Maisuradze ? sounds like georgian last name with the " ili and the dze "
maybe he could find a partner soon but skate for Georgia ???? he will get more international assignments
It will be a hard battle to come back as pairs in the Russian Team
Nodari is facing a deep field with Volosozhar/Trankov, Kavaguti/Smirnov, Bazarova/Larionov, Davankova/Deputat, Stolbova/Klimov
and even his former co teammates Martiusheva/Rogonov are ahead of him now.
I liked Maria M., I know what was reported about her behavior but maybe she wasnt a good match with Maxim anyway, as a skater I really liked her.
Is there a link to the Pavlova interview where she says Lubov's recent weight loss was Lubov's decision? I had assumed it was Pavlova who was pushing her to do so.
Agafonova could be a decent partner for Maisuradze but does anyone know her current height? She seems to have grown a lot.
I don't know why Makarova and Mukhortova are being mentioned. Mukhortova is fairly tall at 1.62. Trankov is more than tall enough but Nodari at 1.77 would be way too short for her.
Makarova turning to pairs doesn't make the slightest bit of sense. She's listed as 1.67 m. Sure, there are some like Vanessa James and Ashley Cain who can achieve modest success but they'll never be able to fight for a place in the top five in the world. Huge triple twists are becoming increasingly necessary to reach the top. It's unlikely Makarova would consider switching to a more dangerous discipline which offers her no hope of getting out of Russian nationals. She's not likely to even find a partner. At her listed height, it would be tough, and I read somewhere that she's actually closer to 1.70 m now. So she would need a partner who's at least 1.92 m.
I do wish Maisuradze would consider skating for Georgia because the competition in Russia will probably remain tough even after V/T and K/S retire. Bazarova/Larionov are likely to stay on, Martiusheva/Rogonov and Davankova/Deputat show a lot of potential to be well-rounded pairs, Stolbova/Klimov are good jumpers even if lacking posture and grace, Gerboldt/Enbert are decent, Gainetdinova/Bich could be very strong once they become more comfortable with the switch to pairs, and who knows what other junior pairs will appear in the next couple of seasons.
Last edited by cassiem; 03-22-2012 at 07:27 PM.
Agafonova actually is not a bad idea. She can do basic jumps (triple toes and salchows) and is fairly short. I think she should consider it because I don't see much of a future for her in singles. Not good enough compared to other Russian girls.
I was talking about training in Russia but skate for a different country, other russian skaters have done that
those who can't compete nationally switch nationalities or get dual citizenship just to be represented internationally
His potential partner wouldn't need Georgian citizenship immediately but to compete at the Olympics, yes. I don't believe she would have to give up her original citizenship (Allison Reed didn't).
Georgia seems to have very liberal arrangements for citizenship. Allison Reed did get to go to the 2010 Olympics competing for Georgia.
As for Agafonova, she is not that tall. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater Polina Shelepen has said on her formspring she is 165 cm and Zijun Li is listed as 155 cm, though next to Shelepen she looks more 158-160 cm, which again looks about right next to Vanessa Lam who is listed at 154 cm http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...type=3&theater. Agafonova and Lam are nearly the exact same height, Lam even looks a hair taller, making Polina likely 153 cm (5'0") which is the same height as Lubov. Given that she turns 16 next week and has already grown a lot compared to before, I doubt she grows much more. She is not as skinny as Lubov but Polina still has a small frame so size wise she would be a good match for Nodari. She did grow a lot but she's still significantly smaller than someone like Ovcharova or Sheveleva.
Surprisingly, Shelepen made some comments on her formspring saying that she has interest in pairs. At 165 cm finding a suitable partner might be a bit hard, but she's not too tall for pairs, especially with her slender build. And after missing out on Worlds/Euros this season and the eligible field getting only steeper in the years to come, idk, I wonder if she would make the switch if she could find a partner who matched her size wise and expressed interest. Obviously, Nodari is too small, but isn't Dmitriev rather tall? He might not be a bad option.
It's really disappointing then that Lubov didn't listen to Pavlova (but I do think Pavlova's comments post-split were over the top). Lubov looked very unhealthy this season and the weight loss did not help her skating one bit. At least in 2010-11, she was landing triple jumps some of the time, even if she wasn't consistent. This season she didn't land any.
It appears that Agafonova does remain a good prospect for pair skating. Especially if she were to skate with Maisuradze for Georgia. I'm not convinced that they would break through in Russia though.
But I don't think Shelepen would do any better in pairs than singles. Her height being one reason but also she just doesn't seem to have any particular qualities that would make her a great pair skater, i.e. skating skills, grace, musicality or flexibility. And like most singles transitioning to pairs, her jumping ability will probably decline when she has to think about jumping in unison with her partner and working on new types of elements.
Artur Dmitriev is listed as 1.75 m. It's possible he's grown but Shelepen would probably need someone about 1.87 m or taller to score well on lifts and twists.
Vladimir Morozov would fit the bill. He's 1.87 and could become available (Krutskikh seems to have limited potential)
Andrei Novoselov is 1.85