People in the figure skating world never say this…but for years, ice dancing was FIXED…but that is certainly no longer true….
As I look at the results of what is going on at “Worlds” in Helsinki, I can’t help but notice that the placements are random. The ice dance event, which, in the past, was somewhat consistent, has included some interesting surprises.
It’s just impossible for the “ordinary person” to understand how ice dancing is scored, but if someone falls, of course, it is obvious that points are deducted, but ice dancers rarely fall.
Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Tanith Belbin White and Benjamin Agosto did a great job of explaining the Short Dance programs, but the average viewer, even with Tanith and Ben’s help, I’m sure cannot figure out why one ice dance team placed ahead of another ice dance team.
I imagine, most fans of the skaters from the USA wonder why 2017 US Ice Dance Champions Maia and Alex Shibutani placed 5th in the Short Dance. (Ben said they skated slower than the other teams, so maybe that is the reason?) Of course, 2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were unbelievably good and in a class by themselves, but Maia and Alex, and all the ice dancers looked fabulous in my opinion. I especially enjoyed Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier’s entertaining program and costumes and Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates were so fun to watch.
The ice dancing I see today certainly looks nothing like the ice dancing from the past; it has become so athletic and the skaters are so good. No wonder ice dancing no longer can be “fixed!”
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