None of us knows where this is going to end, but it’s clear that the Russian officials would like to see Olympic medals, no matter what and the marks were their message of intent.
Referee of the dance panel at the Russian championships was Gorshkov, who also doubles as head of the ice dancing technical committee of the International Skating Union, with plenty of weight to throw around at the Olympics.
And the technical controller at the national dance championships was the ponytailed Alla Shekhovtsova, wife of Russian federation president Valentin Piseev. Shekhovtseva, who always has strong opinions about skaters, will probably show up at the Olympics as a judge or some kind of official, although no one knows why the ISU would ever allow a federation president’s wife to judge.
After all, aren’t judges’ marks now rendered anonymous in the new judging system, so their votes can’t be tampered with by federation presidents? So there won’t be any more scenarios like at the Salt Lake City Olympics, when French federation president Didier Gailhaguet was said to pressure French judge Marie Reigne La Gougne into judging for the Russian pair over Canadian pair Jamie Sale and David Pelletier?
Watch and see if Shekhovtseva judges on an Olympic panel.
There will be a Russian judge on the dance panel, but Russia is guaranteed to be only on the first panel, the one for the compulsory dance. After that, they’d have to survive a draw for subsequent portions of the event.
Canada is in the same boat.