After finishing second, third, third, and fourth in the last four ice dancing world championships, the United States’ Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto sat in great position in Los Angeles Friday night after a stunning free dance routine. Would that be enough for their first world gold?
(Tanith Belbin’s probably not okay with second place)
No, for the Russians pulled their own miniature Miracle on Ice and stole gold on their final routine, leaving Belbin and Agosto flabbergasted. The charming Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin pleased the judges with their collection of ice skating parlor tricks and left the thematically tight Americans jabbing about the loss of romance in ice dancing.
Of course, it’s not much of a miracle if the Russians win the medal more than anyone else historically, but that’s frozen water under the bridge now.
But who are we to complain about a competition to crown a champion that lends itself to backstabbing, whining, and hundreds of hours of television time filled wastefully because of its heavy reliance on substandard judging? After all, the BCS has never let us down and they don’t even have their plays set to opera selections. Just a thought, Fox…