Olympics 2018: the Difference in levels


Virtu Tessa and Scott Moir. Photo: Reuters

No wonder that dancing on ice is a world in figure skating.

Nowhere is there so many pitfalls, and the final results depend not only on skill but also on the ability to negotiate. And if the judge decided something, it is impossible to turn.

In the first place originally had two contenders. The French Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, the absolute leader of the season, and Canadians Tessa Virtu and Scott Moir, the now two-time Olympic Champions. In Vancouver in the individual tournament and the Pyeongchang team.

These couples are riding in your League and is getting from the judges the highest scores. So, to beat its main competitors, need to show the ideal rentals. The “heat” in the team tournament and Virtu Moira succeeded. All on the fourth level, all with good judicial advantages. And a new world record in the short – 83,67.

Papadakis and Cizeron were not flawless. Neither the rental nor the costumes, their partner has exposed a breast while dancing due to problems with the clasp. Patterns of the third level, and losing only on this item 1.65 points. Such a mistake can be incredibly expensive. Of course, in any program at the current season at Papadakis and Cizeron advantage over the Canadians four points, but it is in flawless skating. But it is unlikely that the same gap will be today. The fight for gold will be incredibly dense.

Andrew SHETIHIN, Sport-Express

19 Feb. Duets. Short dance. 1. Virco/Moir (Canada) – 83,67. 2. Papadakis/Cizeron (France) – 81,93. 3. Hubbel/Donohue (USA) – 77,75. 4. M. Shibutani/A. Shibutani (USA) – 77,73. 5. Cappellini/Lanotte (Italy) – 76,57. 6. Bobrova/Soloviev (SAR) – 75,47. 7. Chalk/Bates (USA) – 75,45. 8. Weaver/After (Canada) – 74.33 USD… 21. NAZAROVA/NIKITIN (Ukraine) – 57,97.

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