Sochi recap: Figure skating, mixed ice dance-short dance

Meryl Davis and Charlie White for Team USA stole the show once again by breaking a new world record and claiming first place for the qualifying round.

Date: 16-Feb

Sport: Figure Skating

Event: Mixed Ice Dance-Short Dance

How U.S fared: Meryl Davis and Charlie White amazingly took first place and a new world record with a score of 78.89. The other American teams fared pretty well also. Maia and Alex Shibutani skated to Michael Bublé keeping it light, happy, and classic all at the same time to achieve a score of 64.47. Madison Chock and Evan Bates also gave a show-stopping performance with their perfect twizzles and first class skating. They expressed themselves well along with the music to bring their score to 65.46.

What happened: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated into second place for Team Canada with a score of 76.33 just short of breaking Meryl Davis and Charlie White’s previous world record. The pair matched up very well taking advantage of their skill and physical aspects. Not far behind, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov skated into third place for Team Russia with an electrifying performance for the judges and home crowd of Russians. The pair had interesting transitions into different elements of the program, and kept the energy up throughout their performance.

Full Results

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One Response to Sochi recap: Figure skating, mixed ice dance-short dance

  1. Hugh Nobokov says:

    The inventor of the moves these skaters have to do even believes the Americans were overscored and Canadians underscored.

    ““It’s the compulsory set dance. So it’s a 36-second segment where all the skaters have to do the same step in the same hold and they judge six specific (factors) very crucially. And it’s worth a lot of points. That’s where you make it or break it in this dance.”
    Basically, all the couples have to do the same pattern. The “caller” — that’s the technical panel — determines the level achieved and the judges score how well it’s done.
    That alone, on the detailed results sheet, cost the Canadians two huge points because the Finnstep was knocked down to a Level 3.
    That step is named for its inventors, Finn ice dancers Petri Kokko and Susanna Rahkamo. This is what Kokko tweeted Sunday night, and he oughta know. “I don’t understand the judging in #icedancing. @Virtue_Moir should be leading in my honest opinion.”
    He also opined that the Americans’ timing was off in the Finnstep. Yet they set a world record?”

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