Do you think Tessa and Scott's success has been specific to them being together? Or could they have found equal amount of success with different partners? I've always gotten the feeling that Scott has known from a pretty young age how valuable Tessa was as partner and basically never let her go no matter what.
it’s interesting to think about bc for a long time, scott was visibly more talented than tessa. i think they talk about this in the book? tessa’s like ‘when we were kids, everyone said scott was better than i was’ and scott totally denies it, which is sweet…….but also false. (idk i’m prob paraphrasing this all wrong, i haven’t read their book in like 5 yrs.) there’s this story of vm being at a jgp and an official/judge walking up to scott and gushing to his face about how talented/great/amazing/literally-the-reincarnation-of-jesus he was while completely ignoring tessa standing right beside him. scott was literally like a skating prodigy when he was younger - i remember when he was like 20 and people were saying he was the best male ice dancer since chris dean and they hadn’t won a damn thing yet. one of my favorite things about tessa is actually how hard she’s worked to pull herself up to his level when she didn’t have half his natural talent……and all with her chronic leg injury. i never thought she could be as good as she is now, both as a skater and as a performer, when i first saw her at 07 worlds. you could probably argue as far along as worlds 2009, she was still visibly the weaker partner - i don’t think you can say that by olympics 2010.
i think scott could have still been moderately successful without tessa. maybe no olympic titles but at least a couple of gp and world medals. he was just too talented not to have his pick of partners. talented ice dancers are hard to find, but talented male dancers are even rarer. and a talented dancer of scott’s generational talent? like unicorns. while tessa was injured in 08, he had girls throwing themselves at him and offering him a lot of $$$ trying to lure him away. i find it hard to believe he wouldn’t have found someone eventually. eg. it’s not hard to imagine an alex paul/scott moir partnership working out ok
tessa’s trajectory without scott feels like its harder to track because idk if she would have improved so much if she werent trying so hard to keep up with him. just practically, i think she’d be less successful than him because good male dancers are hard to come by. i think tessa’s also a very specific type? her ballet training, her grace, her delicate “look” - she needs a stronger energy to contrast against and bounce off to be able to perform most effectively. not so much now that she’s matured and come into her own, but def when she was younger - it’s why people always talk about vm in terms of being ‘a man and a woman’. i dont think it really even has much to do with their chemistry - its about their qualities as skaters and the archetypes they fit. tessa as soft, feminine, classically beautiful and scott as strong, masculine and the leader work so well as roles they embody because that’s the way they naturally are. i know fans have talked before about a crack partnership between tessa and andrew poje, but while they would be really good looking together, i just don’t think it’d work well at all. tessa and andrew are both more internal, softer, muted skaters and they both need more aggressive partners like scott and kaitlyn to balance them out. not to bring it back to alex paul again (or dog on mitch), but i think tessa’s career would have turned out a lot like hers without scott - it’s hard for tessa, as the “type” of skater she is, with her more subtle qualities, to carry a team on her own
ok i just wrote an essay and im p sure its all rambling and none of it makes sense lmao. enjoy all the typos