Tonight was full of drama at the original dance portion of ice dancing. There was a a lot of folk and country music. What is up with the cowboy-cowgirl costumes. Did they think because this event was in Canada that it would be adored by fans? It felt like a frat Halloween party. Particularly the U.S. team of Evan Bates and Emily Samualson -- who skates their original dance to the Dixie Chicks? Time for a coaching change.
Lets get to real stuff. Dance has never been my thing. However, since the use of lyrics and changes in dance rules, dance has actually become more popular in North America. I still will take singles and pairs over dance any day. Sorry kids!
Heading into tonight's competition, the Russian Team of Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin were in first place after the compulsory dance by more than a point, with the Canadians in second and the U.S. in third and fourth. There was some talk that the judging panel would be taking Evgeni Plushenko's men's singles loss out on the North American dancers, especially because the wife of the president of the Russian Federation was on the panel for the compulsaries.
But there was a major placement, rare in ice dance, that dropped the Russian team to third. All the talk had been about the Russians' original dance their costumes. What someone should have maybe told them is that ice dance is not done on two feet.
The Canadian team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, much to my delight, skated probably the best original dance they have all year. They brought the house down with an impressive display of difficulty throughout their entire routine.
The Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. moved into second, setting the stage for a Canada-U.S. showdown in the free dance. Americans Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto are in fourth place.