04-10-2012, 09:25 PM
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I have always heard comments like this, but I could never figure out just what the Canadian Federation could do to influence the international judges to vote for Sale and Pelletier instead of Berezhnaya and Sikharudlize.
Originally Posted by romanoff81
According to the New York Times account, the French judge, Mme La Gougne, accused the Canadian officials of inviting her to a birthday party. This was quite suspicious because they had never invited her to a birthday party before.
As for the judging panel as a whole, it looked more like the cold war than intrigue in the back corridors of the ISU. It was Russia, China, Ukraine and Poland against USA, Canada, Germany and Japan.
04-10-2012, 09:44 PM
I feel for Ralph & Hill since I am not sure how they can come anywhere near making the Sochi team. Virtue & Moir and Weaver & Poje are both mortal locks. Piper & Poirier already leapfrogged them by a huge margin in their first season together and are the #1 team under their mutual coaching staff. Paul Poirier has always been a pet of the CSA and frankly overscored at Nationals under any of his partnerships. Even changing coahces I couldnt see how they would have any chance barring a major injury or breakup of a team ahead of them. The same goes for Paul & Islam.
04-10-2012, 09:45 PM
04-10-2012, 10:10 PM
Someone upthread mentioned speculating on what will happen internationally next season. Well I think what will happen is Virtue & Moir will start pulling away from the pack again, and both Pechalat & Bourzat and Weaver & Poje will start closing the gap on Davis & White, with Weaver & Poje ultimately passing P&B and challenging D&W by Worlds next year. 1 or 2 Russian teams will also itch more into contention, and by Sochi it will be quite a battle for the silver and bronze medals.
04-10-2012, 11:16 PM
Perhaps not an expert, but for sure an uber fan of the sport for some time. Ralph/Hill were fast risers in the system. They were pre-novice Canadian champions, then novice the following year, and then junior Canadian champs the next year. They debuted at Senior in 5th place, and have been 4th ever since. I really felt they "wuz robbed" this year at Nationals. I don't know how they were not 3rd. This year, they were the better team. Since being Seniors, they have been a little stuck. They had almost the same African program from Junior to Senior, and then had 2 more years of African music (or maybe it was even 3). It was ridiculous. And unacceptable from their coaches. Finally this year they had a tango, and their packaging was very good. At least for the FD. I felt they made great progress this year, and they had a very solid debut at Worlds. I'm hoping the priority focus is not just on Gilles/Poirier and that Ralph/Hill are just as important to their coaches and get the same quality training. If not, I think they should move to a different club.
Originally Posted by isabella duncan
They train in a good club. They have both off-ice and on-ice training, and also take dance classes. All of the top clubs in Canada do this. A lot of skaters in Scarborough spend more years at singles as well. I think both Paul and Vanessa were Junior singles skaters. I think it helps with the athletic/technical sides.
Each rink in Canada seems to have their strengths and weaknesses. In Scarborough, the challenges are posture issues and packaging. Too often it's just off. Poor Kharis looked more like Vaudeville than rhumba this year, and last year there were endless comments about Vanessa's packaging. I've seen poor color choices, unflattering cuts, and just odd stuff. The rags costume Kharis wore one year was a pretty dreadful example. There are many other examples with other teams.
04-11-2012, 06:57 AM
Being that Vanessa Crone has not found a partner yet, I was wondering if she would revert back to singles. Can anyone remember what jumps she could do. She certainly has the skating skills otherwise, and is very quick and light on her feet. Think?
04-11-2012, 09:12 AM
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