Riardo, IMO both Vaitsekhovskaya and Verner are correct when they lament not so much that Piseev is still where he is as about the lack of viable alternatives. Gritchuk's candidacy was clearly a joke. I know little about Sikhuralidze's credentials (having an OGM does not qualify), but let's just accept Vaitsekhovskaya's argument that he wouldn't have been a good choice. Vasiliev, Ovchinnikov and Tikhonov didn't want to do it. Rodnina would've been a complete disaster. And - there was no one else. That is what's especially sad.
As to Shekhovtseva - yes, I'm sure she's an excellent specialist in that she knows ice dancing inside and out; it's her integrity that's so questionable. I mean, you don't put an arsonist in charge of your fire department just because he knows more than anyone else about flammable materials.
Her only raison d'etre of being there in virtually every single critical ISU competition in Ice Dance is precisely due to the fact she is politically powerful through her husband and in turn, through the RSF and all that it represents. If anybody wants to make a deal or needs a favor, there is not a better person than her.
The way she judged in Vancouver showed such clear national bias that if she weren't the wife of Pissev, she would have been suspended by now, regardless of how knowledgeable or well trained she may be, there was no excuse. This kind of judging has no place in the Olympic Games. Plus, many insiders have reported that she promised Linichuck that Domnina/Shabalin will win Gold in Vancouver, hence the shock the vibrated throughout the Russian Federation when it didn't materialize.
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Oh, please, wallylutz, stop telling fairy tales! Shekhovtsova's marks were "so out of whack with the rest"? What are you talking about? I think you should check protocols again to refresh your memory. For example FD http://www.nbcolympics.com/figure-sk...=analysis.html
Would you be so kind to show me Shekhovtsova's marks which are "so out of whack"? Please.
Fashionista, those are not the protocols, but weighted averages in the end. Here are the protocols for the free dance I dunno if I agree with wallylutz - I would have to take a closer look, but some of those PCS for DomShabs are pretty ridiculous. 9.5 for skating skills from one judge? No - his knees pretty much destroyed that. 9.5 for the OD choreography? That was legendarily poor.
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