A fluffy video clip on 2012 WTT, 'Best Moments Team Skating'
Like the above, I am really looking forward to seeing smiley smiles from all participating skaters and coaches again this year!
eta: what a shame we don't have Team Italy...i am gonna miss them a lot! especially Carolina, Valentina and Anna+Luca.;;;
Bobrova/Soloviev have withdrawn and are replaced by Monko/Khaliavin (4th at Nationals). M/K have not competed internationally since Cup of Russia, where they were 6th.
Oh my. I would think this makes the road much tougher for Russia.
Sad at all the injuries and roster changes.
I thought Russia had a good chance to win until this news.
I was also looking forward to seeing Nan Song and Florent Amodio. I hope Chan stays in it.
Regarding the "bot" references...
I haven't been an active participant as long as many, but I think the term is most often applied to people who appear to be so enamored of a particular skater that they are unable to objectively engage in a discussion involving their favorite.
That's an awfully long sentence
In short, it's great to be a fan... even an avid fan... of a skater. It's tedious when the slightest critical observation is met with a metaphoric hail of gunfire in defense of that skater. Many, myself included, enjoy rational discussion about skating (and skaters). There's a reason I steer clear of the Fan Fest posts...
Just my observation/opinion... fully recognizing that I am a relative newcomer.
I/K declined due to injury.
Wow what a weak entry for Russia in dance. Why wouldnt R/T have been asked? Maybe the RSF is already down on them now.
Or even Sinitsina/Zhiganshin? or Stepanova/Bukin?
I'm going with this: