I want V-M to skate until Sochi. I want them to win gold in 2010. I think if they win gold in 2010, they won't be skating until 2014. It's a conundrum.
My ideal top five would be one of two....
Leading to the three teams retiring who we think would, and going into Turin Worlds with Faiella/Scalia winning the bronze (I like them) to cap off their career.
Or Kerr/Kerr in fifth - I don't like them but I admire their longevity and want them to have a good season. Actually, I want everyone to have a good season. And then Davis/White win Worlds (preventing V/M from retiring, because I do think they want a worlds gold medal). Then the next few years we get a really exciting rivalry from the top teams.
Meryl is Meryl - its good or bad. I think all people have there own individuality
Cant waite to see S-B number 1 USA team - i think they could show something really graete in future
As long as V/M stay til 2014, I'm satisfied with whatever happens in 2010 (although I still want them to finish on the podium, bronze in Vancouver would be ok). If they keep winning bronze and silvers at Worlds from 2010-2012 with Shpilband, then they need to go to Linichuk, before D/W get there first. Then they will definitely be the major contenders for gold in 2014.
Its really funny to discuss, what will happened during next 5 years - all could happened. And i think Tessa adn Scott think now, that they will win gold at this OG and this is there maine purpose today.
Its really interesting - will Shpilband win gold one day at least at WCh or could he win gold at OG?
I too, am not thrilled with the thought of Linichuk choreographing and coaching V/M, but maybe it is for the best especially if they aren't winning with Shpilband. I am afraid that if Meryl and Charlie go to Linichuk first, say 2011, and stay with her til Sochi, that D/W will be the next Olympic champions.
it is very interesting to forecast the next 5 yrs, esp. b/w D/W and V/M. I just have a feeling, that whoever goes to Linichuk first will win the OGM in 2014. Just look @ the work she's done with B&A in such a short period of time. Igor must be kicking himself, with B&A beating D&W so soundly at Worlds. His comments @ US Nats about D/W still winning the title over B&A was just ridiculous.
ETA: Why don't you want them to go to Linichuk?
Last edited by Enthusiast; 09-13-2009 at 05:56 PM.
It will be sad, if such talanted skates, like V-M will never win WCh. I think Shpilband have greate expirience now - but need take some political lessons from Linichuck
Were Matattall and Brodeur at the training camp?