If speed and grace are more important than a fall on elements, Paul Wylie
would've been twice Olympic Champion and eight time US Champion.
Make that ten times US Champion.
I'm so sick of "speed" being the excuse for screwy judging -- I remember people
trying to take the achievements of Rudy Galindo away in '96 because he "lacked
speed". No one completes a triple or triple-triple STANDING STILL (except
maybe Surya in her prime and Tara today -- and neither Surya or Tara has much
speed on EXIT, unlike Rudy, who may or may not appear slower, but has flow
out of jumps)
I'm still trying to find the egregious speed problem and unison problem with
Ina and Dungjen last night that somehow justify 4th. Their side-by-side spins
weren't perfect, but they were as good as B & S's -- both teams s-by-s spins
were inferior to Woetzel and Steuer's, but some of the German team's other
elements (especially their twist) are second-rate.
You can play with presentation marks all you want, and B & S are like buttah,
but one thing seems clear to be -- NO WAY should Ina and Dugjen be behind
Woetzel and Steuer.
"...the possession of a sense of humor entails the sense of selection, the
civilized fear of going too far." -- Dorothy Parker