But the event that started strange this afternoon with Pairs continued strange with Ice Dance. I had the sneaky suspicion that the Canadian's would easily retake their throne here (you could see the the momentum shift literally before your eyes at 4CC). I did think it would be a 'bit' closer though (look at me not consider a little over a point and a half not close enough!). I don't know what happened between the Grand Prix Final (their season's best) and this event, but Meryl and Charlie's scores have been slowly trending downward. I don't see where they are getting worse so I somewhat perplexed. Anywho...it will be a good fight to the finish. But I suspect if both teams skate well...the Canadians have it in the bag.
It was so much fun to see Pechalat and Bourzat skate on home ice...broken nose and all. The crowd was amazing in their support and you got the sense that there performance was elevated because of it. They are uncomfortably close to Meryl and Charlie.
As for those who didn't have things go as planned...well Maia and Alex were kind of handicapped right from the start. Rhumba/Samba SD, Tessa and Scott back at full strength, Worlds in Nice right at home for Pechalat/Bourzat, surging Canadian team (Weaver/Poje)...the deck was stacked and I think they just need to have a good skate tomorrow and begin focusing on next season. And Bobrova and Soloviev...I'll file that under 'wamp wamp.'
Honorable mention to Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue...worlds debut, way to get after it.!