Although falling in figure skating is normal and can be minor for single and pair skaters, falling or stumbling for ice dancers is disastrous.
A fall in ice dancing has always equaled disaster and disappointment for as long as I can remember, so every time I see an ice dance team stumble or fall, my heart just breaks. When ice dancers compete, I hold my breath since I know one little “bobble” or fall can destroy an ice dance team’s chances.
I am so, so sad for 2018 US Olympic Ice Dancers Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock & Evan Bates. Both teams may or may not return to compete in the Winter Olympics again four years from now. Both teams will remember how in a matter of seconds their Olympic chances came to an end.
The thing is that the partner that stumbles or falls feels so bad! Years and years and hours and hours of practice are destroyed in a matter of seconds. I hate it. I wish the International Skating Union would change the scoring system somehow so that an unexpected mishap in ice dancing would not ruin everything….
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