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Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir || 2010 Vancouver Olympics

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Tessa & Scott in Sochi along with D/W.

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Tagged: #tessa virtue #scott moir #figure skating #ice dance #olympics #sochi #2014

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At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Virtue and Moir skated to Gustav Mahler. They didn’t just skate to Mahler, they skated to his 5th Symphony. Symphony No. 5 begins with a funeral march. Virtue and Moir ice danced to the fourth movement of the symphony, Adagietto, which Mahler noted should be performed “very slowly.” The music has joy in it, but it is a somber joy. As Theodor Adorno once noted, Mahler was “not exactly a yea-sayer.” Adorno also noted in his writings on Mahler that the composer tried to hold onto the scraps of civilization in his music. That’s what Virtue and Moir do in this skate. They hold onto the scraps of civilization. They go back to the essential movements, the essential gliding. They also include their tricks, just as Mahler did in incorporating bits of polytonality that would dominate the symphonic music to come after him. You can also hear strains of folk music in Mahler.

Moir and Virtue skate that way, with bits of folk music and some polytonality. Moir flips Virtue around here and there. Perhaps once too often. They include their signature move, “the goose,” where Virtue stands with one skate on Moir’s thigh as he crouches. You can take or leave “the goose.” What you cannot take or leave is the gliding, the smooth sweeping. What you cannot forget, once you’ve watched the performance, is the perfect symmetry between the two bodies. They are connected even when they aren’t connected. They move with such synchronicity that they begin to overlap in personhood.

What you cannot forget, either, is the way that Moir touches Virtue’s shoulder at the 4:04 mark of the dance. He touches her shoulder gently, like they are out on a winter’s evening walk and the moon is shining on the hard branches of the trees and the water gurgles under the ice of the creek.

And what of the way that Virtue and Moir screech to a stop at minute 1:59? This is a line from Wordsworth actually performed. “Then at once, / Have I,” wrote Wordsworth, “reclining back upon my heels, / Stopped short.” The world keeps spinning for a moment as Wordsworth stops. It does the same for Moir and Virtue. They pause in order to let the smooth sweeping continue on without them, just for an instant or two. And then they catch up with it again.

Or what of the moment they both drop down to the ice in a crouch at 3:34? They have just come out of a slow spin, each holding the left skate with the right hand as they do so. And then they each go down on the right knee. Paying homage to the ice? Collapsing for just a moment in prayer? Both, and more. Commentary collapses here, too. The performance must simply be watched, multiple times. [X]

Anonymous asked: how...did the married + baby theory even become a thing? I don't even see how someone could make that up...

I don’t even know because I don’t follow that discussion. It started in 2011 iirc.

Posted 7 months ago on Feb 04th with 1 note

Olympic Ice Dance Discussion - Page 5

tourtiere’s informative FSU post:

This description was the most I could find in detail that is used to define the marking of transitions, thanks to USFSA:

  • Examine the amount of time between major elements and the amount of time that the skater requires to set up each element. Strive to recognize those skaters who successfully link elements through connecting steps that help create a coherent program.
  • Skaters with smooth and efficient transitions from element to element have mastered the difficulty of their choreography and elements. However, this ease of transition from element to element can be deceptive as it may-on the surface- make the program appear to be easier than programs where the skater is making a visible effort to skate from one element to the next.

Let’s compare the set-up for step sequences for both teams:

Virtue/Moir only have 8seconds setup time from their last element (Straight line lift) before their circular step sequence, and 10seconds time from their last element (rotational lift) before their diagonal step sequence.

Davis/White have 15seconds setup time from their last element (curve lift) before their circular step sequence, and 43 seconds of set-up time from their last element (twizzles) before their diagonal step sequence.
Virtue/Moir are doing one foot skating and all edges from 3:55 to 4:00 (look at Tessa’s changes of edge on one foot), before only 2 seconds of running steps (on edges, not toe picks) into the diagonal step sequence. 

Davis/White have 43 seconds of setup time before their diagonal step sequence (whereas V/M only have 10 seconds), almost all of which are assisted hops/jumps, the same twizzles, and running on toe picks before stroking into their diagonal step sequence.

So V/M’s FD is a lot more coherent/or balanced. The time in between the elements don’t contain big lapses (like D/W’s, 43 seconds of setup time before the diagonal step sequence).

BKfan’s reply: just to add to tourtiere’s post, they exit the straight line lift with Tessa skating backward and changing to a forward direction while Scott is skating forward and turns and continues to skate forward. After Tessa’s change of direction and Scott’s turn, they each only take three strokes, and on the third stroke they change from a left forward outside to a left back inside, in unison. I actually think that is a very complex entry.

Anonymous asked: bobrova/soloviev will win all of the things

What a surprise that would be! 

Posted 7 months ago on Feb 04th with 1 note
Anonymous asked: Wait. Who has a baby?

Conspiracy theory about V/M. I don’t believe it. 

Posted 7 months ago on Feb 04th with 1 note


Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. (x)

the more you watch Scott here the more awkward he looks


9ri/Pat’s List of Skaters to Watch in Sochi Olympics

Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (Team Canada)
The reigning Olympic gold medalists in ice dancing are back to defend their title. They are the 2-time World champions (3-time World silver medalists as well), 2-time Four Continents gold and silver medalists, 3-time Trophée Eric Bompard gold medalists, 2007 NHK Trophy silver medalists, 2012 Rostelecom gold medalists, 5-time Skate Canada gold medalists, 2-time Finlandia trophy gold medalists and 6-time (current) Canadian National champions.

SD: Louis Armstrong Medley (Dream a Little Dream of Me, Muskrat Ramble, Cheek to Cheek)
FD: The Seasons

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Tagged: #crying watching the seasons #can we not sochi


Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Kaetlyn Osmond and their coaches arrive at the Olympic village!

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