Originally Posted by Skater Boy
Should be criticized ?? By whom? You must be kidding. The French federation has nobody anywhwere close to their abilities in ice dance at the moment.
If P/B withdraw, then the only French ice dance team will be Carron/Jones. Last season, C/J placed 12th; two teams above them (Chock / Zuerlein and Crone / Poirier) have since split, and their respective replacements (Hubbell / Donohue and Ralph / Hill) are unlikely to finish as high as their predecessors. Zhiganshina / Gazsi placed 11th at 2011 Worlds, ahead of C/J, but C/J did beat Z/G at 2012 Euros. However, Coomes / Buckland finished way behind C/J at 2011 Worlds but beat C/J at 2012 Euros, and the 3rd Russian team Riazanova / Tkachenko, beat C/J at 2012 Euros as well.
So it's not a sure thing at all that C/J could finish top 10 at 2012 Worlds and hold onto the two spots for 2013.
Skating is art, if you let it be.
Nothing is a sure thing, but it's pretty clear C/J will finish 10th at a home-turf Worlds if P/B withdraw.
Keepin' it real
Off the ice
That article is inaccurate; she didn't have any surgery and it looks like she'll be able to avoid it.
Originally Posted by gsk8
Here's an article (in French) with video - Nathalie looks pretty good, I think.
I think they can taste it -= world bronze. Sounds good.
Wicked Yankee Girl
I am just so glad that they will be able to compete here! Between Fabian's bronchitis at the beginning of the season, and now Nathalie's injury, they have had such a difficult year, and they have been so brave.
Happy that they will be able to compete. Go Nathalie & Fabian!