Did he say Marina specifically, because from interviews I always got the feeling he damn near idolizes her.
And going back further, I read somewhere (in their book, I think) that before hearing Zoueva's proposed FD music for their Olympic season, V/M discussed between themselves the possibility that they would not like it and how they would handle telling her. (Turns out that when she proposed Mahler, they both immediately loved it.)
They apparently feel more attached to Zoueva than to Shpilband, but I hope not to the point of idolization.
Cannot speak for KKonas.
But in the SCI post-SD press conference, Moir said V/M thought they had a good skate. If I recall correctly, then a reporter pressed them about their marks, and Moir's reply was something like, "Our coach(es) will have to figure out why we didn't get higher levels/scores." I don't remember his exact words, but they did not sound snotty to me.
I daresay that Moir (if not Virtue as well) analyzes the protocols as thoroughly as Zoueva. Last season, he was the one who noticed the mistake in their GPF FD score, which led to ISU's announcement of the error.
From Lynn Rutherford's icenetwork SD article:
Italians play even with Virtue, Moir in short dance
Sorry, can't post a link, but perhaps that's the quote CAS is looking for.It was surprising [not getting higher levels] for a couple of those elements, but this is our first competition out and that's the risk you kind of run; that's why we like to get out there in Finland," Moir said. "Unfortunately, we took a hit on some of the points. It's going to be up to our coach (Marina Zoueva) to do her homework and figure out just exactly why we're not getting the marks."
Yeah, Moir is not known for his quick temper. I'm sure he was perfectly happy to be only .01 ahead of the Italians in the SD.
I'm adding the link to the article that you quoted: [url]http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121027&content_id=40076882&vkey= ice_news[/url]
(Not sure whether you were concerned that GoldenSkate does not permit IceNetwork links. FYI, that former rule is no longer in effect.]
Thanks for the link, golden411.
It's funny how people can interpret the same words in different ways. Having read the whole article, I had the same feeling about Scott's quote as KKontas did.
Besides, I'm willing to bet that when the Shpilband/Zoueva meltdown went down, Marina told V/M that she would make sure the tech side of things would be handled, and that they shouldn't worry about losing Igor. She's not an idiot.
Last edited by all that; 10-30-2012 at 08:59 PM.
My two cents:
Team Canton seems quick to attribute their successes to Zoueva (perhaps more generously than she deserves).
Example: I remember that one time as Davis/White were leaving Kiss and Cry after a Fledermaus performance that the crowd and judges loved, White spontaneously faced the camera, gestured toward Zoueva, and said with a big smile, "It's all her" (as if D/W had not contributed their significant talent and hard work!).
So on the other end of the spectrum, it seems natural enough to me that when things don't go so well, Zoueva's skaters look to her -- because they want a solution, not because they are blaming her.
Sure, Moir would not be happy with their levels, but that does not mean that he was lashing out at Zoueva. At least in the press conference video clip, when he was saying that their coach(es) [I forget whether he used the singular or plural) would identify V/M's deficiencies, his tone was calm and neutral, not bitter or accusatory.