Marina Zueva might have found the winning formula for Meryl Davis and Charlie White in the Olympic season: their short dance, on music from the renowned musical “My Fair Lady”, is truly a masterpiece. Actually, everything that Mrs. Zueva had created for the Americans during the last seasons suited them like a glove. As for the unison, Meryl and Charlie are like the arms of the same body.
by Florentina Tone
Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, found in Meryl the best interpreter; as professor Henry Higgins in Charlie; they’re both gracious and fast (probably the fastest of all ice dance skaters) – and their short dance is already amazing, though we are just at the beginning of the Olympic season. Of course, there might be still room for improvement, but Meryl and Charlie look as if they were skating together from their early childhood (actually, they’ve become an ice dance couple in 1997, when they were both 10).
Second after the short program are the Italians Anna Cappelinni and Luca Lanotte, an absolute pleasure to watch. They’re also skating on a piece of music from a musical, “42and Street” – and they are coached by Marina’s former partner in Canton, Michigan, Igor Shpilband, along with Barbara Fusar-Poli and Paola Mezzadri. The short program is a gem – and Anna’s dress is actually a magnet for the eyes. The Shibutanis, Maia and Alex, are third after the short, skating on Michael Buble’s music, but I particularly liked Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue’s difficult routine – as I enjoyed watching the Pink Panther, Julia Zlobina, dancing with her partner Alexei Sitnikov.