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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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    There is an article with Capellini & Lanotte, describing how they are working with Igor, on IN.

    They will be working with his school intermittently throughout the season, while staying with their own coach.

    SD music: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    FD music: Carmen

    It is interesting to me that Igor called in Marina Klimova to consult with them.

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    C/L - Carmen...

    Carmen?????

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    Does Igor have any singles skater currently? He's no jump coach but just wondering if he has any and if there's any technical/jump coach available where he works.

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    Novi Ice Arena is having an open house on August 1, which is its Customer Appreciation Day. "Everyone's Invited," says the flyer.
    The evening's events include "Figure Skating Exhibition from 6:30-7."
    No participants are named on the flyer, but one wonders ...

    ETA: BTW, for a little laugh, here's a recent tweet from Evan Bates ‏@Evan_Bates.
    "Really making a reputation for myself at the Panera in Novi by showing up every day in my all black Lulu ninja/skating outfit. ‪#manofmystery‬"
    6:51 AM - 12 Jul 12
    Last edited by golden411; 07-17-2012 at 01:58 AM. Reason: grammar tweaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    ETA: BTW, for a little laugh, here's a recent tweet from Evan Bates ‏@Evan_Bates.
    "Really making a reputation for myself at the Panera in Novi by showing up every day in my all black Lulu ninja/skating outfit. ‪#manofmystery‬"
    6:51 AM - 12 Jul 12
    Evan sounds like a delightful person I'd certainly love to see his Ninja crossover!

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    Does Katia Shpilband now train at Novi? Igor was certainly involved with at least one singles' skater, his daughter Katia:


    GS interview with Katia from 2009

    My short program is a tango by Vanessa Mae,” she said. “My Dad always picks the music for me. We kind of both decided on the short program. I wanted something fun to listen to every day at the rink. I never did a tango before.”

    “My Dad did the short program for me,” Katia explained. “My main coach, Theresa McKendry, did a waltz for my long program, but my Dad does all my footwork. He’s the expert. He doesn’t do jumps though.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Novi Ice Arena is having an open house on August 1, which is their Customer Appreciation Day. "Everyone's Invited," says their flyer.
    The evening's events include "Figure Skating Exhibition from 6:30-7."
    No participants are named on the flyer, but one wonders ...
    Thanks for the heads up! Can you make it?

    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    Does Katia Shpilband now train at Novi? Igor was certainly involved with at least one singles' skater, his daughter Katia
    I don't know, but I caught a glimpse of Adrienne Lenda (Igor's second wife who is a singles/pairs coach - I'm not sure when they officially tied the knot but was told they did at some point) coaching her step-daughter Katia Shpilband during the Broadmoor Open webcast in June. For those who aren't familiar with Katia's competitive history, she won the U.S. Intermediate Ladies title in 2009-10 but has yet to qualify for Nationals at the higher levels (Novice on up). She is about 16 years old now and a second year Junior who can land triples through Lutz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Thanks for the heads up! Can you make it?
    Sorry, Sylvia, I myself am nowhere near Michigan.
    I posted the information about Novi's exhibition in case someone nearby is interested ... and can share any good scoop afterward!

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