Of course I already mentioned that when Lindsey Jacobellis said something about the U.S. would be on the podium I was reminded of how the obsession with one's own country winning bothers me.
Apparently the compulsory ice dancing was last night and the original program is tonight. So I amend my "Ice dancing is teh boring" statement [from the aforelinked entry] to apply only to the compulsory program, where it seemed like everyone skated the exact same program and in bride&groom outfits to boot. (Though I'm not a particular fan of the baring women's costumes either, I mean what happened to the sleek classy outfits?)
I think the first one we saw was Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon (yeah nbc.com for enabling my research, as I know almost nobody's names -- or countries, while we're at it). Her fall was so ouch, and she was clearly in such pain, I mean, unless you physically can't, you keep smiling and you skate off the ice and then you collapse. And he pushed her, hands on hips, as they made their way off the ice. So cute.
Yeah, I cried. I don't even know these people, but have we mentioned that I'm a big ole marshmallow?
At one point afterward, the woman announcer said something like "But the important thing is whether [whasshername] is okay" and I thought, "Yes" (recalling sexonastick's comments on the coverage after the women's snowboardcross) and then she said something like "She might not be able to compete in the freeskate tomorrow night," and I thought, "Um, not so much the point."
And then the Italian pair fell, which was unfortunate. Theirs was less of a major fall, and they didn't keep up the smiles. One of the announcers said that with the new scoring system, skaters are going all out to get as many technical points as possible so falls become far more common whereas once they almost never happened in ice dancing.
Then the next pair made it through without falling and I came back to my room. [Oh and I think they were ones who after they finished the woman picked up one of the plush toys that had been thrown and held it up grinning.]
Then I heard my mom. Barbara and whassisname fell. She looked pissed. And in the replays they were saying he couldn't hold her up, so I can understand why she was so upset, but she just seemed very unprofessional about it.
Belbin & Agosto were next, and they just seemd so seductive when they started; it was great. The male announcer was saying that they'll remember this program -- how they skated their best and with such energy and everything -- far more than they'll remember where they end up in the standings, which I was pleased to hear since they usually seem to be all about the medals.