Well, they put two North American teams on the world podium in 2006 and 2007. Though its more likely they will put two European teams, cos seven out of the top ten dance teams in the world right now are European. And everyone in the top ten are all so good.
Nobody said V&M were invincible its all the ice dance specialists who say that they have something special and could become one of the greats. B&A have been around for awhile now we pretty much know what to expect from them while V&M are on the ascendency.
Evidently you did not see their free program when they won world juniors in 06, they are capable of changing pace and skate to any music.
Does anyone think that Khokhlova and Novitski have a pretty good chance of knocking someone off the podium -- maybe even moving ahead of Domnina and Shabulin as the number one Russian team?
I'd say we know what to expect from V/M, since they have stayed with Marina and Igor. I disagree with some other posters on this thread -- I don't think they are boring at all. In fact, their "ballet" exhibition for Festa on Ice is one of my favorites, because it shows just how well they are able to listen to and express music. However, I do think that Igor and Marina's choreography can get repetitive, and would love to see V/M work choreographically with someone else.
Quote: Some icenetwork articles have indicated that Linichuk is making them spend a ton of time on compulsory dances and stroking. If this is true, then we should be seeing a very, very different B/A this coming season.
I really hope to see improvements in these areas! I love watching B/A and respect them for trying different music/styles. Put good programs together with better basics and hopefully they will restart some momentum!
I'd say we know what to expect from V/M, since they have stayed with Marina and Igor. ... However, I do think that Igor and Marina's choreography can get repetitive, and would love to see V/M work choreographically with someone else