In reply to the compliment I said, "I'm channeling Maia Usova." Pronouncing it the Dick Button way, u-SO-va.
Coach gave me a puzzled look. "Who?"
"Maia Usova, Usova and Zhulin."
Coach Frowny Face said "US-o-va."
What! Dick Button was wrong!
Anyway, these are my favorite skaters to watch for compulsory dances. Here's my favorite one. Her expression is charming and full of life. His expression is typical Russian male--one of a long line of Frowny Faces. (Hate her dress though, it looks like a negligee'. It looks like it was designed solely with the intent of showing off her tuchus. But if you're a guy, enjoy.)
Those Choctaws and swing rolls and mohawks. Oh, My!
Love their whole presentation, the speed, the carriage and ultimately the ease they show in this dance. Zhulin just does a wonderful job at presenting Usova.
I miss the compulsory dances already. Ice dance is starting to look like adagio dancing with all the ugly extreme holds. The compulsories were what made ice dance a sport. Alas, now it's just judged entertainment.