Saturday, March 17, 2012

World Championships: Ice dance Preview

In the ice dance competition the battle for gold will be between Virtue/Moir (CAN) and Davis/White (USA).
Both teams have reached a very high level of technical skills and artistry so it is very difficult to foresee who is going to win.

Pechalat/Bourzat (FR) were the couple that would have probably gained the bronze medal. Though, Nathalie Pechalat broke her nose during practice and she's dealing with pain. Their participation to Worlds is still uncertain.

Bronze medalists at Four Continents, Weaver/Poje (CAN) are one of the most improved team from last year.
In my view, their free dance is the best choreographed program of this season. They arrived fifth at 2011 Worlds, but they can battle for bronze this year.

Bobrova/Soloviev (RUS) can be podium contenders as well. They are 2012 European silver medalists and despite the latin rythms (compulsory for short dance this year) are not their cup of tea, they manage to do it well with strong technical elements.

The young team of U.S.A., Alex and Maia Shibutani, surprisingly won the bronze medal at 2011 Worlds, getting advantage from a mstake done by Pechalat and bourzat. This year, though, it is very difficult for them to be competitivefor a podium position. Indeed, they are very solid on technical content, yet they still lack in artistry because of their young age.

Best season scores: - Short Dance
                              - Free Dance

Podium Picks:
Gold: Virtue/Moir
Silver: Davis/White
Bronze: Pechalat/Bourzat (in the case they will attend Worlds, I am sure that home crowd will lift them and help Nathalie forgetting her pain)

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