would have been penalized. As it is, they escaped lightly. I did love their compulsory dance. They moved so well together, and it really came off as a Tango supposed to. They can do it, no doubt about that. Their taste is questionable, but they can skate.
Arabian: Belbin & Agostoarabian on February 22nd, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there is some outrage, but what I meant is its not affecting their scores and standing overall. And, yes, their Tango was amazing. It was my 3rd favorite of the night. I loved B&A's angry Tango and Virtue/Moir's tango.

Belbin and Agosto are super-fast on the ice and very clean and precise. I'm hoping that they can just let it all go in the free dance. They have the capability to be amazing! :D