I'll translate some commentaries later, but this is just a blog entry from Elena Vaitsekhovskaya:
Today, [I went to the elections for FFKR] in Novogorsk. Honestly, I really enjoyed myself. Why? Because I had the right approach, that’s why. So many people, by the way, left the conference room all depressed, saying, “hell, a whole day lost”…
My, though, I came to see a vaudeville. I didn’t fail to entertain me. The acting was great.
There was such a variety! There was “the lover”, who was also the “unrecognized genius”. A comic hag. The main secondary part, a gray cardinal… I would’ve given them all Oscars without a second thought! As for the director of this… I don’t even know what prize to make up for him. It was pure genius, really.
So, what do we have at the end of the day?
President (a figurehead) Alexander Gorshkov. General director with all rights and absolute power – Valentin Piseev. If anyone is interested who’ll be nominated to replace Gorshkov as a leader of the ISU ice dancing technical committee – have no fear, it’s going to be the unparalleled master Alla Shakhovtseva. She only has one drawback – she’s Piseev’s wife.
Then again, it was only in yesteryear that it would’ve been considered bad to be a wife of the disgraced president…
I really have no opinion about who heads the Russian skating federation.
I think most GS members admire the great contributions Soviet and Russian skaters have brought to the sport we love so much.
Still, I am grateful that Evan stopped Plushy from becoming "like Dick Button" and at the same time managed to expose him for the crybaby that he is. (Kidding again )
I just watched Kulik's Nagano LP for the first time in years. How wonderful his jumps and other elements were performed. But I still wonder why he skated to Gershwin or felt the need to use any music at all?
I can hardly recall an Olympic champion who managed to ignore the music the way he did.
He did show great technique and elegant positions - but even Evan could give him lessons when it comes to musicality and expression. He was great in his own way - but kind of like watching a cyborg skate. I suspect he could have been a great CoP skater
Ptichka - Exactly.. I was going to raise this last night but couldn't wrap my head around all of it . Surely the ISU would not want to have Russians heading every major committee..wouldn't be the best PR , would it ? OOps! i notice you have a new post since i started this...I'm off to read it.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-06-2010 at 06:07 AM. Reason: fix qutoe
It might not matter to you, but others might feel differently.
D/S on merit did not deserve their medal and to this day it is why I wouldn't mind if Ice Dancing was kicked out of the Olympics.
I like watching it enough - but rarely have a seen a so called "sport" with such a history of cheating, dirty tricks and out and out match fixing.
After Vancouver I see that the tradition is being carried on.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-06-2010 at 06:07 AM.
Back to the topic: I feel that nothing really changed. Gorshkov or Piseev, it will be the same. But I believe that Russian team will be good in Sochi, 'cause we have so many talents coming up in ladies (plus Makarova and Leonova), two really strong dance teams and "dream team" in pairs, Volosozhar/Trankov.
There are some photos from the elections for FFKR at the official website, I like this one
So good to see Max! And Yana is cute
Last edited by Lucky Star; 06-06-2010 at 03:52 AM.
I think one has to remember that there is a difference between the Soviet people, and the Russian people.
Stalin ruled with an iron hand. It could be that Piseev (a former Soviet) learned from that experience. When someone has absolute power, it is not easy to give it up. If the present laws of the Russian Federation allowed for this, then Piseev is within his rights to amend the RF constitution unless there is provision in the constitution that requires a vote to change it. I don't know anything about the situation in the RF.
As I said, there is a difference between the people who grew up with one type of government and those who are now experiencing another type.
There certainly is a difference in Figure Skating. The Russian skaters of today struggling to medal at competitions despite being coached by former Soviet instructors are not the same as the former Soviet skaters. Remember when we discussed not so much about who will win but how many disciplines willl the Soviets get?
I have no idea what plans Piseev may have if he is interested in improving the medal situation. Maybe he doesn't care. He has a job and all those junkets to far away places are nice perks for himself and wife.
He will need a new perspective with fresh ideas. JMO.
Last edited by Joesitz; 06-06-2010 at 05:44 AM.
Jana is cute, her dress is adorable, so she was there for the election, any mention of Fedor, or when she will be leaving for Michigan I am in suspense!!!