by Sonia Bianchetti Garbato
(29 October 2012)
The event I preferred by far, as was the case at Skate America, has been ice-dancing. Here all the programs, both the short dance and the free dance, were original and constructed to the music, and the skaters’ attention is focused on its interpretation and expression. Besides, in ice dancing we can still appreciate the beauty of deep long edges, which have become rare both in single and pair skating even among the top skaters, due to the unbelievable number of turns required by the rules to get the highest levels. Perhaps it would be a good idea for the ISU to add long and deep edges as a “feature” to get level 4 in step sequences!!!! It is very important, to me, at least, that the whole event is enjoyable and pleasant to watch, from the weakest programs to the best, and not for just a few, as is the case now in the other disciplines, where mistakes and falls play a major role even among the top world competitors.
The Canadians, in my opinion, although fantastic from a technical point of view, with some innovative lifts and spins, skated to the music from Carmen, but they were not representing Carmen and Don José. They did show passion and emotion, but for me this was just another love story with a sad end with Carmen’s music playing in the background. There is no doubt that the Canadians technically were superior but from the artistic point of view, I must say that for me Anna and Luca were the best. Anyhow, I found them both breathtaking.
The second best
event, in my opinion, was the men’s. The victory of Javier Fernandez
is a historic achievement since it is the first time that a Spanish
skater has won a Grand Prix event. Fernandez was first both in the
short and the free programs. His free program, skated to Charlie
Chaplin, although not flawless, was easily mastered, very appealing
and amusing. The music suits him perfectly. I really enjoyed it.
Excellent was also Patrick Chan’s program performed to “La Bohème”.
Chan’s elegance on the ice is beyond question, but there are still
too many mistakes. Let’s hope that he will be able to master his
jumps later in the season. The bronze medal went to Nobunari Oda
The ladies were
unpredictable as usual. Definitely too many errors both in short and
free. Kaetlyn Osmond, only 16, from
In pairs, the performance of the four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy did not convince me. First of all, I was shocked by the costumes chosen both for the short and the free programs. To me they are just clownish, more suitable for a show in a circus than for skating competition, unless they are portraying Harlequin, which is not the case. As a matter of fact, there is really no relationship between these fancy colored costumes and the music of their free program, which is “Bolero” by Ravel. And, apart from the bad taste, I even wonder whether they comply with ISU Rule 500 on costumes, which states that ”Men must wear trousers: no tights are permitted“.
obviously brings to memory the fantastic and unique interpretation
of this piece of music by Torvill and Dean at the 1984 Olympic Games
Second and third placed were Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford and Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek. As an Italian, allow me to congratulate and thank Stefania and Ondrej for their excellent performance.
We look forward
now to the Cup of China and the Trophée Bompard in