If Averbukh is right and B/S somehow do beat V/M or D/W, then the Russians will have politicked moreso than one could have expected. He's clearly delusional. B/S are fighting for bronze, not threatening for silver.
I still think B/S have a way better shot at bronze than Lipnitskaia or Plushenko.
I am honestly sick of undeserving Russian teams getting on the podium/winning golds just because they are Russian. I sure hope if B/S medal in Sochi it will be because they've skated the best out of B/S, P/B, W/P and C/L, which honestly is very unlikely considering her terrible posture and lines.
I've really had it with N/K, D/S and now B/S. None of these teams was truly memorable, nor were they masters of their game. L/A also were pushed up because they were Russian, but that one I didn't mind, because I loved their Olympic FD. The other teams are/were just so bland in comparison to others. I really wish Russia would get it together and finally deliver an OGM worthy dance team, which they haven't in years. And yes, I do think N/K were not OGM worthy, as bad as it may sound. Perhaps I/K will be in 4 years, I have some hopes for them.
And anybody ever wondered how it was that B/S so magically jumped from 7th in 2012 to 3rd in 2013? Now tell me Russia is not pushing them to get the bronze in Sochi
I'm not saying B/S are not capable of delivering a bronze medal worthy performance. Just saying, they might also win it if they don't.
Navka and Kostomarov deserved their titles. They weren't a legendary team but there was nobody better than them in that 2004-2006 perio, other than maybe Denkova & Stayviski who had bad programs in 2005, and made mistakes at the Olympics in 2006. It was just a weak field and they were good enough to capatilize. There is a case for Denkova & Stayviski deserving the 2004 World title, but there isn't really a case for anyone else winning the 2005 Worlds or 2006 Olympics. Nobody else was good enough, and definitely not silver medalists Belbin & Agosto who if anything were even more overmarked; and bronze medalists Grushina & Goncharov would have been even worse winners.
Teams like Bourne & Kraatz and Lobacheva & Averbuk should have stayed in longer.
Navka/Kostomarov were very far from perfect but they had a number of outstanding qualities. Really smooth basic skating, usually very good timing and expression. They had the whole package. He was a little weak technically but then that was the case with a lot of the teams in that quad as well. I mean Margaglio could barely skate, to give one example. ;P
Seriously now people Cup of China can't come fast enough. I hope P/B are refreshing and B/S programs look better!!
I still believe both D/S were far better teams than N/K and I didn't even like DenStas. G/G was a joke too, though. I agree it was a terribly weak field, but I could still name better teams than N/K.
Kostomarov wasn't just a *little* weak. Just look at him at Euros 2006.
Yup, seems like forever since SC. Let's get the CoC started already!
B/S will only win the bronze at the Games if they atleast arguably, if not even clearly deserve it, just as they only won bronze at Worlds because they deserved it (well could have easily gone to C/L too, but as I said they werent even viewed as contenders at the time). They dont have some big mythical Russian advantage people are trying to potray. Based on early sightings it is very unlikely they will win the bronze in Sochi as unlike last year W/P and C/L are both much stronger than they are right now, and have much better programs than they do.
Over at The Skating Lesson, Aaron Harris in his "Five Things to Watch for at Cup of China" post wonders if B/S may actually make it a three-way race for gold if they get scores close to V/M and D/W. That possibility hadn't crossed my mind before. Thoughts?
However B/S have a tendency to miss levels, which is why they lost to C/L at the Worlds FD last year. (C/L had the same base value as the top two and B/S BV was actually behind several teams).
At Skate Canada last week, W/P had better levels, resulting in a higher base value (40.2) than V/M (38.2). V/M got higher GOE (13.22) than W/P (11.47). With V/M's extended lift deduction, the result was a gap of just three points.
So for me, I think getting the levels with a decent amount of execution will be key.