OK, I think the original poster somewhat misinterpreted the article. Let me translate it here to clear up any misunderstandings:
As TIA has found out from reliable sources, Yuko Kavaguti, Alexander Smirnov nad Tamar Moskvina won’t be in Tver for the opening of the figure skating Russian Cup final. As the skater’s mom Tatiana Smirnova has said, the team is busy practicing for the World championships in Turin in late March.
In the morning of March second, Sasha and Yuko flew in to Saint Petersburg from Vancouver. According to Alexander Smirnov’s mom Tatiana Alekseenva, they were tired and disheartened; they got one good night of sleep and immediately started training, since there was no chance to train at the Olympics, so they lost a lot of precious time.
Here is what Tatiana Alekseevna had to say:
"Their coach Tamara Moskvina won’t let them come to Tver as that would make them lose even more time. They are slated to compete again on March 23rd.
My son called my yesterday morning, soon upon arriving. He was sad and disheartened. They’re blaming themselves for the loss, plus they have their coach’s pressure, plus the media is doing a real witch hunt. They are so sensitive to this negativity. As a mother, I always worry for my children. Sometimes they write things that make my hair stand on ends! They quote me out of context, so it seems like I’ve said something completely different. I get surprised, I didn’t say anything like that! I even declined to go on Malakhov’s program to avoid anything like that. It’s hard for them, especially for Yuko. They’re making a punching bag of here. I don’t think it’s fair. Fourth place is where they belonged. You can’t do anything about it. Instead of supporting them, they’ll be punished; I guess their salaries may be reduced. Nobody even remembers anymore that just a few months ago they became European champions, that it too Sasha 6 years to find a partner and that he’s only been skating with Yuko for 3 years. So it’s tough."
So, all she's saying about Moskvina is that she's putting pressure on them. My guess is she's putting pressure on them regarding their Worlds performance. They only ones Mrs. Smirnova accuses of "punishing" anyone is the media. They won't be in Tver not because of any "punishment" but because she doesn't want them to lose practice time; my guess is that Moskvina may not want them exposed to Russian media any more than absolutely necessary at this particular point.
After the Olympics, I thought Volosozhar/Smirnov might be a good idea.
Last edited by Lightbulb; 03-05-2010 at 11:20 AM.
I really like Tatiana so I hope that this is a good move for her. Since I could never seem to get into Stanislav as an on ice partner makes me glad for this news.
Even if Kavaguti/Smirnov got some good results, I've never seen them beeing able to be a great pair. Something just doesn't match between them.
A failed Barbie doll and a failed Macho working very hard. I'm sure their work ethic is just superb.
Unfortunately that is their best part.
Would be better to retire. I was very sorry of Yuko, when I've heard she gave up her Japanese citizenship. I had a feeling , it was a wrong step to take.
Volosozhar/Trankov can win in Sochi with some backwind...
I understand K/S being upset at themselves for their mistakes, but I think perhaps they had expectations set slightly too high. I don't think a medal was impossible, but I agree with others who said that with S/Z, S/S, and P/T, just off the podium is where K/S were expected to place. Even if everyone had done their best.
I was actually surprised at NBC kind of hyping them up as the couple who could carry on the legacy at this Olympics.
Ptichka, thank you so much for your expertise. I was extremely distressed to think of Moskvina behaving in a way that is really beneath her. She is someone I have always admired for her strength and her talent, and her contributions to world skating.
Don't get me wrong, I think Moskvina is also tough as nails. However, she's also very intelligent and practical. What purpose would come of beating K&S any more now? They'd only lose heart even more, and would be sure to bomb at Worlds. Moskvina is very results oriented. At this point, my guess is that she'd be more likely to build them up to get them to perform well at Worlds at least.
If the Russian fed punishes them then K&S should skate for Japan. They would be the top Japanese pair for now as Takahashi and Tran are up and comers still.