Russian article with quotes from Marina talking about how she was angry with Igor for trying to start his own business.
Well, Zoueva has some valid points and she has been consistent in expressing them. I wonder why skaters were brought into this brouhaha?
There are two likely causes of this "firing", one being the clash with Zoueva who might have worked to get rid of him and the other being the management's decision based on reasons other than the clash or the top skaters' mutiny.
In the first scenario, did Zoueva have this much power over the management, or even USFSA? Was she deemed the indispensable one when an ultimatum was presented or when the management needed to keep the peace in the rink? If so, why did the management need to find a ridiculous excuse to cover it up as if it were a secret?
If it was the management's decision based on other factors that they loath to disclose, resorting to putting it squarely on the 6 famous skaters, then it could be a bigger scandal than we are privileged to know yet. But then Shpilband shouldn't be this shocked and planning to carry on in the same area with existing students.
I suspect the skaters are not as clueless as Shpilband appears to be.
If Mr. Shpilband was a true America (not the naturalized one), he would not be treated like this.
She might have made an argument that she is the one who is going to dedicate most of her time to the top three teams. Then convince the management that Shpilband will be unable to spend as much time as necessary with the top teams if he is going to accept additional students. Management tried to convince him to cancel or postpone his plans about starting his own school but he refused. Then he got fired.
It's interesting that the issue comes up with exactly one full season before the Olympic year - B/A left the Shpilband/Zoueva camp right around the same time in the Olympic cycle and their concern was something along those lines - Igor was devoting much more of his time to D/W and V/M and they felt they could get more attention from Lininchuk (I think they said something to the effect of too many teams on the same ice, but then D/S showed up at Lininchuk's rink and neither team left).
It's too bad a partnership has to end this way. I suspect that the teams will take at least 1-2 weeks to decide their future and I would suspect that the USFSA and Skate Canada will also be consulted.
I'm over my indignation phase, now I'm ready to sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch how this all unfolds with what teams stick with who(m).