If I recall correctly (a big if), I think that they petitioned against Gorsha Sur getting his citizenship early or something like that, but it ended up being a moot point because he got injured before the Olympics and couldn't go. Still, not a really sportsmanlike thing to do.
Originally Posted by Jaana
What I initially liked about Belbin and Agosto was their energy, youth, and the pure joy that they seem to have in skating. Now after a few seasons the "let's have fun" attitude is getting old to me and I wonder if they can skate with more emotional depth. On the other hand, they are still so young that maybe it is unfair to ask this of them. I can't say whether I like them "better" than L&T or P&S etc. because I never watched those teams.
In my heart, I'm actually Canadian....
I'm not sure how much Shpilband has to do with it; he's been coaching many top US dance teams for many years (including P & S at one point), but B & A is his first international "breakthrough" in that department. The record would not indicate Shpilband having the same influence with the judges as say, a Tarasova or a Moskvina.
Originally Posted by rjulie510
They didn't petition. They wrote a letter to their Congressman and Senators urging that Gorsha Sur not be given his citizenship early. It was kind of tacky, but hardly awful. The fact is, Congress virtually never grants citizenship ahead of schedule (there was a unique twist to Tanith Belbin's case), so Punsalan and Swallow probably could have stayed out of the situation and the result would have been the same.
Originally Posted by Fredegunda
It was Renee Roca, not Gorsha Sur, who got injured at 1994 Nationals. She sustained a broken wrist in practice due to an on-ice collision with Galit Chait and her partner.