And I’ll remember the lavender butterflies in Mao Asada’s emotional, exquisite free skate – her arms in the air, the subtlety, the openness, the aura, the complete abandonment to the music – and the bitter disappointment of not seeing all of those translated into her Components score.
* I can’t resist being amazed by the quality of skate and the twizzles, wow-twizzles, of Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri.* Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani’s short dance to “Coppélia” in just three words: lightness, smoothness, joy.And I’ll definitely miss this jewel of a short dance, to, maybe, the most famous Waltz of all times (“The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II).* Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte: this last group of dancers is so good, that I’ll give them all a standing ovation.And for a lady winning almost everything that is out there, this might be the biggest reward of all.
A wow-skate from Evgenia Medvedeva to end her stellar season.
And do allow us to initiate a particular way of looking at the disciplines: elaborate scenes, episodes (you’ll recognize them when reading…) and, among them, like rain drops into the big ocean of the competition, bits and pieces, images, feelings, nuances.
Eight events, like eight paintings, with their gilded frames made of emotions.
And the Italians’ choice of music, Waltz and Polka from “The Merry Widow” by Franz Lehár, probably my favorite short dance music this season.
Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier – and the scores that almost made their hearts stop with excitement – the photo below will speak for itself.
Add here Piper’s message when seeing, later that day, their “hilarious faces” in the Kiss and Cry: “No words can really describe this moment other than HOLY MOLY”. Well, “hardly anything”: 70.70 points, a Seasons Best, and the highest they have ever scored in their career so far. Taking out the classical music in their short dance (“Six German Dances” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Air Pour Les Sauvages” by Jean-Philippe Rameau) and staying in the character of the Beatles routine, adding to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” bits of two other famous pieces, “Norwegian Wood” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”. …and then rewind to the end of her skate in Boston – her beautiful, relieved smile, her arms and knees on the ice while catching her breath, with everyone in the arena on their feet.