Here's a Chicago Tribune article commenting on lowballing of D&W and the Shibs after the short program.
From CBC Sports:
Virtue and Moir....weren't thrilled with a couple of tiny bobbles in their program. The first came about a minute in when Moir caught a toe pick in the ice.
"I had a little stumble. Luckily at that point, my character is kind of shocked and surprised, so I just kind of played it off as good choreography and was even thinking I could argue that to the media if I had to," Moir said laughing. "But it's a split-second thing, and you can't let the program go."
Davis and White — Virtue and Moir's training partners who were second after the short dance — brought the crowd to its feet with their skate to Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."
"We don't know where the discrepancy was in the judges' eyes," White said. "We're aiming for first, so we're disappointed we didn't get that, but we're so proud of the way we skated, despite the discrepancy in the scores, we're going to go home really pleased, and also find out what the judges are looking for."
The toothless USFSA will do nothing to support their skaters, which is why the results are at an all time low point (with the exception of Dance), and interest in the sport in this country is in the pits. We don't even get REAL television coverage of World's, anymore. Call me when NBC puts them on the network, again, or at least on NBCSportsChannel (used to be Versus). Universal Sports? Come on. Who actually GETS that channel? Or, forcing us to PAY for "packages" just to see World's? I already pay Comcast over $200 a month, thanks!
In the meantime, Skate Canada lobbies and politics for their skaters, and you see the results. Hey, USFSA. How about sticking up for your dance teams. You know, the ONE part of your World team that DOES live up to expectations?
Ice dance podium should have been Davis/White for gold, Virtue/Moir silver, and Weaver/Poje bronze. French team got the home country and "paid their dues" boost. Glad we won't have to see that mummy program again!
Thank you. My sentiments exactly.
A friend of mine summed up the dance results like this: "Throw a tantrum, win a title."
Edited by ChicksDigScars, Apr 1, 2012 @ 1:56 AM.