>I think the judging was the worst in the pairs. Kyoko & Jason skated
>first with a near perfect program -- very clean throw triple salchow &
>triple loop, side by side triple toe loops (clean landings) and double
>Axels. Jason slipped a little at the end with simple side by side
>jumps. Their scores for technical and artistic were mostly 5.7 & 5.8
>Then came Meno & Sand. They had a clean throw double Axel. She fell
>(FELL, not just a touch down) on the throw triple salchow. His
>on the side by side double Axel was a bit shaky. Yet, they finished
>first. Clearly, reputation was the only factor that put them on top.
>agree that their presentation was slightly better than K/J, but only
>slightly (maybe a 0.1 edge), but technically they were at least 0.2
>points lower than K/J in my book. The judges were very wrong to put
>first. They were telling the rest on the pairs teams that no matter
>clean they skate, they weren't going to get the marks they deserve.
>is very, very bad for the morale of America's future in pairs.
I think I agree with this. Meno and Sand were beautiful; clearly the
most artistic in the field. However, their difficulty level
technically was _way_ behind Ina and Dungen (someday I'm going to learn
how to spell his name!), and Jenni's fall was a much worse error than
Jason's failure to complete the jumps in side-by-side jump combinations
(BTW, it was a _combination_ jump--something I didn't see any other
pair attempt), especially since I/D had already completed at least 2
side by side jumps, at least one of which was considerably more
difficult than anything M/S attempted.
I've been waiting for someone good to do "Slaughter on 10th Avenue"
--it's really a natural for pairs or dance. Unfortunately, I don't
think I/D's choreography really takes advantage of it as much as it
could. I'd really like to see them do some work before World's,
because this could be a dynamite routine if they can get the style in
sync with the music. "Slaughter" is program music--it tells a
story--and they could do a better job of telling that story on ice.