Got a serious beasting! Not been since the start of the year!
Seriously though. I got home, had a nap. Made some lunch. Now I feel ready for another nap.
But I have to do housework cus Shaun’s getting here between 4 and 5 and it’s not tidy in here. Waaah I want to sleeeeeep
So jumpy, it’s almost more frustrating to watch than anything :/ I am disappoint.
Honest opinion? Okay.
There were a lot of awesome performances and many that I thoroughly enjoyed. There’s no denying that those men and women were all incredibly strong and incredibly talented! But in my absolutely honest opinion, I didn’t really get into it as much as I thought I would.
You see, I consider pole an art form rather than a sport, and taking away the artistic flare, the creativity and the interpretation and stripping it to its bare bones takes a lot of the appeal out for me. Yes, I have an appreciation for the incredible displays of strength and flexibility, but there wasn’t a lot of diversity, especially when you had the compulsory moves that were used over and over again. Russian Splits stop being a wow-factor when they’re in every performance! Diversity is the main thing I love about pole; I love that I can go to a competition or a showcase and I can see so many different styles and so much personality spread throughout. You get people body rolling in seven-inch heels and you get athletes beasting out strength and you get can-can and tango and aliens and fairies and so many other bonkers themes and crazy costumes. I love that aspect. Pole sport? It’s a little flat for me.
I also really didn’t agree with the womens’ seniors results. Don’t get me wrong; Oona is a favourite of mine and her routine was great, but Alina should have won, in my opinion. I’ve seen all of Oona’s combos before, and I just didn’t get a “wow” from her. She was good, but she didn’t leave my jaw on the floor. And my favourite routine was definitely Heidi Coker’s, and I don’t understand how she got 4 points less than Oona for art & choreo. The masters 50+ I didn’t agree with either; Candice definitely should have won. Again, Greta was good but Candice was incredible. I almost feel like the judges just gave the favourites extra marks rather than actually judging it fairly. Still, I’m seeing art where they see sport; I’m not an expert and it’s probably not my place to question it. Maybe when I watch them back I’ll see their reasoning more clearly.
Also the poles were clearly very slippy. They had no problem with their poles last year so I don’t understand why this year they went for brass, but there was a lot of slipping. Not sure if that’s the fault of the pole cleaners, the poles, the heat or the athletes, but it was clearly an issue, and I felt some of the athletes should have had the opportunity to perform again - Monica van Beek definitely deserved a second opportunity, if no one else; I’m kind of appalled that she wasn’t granted that.
Overall, I’m glad I only spent £3 for the livestream rather than going down for the weekend. I appreciate that this is the direction many people want pole to take, and I still enjoy it and have mad respect for the athletes, but I will always consider pole an art over a sport.
it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same
I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life
For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw