Good competition from european pairs.
Well deserved 1st place to V/T. Now I understand the face of him. They have such a good elements, but ot wans't a perfect perfect profram. Bad exit on the slachow from T, and V touch with the free leg on the exit of the throw. The spiral wans't good too, so I don't uderstand the 3 points between them and S/S.
S/S skated well, a little bit off maybe, but I love them, and they are always trying new things... I think they already try everything, so is normal we think this isn't original. All other pairs skate their style. Good luck to FP.
The italians skated very well, they deserve bronze, because are being consistent this season and have beautiful programs.
K/S What are happening with them? Another bad performance, maybe they are sick and tired of competition.
Lets see the free program, I hope amazing performances.
If so, I feel for Moskvina. She has spent the last decade of her long and illustrious career working hard as ever with nothing to show for it, and she will be in forced early retirement not being allowed to stay for the OG in her own country. That is a real tragedy.
Did not follow the Pair comp last night, was too late for me, didn't read this thread either. So I don't know what excatly happened.
But just to placements and its gap btwn V/T and S/S, and to K/S's placement...5th place;;; am surprised. What happened to Yuko and Sasha??? So happy to Stefania and Ondreij, though!
I for one agree with the good things said about K/S - for me they are a joy to watch, and I feel it is a privilege to watch them, as long as they continue.
As for @StellaCampo - what you mean by "with nothing to show for it", is beyond my comprehension.
V/T is under the same pressure. For me it's enough V/T have delivered great twists, jumps and throws and proved equal to S/S; I wish they'd be more selective about music and choreo than the colour of the medal, but no, they have to get that gold medal, that's how it is.
She hasn’t coach an Olympic pair since 2002 (we won’t get into if they deserved it) but K/S are not to be blamed for 2006, they weren’t even a pair. They have given her many medals and much to be proud of considering her lackadaisical approach with them. They bombed this short but over all they have won 7 out of 9 small medals at Euros and will probably be 3rd in the free today, if that’s enough for an overall bronze remains to be seen.
If you think V/T have to win and OGM or they are failures you don’t know enough about skating in Russia or skating in general. B/L have been together since 2005, K/S 2006; so B/L should be getting much better but the best they have done at worlds is 5th (K/S have 2 bronze medals, less than a point away from silver both times) K/S were 4th in the Olympics, B/L were 11th. B/L got both of their European medals because someone better was missing, same with the national title. They have only won one gold medal in the GP circuit (K/S have five) and the one the won at NHK had only one other competitor. If K/S are considered failures, what must be thought of B/L? B/L have better choreography than V/T and for that matter so do S/K but V/T have the elements to back it up. Except I think B/L twist is better because they have much more control over it.
B/L are losers. Why are people comparing B/L to K/S. K/S, when they were good, were much better team with better programs than B/L could ever hope for.
The problem is K/S are spiraling downward. They aren't threatening anymore. They will never set foot on the podium at big event again. I see K retired by 2014. S might continue with a different partner, but will place even lower than Mukhortova and her partner a while back. Hao Zhang who was a stronger male pair didn't have much success with the new girl. Smirnov can't even do proper twist throw and is a weaker jumper, will not go very far.
Basically done done done for K/S.
I don't understand you, mousepotato. Everytime someone says anything negative about K/S, you hit the roof. Why?
Also the point you seem to be making is rather curious.
You seem to be saying that Moskvina didn't work hard (regarding K/S) but has a lot to show for it (as K/S got lots of medals). So either Moskvina or K/S or both are real genius. I see.
I didn't write a legal document. 'Her blog' is not in the sense that she is the copy right holder. Sorry, if it was used to refer to a blog about Yuko.
I didn't mention B/L nor did I compare B/L with K/S. I never said V/T is a failure either. On the contrary.
That's it. I won't have anymore dialogue with you about this.
I dont see either K/S or Pang & Tong on a major podium ever again, but even P&T have a much better chance than K&S to be on another at this point. It is a shame K&S wasted their chances for a higher placing at the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Worlds, and the 2010 Olympics, that was their main window.
B/H had a PB of 112 and K/S had a season's worst of 119.83.
Nonsense. There's a thing called momentum. T/T were in an upward momentum, B/H are in an upward momentum. K/S are going down. Nothing they can do at this point to stop it.
I'm also not going to write them off for not getting and Olympic gold medal after being together for only 3 1/2 years. If that's the case B/H should win a World championship medal this year and Olympic gold next year since they have been together for four years. After all Hotarek is older than Smirnov. Are they going to be written off after 2014 or given the benefit of the doubt?
Are K/S “going down” like P/T who went down to 4th at worlds after being beat by K/S and Z/Z? Yet they managed to come back a year later and win an OSM and World gold? So I guess all is not lost unless an injury forces retirement.
After a short anything can happen so all anyone can do is speculate, anything can (and does) happen. At Worlds last year K/S were off the ice until two weeks before the competition and would have been fourth or better if one of their lifts didn’t get a zero. Same with Sui and Han- their difference between 9th and 4th was one unforeseeable botched lift.
With Euros this year; I said S/S, V/T and K/S will be on the podium unless there is injury and illness and apparently I was right. Smirnov went to back specialist-and was shown holding his back after the sp.
It will be interesting to see who gets what at worlds. I think V/T will win but I certainly wouldn’t count anyone out.During warm-up before the short program, all saw how Alexander Smirnov went to the side and asked a specialist to stretch his back. Moskvina didn’t tell about a medical problem, which obviously does not allow Smirnov to skate at full strength.