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    News of Igor Shpilband's new school

    Novi it is and Chock and Bates are the first senior team to enroll. This isn't about rehashing the speculation. That thread lives on and serves it's purpose. I started this to ask people to post actual news of coaches, choreographers, new teams etc as Igor has begun a brand new operation, it deserves a new thread. As I stated in my post re "Igor Firedz" thread, this isn't about beating the dead horses some more. There has been a business divorce and if there is actual news, please post. 30 pages of guessing has been informative but time consuming and repetitive to get actual news. We are all very interested it seems in North American ice dance and this new school.
    The FSU thread is like 50 pages and I doubt they know more than we. Same guesses from my skimming it.

    Onward, Igor. Any other teams sign on? Is there any link to their website please, as that might be a source of what will be. Thanks.

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    Just to summarize some of the possibilities, of the former S&Z school, Tobias & Stagniunas have not declared where they will be training yet. Considering that Marina has said the top 3 teams will be her big focus, I would not be surprised if they went to Igor's camp.

    Additionally, Riazanova & Tkachenko and Capellini & Lanotte were both planning summer training with S&Z. Considering that the weakness of both teams is in the technical department (as in getting their levels for R&T and power of skating for C&L), they may well decide to either cancel the trip or go to Igor's camp.

    Has anyone heard if either Dean Copley or Charlotte Lichtman has found a new partner? They were formerly with S&Z, and the new partnerships, if any, might choose Igor's camp.
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    Tobias & Stagniunas to stay with Shpilband - posted on FaceBook about an hour ago.

    After a long and painful process, we would like to announce that we are remaining with Igor Shpilband as our coach. We will forever be grateful to Marina Zoueva for all she has given us both as skaters and people. We will miss the skaters remaining in Canton so much, we were all a family. We will always consider ourselves a team with all of them and our friendships will endure throughout these changes and long after they are over.

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    Division of assets comes with divorce.

    Marina has not directly said she wanted to focus on the top 3 teams, has she? It's the rink management's official excuse that their priority was on the top teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattieu View Post
    Tobias & Stagniunas to stay with Shpilband - posted on FaceBook about an hour ago.

    After a long and painful process, we would like to announce that we are remaining with Igor Shpilband as our coach. We will forever be grateful to Marina Zoueva for all she has given us both as skaters and people. We will miss the skaters remaining in Canton so much, we were all a family. We will always consider ourselves a team with all of them and our friendships will endure throughout these changes and long after they are over.
    IMO this was a wise choice. Zoueva will have her hands full with the top 3 teams and probably couldn't handle more teams unless she finds a tech coach soon. Johnny Johns did compete in dance eons ago but he's no techie in dance. I imagine that since the Rus Fed is supporting Igor that R&T will work with him in Novi. Not sure about the Italians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KKonas View Post
    IMO this was a wise choice. Zoueva will have her hands full with the top 3 teams and probably couldn't handle more teams unless she finds a tech coach soon. Johnny Johns did compete in dance eons ago but he's no techie in dance. I imagine that since the Rus Fed is supporting Igor that R&T will work with him in Novi. Not sure about the Italians.
    Also, aren't they also coaching a pair (Yankowskas/Reagan)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue dog View Post
    Also, aren't they also coaching a pair (Yankowskas/Reagan)?
    Yankowskas was working with Johnny Johns since he is a pairs coach prior to joining up with Reagan. If Y&R do any work with Zoueva or Shpilband, it's probably more in the area of choreo. Igor's fiancee/wife ( I heard he married) Adrienne Lenda also coaches pairs. I wonder if she remained in Canton or joined Igor at Novi.

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    Anna Cappellinni and Luca Lanotte joined Igor too ( see icenetwork)

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    Quote Originally Posted by herios View Post
    Anna Cappellinni and Luca Lanotte joined Igor too ( see icenetwork)
    Thanks, glad to know this news!

    btw, which top ice dancers do still work with Ms. Zazoui and Romain camp these days??? I do not remember I saw them in the kiss & cry at the recent Nice Worlds...

    Anyway, BEST OF LUCK to Igor and his skaters in the new season!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedee1 View Post
    Thanks, glad to know this news!

    btw, which top ice dancers do still work with Ms. Zazoui and Romain camp these days??? I do not remember I saw them in the kiss & cry at the recent Nice Worlds...
    The most notable current teams of Muriel:-
    Senior: Walden/Edwards (GBR), Myseliveckova/Brown (CZE), Silna/Kurakin (AUT), Zahorski/Miart (FRA), Emi Hirai/Marien de la Asuncion (JPN)
    Junior: Papadakis/Cizeron (FRA), Elizabeth/LeGac (FRA), Rudenko/Reggiano (FRA), Robledo/Fenero (ESP) Demid ROKACHEV/Katelouise BAGNALL (GBR) (New team)
    Novice: Sarah-Marinne ROUFFANCHE / Geoffroy BRISSAUD (FRA), Angelique Abachkina/Louis Thauron (FRA) New and very promising Franco/Russian alliance.
    Overall the French team of Muriel is very young, there are lots of other novice/junior level teams in addition to the teams mentioned above, she looks to be in the process of rebuilding for a strong future.
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    Wow, I did not expect such a prompt reply! Mattieu, thank you so much for letting me know about skaters who currently work with her.

    (though I guess I only recognize Walden/Edwards (from the recent Euro in UK which I saw on J-Sport TV) and Emi/Marien (because they did compete at the recent J Nats!)... sorry, I am not so knowledgeable as other GS members when it comes to ice dance and junior/novice skaters. )

    A lot of skating fans in Japan DO appreciate Madame Zazoui and her team in Lyons for accepting Japanese ice dancers over the years, such as Rie Arikawa/Kenji Miyamoto and Emi Hirai, and also for helping Daisuke Takahashi to relearn his skating skill last summer!

    They have so many young and promising ice dancers, don't they? I am sure we will be seeing Muriel and Romain in the K&C on the seinor circuit soon!

    I wish Madame Zazoui, Messieurs Haguenauer et Schoenfelder and other coaches in Lyons the very best for seasons to come!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattieu View Post
    The most notable current teams of Muriel:-
    Senior: Walden/Edwards (GBR), Myseliveckova/Brown (CZE), Silna/Kurakin (AUT), Zahorski/Miart (FRA), Emi Hirai/Marien de la Asuncion (JPN)
    Junior: Papadakis/Cizeron (FRA), Elizabeth/LeGac (FRA), Rudenko/Reggiano (FRA), Robledo/Fenero (ESP) Demid ROKACHEV/Katelouise BAGNALL (GBR) (New team)
    Novice: Sarah-Marinne ROUFFANCHE / Geoffroy BRISSAUD (FRA), Angelique Abachkina/Louis Thauron (FRA) New and very promising Franco/Russian alliance.
    Overall the French team of Muriel is very young, there are lots of other novice/junior level teams in addition to the teams mentioned above, she looks to be in the process of rebuilding for a strong future.
    Wow, what a fall from grace so to speak. Used to have some contenders - well we can hope the future looks bright but ice is slippery (oh and not too many build for a weak future - this is all speculation right now as no one has shown a lot of promise. It will be interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skater Boy View Post
    Wow, what a fall from grace so to speak. Used to have some contenders - well we can hope the future looks bright but ice is slippery (oh and not too many build for a weak future - this is all speculation right now as no one has shown a lot of promise. It will be interesting
    Every school has a rebuilding period. Between 1991 and 1996, Frank Carroll didn't have a national champion.

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    I wish no one skates to Carmen anymore!!!! There are so many more pieces of music out there!

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    ^ Ah, but Carmen is classic skating.

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