[ Article crossposted from rec.sport.skating.ice.recreational ]
[ Author was Fiona McQuarrie ]
[ Posted on 26 Mar 1996 21:36:56 GMT ]
It's no secret that I dislike Gritschuk and Platov, but I am really quite
at a loss to explain why they have won so much this season.
Their technique is not noticeably better or worse than any of the other
top five couples. They are probably the fastest, but speed does not equal
technique. At Worlds I was also quite surprised with their interpretation
of the Tango. The CFSA/ISU rules say that this dance is to be "soft,
lyrical and sensuous". Their interpretation of it was extremely choppy and
sharp, with lots of ugly little kicks and angular arm movements. Why was
this interpretation rated more highly than the other dancers, who were
much more in the spirit that the rulebook suggests?
Other problems I had with them:
- every single part of the competition they skated either began or ended
with Gritschuk doing that annoying "sensual" (ha) slither up and down
Platov's torso. No matter what the music was or what the dance was, they
had to throw this move in.
- their costumes. Shudder. Did Gritschuk leave the face jewels on for the
"samba" dance because she stuck them on with too much glue for the Paso
- their incessant mugging and exaggerated *** expressions.
I am willing to admit that G&P have a different style than the other
dance couples. However, I honestly cannot see, given the technical and
interpretive problems, why this style is so far superior to everyone else.
Can someone, seriously, enlighten me?