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TESSA & SCOTT | Scott Moir Abspreciation.
Forget six packs. I count eight well defined rectus abdominis muscles.
Wow, whoever sent this in must be incredibly blind.
Hello? Have you bee watching their programs for the last 6 years? They first burst onto the international scene because of their incredibly itnricate, incredibly difficult skate “Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” That was one of the most technically impressive programs, especially for their age at the time. Since then, they’ve only improved.
Their technical skill far exceeds that of Meryl & Charlie, actually. It’s universally acknowledged by all that Tessa & Scott’s edges are the smoothest and deepest in comparison to other ice dancers. They glide over the ice and create whispers instead of the scratchiness that plagues other couples. Like, I don’t even understand why their technical merit needs to be justified. If they lacked the technique, they wouldn’t be ranked where they stand today.
Okay, but the disregard of their technical abilities doesn’t even make me as mad as the second sentence in this confession does. “baiting”? “sexual tension”? “rely”? “corny”? They weren’t even playing to the cameras when they first skated “Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” They simply skated to the best of their ability. In fact, they were merely telling the story of two young teenagers who fell in love, as the storyline of the film provides. It was the audience that picked up on the chemistry and connection and began to see it as something more. They haven’t “relied” on anything, they’ve just continued to tell stories. They have one for each program. 2010 free dance, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, was the story of a proposal and a subsequent wedding. 2011 free dance, Funny Face, was reminisce of Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and the characters they played in their own film. 2012 free dance, Carmen, recounted the famous love story between a gypsy and a soldier. And 2013 free dance, Seasons, told their own story, of a partnership that grew and blossomed. If you’re referring to “Stay,” that has its own story, too.
One of the most enticing aspects of figure skating is the story that the skater tells. One of the most recent examples is that of Julia Lipnitskaia, the 15-year-old singles skater from Russia, who captured the gold in the team event with her haunting skate to Schlinder’s List. She portrayed the “girl in the red coat” and moved the audience with her interpretation of the story and the piece. The best of the best are able to elicit emotions from the audience, simply by skating the stories. That’s what Tessa & Scott do. That’s what Meryl & Charlie often lack.
If you want to talk about baiting shippers with so-called sexual tension, just google Meryl & Charlie’s recent interviews. They talk about portraying lovers on the ice and how it’s good that the media doesn’t focus too much on Charlie’s actual relationship with a fellow skater. And yet, they don’t share that connection. Meryl’s face is frozen with a smile throughout almost all of their programs, while Charlie often just looks under duress, especially during lifts. Not denying their merits in technique, but you’ll find that what I say is true in most cases.
If you find it corny, go watch hockey. The sport of figure skating involves feelings along with all the athletic components. That’s why there is an artistic category to go along with the technical one. Don’t bash on Tessa & Scott and their skating just because you don’t know how to read into this sport. They’ve proven themselves over and over again, why they are not only Canada, but the entire world’s sweehearts. And it was by combining the mastering of skating with artistic storytelling that made them world champions.
Basically, the VM shipping phenomena is the result of the effectiveness of their portrayal on ice, the realness of their performances and acting ON ICE and NOT the other way around. Yes the affectionate camaraderie and friendship off ice fuels it for some of these shippers but one has to remember that it all started with seeing their programs and performaces ON ICE first. Again not the other way around.
Seasons part 1
I can’t tell you how much I loved this emerald dress on Tessa. The whole look was a winner for me, the braided hair, the emerald earrings to the gorgeous dress.
I put together some styles to create something similar.
- <b> P:</b> Someone just suggested on tumblr that Scott & Tessa should do the Amazing Race together<p><b>M:</b> YES<p><b>M:</b> Oh yes definitely. Totally. In fact, there should be an all skaters edition<p><b>P:</b> johnny and tara<p><b>P:</b> meryl and charlie<p><b>P:</b> chiddy and hanyu<p><b>M:</b> jason brown and polina edmunds<p><b>P:</b> YES<p><b>P:</b> Nancy and Tonya<p><b>P:</b> for KICKS<p><b>M:</b> Wait, no-- Hanyu with Yulia. Yuyu!!<p><b>P:</b> HAHAHAHA<p><b>P:</b> and Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic, just for fun<p><b>M:</b> Chiddy and.... Kwan?<p><b>M:</b> They could have no other goal than dominating lipinski and hanyu<p><b>P:</b> YES<p><b>P:</b> Yuna Kim and Mao Asada<p><b>M:</b> I like that! Lady team!<p><b>P:</b> who would win??!<p><b>M:</b> Marina<p><b>M:</b> Marina and Plushenko<p><b>P:</b> YES<p><b>M:</b> NO. Marina and Marta Karolyi!<p><b>P:</b> hahahahahahahahhaahhahaha<p><b>M:</b> Bitches get stuff done.<p><b>P:</b> i can see them chittering away in Russian as they perform the Road Blocks<p><b>M:</b> And actively sabotaging<p>
- Team marina and valentina. Just for laughs.
Almost 4 years apart.
Tessa was wearing this gorgeous little black dress at the 2010 Gemini Awards in Toronto.
She paired it with a nice pair of glossy pumps.