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Galler-Rabinowitz & Rozot?
According to International Figure Skating, Loren Galler-Rabinowitz split with David Mitchell last season and is attempting to form a partnership with French ice dancer Jordi Rozot to represent Israel.
But the French federation refused to give their permission, and an appeal to the French National Olympic Committee was denied, too.
Does anyone have any later news?
BTW, the same article explains why we didn't see Samuel Contesti at Skate America. He was selected by the ISU to replace Lindemann when Lindemann pulled out with an injury. But the French federation refused to send him, in retaliation for Contesti wanting to skate for Monoco (this request was also disallowed by the French federation, so now I guess Contesti will just retire (?)).
Supposedly Contesti had an injury which caused him to be pulled from Skate America. Then he was withdrawn from his original assignment as well. I'm very skeptical about that.
The French federation has a very strange attitude towards its skaters. Another shocking decision: Pechalat/Bourzat, the #2 ice dance team, won't be going to Europeans. Instead, the #3 team Carron/Just is going, even though they finished behind P/B at French Nationals.
I'm not a great fan of Brian Joubert, but you have to feel for the guy, having to deal with this insane bureaucracy. He had a horrible season last year because of the pressure and expectations heaped on him and the brickbats when he didn't succeed.
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