I agree that a "stupid" mistake doesn't mean a skater is "bad" ... but if Shabalin was not immune from a fall during the Finnstep CD, then none of the top ice dancers will be immune during the upcoming Finnstep SD.
As Doris says,
Toni, It was the opposite AFAIR reading. Gorsha talked Igor and his partner into helping him pack to defect. While carrying suitcases out for Gorsha, Igor & partner were seen by other Russians, and were too scared not to defect themselves, which they did.
Wikipedia has Roca & Sur listed as being coached by Sandy Hess.
Hess also coached Punsalan & Swallow before Roca & Sur decided to skate competitively . Renee used to skate competitively with Donny Adair, before her first "retirement". Sur did choreography for Punsalan & Swallow before going back to competing himself. He recommend Igor to P&S.
At least that's how I remember it?
you're probably right, I didn't follow Ice Dance until 1999 - and even then not really... but it was Gorsha - and that girl he skated with - that got me interested...
There is some evidence of that-V&M, D&W and S&S all had a little more trouble getting Level 4 this year than in previous years.
S&S's spins were particularly a problem, and I would cite Keypoint 2 in the Rumba, except that every team had trouble, and different tech panels graded it in a widely inconsistent manner.
Toni--Roca and Sur were wonderful indeed. I think they suffered from bad marking throughout their amateur career though.
This is what Katia Gordeeva said about Zhuk in her book:
Her father didn't want her to sign the letter but she couldn't stand Zhuk and she did it. Later there was an incident with Zhuk that made her cry and her father finally approved of the change. Her book also suggests he may have harrassed Anna Kondrashova, physically and otherwise. Fadeev has spoken out about his abuse. A young choreographer like Marina is not going to convince the Army Club to fire a colonel on her word alone. On the word of Russian champions, they would do it. And they knew themselves what type of man he'd become.Sometime during the summer of 1996, Sergei, Alexander Fadeev, Anna Kondrashova and Marina Zoueva prepared a letter to send to Central Red Army Club officials asking that Zhuk be removed as head coach. He had become intolerable, drinking for days on end, missing practices and becoming increasingly abusive to the boys. He wasn’t fit to be coaching anyone, old or young.
Before Zhuk died, Zhuk complained about it. Because in her book Gordeeva's father is angry about the letter and says "It's not your idea" Zhuk spun that Gordeeva was manipulated. But KG has always backed up what she said about Zhuk and so have other skaters. There are a lot of stories in her book about the creep he was. Defending himself, Zhuk insinuated Marina had Sergei Grinkov on a string and other slimy insinuations - whatever mud he could sling.
I don't know what happened to Leonovich's career but she didn't undermine him.
Yes. Doesn't that confirm that he was building his own side business adjunct to the business Arctic Edge was paying him for?Looks like people are following Igor - "I have lots of skaters"
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Scroll to the bottom for the article. What this article does not say is that Vodorezova later wrote a letter to CSKA defending Zhuk but it didn't matter anymore. She could not change anything.
It is not uncommon for someone to get fired and shown the door the same day, in other words blindsided. It happens all the time in my profession. Of course the individual's infractions have been well documented with the Human Resources Dept. but once the decision is made to fire the individual, you call them into your office, you say you are terminated, you tell them why and security is waiting outside and assists said individual to their office or desk space to pack up their belongings and bye bye. It is not pretty but that is how we handle it. Just saying....
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