Debbi Wilkes, the Canadian ice skating commentator, had some interesting
comments regarding this on TSN. She said that immediately after S/P skated
she thought they should have won, since she was emotionally with the
program. However, given a few minutes to reflect, she understood why a
majority of the panel went with B/S. She specifically mentioned that B/S
were really using the ice well, pushing out all the way to the boards
throughout the performance, as well as having a more complex program. When
I look at the elements of presentation, I just think that B/S clearly won on
a number of them. I do think it was close, since S/P were more technically
on, but I think the basics of B/S's skating kept them close enough to take
advantage of the presentation marks, which is what gave them the edge.
Personally, this is my take on the presentation marks:
a) harmonious composition of the program as a whole and its conformity with
the music chosen;
- Both were excellent at this. B/S would get higher points on the
harmonious composition portion, since it's more difficult to present this
well in a more difficult program. I can understand why some judges would
have S/P ahead on conformity with music chosen, but I can also see why
different cultures would think both teams did equally well on that.
b) variation of speed;
- Both were good. Variation of speed is good, but I doubt S/P got extra
points for several stops in their performance.
c) utilization of the ice surface;
- B/S were clearly better at this.
d) easy movement and sureness in time to the music;
- S/P looked more comfortable and sure out there. On the other hand B/S
were no slouches at this either, and were doing it in the context of a more
e) carriage and style;
- Both are good, but no other team compares to B/S for carriage. B/S
has the best posture on the ice.
- B/S get the nod on this, in my opinion, but not by a lot. I don't
think this had much impact on scoring.
g) expression of the character of the music;
- S/P were better at this, but B/S were pretty good too.
h) unison (pairs).
- The MOST IMPORTANT aspect in pairs, and I think it clearly went to
B/S. They just skate as one better. Again, they also did it in the context
of a more difficult program, with more difficult footwork and choreography.
This is what I think tips the scales.