best ice dancers in the world

z4khm  asked:

in light of ur recent skating blogging: i love watching figure skating but i've never followed the sport consistently. what are some of your favorite programs?

oh gosh, salma, my darling, my precious pomegranate, you’ve done it now. deep breaths. here we go.

my favourite programs from this season are:

my favourite womens’ programs:

my favourite men’s programs:

my favourite pairs programs (this is gonna be shorter):

  • shen & zhao (my faves): “pas de deux,” “adagio in g minor,” and “who wants to live forever
  • sale & pelletier have squandered all goodwill i may’ve once held for them by being massive dicks, but “love story” is still brilliant
  • berezhnaya & sikharulidze have a story that deserves a movie, and “dark eyes” was part of the beginning of that story

my favourite dance programs:

  • davis & white (my precious children): their sexy latin short from 2012, “notre dame de paris” (very likely my favourite figure skating program of all time), and their olympic gold-winning “scheherazade
  • virtue & moir (my other equally precious children): also skated to prince this year. ice dance is so good to me, always. “the great gig in the sky”: almost too sexy to deal with. and, of course, “funny face” and “the umbrellas of cherbourg
  • they may not jump, but these days, ice dancers are the best skaters in the world. that wasn’t always the case - they used to be really good at posing and not much else. the team who did the most to see that changed that is shae-lynn bourne and victor kraatz, who were often too ahead of their time to ever get the medal recognition they deserved. they did, however, give us one of the most famous figure skating programs of all time: their iconic riverdance free dance
  • torvill & dean are probably the team that started the change, and their “bolero” is still famous
  • dubreuil & lauzon came after bourne & kraatz and continued to push the envelope, but were far enough into the change that they got rewarded: “at last,” “ne me quitte pas,” and “singing in the rain

(some) of my favourite exhibition numbers:

Ballet Masterlist #1

Otayuri

Let Us Be the Unexpected -  Yuri is used to overworking himself but Otabek helps him see everything he’s been missing out on.

ILYSB -  Beka — if Yuri still had the right to call him that after ditching him with nothing three years ago.

Cups of Coffee and Cats -  When Viktor offers Yuri a job at the cafe Bean Queen, Yuri decides to try out. While there, he finally recognizes a person who has been admiring him from afar for a long time.

Legendary Lovers -  Leave it to Yuri Plisetsky to humiliate himself and then have the only person on campus that he wanted to avoid also end up being the only person who he sees all the time. And also who never does anything but stare at him. Like, seriously, why is this dude always staring at him?

Sticks and Stones -  After noticing that his grandson has no friends, Nikolai Plisetsky requests that Yuri joins his schools dance club, there he meets Otabek Altin, a fantastic singer and dancer with a mysterious personality. After landing the lead roles in the ballet “The Nutcracker” Otabek and Yuri must work together to improve eachothers weaknesses while balancing the stress of their highschool career.

Viktuuri

Yuuri in Love -  He was going to be late. He was going to be late to the biggest audition of his life. Everything he had always dreamed of - being an actor at the Play House - hinged on today. As fate would have it, today was also the day he ran into a lost dog. And as fate would have it, Yuuri returned that dog to the address on the tag, which just so happened to be the lead actor of the Play House, Viktor Nikiforov. Funny how things work sometimes.

Fondue -  Male dancers are not supposed to dance en pointe. Yuuri knows that. Everyone knows that. But he can’t help but want to. He wants to be graceful and beautiful and float across the stage. And if he can find the confidence to explain that to Viktor, Viktor might just be able to help.

Pas de Deux -  Katsuki Yuuri has managed to secure a spot in one the best Performing Arts Institutions in the entire world; The Castle Academy. He is finally going to have the chance to dance in the same ballet company as infamous principal dancer, Viktor Nikiforov (who is rumored to be in the last year of his own training). With a backdrop of new friends, anxiety troubles, confidence building and a new budding romance… Yuuri plans to do his very best to show the world just how good he can be.

Bear Your Soul on the Ice -  At age fourteen, Katsuki Yuuri had been determined to be Japan’s next great figure skating hope, but with no coach that would never happen, so his ballet instructor packs him up off to Russia to train with Yakov Feltsman. The Yakov Feltsman, otherwise known as the coach to rising figure skating star – and Yuuri’s idol – Viktor Nikiforov.

Lie to Make Me Like You -  Victor is a retired actor looking for love, and Yuuri happens to be the (un)fortunate soul to unwittingly ask him out at the beginning of the month. Except relationships don’t come with a script, and it’s much harder understanding love than roles.

In Your Eyes Alone I Found Grace -  The one in which Victor Nikiforov, five time world champion, is still more than a little lost on the ice and finds love and life in one Katsuki Yuuri, principal dancer with the Boston Ballet.

Dance to the Beat of My Heart -  The college AU where Victor is a photography student without a subject and Yuuri is a dancer without a theme. I think you all know where this is going.

Premier Dans Mon Coeur -  That one ballet au where Yuuri never started skating, but kept dancing instead and becomes Lilia’s premier danseur and assistant when she comes to train Yuri for his senior debut, and Viktor falls in love.

Pirouettes and Personal Bests -  Feeling old and uninspired, pro-skater Victor Nikiforov is on the brink of giving up skating for good, until he witnesses a young principal danseur for the Tokyo Ballet who moves like he’s floating on the stage. He sets off on a mission to learn to love skating again and may find more than he bargained for along the way.

Multiple Pairings

Pick Lilacs for the Passing Time -  In which the outlandish prodigy Victor Nikiforov hits Yuuri’s life like a whirlwind after he transfers to a prestigious ballet conservatory in Moscow, two grumpy teenagers learn to be friends, and Mila’s Straight Girl CrushTM might not be so straight after all.

Wannabe Rockstars and Prima Ballerinas -  basically yuuri gets bullied into supporting vitya’s band, there’s some ballet, phichit is the ultimate wingman as usual, and there’s fluff and college student hijinks

Wrap-Up Challenge - Day 6

If I though choosing 10 off ice moments was hard core, choosing 10 on ice is impossible. This was the first season I got to watch them competing in real-time and not in retrospect and while it’s thrilling and gives such a high it’s also nerve wrecking to the point where if like I believe it’s all going to escalate next season - there are decent chances I’m going to get an ulcer 🙈🙈🙈

Also, I completely ignored my favorite three categories of “moments”: pre skate moments, post skate moments and butt taps moments since each deserve a dedicated post 😊

My (some) top 10 in no particular order:

1. “Hey, let’s have fun and goof around (a.k.a cuddling) in the middle of practice of an important competition!”

Originally posted by olyagasanova

2. ‘“Hey, let me show the world that I think you are the best in the world!”

Originally posted by thatonekimgirl

3. “Hey, the camera is not on us, I can cuddle you and not get caught! Oops…”

Originally posted by olyagasanova

4. “Hey, I want to hold you hand with both of mine and put them next to my heart because this is how all ice dancers hold hands, right??!”

Originally posted by olyagasanova

5. “Hey, let’s intertwine fingers and stare at our combined hands intensively because this is how all ice dancers hold hands, right??!”

Originally posted by olyagasanova

6. “Hey, let’s not perform our closing pose and instead press our foreheads together and stare at each other like we are about to kiss while running our hands slowly against each other bodies!”

Originally posted by mysticseasons

7. “Hey, you look like you are cold, let’s cuddle and then I’ll run my hands against your arms because keeping you warm is my number one priority!”

Originally posted by balletfever89

8. “Hey, who needs to spin normally?? let’s just hug and I’ll swing you in the air while pressing you to me and burying my face in your neck!”

Originally posted by mysticseasons

9. “Hey, let’s dismount a lift with out foreheads and loins pressed together and ignore the fact that PEOPLE ARE WATCHING!”

Originally posted by eleonoraloves

10. “Hey, look how slick I am, I can use choreography to pull my sleeves up!”

Originally posted by mysticseasons

Bonus:

“HEY, LET’S SHOW THIS LOSERS* HOW IT’S DONE!!!”

Originally posted by rinkwatchers

*This is of course a joke, nor the audience or the other teams are losers.

Viktuuri La La Land AU?

Imagine you have Viktor, the ice skater. He’s very passionate about what he does, he loves it and it’s his whole world. He’s made it his mission to teach everyone he can about the art of ice skating, how to appreciate it, how to feel the emotions and the music and the skating and just appreciate it. He has a dream, to go to the Olympics, to break World Records and win a gold medal.

And then there’s Yuuri. Just barely escaped his hometown to pursue his dream. He’s not ice skating, but a dancer. He practices and auditions and tries his best to get any dancing job he can…but he works at a coffee shop. He serves coffee. He auditions. Coffee. Auditions.

Viktor currently has a job teaching kids. Well, tutoring really since it’s usually one-on-one with rich brats. He’s at the local rink with one of his regular students who keeps insisting on Viktor teaching him jumps. But the mother has forbidden it.

Yuuri is at the rink, his friend helps run it after all, and he sees Viktor decide “fuck it” and does as many jumps as he can, spinning in the air and gliding smoothly on the ice. It’s beautiful.

“I saw you on the ice,” Yuuri rushes to say as he sees the silver haired man fired for disobeying his employer, but the man doesn’t reply, only bumps into him on the way out.

Little do they know that’s the beginning.

They keep running into each other for awhile. Yuuri dates his friend Phichit for a bit before realizing they’re better off as friends. Viktor pushes himself to choreograph an amazing piece for an exhibition coming up. And they’re drawn to each other.

Viktor shows Yuuri why he loves skating so much. Shows him various performances on the internet, takes him to the rink and skates with him. And Yuuri begins to love ice skating because Viktor helped him learn to love it.

And Viktor watches Yuuri dance, becomes even more enchanted. When audition after audition fall through, Viktor suggests Yuuri put on his own show. A dance show or exhibition, choreographed and performed by Yuuri.

So they move in together, happily in love, the honeymoon phase never ending.

Until Viktor attracts the attention of a famous coach, Yakov. And Yuuri tells him to go for it, go for his dreams. And soon Viktor is following Yakov for training and recruitment while Yuuri is left at home planning his show.

And it gets tense. Missed phone calls, texts left without replies, sleepless nights and hard work.

And then Yuuri’s show comes and Viktor doesn’t. Yuuri sits in the dressing room and cries for what feels like hours as he listens to reviewers mock him outside, remembers how the seats were all so empty. Viktor shows up right before Yuri leaves, but it’s too late. Yuuri leaves and so does Viktor.

It’s the beginning of the end.

A call comes for Yuuri, but Viktor gets the call. A casting agent saw Yuuri’s show, wants Yuuri as a dancer, and Viktor drives to Yuuri’s hometown and drags him back. It’s Yuuri’s dream, and he gets it.

He gets the dancing job. One that will launch his career.

“I’ll always love you"s are said. “We’ll see where we are in a few years.” Because they love each other, but their dreams don’t mesh.

Five years later, Yuuri is happily married. His husband supports his career and they work together to see each other even while Yuuri tours.

He and his husband turn on the TV for the Winter Olympics and there’s Viktor. The piece he’s skating to is "Stay Close to Me.”

And Yuuri sees it, feels it, Viktor’s love for him. But also feels Viktor saying it’s okay. We’re both happy and we love each other. But we’re happy where we are and though we may not be together, this love will stay close to me. They accomplished their dreams.

“Are you okay?” Yuuri’s husband will ask. And Yuuri will wipe away a stray tear with a smile and say yes. Because he was happy and he is happy and everything works out in the end, even ways you don’t expect it too.

Congratulations, Yuuri thinks when he sees Viktor win gold. And maybe one day they’ll meet again and he can tell Viktor that in person. But for now he has a husband that loves him and a dog at his feet and life is good.

5

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ISU Grand Prix Final for the first time despite five previous showings. In the Short Dance they scored an 80.50, becoming the first ice dancers to break eighty and surpassing their own world record set earlier this season. In the Free Dance they received nine level 10′s from the judges and a new season’s/personal best score of 116.72. Their combined total of 197.22 is a new world record combined score and they broke their historical record of silver medal finishes. Congratulations Tessa and Scott, and welcome back.

One of my favorite things about Tessa and Scott is that even though they are one of the best ice dancers in recent history, they always work hard and do their very best to improve and be better. 

This is their SD lift, the left photo is from HPC, the right is from the gala at Worlds, and while it was great from the start - just look how much they improved during the season. Really admirable.

(📷: left from Tessa’s Instagram, right by the lovely @danielleearlphotography)

Can we just take a moment to see the beauty in this moment? Their last Olympic performance. It’s the gala sure but it was still so amazing and the ending is just perfect. So beautiful. Tear worthy. They have something that none of the other ice dancers have, a special bond, a spark that makes us believe their every move. That’s why they deserved the gold. They managed to convince the world that they are meant for each other. How many current ice dancers can say that? They are literally so incredible and will leave a lasting memory in everyone’s mind. I hope the best possible time after they officially retire! GO CANADA GO! <3 Tessa and Scott Forever.

audreysparker  asked:

top 5 (or 10 /whatever/) virtue/moir performances and maybe why (with links for my convenience please)

First of all, I’d like to thank you for giving me an impossible task over which I obsessed about for about a week. THANK YOU VIKTORIJA. 

I can’t even BEGIN to pick a favourite five of something I love so much, so I did a favourite 15 (AHAHAHAH OH GOD) and these are the first 5 of that bunch in no particular order. See if you like these, and if you do I could do another 5?

Secondly, this is going to be A BIG FUCK OFF POST. (thank god I don’t gif otherwise I’d be here for 5 years good lord)

Thirdly, FD stands for Free Dance, and SD stands for Short Dance (just to clarify things). Their most famous lift is called ‘The Goose’.
What else should I mention?
The edge is the angle the blade makes on the ice. The closer the side of the booth to the ice, the sharper the angle the blade makes, the deeper is the edge and the better is the skater.
This sport is a crap pile of stupid rules and laws and it’s codified almost to a joke, so they have to have a certain amount of certain elements, lifts, footwork, dance holds and stuff, they almost count how many times they inhale per program, and they get deductions if she doesn’t grab her skate when she’s on his shoulder within his first rotation, they get deductions if he spins her for too many spins, holds her for too many seconds, does too few rotations on a combination spin, if she drops something, if she sneezes, basically if they breathe wrong, they get a deduction.
Consider the judging system like Snape, the ISU like the Ministry of Magic under Umbridge, and Tessa & Scott like two Gryffindors.(except it wouldn’t work because Tessa is totally a Slytherin, but LET’S PRETEND FOR A SECOND).
The Kiss & Cry is the area where they await for they scores after they skate. Also, in the ice skating world, they are like fucking rock stars. They are the Mick Jagger of figure skating. Just to put things in perspective. 

Fourthly, these are all from Worlds, because that’s when they peak in the season and it always ends up being their best skate (unless it’s Olympic season, in that case Worlds is postponed and they peak at the Olympics) but, full disclosure, none of these skates (apart from Vancouver obviously) won them the World championship title, BUT BUT BUT that doesn’t mean they aren’t the best ice dancers in the world. Because they are. 

Fifthly and lastly, DISCLAIMER: these are just my personal opinions and I am no skating expert. All my impressions come from the heart and are consequences of all the feels they make me feel (which are a lot)

So, LET’S BEGIN! 

Umbrellas of Cherbourg, FD Worlds 2008
This song and this program bring me to my knees.
It’s like they’re made of water and they just swirl around, changing holds a million times, just carving the ice around each other.
Like they’re made of magnets and they always go back to each other even when they are mirroring (rather than in dance hold, meaning they are not matching but doing the opposite movement).
It’s just not the crazy lifts and the intricate footwork and the speed of their twizzles or the depth of their edges. They are all of that, but not quite just all of that.
It’s about his hand at the nape of her neck, her smile, how he guides her by the small of her back, how they use every note of the song within the circle of each other’s arms, how they feel the song in their knees and their gentle rise and fall as they glide.
It’s joyous and graceful and tender like only first love can be, and they are so beautiful it’s blinding.
Please watch the Eurosport version as well, so you can hear Simon and Nicky murmur things like ‘that was a diagonal step sequence and you wouldn’t even know it they are skating SUPERBLY’ like they couldn’t bloody believe their eyes. (lol the other couldn’t even speak he was so spellbound. Bless.)
Their favourite thing to say about T&S is how difficult what they do is and how easy they make it look. Umbrellas is so flawless that it looks like a stroll in the park and it took them years and years of tears and blood to get there, don’t let them fool ya. That’s how good they are. 

LOVE IT FOREVER BECAUSE:

  • They are flawless.
  • The almost kiss in slow mo at the end
  • THE LONGEST KISS & CRY HUG OF ALL TIMES
  • The song (don’t watch the movie/stage version. It will break your heart)

Hip Hip Chin Chin, FD Worlds 2011
OMFG. Like, I’ve literally watched this 2k times. Not even kidding. OBSESSED.
The way they look at each other like they want to take a bite. How gorgeous they are. The stupid crazy lifts from Mahler and Farrucas like, she’s climbing his kidneys wrapping around his back while he’s on one foot, WHAT EVEN.
THE OPENING and that stop and go thing when she throws him away like a Super Sayan, and the way they transition in and out of everything and DIANA KRALL AWWW YISSSS. (I have seen Diana Krall live. Her whiskey voice would strip you of your underwear faster than you can say HOLY CRAPPOLA IS IT ME OR IT’S HOT IN THIS ICE PALACE.)
I lose my shit over this skate. He’s GOT to have the palm of his hand over her skin at all times. He’s GOT to have his eyes on her at all times, even if she’s looking away, he almost doesn’t look where he’s going, his nose at her temple, his fingers on her naked back, I’m pretty sure he’s singing at the Temptation bit.
Not bad for someone who missed a whole year of competitions and just learned how to walk again (also WHO DOES LATIN DANCES AS THEIR FD OMFG YOU CRAZY KIDS)
Once again, listen to the Eurosport comment as well. They are so speechless they can’t even disturb their performance apart from a delighted exclamation here and there about how freaking difficult what they’re doing is, and they really want to drive this point home to the viewers. And how sexy they both are. LOL. They actually called it ‘almost x-rated stuff’.

LOVE IT FOREVER BECAUSE:

  • The Korean commentators going OOOHH and AAAH
  • Tessa’s perfect everything
  • Their little shimmies in Mujer Latina. UGH. 
  • He leads. Like, he LEADS. No buts or maybes. She’s always a fraction of a second ahead of where he wants her, but he’s leading her there. That’s why they are dancers before they are skaters.
  • Her golden skin in that golden dress. Unf.
  • Circular twizzles!
  • The Kiss & Cry. He doesn’t look that pleased, but all he says is good job, I’m proud of you. Over and over again. MARINA’S FACE AT THE SCORE. The way he blindingly looks for Tessa’s hands and squeezes. The way they all end up in a group hug and while he’s distracted thanking Marina, Tessa rests her head on his back. ‘ALEX AND MAIA!!11ONE!!’ lol. Idiots. 

Night & Day, SD Worlds 2011
This program is all about Tessa’s face and Tessa’s movements and Tessa complementing Scott in every way, for me.
I can’t look anywhere else. Love the dress, love the music, love the proper old school ballroom dance shtick.
The million holds they change. Seriously just don’t watch their feet, look at how many times they change hold and count them. 
Their waltz is beautiful but ooh boy their tango. THEIR TANGO. When she slides off his leg unnnf.
Here’s the Eurosport link, because they use words like SCINTILLATING to describe their skating, and how can we blame them. Again, they don’t talk much during the skate because they are just letting T&S’s skating speak for itself, but sometimes one just has to exclaim a polite and incredulous WTF??? noise when one is in the presence of ice dance royalty dashing by at top speed doing incredible stuff on blades.

LOVE IT FOREVER BECAUSE:

  • The diagonal step sequence. 
  • The movement she does with her arm at 0:57, which I call the Tessa Flail and it’s something so..so..HER I can’t even explain. She does it every year in some program or other.
  • The ending pose. I’m blinded by how gorgeous she is, I’m not even gonna pretended I’m looking at him (soz Scotty). She’s a moonbeam. I can’t even. And then he puts his hand on her face and I’m like oh there you are Scott sorry, I didn’t see you. 
  • How close they skate, as Nicky and Simon said ‘almost too close’, if you watch their feet it’s ridiculous how their skates don’t get tangled together, there’s that inch that saves them but come on, it’s not normal. 
  • The Kiss & Cry. The banter about how he can wear ties now and look like a man because he learned how to tie them by himself, and she kisses him and she complains he’s sweaty like an old married couple. And then she giggles. Good lord. And he looks at the score and looks at Marina and he doesn’t know what it means lol. Silly boy. 

Carmen, FD Worlds 2013
Carmen is (simplifying) all about Jose’s violence on Carmen.
How he can’t control her, so he kills her.
But THEIR Carmen, oh no sir no.
It’s not about that. It’s about how Carmen is in control and he’s lost in her. No red skirts and flowers in her chignon and gypsy makeup, this Carmen will not lose her life because she scorned a man.
This Carmen will drive Don Jose to madness and oblivion, and she WILL bring him to his knees.
He doesn’t kill her, he surrenders to her. She’s the one standing, looking straight at the camera, and he’s the one bent and broken and desperately clinging at her. (because let’s face it, Jose is a whiney, spineless, gutless crybaby who makes some poor ass decisions and blames them on his dick. So, no sympathy from me there.)
The transition between the lust and the angst, the sweetness and the romantic, then back to the angst, it’s like kryptonite for me.
That vertical lift, like she weights nothing in his arms, but it’s really all her core keeping her balanced on half an arm and part of his hip.
The last rotational lift, and the crowd reaction to it. They exploded. I mean, she back flips then goes head first on the ice, roundhouse kicks her way on his shoulder, rights herself up, puts her crotch in his face for good measure, grabs his hand, throws herself backwards coming completely off his shoulder so she’s literally hanging in there by hail marys and one of his hands, he stops her falling backwards with his other arm then keeps her suspended horizontally while his centripital force pulls her towards him and her centrifugal force pulls her away in this ballet of crazyness (PHYSICS, SON. ICE DANCING FOR SCIENCE), then he puts her down easy as you please and they go in their closing lift.
No sweat. Like he’s not SPINNING HER ACROSS THE ICE COUNTING THE ROTATIONS BECAUSE IF YOU FUCK IT UP AND COUNT WRONG OR GO OVER THE SIX SECONDS LIMIT THE JUDGES WILL GIVE YOU A DEDUCTION.
And yeah, the final lift, with her wrapped around him like a lusty koala, visibly exhausted, and he’s not letting her go, she’s trapped but she’s not tamed, she’s still Carmen and she’s wild and dangerous and he goes on his knees for her.
Fuck yes. FUCK TO ALL THE YESES.
Tracy Wilson can’t find the words. Danny and Charlie Moir in the stands, red in the faces. (oh hello Cassandra, I almost forgot about you lol). Joannie and Patrick watching their friends compete.

LOVE IT FOREVER BECAUSE:

  • “Enjoy and remember”. Their whole starting speech: “It’s just us, me and you. Let’s have a good time, let’s enjoy it, let’s just do it for us (HE BITES IT. HE BITES THE WORDS, HE BELIEVES IN THEM SO MUCH) it’s gonna be me and you out there”. 
  • Her wink, we ARE going to have a good time.
  • The noise of the crowd. The sea of yellow Virtue/Moir sweatshirts in the stands. 
  • The things Scott does here that he didn’t really do in this season: his nose in her hair, his left hand on her hip gripping so hard I hope she doesn’t bruise easily.
  • He’s talking to her constantly, throughout. Watch him closely. In the slow mo, he tells her where he his before the lift, she can’t see him and she’s throwing herself backwards at him so he says ‘I’m here’.
  • The Kiss & Cry. He’s happy and he doesn’t care about the score, and she immediately goes ‘me too’. And again he goes, ‘I don’t know what it means’. Fucking hell Moir, Kaitlyn Weaver can tell she got second place by 5 hundredths of a point and you can’t tell where you are on the board at any given time for 16 years straight?? What is wrong with you lol TEN POINTS FROM GRYFFINDOR.

Symphony n5, FD Vancouver 2010
We talked about Vancouver ad nauseam, I know.
And Vancouver is imperfect.
They fucked it up at the end, they probably did better at Worlds over all.
But Vancouver for me is not about their skate, as much as it’s about them being one on the ice. After two years of almost destroying their connection, they got their shit together just in time to give to the world this technically demanding and artistically challenging program.
For me, Vancouver is about the way he presents her on the ice, the way he physically connects with her caressing her with his hands and his eyes, the way they keep saying hi to each other (watch this higher quality, no commentary different angle), it’s about how the first thing that came to his mind afterwards was to say thank you.
It’s how at the end, after 14 years trying to get to this point and finally being at that point, after all is said and done, he nods, she nods back, he opens her arms as in to say ‘take it in, it’s your once in a lifetime moment, soak it up’, and she grins and looks around and nods but you can tell that all she’s waiting to do is fall into his arms (side note: I don’t understand those competitions where they put separate chairs at kiss & crys, don’t they understand that after a skate the pairs and the dancers need to be together, they need to hug it out, they need the release of being a team? DO YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND HUMAN CONTACT AND TEAM SPORTS?)
It’s about the technical elements and the perfect twizzles, the goose, the insane speed and the ethereal, blinding light they emanated just as much as it’s about his mum Alma crying hugging his cousin Cara, and his dad Joe clapping like a drunken seal in the stands and Charlie and Danny body lifting their Olympic champion little brother up by his arms, while Tessa watches and laughs her ass off.
It’s about how they spent the rest of the Olympics glued together and were inseparable throughout the whole experience and all the other events they watched, even if she was in constant pain and they were thrown to the media like shark bait.

LOVE IT FOREVER BECAUSE:

  • To quote the immortal words of Adam Rippon, ‘UGH THEY LOOK LIKE A FAIRYTALE’. Exactly, my friend (wait whut, I don’t know him).
  • The camera is in love with Tessa, and I think half the world fell in love with her that night. *raises hand*
  • Their reaction at the Kiss & Cry. “we just won the Olympics!”. Yes you did, baby girl. Yes you did. 
  • Tracy Wilson can’t even finish her sentence about how elegant and graceful they were before Moir throws himself belly first on the boards. Dumbass.
  • Tanith & Ben and Domnina & Shabalin looking like prehistoric birds in their silly, flappy costumes, having to skate after Tessa & Scott, who were blinding like the white hot heart of a star going nova, simple black pants, some shiny studs on her bodice, pearls at her ears, blushing bride powder on her cheeks, floppy boyish scoundrel hair for him, elegant messy bun for her. This is how you bring it to the Olympics. You bring it and you lay it all on the ice and you leave it there, for the generations to come.
  • Them, just looking at each other. Safe in their bubble, forever protected, forever together. 

That’s it.

This said, I could go on for half a week about all the different ways in which they hold hands, and the reckless way he stamps kisses on her face/cheeks/forehead/temple/hair/wherever he can reach like an overexcited puppy, and the precise and devastating way she blinks up at him behind the fake eyelashes and the heavy make up.

So don’t tempt me. :P

anonymous asked:

Sorry to bother you again love, but I literally read all those stories when i found out you answered the question, do you think you can rec me just a couple more fics please? I came across one zouis bromance/Larry relationship and now I can't get enough. Thanks!

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in Fading there is a massive Louis/Zayn/Liam friendship, but you might have to check the summary because it’s highly triggering

if my mind doesn’t trick me, this story has a strong zouis background

Heart of ice

Louis’ a figure skater and Harry’s a hockey player and they sort of hate each other until they sort of don’t

it’s embarassing how i can’t remember the plot of most of the chaptered i read. oops

here the one-shots

WARNING: I’M DOING THIS OUT OF VERY BLURRY MEMORIES SO THERE MIGHT NOT BE ZOUIS AT ALL, PLEASE FORGIVE ME

One of the beautiful people

Louis is a sparkly go-go dancer on Saturdays. Zayn is his lifelong best friend with benefits. Zayn falls for someone new and Louis’ world turns upside down.

Good service

Harry’s not supposed to use numbers that get left on the tables he waits, but for the guy with the laughing eyes and the great ass, he’ll make an exception.

ahah this is very funny and super super hot

Take off your running shoes

AU- Harry is the fit supermarket check out boy. Louis wants to sleep with him. Summer romance ensues.

Brighter than this path before me

a story of two boys trying to find themselves, together or apart.

Best served cold 

Louis was a drama student, so it only made sense that when his best-friend Zayn wanted his help with his film project, Louis agreed. He thought seducing heart breaker freshman Harry Styles would be easy, until he met him and realised the real task would be to not fall in love with him

Can i make it more obvious? 

AU where Louis does ballet and Harry is the epitome of everything Louis’ friends want him to stay away from

We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living 

Louis has been King of Pranks in his dorm for two years, and a random freshman named Harry Styles isn’t going to take that title from him. It is on.

Drawing circles in water

AU. it’s high school; everything’s the end of the goddamn world.

Don’t give up on us quite yet

AU. louis is kind of a mess and harry is kind of perfect and zayn is kind of dumb and protective and they all work in a restaurant sometimes

When he sang the blues 

louis isn’t lonely (shut up, zayn) but harry’s very endearing

It’s so good that you’re mine 

office romance au!!!!!! louis is a silly bugger!! miscommunication leads to bad things!! that’s it kids!!

Anything you ask and more

louis knows that he’s in love the second harry begins speaking about the bolsheviks. (or, louis is a history teacher & harry is the fit curator that he desperately wants to mongol invade him, however many times niall tells him he’s a psychopath.)

this is one of my favorite evereverevrerever

Me, you and this world as a roof

Miami during the spring break offers the unmissable oppurtunity to get lost in the flow of alcohol and men around them, and just let go.
And it’s funny, how Louis and Zayn both end up finding themselves in the suffocating crowds of its clubs.

Because there is someone else there, not looking for something but finding it anyway.

this one is mine, there is a very beautiful zouis friendship in it

okay there are definitely more but by eyes are burning so yeah. have these. hope i helped this time :)

Aftermath

Like many others, I got a request for the aftermath of the interview this morning. I know I’m not the only one who got a request or who chose to write it. You can find AMAZING fics about this same idea by maksylmyheart here and here and by melimelrockswell1204 here! Read them! They’re fabulous! :)

Here is my take. This ended up with way more Charlie than I had intended, but we love him, too! 

Meryl let out a deep sigh, not realizing she had been holding her breath. Charlie laughed in response to this.

“What?” Meryl said sharply into the phone, falling back onto the bed. 

“Nothing,” Charlie replied, but she could tell he was trying to hold in his laughter. “It’s just… you do that after every one.”

“Well, I get nervous! There’s precedent.”

“But that one wasn’t so bad. We’ve had worse.”

“Charlie.” Meryl sat up again, getting frustrated. “Every single time, though. Really? Every time?”

“You have to be used to it by now,” he said reasonably.

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Here's my 2 cents (if anyone cares)...

Ok, all this talk about V/M vs D/W (specifically in regards to their chemistry), is so ridiculous I don’t even know where to start.

First, I will preface this by saying I’m American, and an ice dancer (don’t get excited, nobody famous, lol).
While, it’s obvious I’m a V/M fan, I also want to make it a point that I do not hate, or even dislike D/W as people. (Although, I will say I haven’t been a fan of Meryl as much the last few years… love Charlie though).

In regards to their technical skating alone, the reason I’m such an admirer of V/M is because they represent EVERYTHING that is ice dance. They float. They are so pure in their technique, with deeper than should be possible edges and soft knees. If you are a skater (particularly ice dancer), you should know, and your coach should harp on you over and over, about your knees and getting into the ice and lilt and edges and all that “stuff” they have. Tessa and Scott just have it. The it, that seemingly comes so easy to them… that many others in the skating community (including Charlie) comment and rave about. The it, that while continuing to advance the sport every year with their lifts and other technical aspects, doesn’t feel like they’re working to improve from the previous year. It just looks like they have a new program that happens to have even better content than last year/program, as well as further push the boundaries of the sport.

In Sochi, V/M should have won the individual gold. I knew the results going in (if they both skated clean), the judges knew the results going in… I think anyone paying attention the last few years knew. Not that I didn’t hope, but I knew. That’s how this sport goes. Tessa and Scott know. They’ve said it. Doesn’t make it right, but it is what it is, and if you’re a part of it, you agree that it’s going to happen sometimes. All you can do is skate your best and hope for the best.

Now for the chemistry…
I have been watching (and skating) for a very long time. And I have never seen a couple so in sync with each other as V/M. There have been other exceptional (and favorite) World and Olympic ice dance teams…Torvill/Dean, The Duchesnays, Usova/Zulin, Bourne/Kraatz, Belbin/Agosto, etc., that have had great chemistry and/or advanced the sport with creativity, but it’s not the same. The closest I can come are Klimova/Ponomarenko and Dubreuil/Lauzon-and they’re both married, so just gonna let that one lie… ;)

Every movement, every touch has a purpose and meaning for V/M. And not just meaning for the sake of the program and the show. It’s for them and everything they believe in and the trust they have for each other. I’m not even saying this is necessarily from a romantic place either-although I don’t begin to pretend to believe they are platonic. Some of that can be taught or enhanced, but sometimes it’s just innate.
The difference I see/hear is this: In regards to Tessa and Scott, the question over and over is, “Wait, they’re not together?” Or the statement, “How long have they been together (romantically)?” And this is not solely based on their performances, or warm-ups, or even what they say in interviews… it’s the behind the scenes moments-when they don’t know or think about the camera being on them, the touches/caresses, the way they look at each other and unspoken communication. In regards to Charlie and Meryl, from friends and fans (mostly non-skating, Americans, all within the past few years, and mostly since the Olympics), is “Oh, they’re so cute! They should date/hook up”.

I do see an improvement in D/W’s chemistry recently, as it’s clear they’ve been working on it. But that’s precisely the point. They’ve been WORKING on it. Tessa and Scott don’t need to work on it. It’s just there. (Don’t even get me started on the stupid, scripted reality show that implied they did and goes against so many real life examples stating otherwise-rolls eyes).
In addition, I also happen to like Tanith very much, and while they try to keep their relationship quiet, it’s clear how much she and Charlie care about each other. D/W have as much history (in years) as V/M, and I believe they are very close and always will be. You can’t erase that much time and memories. They share something no one else ever will between them… however, the way they interact with each other is very clearly different than V/M both on and off the ice, as evidenced in those aforementioned quotes.

I know this debate will continue no matter what I say… and I know there will always be fans on both sides who can be rude and disrespectful and insistent on what they say is in the right, and this won’t change their minds. Am I gonna get hate for this? Probably. But, I wanted to get this off my chest and at least give my opinion. That’s what social media is for, right? :p

fernando-anana  asked:

Do you like Italy?

I love Italy.

I love Italy because it’s the country of good food, wine and hospitality, pizza, pasta and coffee. We surely have the best food of the universe. Lasagne, Ice Cream, Tiramisù, Mozzarella, Cannoli, Spaghetti, Parmigiano Reggiano.

I love Italy for its history. Poets, painters, actors, dancers. Dante, Boccaccio, Da Vinci, Bolle, Piano, Saviano, Michelangelo, Donatello,… the whole world envies us.

I love Italy because of its unique places. The Coliseum, the tower of Pisa, the Vatican. Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples, the beauty of the sea: Genova, Palermo, Sicily and Sardinia. 

I love Italy because it gives born to handsome men and the most beautiful women in the world. There’s the charm of Latin, the olive skin, Greek traits refined over time. None is as beautiful as us.

I love Italy because it’s the house of beauty and fashion, with a unique style. Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana.

I love Italy because it brings together many cultures. Land of conquerors and conquered, of emigrants and immigrants. Normans, Byzantines, Arabs, Greeks, Romans.

I love Italy because it’s like the phoenix from the ashes: there is no war, there is no crisis, there is no scandal that stop us. Willpower, with a touch of healthy indifference 100% Made in Italy.

I love Italy because being a woman today means seeing a lot of people who are fighting to defend the dignity of the woman.

I love Italy because it’s made of people. 

Italy means also Mafia, illegality, corruption.

But to me Italy is the best country in the World.

I love Italy because, after all, it’s my country. And I love it as it is.

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“Maksim!” Bellowed a three month pregnant Meryl from her and her husbands triple king four poster bed.
With her iPad in hand, a bowl of black berries leaning on her side, and a content baby bulldog (their newest member) sleeping in her lap, Meryl Chmerkovskiy online shopped for her little bump. Meryl made a decision at the early stages of her pregnancy to do everything Ukrainian for her baby. Although Maks assured her That it wasn’t necessary, Meryl stood firm on the fact that their baby will grow up knowing their fathers family background.
“What is it baby? Maks asked as he sauntered into the room.

Im trying to buy some maternity close but I cant understand this… come help me.“ Commanded a pouting Meryl. "Babe I’m cooking right now, can you wait a few minutes?” He asked heading back out the door. “No! I want you to help me now. ” She whined. Maks turned to look at his wife and couldn’t help but think how adorable she looked in their bed even while acting childish. “Let me go turn the stove off then, okay honey? ” he caved. “Mmmkay…” she replied impishly. She watched him as he left the room and scooted over a little on the bed so Maks had room when he returned. “Okay love, what do You need?” Maks questioned walking back Into the room and over to the bed. “I need you to translate this website for me please.” She said handing him his iPad. “Scoot over for me."Maks said kneeling on the bed. "I already did!” The Olympian argued back. “Well I need more room then that baby.” “No you don’t…Bear is sleeping and I’m not waking him up.” She said stubbornly while cuddling her new puppy. (Gifted by Maks) Sighing in slight annoyance, Maks laid on the bed and pressed his front into her side allowing him to rest his head on her breast. “I knew I’d regret buying him for you.” He grumbled. “MAKS!” Scolded his tiny wife causing the baby bulldog to jump. “You woke him up!” “No, you woke him up.” He replied calmly looking at the iPad leaving her to fret over the dog. He listened to her trying to sooth him for a few minutes until Maks intervened. Setting the iPad down, Maks took Meryls hands and took them away from the puppy. “Watch” he whispered pressing himself closer so there was no space between them. Meryl looked down at her belly to watch the petite bulldog whimper and try to get comfortable. They watched as it walked back and forth on Meryls belly until it accidentally slipped and fell between them. “Maks it needs my help.” Meryl whimpered trying to tug her hands from his grasp. “Shhhh…” he soothed. “Just watch.” The baby bulldog wrestled in between their pressed up bodies until it rolled onto its back and let out content sigh dozing off once more. “See…he’s fine my love.” Maks whispered looking up at his wife who had tears in her eyes. “ hey, hey, hey what’s wrong? ” he asked in a worried voice. “Nothing…” Meryl sobbed. “Oh, baby…come here.” Maks soothed bringing his little ice dancer closer causing the white ball of fur to grumble. “Tell me please,” Maks pleaded. “I…I just know you’re gonna make a wonderful papa…that’s all” Sobbed Meryl. Maks’s heart swelled at the words the love of his life told him. “and you’re going to make a phenomenal mama,” he told her leaving no room for an argument. “But…” she hiccuped. “No,” he cut her off. “ we are gonna be the best parents the world has ever seen…” he said kissing her wet eyeslids. “You are already the best mama…I mean look at you. Fussing over little bear trying to sleep, buying maternity clothes and baby stuff from my home country. I wouldn’t settle for anyone else to have my babies and raise them. You are beyond ama…” But maks wasn’t able to finish because his wife had attacked him. “I love.” Kiss. “You” Kiss. “So.” Kiss. “Much.” Meryl said against his mouth with each kiss. Maks let out a moan and pulled away only to give her a quick peck, causing her to smile. “ So what’s this help you needed?” Maks teased pecking her lips one more time. “I can’t read Russian and this maternity website doesn’t translate to English.” Meryl said picking up the iPad to show her husband. “You know Odessa Maternity has a lingerie section…I’ll be happy to trans…” “MAKS ! THE PUPPY!!!” Meryl yelled causing Bear to jump…again.