Laney Diggs had finished 5th at Pacific Sectionals and was a last-minute substitute for Vanessa Lam (P1). Laney probably hadn't been practicing her programs much since Sectionals, since she assumed her season was over.
But the competition at Sectionals is easier at the Senior level, believe it or not, than at the Junior and Novice levels. The top 5 Senior ladies from the previous Nationals don't have to do Sectionals, and several of the top 10 Seniors don't do Sectionals because they've been scheduled for GP or "B" internationals that conflict with Sectional dates, or made the JGPF. This year, these included the top 5 from 2012 Nats (Wagner, Zawadzki, Gao, Zhang) plus Gold, Nagasu, Wang and Miller.
Pacific Sectionals was particularly weak this year---there was a big gap in ability after Lam and Hicks to Amanda Hofmann and Sophia Adams. Morgan Bell was the lowest-ranked lady from Midwest Sectionals.
OTOH, all the Juniors except those who made the JGPF have to do Sectionals, and there are no byes for Novice ladies.
EZETTIE LATUASV IVAKMHA
So, with Polina S switching to Israel, and now Ksenia Makarova possibly switching to America, are there any other possible moves amongst the Russian Ladies skaters?
with 3A and a quad he could do well at least competing internationally for Georgia
Moris Kvitelashvili, a Georgian last name; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4wGgA-_SzI
also Nikol Gosviani needs to think of her future
she could do well too since Elene insn't good anymore
Anna Pogorilaya is likely of Ukranian origins given her last name (at first I thought it was Armenian, but then did some research and most with that surname are from Ukraine), so that could be a possible nationality switch if things don't pan out well in Russia in the future. Only competition there is Popova who is decent but not a huge threat.
Agree about Gosviani, and also Mazuraidze (sp?) Liubov Illusheshkina's old partner could represent Georgia as well, if he found a new partner there.
Jason Brown is Jewish, so he could likely skate for Israel if his chance doesn't arise in the US, though he seems to be doing well for now.
Max Aaron is Jewish also. But I see little chance of either Jason or Max skating for Israel.
I think we can safely say that Jason and Max are going to have plenty of opportunities to skate for Team USA and a country switch is not necessary.
I don't think he needs to do that. Firstly, he already has a new partner and despite the short time they have been together, they placed fourth at their senior nationals, and secondly, after Volosozhar/Trankov and Kavaguti/Smirnov retire, they have a chance to be second or third Russian couple. So why changing if the Russian Federation will offer him more support than any other skating federation?
Originally Posted by silverlake22
Just curious, is Gosviani of Georgian descent? I was very curious about her first name, it's quite unusual for Russia isn't it? Also, aren't Mazuraidze and Sikharulidze ect. Armenian names, not Georgian?
Originally Posted by silverlake22
Also just thought I'd add to the old conversation about Russian skaters getting alternate nationalities to compete, this was supposed to be for the benefit of Let's Talk, but it looks like he/she got banned (called it!), but in case anyone else is interested, Germany had (although it may have changed) residency permits for those of German descent. One of Katarina Gerboldt's grandfathers was German so she might qualify. Is she still competing? She was in pairs, perhaps if she went to Germany they could find her a good German male partner, the Germans tend to develop better men than women pairs skaters these days, hence the need to look abroad for partners (eg Aliona).
Gerboldt is fairly tall (163 cm) for a pair skater so I'm not sure it would be easy for her to find another partner. In any case, she's still competing with Enbert - they won bronze at the Lombardia Trophy.
Originally Posted by MalloryArcher
Here's a sample of Georgian names: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ers_of_Georgia
Georgian: -vili, -dze, -ani
Armenian: -yan -ian
Ukrainian: -enko, -uk (especially -chenko, -chuk).
11-14-2013, 05:44 PM
Georgia could potentially hit a jackpot here
Originally Posted by cassiem
Moris Kvitelashvili who won Senior Cup of Russia 4th series landing 2 quads in LP
question is will Russia release him if he decides to skate for Georgia
Georgia could be decent next quad if these skaters represent
Ladies: Nikol Gosviani
Men: Moris Kvitelashvili
Pairs: Nodari Maisuradze and partner
11-14-2013, 06:02 PM
If Russia is totally insane and crazy they would release kvitelashvili! All these people have sikharulidze to be a mentor.
11-15-2013, 11:20 AM
The problem is that all those competitors are currently competing internationally so they would have to sit out a year! Besides, all of them are doing reasonably well so they have no reason to change at this point.
Originally Posted by sky_fly20