I have to agree with you FSGMT
I'd say after their disaster programs last season, this looks like the perfect program vehicles for the Olympics season
they have the improved programs, better lifts and skating skills and if they continue to do well throughout the season
they have a chance of sneaking a bronze medal at the Olympics
Wicked Yankee Girl
Ice network has added a nice bio with a great SD picture and their full competitive history
This season, Ilinykh and Katsalapov are my favorite ice dance couple along with my all-time favorites Davis and White. I liked their SD and Swan Lake in NHK already, but their LD performance in TEB was the highlight of the competition for me. Stunning, intense, really drew me in. I was holding my breath throughout the dance. And not because of the drama or Ilinykh's looks or whatever I've read people assume, but because they brought the music alive and nearly every nuance of the music became a move. For me, they were the winners that day.
That said, I'm glad Ilinykh seems to have stopped miming antlers in the kiss & cry, or whatever that gesture was supposed to mean. The Black Swan looks far better without it.