He-he. Suddenly conspiracy theory&politics argument became convenient . Well, of course TAT is an authority. So is Mishin. And if RusFed had chosen Gachi, they same people would have been writing exactly the same stuff they write about TAT now. Yawn.Because Menshov’s coach is a nobody while Kovtun’s coach is Tarasova? She’s the queen of politicking you know.
They actually don't sound that certain. I think if this year were not a pre-Olympic year, or if Russia had 2-3 spots at Worlds instead of one, then I am sure they wouldn't gamble. They would send Menshov piecefully and Kovtun would be skating at Junior Worlds. Now the are gambling. Will see.