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And as Tanith White just said there, this is the beginning for Papadakis/Cizeron. They are 22 and 23 years old.

I think they will win the gold in the next two olympics. That's how good they are.
 

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Virtue/Moir are so *good* but man, I just absolutely adore Papadakis/Cizeron. Yes, they're going to be around for a long, long time. But dammit Guillaume, if you didn't unhook her costume yesterday, you'd have the gold medal right now.
 

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In the end, the wardrobe thing may have been enough to make the difference, if it threw them off just that much. If they'd been tied after the short, the French would've won.
 

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So tomorrow, Bradie Tennell has the misfortune of being skater #1 in the competition, and that's the one place you absolutely do not want to be.
 

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Virtue/Moir will need to beat their personal best by 3.5 points to win, and there isn't enough room in the program components to get them there.
So, what happened? Incumbency bias

I thought the French were much better. VM were too avantgarde for me in the first 1/3.

Also had a feel that the French were living the performance and VM were acting.
 
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I adore this Italian coupe for some reason.
When I first saw this, I thought they had managed to incorporate an automobile into their dance. P.s., I agree, I like them a lot.

I also agree with those who found the French team's performance more mind-blowing than Canada's.
 
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So, what happened? Incumbency bias

I thought the French were much better. VM were too avantgarde for men in the first 1/3.

Also had a feel that the French were living the performance and VM were acting.
The French were better in the free skate. That's why they won the free skate. But it wasn't enough for them to overcome their issues in the short dance.

They'll easily win Worlds next month.

What's concerning to me across the boards is PCS inflation. When the scoring system was introduced in late 2005, program components rarely got into the 9s. Shizuka Arakawa's components in the Ladies competition at the 2006 Olympics were in the high 7s, and she was the only one to even average an 8:

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Even Ice Dancing was fairly reasonable:

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Here's what we got last night:

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*TWELVE TEAMS* received better program components last night than the 2006 Olympic champions. I don't know how they're going to fix this.
 

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"65 to 74 is good. 75 to 80 is great. Over 80 is Russian."

Johnny with the helpful scoring guide.
He's absolutely correct. Great line (that he repeated from the team event.)

But yeah, for Bradie, falling on the second half of the 3Lz/3T combo hurts. The jump was fully rotated, but she just... fell. Had she landed it cleanly, she probably gets a 70.

Her 64.01 would have put her in 7th place in Sochi, 10 points and change from bronze and the lead. She's got an outside shot at a medal, but she'll need lots of help to get there.

Mirai Nagasu can easily be in 3rd place with a clean short, though she is prone to underrotating her jumps. Her elements are better than Kostner's much lauded program components. (She's got great skating skills, but personally, I'm not a big fan of her style, and I don't really see the grace, beauty, and elegance that those in the know see.)
 

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is the "bend down and slap the ice in 'spontaneous' joy" move having a moment? Feel like I've seen it a lot.
 

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Chen's outfit is so unloonlike. Loons are big heavy birds that sit deep in the water and have work to do to get into the air. I liked hearing the loons but she was more like an egret. I don't suppose there's any music written for egrets tho.
 

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I wonder if Ashley Wagner is furiously cursing herself out.
Well at least she is the one with all the TV Ads during the Olympics. I certainly would have paid more attention to the event if Ashley were skating in it, not it is just watching for the 2 Russians
 

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Well at least she is the one with all the TV Ads during the Olympics. I certainly would have paid more attention to the event if Ashley were skating in it, not it is just watching for the 2 Russians
My bad, you want to tune in at 11:48.